Saturday’s Golden Slipper result was not only a domination by Godolphin but also provided a huge boost for Telemon Thoroughbreds, the Australian stud where the sire of race winner Kiamichi now stands.
Sidestep, a son of Exceed And Excel, stood his first season at Telemon Thoroughbreds last year after previously being shuttled by Darley. He covered 57 mares at a fee of $A7700 in Australia last year.
Kiamichi brought up her third success from five starts when heading home a Godolphin trifecta in Saturday’s richest two-year-old race in the world. The James Cumming’s-trained filly led practically all the way in the 1200m event, coping best with the heavy track conditions to stave off a challenge from stablemate Microphone for a length win. Third, half a length back, was Lyre, another filly owned by Godolphin but trained by Anthony Freedman.
“It’s what dreams are made of and it was a dream result for Sidestep,” Telemon Thoroughbreds owner Dan Fletcher said.
“He was runner-up in the Golden Slipper in 2013 and now his daughter has gone one better, but what it means for his stud career is so exciting.”
Less than twenty-four hours on from Kiamichi’s win, Longbottom became the third individual winner for Sidestep when taking out the Starmaker Two-year-old Handicap (1000m) at Muswellbrook on Sunday. Trained by Brett Cavanough, the juvenile powered to a 2-1/2 length debut win over Brazen Gem.