Danawi showed the sustained speed that has come to be expected of the stock of Exceed And Excel to give his sire his first Stakes win of the new Australian season in the G3 Ming Dynasty Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, 25 August.
After easily holding the lead on settling down, Danawi rolled along in front and had most of his opposition off the bit with 200m to run.
With only the runner-up Mizzy posing a danger, the colt clung to the lead to win narrowly and then survived a protest to become Exceed And Excel’s 148th Stakes winner.
A $400,000 yearling purchase at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale, the three-year-old is from the dual G1 winner Secret Admirer and from a female family that includes the G1 winner Donegal Mist.
Prior to his Ming Dynasty win, Danawi had registered second placings at his only three starts, most recently in the G3 Up And Coming Stakes.
Exceed And Excel is about to begin his southern hemisphere season at Kelvinside, NSW, at a fee of A$82,500 including GST.