The David Hayes stable has welcomed the Group 2 -winning sprinter Wilander (Exceed And Excel – Scandinavia, by Snippets) back into work after a failed stud career.
The 2008 MRC Schillaci Stakes (1000m) winner returned to Hayes’s Euroa base after failing to get any of the 55 mares he served at Lindsay Park (now Cornerstone) Stud in foal during the 2010 breeding season.
Hayes has gelded the son of Exceed And Excel (Danehill – Patrona, by Lomond) ahead of his spring campaign. Stable foreman Bruno Rouge-Serret confirmed the five-year-old would compete in the short-course race during the spring.
“He’s back in work, it’s early days in his preparation but it’s so far so good,” Rouge-Serret said.
“You never know what you are going to get but we hope he can get back to the level he was before he went out.”
Wilander won four of his 10 starts while in the care of his original trainer Lee Freedman. The speedster also took out the colts and geldings’ division of the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude as well as the Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap.
Wilander is a three-quarter brother to Group 1 winner, now Eliza Park Stud stallion, Magnus and a half-brother to Helsinge (Desert Sun – Scandinavia, by Snippets), who is the dam of world champion sprinter Black Caviar (Bel Esprit – Helsinge, by Desert Sun).