Electrifying sprinter, Exceedance, joins the Vinery Stud stallion roster in 2020.
He was a standout in a stellar crop of 3yo colts and possessed a turn of foot and electric finish that made his final 600m sectionals hard to believe.
As a winner of the time honoured Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) during the Flemington Spring Carnival, he joins an honour roll that features Zoustar, Merchant Navy, Sunlight, Brazen Beau, Sepoy, Star Witness, Alinghi and Northern Meteor!
Vinery purchased Exceedance at the 2018 Inglis Easter Yearling sale and were thrilled to have him carry the famous Vinery silks to victory on three occasions and to Group placings on another two occasions. “He’s a supreme athlete and a really exciting addition to our roster going forward” Peter Orton, Vinery’s General Manager said on the announcement of Exceedance’s retirement.
Exceedance is a son of Exceed And Excel who was raised at Vinery. “I’m a big fan of the sireline and Exceedance caught our eye with his presence and attitude as a yearling,” Orton recalled. “He looked a beautiful mover with a great eye and plenty of scope to keep developing.”
Exceedance always had natural ability, which he demonstrated by winning on debut with spectacular last to first performance as a 2yo.
That blistering turn of foot was palpable when Exceedance returned the next season in what has been described as the best crop of three-year-olds in generations. During the Spring he won the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes over 1100m first up, leaving boom colt Bivouac and Anaheed behind him. “I told Tommy to ride like he was on the best horse and let him do the rest,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes said. “That was only his third start. He’s a very exciting colt and made it look easy.”
After placings in the Gr.2 Run To The Rose and Gr.1 Golden Rose over 1400m, where he again flashed home late in amazing sectionals, he travelled to Flemington for the straight-six championship – the Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Despite being checked at the start, Exceedance powered home along the rail in a truly exciting finish to defeat Bivouac and Libertini ahead of an all-star field.
“All credit to the horse, he looked after me once things went wrong early. He travelled up nicely and I knew what was under the bonnet. He’s got a great attitude and can really accelerate. He’s from a high-class family – I rode his mother to win a Stakes race in Adelaide.” – Coolmore Stud Stakes winning jockey Dwayne Dunn.
Wyong RC Toukley Golf Club Mdn 2YO P. (1100m beating Shielded and Blazing Miss)
3rd ATC (Rosehill) Southern Cross Turf 2YO H. (1100m to Splintex and Rotator)
VRC Coolmore Stud S., Gr.1 (1200m beating Bivouac and Libertini)
ATC (Rosehill) San Domenico S., Gr.3 (1100m beating Bivouac and Anaheed)
3rd ATC (Rosehill) Golden Rose S., Gr.1 (1400m to Bivouac and Yes Yes Yes)
ATC (Rosehill) Run to the Rose H., Gr.2 (1200m to Bivouac and Yes Yes Yes)
*Information courtesy of Arion Pedigrees
Exceedance will cover his first book of mares in 2020.