Telemon foundation stallion SIDESTEP has had a prolific start to 2020.

From his past nine runners he has sired three new winners with another three runner-up.

This string of strong performers comes on the back of the stallion covering his highest quality book of mares across the latest Spring, having been heavily supported by leading local and interstate breeders.

Champion First Season Sire for 2018/2019 is our foundation stallion SIDESTEP

The Champion First Season Sire has marked himself as the most exciting son of champion sire Exceed And Excel at stud.

With three young Group 1 winning colts in 2019, no stallion is in greater demand than Exceed And Excel which was in evidence at the Magic Millions 2020 January Yearling Sale where his offspring averaged an incredible $398,542 from 24 lots sold.

Exceed And Excel


Starved of opportunity relative to his peers, going forward breeders have the opportunity to benefit from SIDESTEP for the first time enjoying the patronage of a large book of high calibre mares.

Godolphin alone are set to campaign:

  • A full relation to his Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi as well as three others from her immediate family out of high calibre mares by champion sires Medaglia D’Oro and Street Cry;
  • Close relations to Exceed And Excel’s champions Guelph and Bivouac;
  • A close relation to Group winner Pinwheel;
  • The latest foal from Lobola, an Anabaa mare who has already produced four stakes performers; and,
  • The second foal of Group winning Lonhro mare Raspberries.

Ouachita, dam of Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi, enjoys her time in the Telemon paddocks after returning to SIDESTEP last season.

Telemon’s Dan Fletcher:

“The way I look at it, we’re essentially seeing SIDESTEP re-launched.

“For whatever reason he’s a stallion that struggled for support in his initial years at stud and, relative to his peers, he suffered from fractional numbers and had lesser mares to work with.

“Unfortunately he has just 26 named 2yos this season so we need to work really hard with our breeders to have them understand his true profile.

“It’s easy for him to be ‘out of sight, out of mind’ but the smart play will be to breed to him this season and next off the back of what he has coming through from the book of mares he has just covered.

“He’ll have three crucial ingredients in his favour which to date he’s lacked – quality, quantity and leading trainers. With all due respect to the less established trainers that have largely had SIDESTEP runners so far, his future offspring will go into the best programs in the country which is critical.

“Not many have found themselves with leading trainers so far, but the results from those fortunate enough to land in the best homes have been remarkable. James Cummings had two and won a Golden Slipper while Lindsay Park have one and he’s already a city winner that they consider Group class. Kris Lees has one and she’s won three races with over $100,000 in prizemoney. Bjorn Baker had one which he sold to Hong Kong for big money after he won a trial.

“One of the most striking things about SIDESTEP now that I’ve had the opportunity to spend more time on the farm with him is the way he marks his stock.

“I’m not going to play the typical stud-master card and pretend all of his foals are outstanding, but what I will say is they all stand out. They’re all the same colour, the same shape and they all stand over a lot of ground like their old man.

“That gives me the most cause for optimism. When you have a champion colt that replicates himself in such an unmistakable way, you have to take notice.”