Aussie stars make Godolphin switch

Australian stars Sepoy and Helmet are set for European campaigns after tackling next year’s Dubai World Cup meeting on March 31.

Aussie stars make Godolphin switch

Australian stars Sepoy and Helmet are set for European campaigns after tackling next year’s Dubai World Cup meeting on March 31.

Owned by Godolphin founder Sheikh Mohammed, Sepoy has won 10 of his 11 races for Darley in Australia, including four Group One events, and is due to run in the Dubai Golden Shaheen over six furlongs on Tapeta.

Sepoy will still be under the care of Peter Snowden in Dubai but will carry the blue Godolphin colours before switching to either Saeed bin Suroor or Mahmood Al Zarooni for the European season.

The Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Darley July Cup at Newmarket have been mentioned as early targets.

Snowden also trains Helmet, winner of three Group Ones, including the Age Caulfield Guineas as a three-yaer-old.

He too will be prepped in Australia before shipping to Dubai for the UAE Derby in which he will sport the Godolphin colours.

Unplaced on his latest start in the Cox Plate, Helmet will also switch to a Godolphin trainer for the 2012 European season.

Henry Plumptre, managing director of Darley Australia, commented: “Both Sepoy and Helmet have achieved so much in Australia and it makes sense for them to go for international honours in Dubai and Europe.

“Peter Snowden, who has trained them brilliantly, will oversee their preparations for Dubai and hopefully the two horses will enjoy exciting campaigns in 2012.”

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