Telemon Thoroughbreds today paused to toast their Champion First Season sire SIDESTEP.

The young son of EXCEED AND EXCEL adds the honour to his title of Champion 2YO Colt of  2013, and joins an illustrious group which, in preceding years, includes ZOUSTAR (2018), PIERRO (2017), SMART MISSILE (2016), HINCHINBROOK (2015), I AM INVINCIBLE (2014) and NORTHERN METEOR (2013).

ZOUSTAR, sire of superstar SUNLIGHT, was the only member of that group to exceed SIDESTEP’S first season prizemoney total.

SIDESTEP’s first crop was headlined by multiple stakes winner KIAMICHI, winner of the Group 1 Golden Slipper and Group 3 Magic Night Stakes. 

With KIAMICHI’s win, SIDESTEP became the first sire since STRATUM to sire a Golden Slipper winner in his first crop.

In a phenomenal season, SIDESTEP placed fourth in the 2YO Sires table behind I AM INVINCIBLE, SNITZEL and his own illustrious sire EXCEED AND EXCEL, with the latter only passing him on the final day of the season.

SIDESTEP is currently a runaway leader on the First Season Sires table in France. If he can prevail as a dual hemisphere Champion First Season sire, it will be a history-making feat.

The results of SIDESTEP’s first crop have been a coup for Telemon Thoroughbreds which will stand him for a second season on its Queensland roster under an arrangement with Darley.

Telemon General Manager Joe Heather said:

“Being crowned Champion First Season Sire and producing the Golden Slipper winner from his first crop is a dream start.

“It is testament to the work of Darley where the foundation of his success was laid.

“SIDESTEP has enjoyed plenty of rest and relaxation in recent months, and after a few celebratory carrots today, will set his mind to easily his largest and highest quality book of mares yet.”

Telemon owner Dan Fletcher said:

“We are so proud of what Sidestep has achieved.

“He has given us an amazing start at Telemon as well as justified the faith in him from Darley and those breeders that have sent mares to him across his first four years at stud.

“It is a coup for the Queensland breeding industry and a privilege for our farm to have another champion stallion in our ranks.”