Commands colt Epaulette confirmed his place as one of the most valuable colts in Australia with an emphatic win in the G1 Doomben 10,000 on Saturday.
It was the second victory at the elite level for the three-quarter brother to Darley’s G1-winning stallion Helmet following his win in the G1 Golden Rose at Rosehill in September last year.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy allowed Epaulette to settle back worse than midfield in what was a frantically run Doomben 10,000. The three year-old weaved a path through the field before bursting clear to record a dominant two-length win over Sea Siren and Buffering.
“He had a bit of down time after the All Aged Stakes and it worked wonders,” trainer Peter Snowden revealed. “The hectic pace set it up for the backmarkers and I was quietly confident he would pick up the leaders.”
Epaulette (3c Commands – Accessories by Singspiel) was immediately installed favourite to claim his third G1 victory in the Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm on June 8. His dam has also foaled Helmet and G3 winner Bullbars who is at stud in New Zealand.
Epaulette is one of three individual G1 winners for Commands this season following Appearance and Commanding Jewel – no stallion has had more G1 wins in Australia this year.
Commands has sired 57 stakes winners and he will stand at Darley Kelvinside this year at a fee of $55,000 (inc gst).