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26/2/2020 Sidestep to stay at Telemon

Sidestep (Exceed And Excel), the sire of first crop Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Kiamichi, will remain at Queensland’s Telemon Thoroughbreds for at least a third season. Darley, who owns the rising ten-year old stallion, yesterday confirmed that the Pago Pago Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) winner would not return to NSW this season. “We think it’s a pretty special time for this sire line,” Telemon Thoroughbreds’ Dan Fletcher said. “Sidestep went to stud as Exceed And Excel’s only champion two-year-old colt and has emulated his great sire in achieving champion first season sire status. He’s a horse that’s had to ‘build his own house’ insofar as he’s started at a modest fee with lesser opportunity. From that base, he’s thrown five first crop stakes horses already across both hemispheres.” After covering 112 mares last year at $22,000 (inc GST), a service fee for 2020 has not yet been announced.