Queen reigns supreme in G1 Paddock Stakes

Back-to-back victories for daughter of Exceed And Excel

Queen Supreme, a daughter of Exceed And Excel, made it back-to-back victories in the G1 Paddock Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday, 9 January.

Settled on the rail mid-field, the five-year-old mare was edged to the centre of the course on the final turn under a confident ride by jockey Keagan De Milo. Hitting the front at the 200m pole, Queen Supreme powered clear from the chasing pack to win comfortably by three lengths for trainer Mike de Kock.

Bred in Ireland by Thomas Hassett and sold for €130,000 at the Goffs Orby Sale, Queen Supreme is a half-sister to G1 winner Contago and the Listed-winning duo Call Me Handsome and Be Ready. They are out of the Gone West mare Call Later, a half-sister to four-time G1 winner Ventura. This is the family of G1 Australian Cup winner Harlem.

The phenomenal Exceed And Excel is the sire of 16 individual G1 winners including this season’s G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes hero September Run and Godolphin’s homebred VRC Sprint Classic victor Bivouac. Having returned from his final season at Kildangan Stud in Ireland last July, Exceed And Excel has just completed the southern hemisphere season at Kelvinside, NSW.