Impressive filly Applegate (Exceed And Excel – Klamath Falls, by Storm Cat) became the 42nd individual stakes winner for Darley sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill – Patrona, by Lomond) with her win in the Listed Ottowa Stakes (1000m) at Tuesday’s Flemington meeting.
The Darley homebred settled off the pace before producing a smooth turn of foot to reel in the Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice – Snippets’ Lass, by Snippets) filly Snitzerland (Snitzel – Monte Rosa, by Fraar) to win by a head.
Winning trainer Peter Snowden said he would aim Applegate at the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in the autumn.
“The timing is right to give her a break now,” Snowden said. “She is obviously a talented filly and we’ll have a look at something like the Blue Diamond.”
Sons of Danehill (Danzig – Razyana, by His Majesty) provided all three placegetters¬† when the Redoute’s Choice (Danehill – Shantha’s Choice, by Canny Lad) two-year-old Rhandara (Redoute’s Choice – Bhandara, by Zabeel) worked home well for third.
Applegate provided Exceed And Excel with his first juvenile win of the season. Darley sires Lonhro (Octagonal – Shadea, by Straight Strike) and Commands (Danehill – Cotehele House, by My Swanee) have already produced two-year-old stakes winners this season.
Applegate is the second stakes winner for the Storm Cat mare Klamath Falls (Storm Cat – Link River, by Gone West) after Yulalona (Dubai Destination – Klamath Falls, by Storm Cat) won the Listed Dulcify Quality (1800m) as a three-year-old.
Darley sires have provided five of the 16 acceptors for Saturday’s weight-for-age blockbuster, the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley.
The worldwide breeding and racing operation bred and races Helmet (Exceed And Excel – Accessories, by Singspiel), who is the ruling favourite for the $3 million event. Helmet led all the way to win a memorable renewal of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 8.
The Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) winner Secret Admirer (Dubawi – Secret Illusion, by Secret Savings) is also among the Cox Plate acceptors. The Grahame Begg-trained mare has drawn barrier eight for her Melbourne debut.
Secret Admirer will meet the Epsom Handicap runner-up Pinker Pinker (Reset – Miss Marion, by Success Express) in the Cox Plate. Craig Williams will ride the Reset (Zabeel – Assertive Lass, by Zeditave) mare, which has drawn barrier 12.
Storming Home (Machiavellian – Try To Catch Me, by Shareef Dancer) stands at Darley’s Japanese operation. The two-time Group 1 winner Lion Tamer (Storming Home – Lioness, by Generous) will represent the sire in the Cox Plate.
The fifth member of the Darley-sired quintet, Avienus (Reset – Genova, by Darshaan) is the first emergency for the race. A start for the mare hinges of the fitness of the Gai Waterhouse-trained Descarado (High Chaparral – Karamea Lady, by Lord Ballina).
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Swettenham Stud stallions made a lightning start to Tuesday’s Kyneton meeting with winners in the first two races of the day.
Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence – Duelling Girl, by Dayjur) got the day under way for Swettenham Stud with his success in the Hanging Rock Winery Maiden Plate (1887m). The Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained filly That’s What I Want (Dash For Cash – Coversinga, by Danasinga) completed Swettenham’s double with her win in the TVN Maiden Plate (1118m).
The smart debutant became Ellerton and Zahra’s 14th winner of the season with her half-length success in the $12,000 race. The Flemington stable has done their part to support the local breeders with Victorian-based stallions providing half of the operation’s wins this season.
Meanwhile, the $300,000 yearling Instinction (Exceed And Excel – Delago Mist, by Encosta De Lago) cast aside his maiden status at his fourth attempt with a win in the Glen Erin Group Maiden Plate (1479m) at Kyneton. The Mick Price-trained colt began a double for Darley sires with his success.
The Peter Snowden-trained Cliques (Commands – Factional, by Octagonal) became the second leg of the Darley double with her win over older rivals in the NMIT Handicap (1479m).
The two sons of Danehill (Danzig – Razyana, by His Majesty) have sired the winners of 91 races between them with Commands (Danehill – Cotehele House, by My Swanee) producing 58 of those.
