08/11/2023. Horse Racing World: Vinery Stud Stallions

First season sire, Exceedance, took the first step to emulating his own sire Exceed And Excel when Dublin Down won the VRC Maribyrnong Plate (Gr.3, 1000m) at Flemington yesterday.
Exceed And Excel (Danehill) was Australia’s Champion freshman in 2007-08 after receiving a perfect start to his career courtesy of Exceedingly Good in that season’s Maribyrnong Plate for trainer Lee Freedman.
Dublin Down (2c Exceedance – Dublin Lass by O’Reilly) looked every inch a professional leading home a black-type quinella for trainers Tony and Calvin McEvoy. He settled into a rhythm with cover and finished strongly down the Flemington straight to defeat stablemate Blue Stratum (Blue Point) by a head on Melbourne Cup Day.
“He’s a quality colt, a beautiful mover and we love him. He handled the big occasion beautifully and was just too smart. He’s a really good colt and will develop into a Guineas horse in twelve months.” - Calvin McEvoy
Dublin Down was bred and sold by Edinburgh Park’s Ian Smith for $370,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale. That made him the top-priced Exceedance colt at this year’s majors.
“Good judges like Damon Gabbedy reckoned he was one of the nicest Exceedance colts on the grounds. Exceedance looks the real deal. He’s a son of Exceed And Excel and I booked in some quality mares after seeing him in the flesh at Vinery.” Ian Smith
Vinery’s Adam White said it was fitting Exceedance should open his account in a Group race at Flemington. He was a Group 1 winner down the famed straight-course in the 2019 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and so was Exceed And Excel in the 2004 Newmarket Hcp (1200m).
“Dublin Down was a lovely individual at the sales and he’s been well-educated and well-primed by the McEvoys. He’s a colt that we have followed from the start. Ian rang me when he was born and said he was such a lovely colt. We’ve been speaking to quite a few trainers and there’s more by Exceedance ready to step out in the not too distant future, which is exciting when you consider Exceedance debuted in May of his 2yo year.” - Adam White

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OLE KIRK - $55,000
ALL TOO HARD - $38,500
EXCEEDANCE - $33,000
STAR TURN - $27,500
HEADWATER - $13,200

All fees inc. GST. Payment on live foal.