Exceed And Excel Continues European Success
One of Australia’s best stallions Exceed And Excel recorded a new Black Type winner on Monday, 11 June when his three-year-old daughter Spaday demonstrated an impressive turn of foot to land the Listed Prix Marchand d’Or, run over six and a half furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte.
Settled towards the rear of the field under Maxime Guyon, Spaday travelled well throughout and once asked to quicken, soon moved up to take the lead and won by a length and a quarter.
Spaday won on her second start last October, before finishing fourth in the G3 Prix Miesque the following month. Today’s win was her second victory of 2018, having landed the Prix de la Plaine de France on Wednesday, 2 May.
A homebred for Wertheimer et Frere, Spaday is out of the Stakes-winning Bering mare Beautifix, who is now dam of an impressive four Black Type winners from five foals to race. She is also dam of G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere second and G3 Prix La Rochette winner Sofast.
Exceed And Excel has now sired 25 individual Black Type performers this year, headed by Group-winning quartet Heavy Metal, Folkswood, Performer and James Garfield.
Sire of Sires
Kuroshio’s first European crop are now two and as the northern hemisphere flat season ramps up for the summer, the son of Exceed And Excel is certainly making his presence felt with an outstanding 46% winners to runners – a figure that cannot be matched by any other European first-season sire.
From a small but select crop, Kuroshio has now notched up five winners from 11 runners, and sits behind only his paternal half brother Bungle Inthejungle bettering this figure.
In the last 12 days, Kuroshio has added three new winners, most notably Kurious, who booked her ticket to Royal Ascot with a convincing win at Sandown, UK, on Thursday, 7 June.
This Monday, his son Dunkerron won a 1,200m contest at Windsor by three and a quarter lengths and looks to have a bright future ahead of him.
Earlier in May, Kuroshio filly Daphina – who won at the first time of asking – added valuable Black Type to her record when finishing a close third in the Listed Marygate Stakes at York.
Kuroshio was himself a superb juvenile, winning the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes early in his two-year-old season, before landing the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude. He went on to better his older sprinting rivals in the G2 Mc Ewan Stakes.
Kuroshio stands at Northwood Park at a fee of $5,500 inc GST. He, like all other Victoria-based Darley stallions, is VOBIS Sires nominated.