Overreach raced right up to her rating as the nation’s best two year-old in the G1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Exceed And Excel filly started a short-priced favourite in search of a rich pay-day Golden Slipper and she raced up to that rating in the world’s richest race for two year-olds. Jockey Tommy Berry settled her in the sweet seat behind the leaders and the filly was too strong in the final section to lead in a Group 1 quinella for her sire.
Overreach (2f Exceed And Excel – Bahia by Snippets) defeated Darley homebred Sidestep (Exceed And Excel) by just over a length. Her stablemate Sweet Idea (Snitzel) finished third ahead of Guelph (Exceed And Excel) who finished hard for fourth.
Exceed And Excel (Danehill) wrapped up this season’s Australian 2YO title after collecting a big percentage of the $3.50 million Golden Slipper prizemoney.
The Darley champion has sired 11 juvenile winners this season and the Golden Slipper carve-up sent his 2YO earnings soaring to $4.27 million. He’s home-and-hosed ahead of Real Saga ($1.43m), Snitzel ($1.31m) and Not a Single Doubt ($1.30m).
Trainer Gai Waterhouse was winning her fifth Golden Slipper and it was three in a row for Darley sires following Sepoy (Elusive Quality) and stablemate Pierro (Lonhro). “I rode her like she was the best horse,” Berry explained. “She flew the gates, put herself right there and then put them away like she has every start this preparation.”
Bred by George Altomonte’s Corumbene Stud, Overreach is out of the unbeaten Snippets mare Bahia, a half-sister to Exceed And Excel’s G1 Blue Diamond winner Reward For Effort as well as the four-time Listed winner Consular. Bahia has a full-brother to Overreach on the ground.
Exceed And Excel is now the sire of 68 stakes winners worldwide with five individual G1 winners highlighted by Overreach’s close relation Reward For Effort, Darley’s triple G1 winner Helmet as well as Excelebration and Margot Did in the northern hemisphere.
Exceed And Excel will be represented by 8 yearlings at the 2013 Inglis Easter yearling sale set to commence on April 9.
– Karl Patterson