DE GAULLE (AUS)(Exceed and Excel-Response, by Charge Forward)
Bombora Downs, VIC. Fee: $5,500

De Gaulle Overview

From a family “with a lot of upside” is the perfect description for the stallion De Gaulle, standing on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria at Bombora Downs Stud in partnership with Quilly Park.

De Gaulle is by the up and coming sire of sires Exceed And Excel, with sons the likes of Sidestep, sire of the 2019 Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi; Helmet, sire of international star Thunder Snow; Reward For Effort, sire of multiple stakes winner Gold Symphony being just a few of the outstanding horses boasting Exceed and Excel in their sire line.

De Gaulle is from the multiple Group 1 winning Charge Forward mare Response, dam of the 2018 Golden Slipper winner Estijaab, and stakes placed Alter Call. A family boasting early maturing types with speed. De Gaulle did not race due to a career ending injury sustained in a trial. But he was able to show his ability with two trial wins, in one beating subsequent group winner Pariah.

In 2020, De Gaulle is standing his 4th season. In his first season he stood semi-privately, with 22 mares covered and 15 foals born. These 2yo are being described as correct types with good bone and an amazingly good temperament. They are easy to handle and quick learners, just the sort of horse you need as a 2yo racing prospect. There is growing excitement as some are definitely showing their trainers that they will be ready to race in the new year (if not earlier).

The 2019 crop born at Bombora Downs are a standout too. Principal of Bombora Downs Christoph Bruechert, “When I saw his first crop foals, I was blown away by their substance, given he was such a young stallion. His second crop are no different. They are all well put together and just improve as they grow older.” A number of mare owners were so sure that they were on a winner after their 2018 foals that they sent the mares for a return visit in 2019, including Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed mare Avienus.

This is a real opportunity for the “breed to race” breeder to access high class blood lines at a very reasonable price, with a view to the future.

De Gaulle Pedigree

EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS)
b. 2000
DANEHILL (USA)
b. 1986
DANZIG
b. 1977
NORTHERN DANCER
PAS DE NOM
RAZYANA
b. 1981
HIS MAJESTY
SPRING ADIEU
PATRONA (USA)
ch. 1994
LOMOND
b. 1980
NORTHERN DANCER
MY CHARMER
GLADIOLUS
ch. 1974
WATCH YOUR STEP
BACK BRITCHES
RESPONSE (AUS)
b. 2006
CHARGE FORWARD (AUS)
b. 2001
RED RANSOM
b. 1987
ROBERTO
ARABIA
SYDNEYS DREAM
b. 1991
BLETCHINGLY
DREAM APPEAL
LIVE IT UP (AUS)
b. 1991
MATCH WINNER
dkb/br. 1979
DANCER'S IMAGE
MOSSTOWN
RELIVE
ch. 1986
KING HADRIAN
TUMBLEDOWN TOOTS
All data courtesy Arion Pedigrees