When glamour colt Sepoy defeated the Segenhoe Stud-owned Sister Madly in the Group One Manikato Stakes two years back, who would have thought almost 12 month later that the pair would meet again under very different circumstances.
Having both been retired from racing, Sepoy was selected as the first 'suitor' for Sister Madly and in mid-October 2012, the pair met once again and Sister Madly was covered by Sepoy at Darley's picturesque Kelvinside Stud.
By Champion Sire Redoute's Choice, Sister Madly was always been a headline horse. A half-sister to the Champion Sprinter and Hong Kong Horse of the Year Silent Witness, Sister Madly was passed in shy of her reserve at the 2008 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, and was retrained to race by her breeder Ian Smith of Edinburgh Park.
Starting her race career in the Randwick stable of Anthony Cummings, at just her fourth career start, Sister Madly highlighted her potential when finishing second to More Joyous in the Group One Flight Stakes where she defeated Hurtle Myrtle, who is also now part of Segenhoe Stud's illustrious broodmare band.
The mare went on to race 13 times for the Randwick stable, with her victory in the Group Three Southern Cross Stakes at Randwick a highlight.
Sold as a racing and breeding proposition, Segenhoe Stud secured the mare (pictured below) for $1 million at the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale in 2011, and she was put back into work for John Sadler at Flemington.
Starting first up in the Group Three How Now Stakes over 1200m, the blueblood proved too classy for her opposition, taking the race by a length.
Her next race saw the mare jump straight to Group One company, and while finishing second to the three-year-old colt Sepoy in the Group One Manikato Stakes, the mare was far from disgraced, with the beaten brigade including More Joyous and Buffering.
Following Sepoy throughout the race, it always appeared as if the mare 'had her eye on him' for a possible future rendezvous... check it out below...
After a second at her next start in Group Two company, Sister Madly ended her racing career on a high when she won the Group Two Salinger Stakes down the Flemington straight, retiring to stud as the winner of four and a further eight placed efforts from 17 starts.
Foaled on 23 of September this year at Segenhoe Stud, Sister Madly's first foal was a strapping chestnut colt, and as you can see from the image below, the colt was described by the Segenhoe Stud Manager as a, "Lovely big strong colt, plenty of substance, good bone and a strong hind quarter, overall a very good first foal for the mare."
Sister Madly will travell back to Darley this season and will be covered by Street Cry, the sire of this season's Group One Caulfield Guineas winner and Cox Plate aspirant Long John.