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South African Success For Sepoy

Darley’s Golden Slipper winning sire Sepoy tasted success in South Africa on Friday when his five-year-old son Alwahsh (NZ) scored a surprise victory at Fairview.

Bred in New Zealand, the Grant Paddock-trained Alwahsh made it win number three when prevailing in a thrilling finish to Friday’s third race, the TAB Pays The Full Dividend, No Limits Graduation Plate over 1200 metres.

Under jockey Chase Maujean, Alwahsh pulled out a bit more in the closing stages to get up and register a three-parts of a length, as an 8-1 shot, over tote favourite Outlandos d’Amour (a daughter of Captain Al and G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Roxanne).

Formerly trained by Mike de Kock, Alwahsh was later sold by then owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum for R70 000 at the 2019 Super Sale earlier this year.

Since relocating to Port Elizabeth, the well related gelding ran third first time out before two subsequent unplaced efforts.

Alwahsh was purchased by Shadwell Stud Australasia for $520 000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

The gelding is out of the placed O’Reilly mare Irish Blues, a full-sister to champion Shamrocker, whose victories include scores in all of the G1 Australian Derby, VRC Australian Guineas and G2 Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Irish Blues is also a full-sister to G2 The Roses winner Bohemian Lily and half-sister to G1 Auckland Cup heroine Rock Diva.

This is the family of the New Zealand star Mr Tiz as well as Japanese Oaks winner Nasuno Chigusa.

Image: Pauline Herman Photography