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Saving The Best Dance Till Last
19YO Darley stallion Exceed and Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) is unequivocally one of the greatest sources of speed in Australia. A sire who has left a litany of Gr1 sprinters among nearly 300 stakes-performers in Australia and abroad, in 3YO Exceedance (Exceed and Excel-Bonnie Mac, by Thorn Park) he might have saved one of the best dances for last. Racing in the distinctive green and white silks of Vinery Stud, the boom colt was expected to give the early season benchmark Gr3 Vain Stakes-winning colt Bivouac ($1.35) a run for his money in the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens. Even allowing for the small field and heavy track, the utter contempt with which Exceedance swept past to leave Bivouac and Anaheed in his wake probably left everyone, with the exception of Team Hawkes, astounded. Immediately promoted to favourite for the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m), Exceedance was piloted by Tommy Berry who was quick to make a comparison with gun 3YO filly Libertini who he rode a week ago to a similarly conclusive victory. "He’s an exciting colt. It was a bit like Libertini last week, we had to see him come back and do it but do it he did,” enthused Berry who was very taken with the colt’s attitude. Almost guaranteed a future at Vinery Stud, Exceedance’s smorgasbord of Spring options could see him a possible The Everest smokey.