Impressive Epaulette Debut Winner
Tara Madgwick - Wednesday June 26
Darley's Epaulette keeps producing smart winners and delivered a debut three year-old winner at Randwick on Wednesday in Covert Operation that looks to have a bright future.

Covert Operation as a yearlingA big long striding gelding, he has been given plenty of time to mature by Jason Coyle and was a short priced favourite in the 1150 metre maiden.

Ridden patiently by Jason Collett after the jump when he refused to settle and pulled hard, Covert Operation surged home through the heavy conditions to score a neck win.

"He did a lot more wrong that I anticipated," said Jason Coyle.

"He overcame that though and was strong to the line. There looks to be a quality horse there."

A $55,000 Inglis Classic purchase from the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft for Familia Nominees Pty Ltd / Homann Bloodstock, Covert Operation was re-offered at the Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale but passed in shy of his reserve.

He is the fourth winner from imported More Than Ready stakes-winner Well Hidden (USA) and is the 54th winner this season for Epaulette, whose winners include an impressive six stakes-winners.

A dual Group I winning son of Commands, Epaulette is well priced this spring at Darley at a fee of $27,500.


Epaulette in upcoming sales:
More Reading...
Expect the Unexpected
Sheikh Mohammed’s Australian breeding operation under the Godolphin Australia banner enjoyed incredible success this season producing five individual Group I winners, but the vagaries of breeding were highlighted by a winner at Townsville on Thursday that is a full brother to one of those Group I winners.
Tosen Foals are Set for Stardom
Like their sire, when Tosen Stardom ((Jpn)  dropped from the sky in his emphatic G1 Emirates Stakes victory, Tosen Stardom’s first foals have also dropped and are now creating their own hype.
First win for Tassie MM Sale-Topper
The top priced offering at the 2018 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale was a lovely colt by Epaulette that fetched $100,000 and he opened his account with a stylish win at Cranbourne on Wednesday.
Darley Stallion Parade at Kelvinside
Over 700 guests attended the annual Darley stallion parade at Kelvinside last weekend with the safari concept again proving popular as visitors took their time to get up close and personal with their favourites.
Tenth SW for Epaulette
24 hours after siring his ninth stakes-winner with a Listed win in Ireland for Insignia of Rank, Epaulette added a tenth when four year-old mare Lapulced'acqua took out the Group III Premio del Giubileo at San Siro in Italy.
Breed to Race – Let’s Take a Look at Queensland
Earlier this month we published two very well read stories highlighting some of the value sires priced below $10,000 that might offer owner breeders a better chance of producing that much longed for winner and this week we've turned the focus to Queensland which in the past two years has produced two bargain priced stallions that have achieved astonishing results.