200 Stakes winners for Exceed And Excel

Mega-milestone for Champion Sire Exceed And Excel who adds his name to an illustrious group of racing greats

Exceed And Excel - already the world’s most prolific sire of winning juveniles - created an Australian record and joined a small, elite band of stallions over the weekend when Natural Colour won the Listed Luther Burbank Handicap at Santa Rosa in California.

Natural Colour, out of the French mare Safiyna and now trained by Manuel Badilla, burst through a gap in the home straight for jockey Pedro Terrero before racing away from Freedom Flyer and Northwest Factor to score by nearly five lengths in the 1,700m feature race.

A dual G1 winner of the MRC Dubai Racing Club Cup and the VRC Newmarket Handicap during a racetrack career which yielded six wins in Stakes company, Exceed And Excel became the first Australian sire in history to reach 200 individual Stakes winners.

The champion Darley stallion joins a world-class group of breed-shaping sires to crack the 200 Stakes-winners milestone – including his own sire Danehill, as well as Galileo, Sadler’s Wells, Dubawi and More Than Ready.


Exceed And Excel retired to stud in 2004 and has sired 16 individual G1 winners, 29 at G2 level, 54 at G3 and 101 Listed race winners worldwide.

Exceptional gallopers Excelebration, Bivouac, Helmet, Mr Stunning, Overreach, Microphone and Guelph are just a few of Exceed And Excel’s winners at racing’s highest level.

Guelph was the glamour filly of 2013 with four G1s, while Excelebration, Bivouac, Helmet, Mr Stunning and Flamberge all won three.

A three-time champion stallion in Hong Kong, Exceed And Excel has now sired 1683 individual winners across the globe - surpassing even his legendary father - for total prize money earnings in excess of A$241 million.


Emerging young sires Bivouac and Microphone are just two of 18 stallion sons of Exceed And Excel standing at stud this breeding season.

Exceed And Excel will again headline an impressive Darley stallion roster at Kelvinside in the NSW Hunter Valley this breeding season, standing at a service fee of $132,000, GST inclusive.