The movement of Darley stallion Sepoy to Victoria’s Northwood Park has coincided with the emergence of a potential star son of his – a juvenile owned by a number of Victorian breeders.

On Saturday at Morphettville, two-year-old Sepoy colt Marcel From Madrid was a highly impressive winner of the Group 3 National Stakes victory over 1200 metres.

After a dominant debut win at Benalla on April 27, the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra galloper had ventured to Adelaide and secured what turned out to be a comfortable victory. But the performance was no surprise to those who know the colt well.

“He’s shown us something basically from day one. He’s got a bit of x-factor about him,” said managing owner Mark Hoare of Pacific Bloodstock who purchased him at the Inglis Classic Sale last year.

“We’ve always had a pretty big opinion of him. He has been touted as our best two-year-old of the season,” trainer Simon Zahra said after the race.

Marcel From Madrid will be spelled and aimed at the Group 1 3YO features during the carnival, with Zahra indicating the Caulfield Guineas over 1600 metres is a likely target.

Darley’s General Manager of Victoria, Andy Makiv, was naturally delighted with the result.

“It’s fantastic to have Sepoy joining the Northwood Park roster this season. He was born at Northwood Park and spent his early days here before going on to become one of the greatest two-year-olds this country has ever seen,” Makiv said.

Darley Northwood sire Sepoy

“He has enjoyed a tremendous twelve months on the track with his progeny. He has arguably the best three-year-old filly in the country in Alizee and now a rising star in Marcel From Madrid.”

Marcel from Madrid is Sepoy’s eighth worldwide stakes winner, while he has also had the likes of Blue Diamond Prelude-placed Native Soldier, Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Fullazaboot and Saturday’s Flemington Listed race runner-up Divine Quality in recent months (among many others).

Marcel From Madrid is out of the stakes-placed Redoute’s Choice mare Lipari. She is also the dam of recent Group 1 ATC Derby winning three-year-old Levendi and three-time winner Wu Gok (Sebring).

“Marcel From Madrid is another quality horse bred by Robert Anderson who has been a loyal supporter of the Darley stallions,” Makiv said.

Mark Hoare through Pacific Bloodstock put together a large group of owners in the colt following his Classic Sale purchase. Among them are several Victorian breeding industry members including Campolina’s Ian and Vicki Bell and Daisy Hill’s Coleen and Kevin Bamford.

Sepoy will stand this season at Northwood Park for at $11,000 (GST incl).

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