Exceed and Excel

Seven Days: Jumping Back to the Flat

Yes, I know. It's a bit early for this, isn't it? We usually have a strict No-Seven-Days rule until the week after the Brocklesby but this winter has dragged on and on and I just can't wait any longer. We have the small matter of the Cheltenham Festival to get through this week, and we'll be giving it our full attention, but as we have counted down the days to the 'The Roar' it has been impossible to ignore the sneaky French getting their Turf season underway with a couple...

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Exceed And Excel Retires After 'Journey of Excellence'

Former Australian champion sire and influential shuttle stallion Exceed And Excel (Aus) (Danehill), described as "an amazing horse from day dot", has been retired from stud duties by Darley at the age of 23. The announcement came on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the sprinter's victory in the G1 Newmarket H. at Flemington. After that win for owners Nick Moraitis and Alan Osburg, he was bought by Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum as a stallion prospect and made one final start for Tim Martin in the July Cup in...

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Seven Days: Kings and Queens of the Heath 

It's a heady time of year to be on Newmarket Heath of a Saturday morning. You can tell by the convoy of smart cars when one of the big strings is about to arrive at the Al Bahathri, with Guineas weekend providing the perfect opportunity for owners to watch their horses work.  This past Saturday, either 2,000 Guineas day, Kentucky Derby day, or Coronation day, depending on your persuasion, was no exception. With the car park double-stacked and trainers and jockeys all about, Joe Foley, waiting for the off with...

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Exceed and Excel's Mischief Magic Rallies to Win the BC Turf Sprint for Godolphin

LEXINGTON, KY--Godolphin's Mischief Magic (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) started off the Breeders' Cup action on an unseasonably warm and picture perfect day at Keeneland Friday in style with a late-rallying victory in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Dispatched at 6-1 in this 5 1/2-furlong event, the homebred was off slowest of all, leaving him trailing the field early. Meanwhile Speed Boat Beach (Bayern) and previously unbeaten Tyler's Tribe (Sharp Azteca) sped out to the early lead, dueling through a :21.65 opening quarter. American Apple (American Pharoah), a 51-1...

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Nine Wildcards Added To Guineas Sale

Nine wildcards-three breeze-up 2-year-olds and six horses-in-training-have been added to the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up and Horses In Training Sale on Apr. 30. Joining the breeze-up section are a Havana Gold (Ire) filly out of listed winner Maremmadiavola (Ire) (Kheleyf), who has produced one winner from two foals of racing age (lot 284); an Exceed and Excel (Aus) colt out of the G2 Queen Mary S.-placed Shyrl (GB) (Acclamation {GB}) (lot 285); and a Kodiac (GB) colt out of listed winner Village Fete (GB) who is a half-brother to dual Group...

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Secret Ambition Wires Godolphin Mile

Evergreen 8-year-old Secret Ambition (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) was hustled from the barriers by Tadhg O'Shea in Saturday's G2 Godolphin Mile and never looked back, lengthening in the lane to post a sparkling six length score over the Doug Watson-trained Golden Goal (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), with American shipper Avant Garde (Tonalist) grabbing third. The first horse bought by Libyan owner Nasir Askar when plucked out of the 2016 Racing In Dubai Sale for AED150,000 (£29,612/€34,537) having formerly raced for Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Secret Ambition plied his trade...

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Osarus Breeze Up Catalogue Online

Osarus has unveiled the catalogue for its Breeze Up Sale at La Teste Racecourse on Apr. 27. The breeze will take place the day prior from 2:30 p.m., and will be broadcast live on France Sire TV with individual videos available after on the Osarus website. There are 65 2-year-olds catalogued for the sale, including a Siyouni (Fr) colt out of the two-time winner Letthemusictakeus (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) (lot 17), a half-sister to the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois and G1 Coronation S. winner Immortal Verse (Ire) (Pivotal...

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Goffs February Sale Concludes Online As Lockdown Continues

The delayed Goffs February Sale concluded on Thursday with Part 2, a session of 84 short yearlings. The difficulties presented by offering young stock in an online format were highlighted by a large number of withdrawals from the original catalogue of 228, and a clearance rate of 42%. The 35 horses to have found a buyer returned an average price of €10,311 and median of €8,000, and they added €360,900 to the overall tally for the sale which had to undergo both date and format changes. "Selling weanlings in March...

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A Legacy Of Excellence, And Still In The Making

There are few horses-or humans, for that matter-that have logged as many air miles as Exceed and Excel (Aus). The 21-year-old stallion can claim some 338,000, having shuttled for 16 consecutive seasons from his base at Darley Australia's Kelvinside Stud to Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall or Kildangan Studs in Europe. Continued good results as both a sire and broodmare sire in both hemispheres mean that Exceed and Excel is a very notable absentee from the European stallion ranks in 2021, with Darley having called time on the bay's Northern Hemisphere...

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Quality Across Tinnakill Draft

In an industry that involves cycles of frequent change, one thing that can be relied upon as a constant is the presence of Tinnakill House Stud at Goffs's major sales, and Dermot Cantillon and Meta Osborne's Co Laois nursery reliably returns this weekend with a select draft of mares and foals for the Goffs November Foal and Breeding Stock Sales. Tinnakill's 17 foals slated for the first three days of the sale include eight during Sunday's premier session. Lot 600 is one of 13 foals by Invincible Spirit (Ire) set...

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Kodiac Gelding Tops Virus-Impacted HK International Sale

The first of two sessions of the Hong Kong International Sale took place Saturday morning in the parade ring at Sha Tin Racecourse, having been postponed from Hong Kong Derby weekend in mid-March owing to the COVID-19 outbreak. Some 16 lots, purchased in Europe and South America, were scheduled to go under the hammer before five withdrawals earlier in the week left 11 ready-to-run gallopers to be offered. Owner Kerm Din, who campaigned one of the HKIS's most notable graduates in the form of 'TDN Rising Star' and MG1SW Pakistan...

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Kodiac Half to GISW Part of Goffs UK Premier Catalogue

The catalogue for the Goffs Uk Premier Yearling Sale, which includes a Kodiac (GB) half-brother to Grade I winner Slumber (GB) (Cacique {Ire}) (lot 121), is now online. Slated for Aug. 27-28, the sale sees 469 yearlings set to go under the hammer. Notable graduates from the sale include six-time Group 1 winner Laurens (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), Royal Ascot Group 1 winner Advertise (GB) (Showcasing {GB}), and this year's G2 Norfolk S. and G3 Albany S. winners A'Ali (Ire) (Society Rock {Ire}) and Daahyeh (GB) (Bated Breath {GB}), respectively. Consigned...

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