Like his sire Commands before him, Epaulette just gets the job done.
Jun 21, 2018
Epaulette was a tough but classy racehorse, winning the Listed Black Opal at two before hitting his peak at three, winning the Group 1 Golden Rose, casting Group 1 winners Your Song and Shamexpress into his shadow.
Only the great Black Caviar could stop Epaulette returning a winner in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes in the autumn but he had the measure of top sprinters Sea Siren, Bel Sprinter and Hay List.
The Darley operation continued Epaulette’s campaign into the Brisbane winter of 2013 where he proved too strong for Sea Siren again, multiple Group 1 winner Buffering, Spirit Of Boom, Your Song, Yosei and Manawanui among a classy field.
Epaulette has taken his durability to the breeding barn, producing a host of winners in both Australia and Europe. The sire’s stock is competing through its first season in Australia and second season in the northern hemisphere.
The stallion had his first Australian stakes winner before the New Year, an impressive feat for any young stallion, when Meryl won the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes at Doomben.
Epaulette’s stock was also to the fore during the Melbourne autumn carnival when his daughter Khulaasa scored down the Flemington straight in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes, which has been won by subsequent Group 1 winners Shoals, Pasadena Girl and Snitzerland in recent years.
The stallion has also had five stakes-placed runners in Europe in the current flat season but most importantly, Epaulette has produced more than 40 individual winners to show he is a great match for most mares.
While Epaulette is one of the most promising young sires in Australia, his stock hasn’t fetched exorbitant amounts in the sales ring despite the local market being incredibly strong in recent years.
However, with performers like Khulaasa and Meryl appearing on his stallion record so early in his breeding careers, prices of Epualette’s stock are likely to jump sharply in the next sales season.
Ellerton Zahra Racing were able to secure a colt by the promising sire at the Tasmanian Magic Millions sale, and for obvious reason he was the sale topper at $100,000. He's been broken in and had a short stint in our stable where he didn't fail to impress. Watch his owner report below and visit our website or contact the stable if you'd like to get involved - email.