The richest two-year-old race in the world has been won by Sepoy in the headline event at Rosehill Garden’s Golden Slipper Day.
The 1,200 metre Golden Slipper will be of monumental importance to Sepoy’s future prospects as a stallion and with prize money of $2 million to the winner, it is the race to win for Australian two-year-olds.
Despite his defeat last start in the Group 2 Todman Stakes, Sepoy started in the 2011 Golden Slipper as the $2.90 favourite.
The drama began before the race even began, with Smart Missile and Fast and Sexy being scratched at the stalls after acting fractious in the barriers.
Smart Missile was right at the top of the betting, being the only horse to have beaten Sepoy over his five previous starts.
The race began when Karuta Queen pinged from her outside gate to lead the 2011 Golden Slipper field by three lengths.
The young filly was unable to run on down the home straight and fell slowly back through the field as Sepoy asserted his dominance and took the lead.
Sepoy won the 2011 Golden Slipper two lengths ahead of outside chance Mosheen and talented filly Elite Falls.
Peter Snowden was overwhelmed with the performance of his young colt, Sepoy, and found it hard to control his emotions as he spoke about the race.
“This is the best day of my life apart from my marriage,” he said.
“It’s the best feeling of my life.”
Snowden was overcome with the relief and elation that has come after working so hard to get Sepoy to where he is today.
“I work my whole life for this,” Snowden said.
“Everyone’s got a signature race and this would be mine.”
Peter Snowden’s son, Paul Snowden, was full of praise for Sepoy after his Golden Slipper win.
“He’s strong, he’s athletic- he’s all you want in a two-year-old,” he said.
Sepoy has now won five of his first six race starts, and has accrued $2.85 million in career prize money.