Exceed And ExcelExceed And Excel (stallions.com.au)Exceed And Excel’s Group-winning double at Caulfield on Saturday brought him level with the feat of his own sire Danehill’s first season deeds. The Darley Stud stallion has now sired four Stakes winners this season, matching the total number Danehill sired with his first Australian crop in 1993-94. Danehill’s stakes winners that season were Dr Zachary, Danewin, Turtle Bay and the Golden Slipper winner Danzero.

Exceed And Excel had Exceedingly Good and Sugar Babe win black type races in the spring and added to his tally when Wilander and Believe’n’succeed won the respective Gr.3 Blue Diamond Preludes (1100m). Wilander, a colt out of the Gr.2-winning mare Scandinavia, cost Darley’s agent John Ferguson A$625,000 at last year’s William Inglis & Son Australian Easter Yearling Sale. The filly Believe’n’succeed (out of the Gone West mare Arctic Drift) was secured by trainer Mark Kavanagh for A$300,000 from the 2007 Magic Millions on the Gold Coast. Exceed And Excel’s feat was further enhanced by the fact he produced the quinella in both races, with Exceedingly Good and Sugar Babe filling the runner-up spots.

Interestingly, Lee Freedman, the man who helped launch Danehill’s great career by preparing his first three Golden Slipper winners, is the trainer of three of Exceed And Excel’s four stakes winners to date. The stallion now appears to have a vice-like grip on the Gr.1 Blue Diamond Stakes, with his four Stakes winners the top four in the betting for Victoria’s richest two-year-old event. The scary thought is that Exceed And Excel still has another five months to build on his stakes record this season.

Extract from European Bloodstock News 13.02.08