The top two-year-old colt in Australia following a six-furlong Group 2 success and a second-place finish in the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes, Sidestep (by Exceed And Excel) was also a Group 2-winning sprinter at three and he shuttles to Haras du Logis. There were 61 foals in his first French crop.
He is by the sire of successful young stallions Excelebration and Helmet and he is out one of three notable offspring of mile Group 2 scorer Dextrous (by Quest For Fame). Those two siblings are also at stud, they are both by Commands (by Danehill), and they are Group 1 scorer Skilled and Group 1-placed Group 2-winning sprinter Ambidexter.
Dextrous is a half-sister to Group 1 AJC Oaks runner-up Light Work (by Danehill), she is out of Group 3-placed Many Hands (by Handy Proverb), and the next dam is an unraced half-sister to dual Australian champion and prolific Group 1 star Emancipation (by Bletchingly).
In addition to being a standout one the track, Emancipation also made an impact at stud. Group 2 scorer and Group 1 AJC Derby runner-up Royal Pardon (by Vice Regal) was her best runner on the track, but her many stakes-winning descendants include the Group 1 scorers Stratum Star (by Stratum), Virage De Fortune (by Anabaa), Rumya (by Red Ransom), and Railings (by Zabeel).
Sidestep is likely to get high-class two-year-olds plus three-year-olds and older horses who prove best as sprinters or milers, with some who stay a bit farther. It will be interesting to see how his European stock fare, and although his best results may come in the southern hemisphere, it would be no surprise to see some stakes and pattern winners among his runners here.
SIDESTEP (AUS) - b.2010 - Exceed And Excel - Dextrous, 4 wins inc Pago Pago Stakes (Gr2), Royal Sovereign Stakes (Gr2), Randwick Equine Derby Munro Stakes (L), 2nd Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr1), Black Opal Stakes (L), Xirrus Fireball Quality Handicap (L), 3rd Merson Cooper Stakes (L). Sire in Australia & France. First northern hemisphere foals in 2017.
Bc - Akatina (by Desert Prince) Baden-Baden August not sold
Bf - Ana Nova (by Anabaa) Osarus September withdrawn
Bc - Anavera (by Acatenango) Arqana November €19,000
Brf - Artistica (by Spectrum) Tattersalls October 8,000gns
Bc - Berched (by Layman) Arqana August withdrawn
Bf - Chambles (by Shamardal) Arqana November €10,000
Bc - Cheap N Chic (by Primo Valentino) Goffs UK October £50,000
Bc - Earth Affair (by Acatenango) Osarus September €15,000
Bc - Elusive Feeling (by Elusive Quality) Osarus September not sold
Bc - Elusive Kay (by Elusive City) Arqana August not sold
Bc - Elusive Kay (by Elusive City) Arqana November €11,000
Bf - Eva Kant (by Medicean) Arqana August €16,000 (p/s)
Bc - Feelin Foxy (by Foxhound) Osarus September €41,000
Bc - Ideal World (by Singspiel) Arqana August €45,000 (p/s)
Bf - Ivory Style (by Desert Style) Arqana August €95,000
Bc - Jazz Art (by Dynaformer) Arqana October €6,500
Bc - Lady Calido (by El Prado) Arqana October €18,000
Bc - Like It Is (by Kendor) Osarus September €3,000 (p/s)
Bc - Lonestar Spirit (by Invincible Spirit) Osarus September €18,000
Bc - Love Aloft (by Lope De Vega) Arqana August not sold
Bc - Miss Eva (by Xaar) Arqana October €33,000
Bf - Next To The Top (by Hurricane Run) Arqana October €12,000 (p/s)
Brf - Nightdance Sun (by Monsun) BBAG October not sold
Bc - Pearls Of Wisdom (by Kyllachy) Goffs November €14,000
Bf - Queen To Be (by King's Best) Arqana October not sold
Bc - Question (by Coronado's Quest) Tattersalls October 32,000gns
Bc - Rose Of Logis (by Slickly) Osarus September not sold
Bc - Rosen Opera (by Rosen Kavalier) Arqana November €7,000
Bc - Seventh Sense (by Samum) Baden-Baden August not sold
Bc - Shamazing (by Makfi) Osarus September €22,000
Bf - Shawnee’s Best (by King’s Best) Osarus September €7,000 (p/s)
Bc - Simla Snow (by Rock Of Gibraltar) Osarus September not sold
Bc - Sonate Jem (by Fasliyev) Arqana November withdrawn
Bc - Such A Memory (by Hold That Tiger) Osarus September €27,000
Bc - Utopia Jem (by Okawango) Osarus September not sold
Bc - Winds Up (by Street Sense) Arqana October €16,000
Bf - Winter Robin (by Three Valleys) Osarus September €13,000
Bf - Zomorroda (by Chineur) BBAG October €2,000
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