Darley déjà vu in Golden Rose

The was a sense of déjà vu about Epaulette and Albrecht when they dominated the G1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

The Darley homebreds kept company at the tail of the field before swamping the leaders for a one-two finish in the million dollar event.  It was a result reminiscent of the Sheikh Mohammed owned colts Sepoy and Helmet who ruled their generation as two and three year-olds.

The latest Darley duo are now $8 equal second-favourites for the G1 Caulfield Guineas on October 13.  Champion colt Pierro is a prohibitive $2.20 public elect for the classic and he was bred and sold as a foal by Darley.

“That’s a fantastic result for the stable,” trainer Peter Snowden said after Epaulette defeated Albrecht by a head.  “Epaulette is a high class colt and he was set for this race.  That last furlong was amazing and I’m very proud of the second horse.”

Epaulette (3c Commands – Accessories by Singspiel) won the LR Black Opal Stakes in March but finished last in the G1 Golden Slipper after hitting the running rail and being checked in transit.

The winner is a three-quarter-brother to 2011 Caulfield Guineas winner Helmet (Exceed And Excel).  Sheikh Mohammed sent their British bred dam Accessories to Australia in June 2006.  Bullbars (Elusive Quality) was her first foal out here and he won the G3 C S Hayes Stakes at Caulfield.

Accessories has a 2yo filly named Brilliance (Street Cry) and she foaled an Exceed And Excel filly on September 7.

– Karl Patterson