Guelph (Exceed And Excel – Camarilla, by Elusive Quality) and Champollion (Exceed And Excel – Hierogram, by Octagonal) have the task of continuing an amazing streak for Darley stallions in Saturday’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
Darley sires have produced the winner of the past nine Group 1 events for two-year-olds in Sydney, a run of success that began when Skilled (Commands – Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) won the 2010 edition of the Champagne Stakes.
Sepoy (Elusive Quality – Watchful, by Danehill) and Helmet (Exceed And Excel – Accessories, by Singspiel) split the three races of the 2011 ‘triple crown’ between them while Lonhro’s (Octagonal – Shadea, by Straight Strike) wonderful son Pierro (Lonhro – Miss Right Note, by Daylami) won the Golden Slipper, ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes in 2012.
Daughters of Exceed And Excel (Danehill – Patrona, by Lomond) have won the two races held in 2013. Overreach (Exceed And Excel – Bahia, by Snippets) took out the Golden Slipper on April 6 before Guelph finished too strongly for her opposition in the ATC Sires’ Produce.
The stock of Coolmore stallion Fastnet Rock (Danehill – Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) is likely to provide the toughest competition to the Exceed And Excel duo with Fast ‘N’ Rocking (Fastnet Rock – For The Good Times, by Hennessy), Scandiva (Fastnet Rock – Scandinavia, by Snippets) and Shahad (Fastnet Rock – Shamekha, by Secret Savings) all set to run big races.
Below is the full field for Saturday’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
|1||RIOCETTO||Neville & Christopher Voigt||Brenton Avdulla||7||Oratorio (IRE)|
|2||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne||Hugh Bowman||8||Sebring|
|3||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes||Steven Arnold||1||Fastnet Rock|
|4||FUERZA||Bjorn Baker||Jim Cassidy||12||Snippetson|
|5||CHARLIE BOY||Gerald Ryan||Christian Reith||10||Myboycharlie|
|6||CHAMPOLLION||Peter Snowden||Blake Shinn||11||Exceed And Excel|
|7||HAVANA||Paul Messara||Craig Williams||4||Starcraft|
|8||EQUATOR||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||9||Northern Meteor|
|9||DRAGO||Anthony Cummings||Michael Rodd||14||Danehill Dancer|
|10||STAR WARS (NZ)||Scott Aspery||Ms Kathy O’Hara||2||Starcraft|
|11||GUELPH||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||6||Exceed And Excel|
|12||SCANDIVA||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||5||Fastnet Rock|
|13||DIVA DEE||Anthony Cummings||Dwayne Dunn||13||Encosta De Lago|
|14||SHAHAD||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||3||Fastnet Rock|