Electrifying Group 1 winning sprinter Exceedance will commence stud duties at Vinery Stud for the 2020 breeding season.
Vinery General Manager Peter Orton said the decision was made after discussions with Team Hawkes. “Quite apart from the uncertainty surrounding racing, the time is right. He had nothing left to prove. He won the colts’ grand-final in the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington. He’s a supreme athlete and a really exciting addition to our roster going forward.”
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 demonstrated his natural talent on debut as a juvenile when winning in a spectacular last to first performance. The race commentator portrayed the win in dramatic fashion as what was unfolding in front of him took place. “Exceedance is rocketing home, look at this, Exceedance ,what a win on debut, he came from a minute back!” Second-up when just failing to catch Splintex over 1100m at Rosehill, “He’s one of the nicest young horses I’ve ever ridden,” Tommy Berry declared in defeat after he clocked an amazing 32.21s for the final 600m. “He kept quickening in the straight and could be anything!”
That blistering turn of foot was palpable when Exceedance returned the next season in devastating form against 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.”
He added to his record with placings in the Group 2 Run To The Rose and Group 1 Golden Rose over 1400m, again flashing home late in amazing sectionals.