Stratheden Stud

Fifth Stakes-Winner for Exceed and Excel

January 12, 2008 Tara Madgwick - Friday, April 25, 2008

Darley based first season sire Exceed and Excel kicked another goal on Anzac Day when his two year-old colt Outdo captured the Listed VRC Anzac Day Stakes to become the fifth stakes-winner this season for his young sire.

Trained at Flemington by Steve Richards, Outdo appreciated the step up to 1400 metres and with the addition of blinkers found the line strongly down the outside to defeat the Statue of Liberty (USA) filly Dan Baroness by half a length.

�He�s been looking for further and he got it today on his home track and has done the job well,� said Richards.

�We picked this race out for him a while back, so we�ll spell him for a month now and then start looking towards the spring.�

Bred and offered for sale by Stratheden Stud, Outdo (pictured left) was secured by his trainer for just $100,000 at the 2007 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and has won one race and placed three times from five starts earning $78,800.

He is the first foal of Group One placed mare Galway Lass (NZ), a half-sister to Group Two winner Pure Harmony by Ethereal�s sire Rhythm (USA).

Stratheden Stud sold a full sister to Outdo at the 2008 Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $350,000 to Mark Kavanagh.

Exceed and Excel is a runaway leader on the first season sires table with 10 Australian winners, five of them stakes-winners with Outdo joining Sugar Babe, Exceedingly Good, Wilander and Believe�n�Succeed.


Derby Bound Colt Outdoes Rivals

Outdo will be sent to the paddock and be set for the Victoria Derby after breaking his maiden status in style in this afternoon's listed $100,000 ANZAC Day Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.

Prepared on the track by Steve Richards, Outdo came with a strong finish on the outside of runners to grab his rivals in an authoritative performance.

And Richards in convinced the lightly raced colt can get a trip in the spring and not just be restricted to sprints like his sire Exceed and Excel.

"He's showing a bit of promise this horse," Richards said.

"We targeted this race a while back."

"You might think it's silly because he's by Exceed and Excel, but I told the owners this is a Derby horse."

"He's out of a Rhythm mare - the sire of Ethereal - who's out of a Zabeel mare."

"And his mother was second in a New Zealand and Auckland Cup."

Richards is almost spot on. Dam Galway Lass was second in a Group One Auckland Cup - but she was in fact third in a Group Two New Zealand Cup.

"The family is all stamina."

"He's been looking for ground and he got it today and he won fantastic."

Richards confirmed the promising young colt would be sent for a spell and be brought back for staying events for three-year-olds in the new season.

"We'll nominate him for the Derby," he said.

"Whether he's up to the real top ones we don't know - but there's plenty of other three-year-old races that could suit him."

Outdo is the first foal to race from the group one performed staying mare Galway Lass.

A daughter of Rhythm, Galway Lass is owned by the Marheine family's Stratheden Stud and they sold a full sister to Outdo to top Flemington horseman Mark Kavanagh for $350,000 at the recent Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.

Like Outdo, the yearling filly is a daughter of Danehill's dual Group One winning sire son Exceed and Excel.

No first season sire in Australia has made a brighter start of recent times than Exceed and Excel.

Outdo is his fifth individual stakes winner, following in the hoofsteps of Believe'N'Succeed, Exceedingly Good, Wilander and Sugar Babe who earlier this season earned valuable black type - both for themselves and their sire.

Dam Galway Lass is a half sister to the Group Two Moonee Valley Oaks winner Pure Harmony - a daughter of Stravinsky and earner of over $200,000.

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