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Black Caviar to Visit Darley Sire Exceed And Excel

Australian media outlets have reported that undefeated two-time Australian Horse of the Year Black Caviar's first mating will be to Darley stallion Exceed And Excel (AUS) (TrueNicks,SRO).

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Exceed And Excel (Danehill—Patrona, by Lomond)

Exceed And Excel was, like Black Caviar, a sprinter. His first of two group I wins at 3 came in the seven-furlong Dubai Racing Club Cup (now known as the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes) shown below.

En route to being named Australia's champion sprinter for 2003-04, Exceed And Excel took the six-furlong Newmarket Handicap (Aus-I), a race also won by Black Caviar in 2011. Her win—one of her most impressive—is shown below.

Back in April on the TrueNicks blog, we asked you which stallion you would select for Black Caviar. In a poll on that blog, Exceed And Excel got no love, getting only 3% of the vote. Frankel, Redoute's Choice (AUS) (TrueNicks,SRO), "Other", and Fastnet Rock (AUS) (TrueNicks,SRO) were all more popular choices in the poll.

But Exceed And Excel impressed Black Caviar's connections with an incredible year at stud. He sired the first- and second-place finishers in the Golden Slipper (Aus-I), the most important Australian race for 2-year-olds, and also talented filly Guelph, who captured both the Sires' Produce (Aus-I) and Champagne Stakes (Aus-I). Not surprisingly, Exceed And Excel is the leading sire in Australia for the 2012-13 season, with 17 stakes winners and more than $11.2 million in progeny earnings.

Click to view TrueNicks Enhanced Report for the Exceed And Excel—Black Caviar mating.

Exceed And Excel, as Alan Porter noted back in April, rates very highly with Black Caviar by TrueNicks Key Ancestor Score. The TrueNicks rating—an above-average B—is based on Danehill and his sons when bred to Royal Academy line mares, the same cross that produced top runner and sire Fastnet Rock.

Another positive for the mating is that Black Caviar's own family has had success with the sire. Black Caviar's second dam, Scandinavia, produced group II-winning five-furlong specialist Wilander to Exceed And Excel.

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Can't say I'm surprised. Her owners must desire another sprinter to carry on like she did. If you want a sprinter, breed 2 sprinters together

Maynooth 22 Jul 2013 3:30 PM

god yeah, that is a sprinting pedigree all right. be interesting to see if they go for the big one with galileo at some stage, or cape cross. or wise dan when he retires?

Vince 23 Jul 2013 6:16 PM

They want a Golden Slipper winner (6f at 2). The Golden Slipper is the world's richest race for 2yos, held at Rosehill in Sydney at the Easter Carnival. E&E has sired a number of good, fast 2yos; but he also has sired the very good miler Excelebration, don't forget. And his Helmet won a Guineas (at Caulfield) down in Australia. Black Caviar won at 1400m (7f) and on a stiff 6f at Ascot, so a miler sort on Australia's relatively level courses is not out of the question for the mating.

The interesting things to me are that the resulting foal will have, from the sire's damside, crosses of Citation and Carry Back, two great runners whose sire impact is considered nil these days, and that it will be inbred 5 x 6 to the half-brothers Watch Your Step and Bolero, both out of the Wise Counsellor mare Stepwisely, a half-sister to the dam of Count Fleet.

Wise Counsellor was an odd bird. He was the last major representative of the sireline of *Glencoe via Hindoo and Hanover in the US, and his damsire was of the sireline of *Leamington; indeed, he had three sons of *Leamington in his third generation - Onondaga, Eolus, and Iroquois, the first USA-bred to win The Derby. The top 2yo of 1923, Wise Counsellor is best known for winning the International Special #1, in which he bested the French champion Epinard, for whom the international series was created. A good sire of juveniles was Wise Counsellor, and he had a couple of sons go to stud, but the line essentially ended with him.

It does my heart good to see the less-treasured old American bloodlines such as those carried by Exceed and Excel's second dam Gladiolus, herself a hard-knocking winner of 17 of 44 starts and a multiple SW, still in the mix. You may say E&E's success is derived from his intense Natalma/Northern Dancer concentration in the top 3/4s of the pedigree, but I say that Gladiolus gave that structure a solid foundation.

Pedigree Ann 23 Jul 2013 6:24 PM


I think a lot of breeders would go to Wise Dan, but unfortunately he's been gelded.

Ian Tapp 23 Jul 2013 8:44 PM

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