The final day of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in Newmarket on Thursday saw continued strong trade with a session that saw the two highest priced lots of the sale and 206 lots sell for 7,882,500 guineas at an average of 38,265 guineas and a median of 27,000 guineas.
In total the three day sale saw 635 lots sold for 25,284,500 guineas which represented a record turnover for the sale and up 14% on the last year‚Äôs total, whilst the average and median saw rises of 23% and 20% to 39,818 guineas and 30,000 guineas when compared to last year. There were a total of 23 private sales over the three days which took the clearance rate for the sale to 88%.
The top lot on the final day was Lot 1156, the Exceed And Excel colt out of Temple Of Thebes (Bahri) that was knocked down to the Hong Kong Jockey Club‚Äôs Mark Richards for 260,000 guineas.
“At the beginning of the week, this was the one I said that we should have,” said Richards. “I did not want to go home without him. He should be an ideal type for Hong Kong; plenty of speed with some quality – he’s got a huge backside already!
“Exceed And Excel has had good performers in Hong Kong and is doing well in both hemispheres – it was a no brainer really.”
It was the final purchase from the Hong Kong Jockey Club team who purchased five lots in total at Books 1 and 2 for 800,000 guineas.
Exceed And Excel - Temple Of Thebes colt
Darley-homebred Helmet (3 c Exceed And Excel – Accessories, by Singspiel) produced a record-breaking performance to defeat Manawanui (Oratorio) in the $1 million Age Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1) on Saturday.
After being pressured for the early lead by Manawanui, Helmet was first into the straight but was chased all the time by Manawanui, who got to win a half-neck at the finish but had to settle for second place in new record time of 1:35.36.
‚ÄúHe’s probably the second best we have, Sepoy is the best, but this colt is very, very good,” said winning trainer Peter Snowden. “That was a super win, daring ride and the amount of improvement from this horse in the last month is unbelievable.‚Äù
‚ÄúI said to Kerrin ‚Äòbe brave mate, you’re on the best horse in the race, be conservative but the last half mile, see what they’re made of’ and that’s what he did.‚Äù
‚ÄúIt was a great effort by my horse as I was worried about the trip and we had drawn barrier eight,‚Äù ¬†McEvoy said. ‚ÄúWe had to be positive and we were happy to take the chance that to get them to run us down. This fellow has great ability as we have seen.‚Äù
‚ÄúIt’s just good to see a horse with great ability match up in a Guineas like this. It was an enthralling race, I was worried Manawanui was going to get me but my fellow was good. He did the hard work and I could hear Manawanui coming but this horse is just exciting. When he switches on and does it all spot on he has got breathtaking ability.‚Äù
Mega Rich (Exceed And Excel – Oceanfast, by Monde Bleu) maintained his dams 100% record when winning his Maiden by four lengths at Sale on Friday. Mega Rich is the seventh winner from seven foals to race for his dam and is a half-brother to the Group 1 winner and champion filly Alinghi (Encosta de Lago).
Mega Rich won in good style too, being ridden across to lead from a wide barrier and then kicked away into the straight to win comfortably.
“It was a pretty lacklustre field and I didn’t want to be held up behind horses,‚Äù winning jockey Daniel Moor said.¬†”He flattened out really well.¬†He’s well bred and if he continues to improve he’ll hold his own in better races,‚Äù he said.
Mega Rich was entered for the 2010 Easter Yearling sale but was withdrawn and is now raced by his breeders Yarraman Park and partners. Apart from Alinghi, Oceanfast is the dam of stakes-placed Perfect Persuasion and Slice of Paradise, the dam of Group III winner Beneteau, who is currently serving his first season at Arrowfield.
Oceanfast has a yearling colt by More Than Ready (USA) and has foaled a colt by Fastnet Rock this season.
Outstanding three-year-old Sepoy (Elusive Quality – Watchful, by Danehill) is one of 12 entries for Friday night’s Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
The Darley-owned colt had a look at the tight Moonee Valley circuit on Monday morning. Sepoy is one of three runners by Darley-based sires among the entries for the $500,000 sprint.
