Vinery resident Excites is developing into an all-purpose sire. His first crop is headed by WATC Derby aspirant Flag Officer and his second includes flying Black Opal Stakes candidate Red Excitement.
Excites registered his first black-type win when Flag Officer landed the Listed T.J. Smith Trophy (1600m) at Ascot on Saturday. The Paul Jordan trained gelding was rated perfectly in front by Craig Staples to defeat Dash For Home (Dash For Cash) and Lord Hatras (Lord Dane).
Flag Officer (3g Excites – Fleet Marguerite by Gulch) was in the market after placings behind Night War (Magic Millions Perth 3YO Trophy) and Full Reign (LR Challenge Stakes). “He gave them all a chance to have a go,” Jordan said. “He’s all quality and is built like a stayer. He stands over some ground and we’re hoping he can stretch out further.”
Jordan paid $34,000 to secure Flag Officer from the draft of Mogumber Park at the 2010 Perth Magic Millions. He is a half-brother to Waikato Guineas winner Blimey O’Reilly and other off-shore winners like Strategy (Macau), American Victory (HK), Imperial Flag (Macau) and Nepeta (South Africa).
Flag Officer races for a syndicate headed by Perth Racing director Harvey Crossman and is right on course for the G2 WATC Derby on April 14.
Meanwhile, Red Excitement is also heading for some black-type of his own in the LR Canberra Black Opal Stakes on March 11.
Red Excitement (2c Excites – Red Obsession by Red Ransom) finished close up in the Inglis Banner at Moonee Valley in October and returned from a spell to win the Lightning Ridge 2YO Plate at Canberra last month.
Neville Layt trains the colt for Glenn and Viive Williams who bought him for $32,500 at the 2011 Inglis Classic yearling sale. He races in the same colours as brilliant filly Karuta Queen.
Excites won the G1 AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes at two and returned the following spring to finish second to Wonderful World in the G1 Caulfield Guineas. He is a son of Danewin and is an elder half-brother to Duporth and Tickets.
Excites stands for a service fee of $8,800 at Vinery. His first crop yearlings sold to $100k in 2010 and the second crop peaked at $150k in 2011.