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Bred and owned by Khalid Abdullah and trained by Henry Cecil, Timepiece showed great promise as a juvenile in 2009 when she won two of her three races including the Montrose Stakes. In the following year she was regarded as a leading contender for the Epsom Oaks and although she finished only eighth in the classic she recorded significant victories in the Sandringham Handicap and the James Seymour Stakes. She reached her peak as a four-year-old in 2011 when she followed up a win in the Warwickshire Oaks with a career-best performance to win the Group One Falmouth Stakes, as well as finishing second in the Prix Jean Romanet and third in the Prix Rothschild. In 2012 Timepiece finished second in the Nassau Stakes and third in the Prix Jean Romanet before being retired from racing at the end of the year.
Timepiece is a bay mare with a broad white blaze and four long white socks bred by her owner Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms. Her sire Zamindar was a full-brother to Zafonic and recorded his biggest win in the Group Three Prix de Cabourg. He became a very successful sire of fillies, with his offspring including the multiple Group One winners Zarkava and Darjina. Timepiece's dam Clepsydra showed modest ability, winning one minor race at Epsom Racecourse from six starts but was a successful broodmare who produced several other winners including Passage of Time (Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud). She was a great-granddaughter of the American broodmare Aunt Tilt, a half sister of Damascus. The name "Timepiece" appears to be a reference to Clepsydra, which is the name of Greek water clock.
Khalid Abdullah sent Timepiece into training with Henry Cecil at the Warren Place stable in Newmarket. She was ridden in most of her races by Tom Queally.
Timepiece made her racecourse debut in a one mile maiden race at Newmarket Racecourse on 19 September in which she started the 11/8 favourite against twelve opponents. She took the lead approaching the final furlong but was overtaken in the closing stages and beaten half a length by Golden Aria. Three weeks later she contested a similar event on the Polytrack surface at Lingfield Park Racecourse and recorded her first victory as she led from the start and won by one and three quarter lengths from Shimmering Surf. Timepiece ended her first season with a step up in class for the Listed Montrose Stakes at Newmarket on 31 October in which she was ridden by Eddie Ahern and started 4/1 second favourite behind Marie de Medici, a filly who had finished second in the Prix des Reservoirs. After taking the lead three furlongs from the finish she was headed by Nurture a furlong out but rallied to regain the advantage in the final strides and won by a nose.