The impressive winning run of Darley dual-hemisphere serving stallion Sepoy continued at Canterbury Park on Wednesday when the home-bred filly Regimen (by Sepoy) landed the $40,000, ATC All Too Hard@Vinery Handicap (1250m) to maintain her unbeaten record.
A debut winner at Gosford in mid-July (after experiencing no fewer than five barrier trials since February), Regimen took on a field of very well-bred 3-year-old fillies and beat them with a great deal of authority.
One of five runners in a mad-scramble to settle in front, Regimen led the way 250 metres into the contest and was never to be headed. Ridden with a great of confidence by Corey Brown, the daughter of Sepoy asserted a clear advantage on her rivals shortly after turning for home and never looked likely to be caught over the final 200m of the contest.
Regimen went on to score by a couple lengths from Sebring Express (by Sebring), the runner-up just managing to hold off the fast finishing effort of Devolving (by Your Song). Official margins were 2L x 0.2L, the race being run in the time of 1m13.40s (last 600m in 35.97s).
Speaking after the win, Godolphin stable spokesman Darren Beadman appeared to be suitably impressed by a filly that clearly has had more than her fair share of issues.
“She’s got a little bit of attitude about her, but full credit to the team back home… they’ve done a lot of work with her in the morning; she’s very high maintenance but she’s got a lot of ability.
“She’s a little bit highly-spirited and she needs a lot of TLC. You’ve got to treat her with kid gloves — that’s why she went out [on to the track] early.
“Also credit to Corey. It was an intelligent ride. [He] Went forward when they kicked-up underneath him, tried to get a few cheap sectionals, and [in the end] it was a convincing win.”
Regimen is the second smart city winner of Sepoy already in the new racing season. Stable companion Alizee scored in equally impressive style at Warwick Farm last Wednesday, while Sepoy also had a double on Monday when So Poysed and Canberra scored at Darwin and Kembla Grange respectively.
Commenting on Sepoy, Regimen and Alizee, Beadman remarked: “We’ve got a couple of nice Sepoys coming through over the spring carnival, so hopefully this is just the start of his run.
“Alizee has got a touch of brilliance about her, but you can’t do any more than what this filly has done.”
Outside of Regimen’s winning performance, the third placing of Devolving was hard to miss. The Chris Waller-trained daughter of Your Song was doing all of her best work at the finish and is yet to finish out of the placings in three career starts.
All Too Hard@Vinery Handicap, photo finish picture ATC