Peter Moody has nominated the Contract Racing-owned duo Curtana (Exceed And Excel – Razor Blade, by Blazing Sword) and Kulgrinda (Exceed And Excel – River Crossing, by Bellotto) for the Manikato Stakes.
The Manikato Stakes will be the first spring appearance for the high-quality Gai Waterhouse-trained mare More Joyous (More Than Ready – Sunday Joy, by Sunday Silence).
Robert Heathcote’s game sprinter Buffering (Mossman – Action Annie, by Anabaa) will also run in the Manikato Stakes after his gritty last-start win in the Group III McEwen Stakes (1000m).
Click here for the nominations for the Manikato Stakes, as well as the other seven races on Friday night’s Moonee Valley meeting.
Helmet (3 c Exceed And Excel ‚Äì Accessories, by Singspiel)¬†completely destroyed his rivals to run away with The Age Caulfield Guineas Prelude (Gr 3) at Caulfield.
The Darley homebred raced in second position to the home turn before accelerating clear under Kerrin McEvoy to score by three and a quarter lengths over¬†Secret Hills (Starcraft) with Specter (Nadeem) in third.
“Today is the first time I can say he did everything right,” trainer Peter Snowden said. “He bounced perfect, he travelled good and relaxed well off the hot speed. He quickened into his stride, he’s got a magnificent stride. To me it‚Äôs only a touch of what the horse’s ability truly is.‚Äù
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy said that Helmet was always in control of the race. “I was pushing him along early and a few strides later he was like ‘ok I’ll do it for you now’. Then he travelled up and always travelled like a winner from the 1000m,‚Äù McEvoy said.¬†”We’ve all had faith in him but it was just getting a bit annoying with all his antics, today was a real positive step.‚Äù
Helmet has now won five of his eight races and won $894,800.
An Exceed And Excel (Danehill – Patrona, by Lomond) double has underpinned a quartet of successes for Darley sires on Friday.
Exceed And Excel produced winners at the Geelong Synthetic and Ipswich meetings. The Liam Birchley-trained Liesele (Exceed And Excel – Love’s Here, by Dehere) won the Optus Handicap (1015m) at Ipswich before Exceed And Excite (Exceed And Excel – Ladidi, by Palace Music)¬†posted a comfortable win in the Geelong Hospital Appeal Handicap (1000m) at Geelong.
Darley sires produced a double at the Taree fixture in NSW. Streets Apart (Street Cry – Rickenbacker, by Voodoo Rhythm) won the Killy & Floral Dynamite Handicap (1606m) before Now Who’s Cautious claimed the Super Jet Handicap (1250m).
Exceed And Excel’s dual success to his season’s tally to 16 while Street Cry has produced 14 winners. Canny Lad’s win on Friday brought up the veteran sire’s 10th win for the season.
Meanwhile, Coolmore’s former shuttle stallion Catcher In The Rye (Danehill – Truly A Dream, by Darshaan) produced a double at the Ipswich and Taree meetings.
Catch As Catch Can (Catcher In The Rye – Casella, by Sri Pekan) won the Simplot Handicap (1000m) at Taree before Tizzy Lizzy (Catcher In The Rye – Bella Odessa, by Brocco) took out the XXXX Handicap (1690m) at Ipswich.
Darley shuttle sire Exceed And Excel’s ¬†son Excelebration added his first Group 1 win on Sunday when coming away to win the Group 1 Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp. Excelebration defeated Rio de la Plata (Rahy) by a length and a half wth Rajsaman (Linamix) third in the eight runner field over the 1600m.
Excelebration (3 c Exceed And Excel – ¬†Sun Shower) was landing a second Group 1 of trainer Marco Botti’s career, after Gitano Hernando in 2009.¬†”I was very, very pleased with the performance and was a little worried about the ground as it was quite testing,” Botti said. “It will be either the QEII or the Breeders’ Cup next but the owners will decide.”
Part-owner Derrick Smith added that the decision was likely to come after the other Coolmore owners returned from the Keeneland September Yearling Sales which start on Sunday evening.