Lucky Girl much the best in Listed China Doll Stakes

Daughter of Exceed And Excel earns her second straight Stakes win

Lucky Girl made it two Stakes wins in a row when she zipped to a one-length victory over An Agent Mistake in the Listed China Doll Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday, 6 March.

The three-year-old filly by Exceed And Excel entered the race off a sharp two-length score in the Lady of Shamrock Stakes over the same course 22 January.

Racing near the rear of the field through the preliminary stages of the race, Lucky Girl made her bid entering the far turn, quickly moving from seventh up to challenge Pammy’s Ready for the lead. Lucky Girl had taken over the lead as the runners hit the top of the lane, and she had plenty left in the tank to hold off a late bid from An Agent Mistake to post the victory.

Bred in Ireland by Paul Hyland, Lucky Girl is out of Abbey Angel, a winning daughter of Arcano. Abbey Angel is a half-sister to Stakes winner Dusky Queen (by Shamardal) and Stakes-placed Gifts of Gold (Invincible Spirit).

Exceed And Excel is the only stallion in history to sire the winners of these Australian breed-shaping races; the Golden Slipper, Coolmore Stud Stakes, Newmarket Handicap, ATC Sires’ Produce, Blue Diamond, VRC Sprint Classic, Caulfield Guineas, Golden Rose, Thousand Guineas, Flight Stakes. The stallion is also represented by recent G3 Blue Diamond Preview winner, Miss Roseiano.

Exceed And Excel will stand again at Kelvinside, NSW, in 2022.