For a noted sire of two-year-olds, Darley stallion Exceed And Excel (Danehill – Patrona, by Lomond) enjoyed a quiet representation in previous editions of the Group 1 Golden Slipper but that changed dramatically when the sire produced the quinella in Saturday’s renewal of Australia’s two-year-old showpiece.
The stallion sired a Group I Blue Diamond Stakes winner when Overreach’s close relation Reward For Effort won the Victorian two-year-old event in 2009. He also produced Helmet (Exceed And Excel – Accessories, by Singspiel) claimed the Group I ATC Sires’ Produce and Champagne Stakes double in 2011.
However, Exceed And Excel had just three of his runners in editions of the Golden Slipper before Overreach led a quartet of the sire’s youngsters in the 2013 renewal of the $3.5 million contest.
A brilliant beginning allowed jockey Tommy Berry to position Overreach behind the leader from barrier one before the Corumbene Stud homebred railed through to hit the front at the 300 metres.
Overreach’s smart acceleration, combined with the fact she saved ground while others were content to concede distance to her by racing wide, left her well clear with 200 metres to run.
Sweet Idea (Exceed And Excel – Fildais, by Timber Country) chased valiantly but was unable to get closer than 1-1/2 lengths to the brilliant winner. Another daughter of Exceed And Excel, the Peter Snowden-trained Guelph (Exceed And Excel – Camarilla, by Elusive Quality) was fourth.
“This is by far my biggest win in racing,” Overreach’s owner, Corumbene Stud principal George Altomonte, said.
“It is so good because I bred her and this is the pinnacle of all races.”
Overreach is a daughter of the metropolitan winner Bahia (Snippets – Miss Prospect, by Rory’s Jester), who retired undefeated from four starts. Bahia is a half-sister to Reward For Effort (Exceed And Excel, by Miss Prospect) and the Group 1-placed (Royal Academy – Miss Prospect, by Rory’s Jester).
Overreach is the only foal out of Bahia to race. The mare produced a colt by Flying Spur (Danehill – Rolls, by Mr Prospector) in 2011 as well as a brother to the Golden Slipper winner last year.