Exceed and Excel colt a welcome addition to Tanja stud

TANJA Park Stud has recently welcomed four of the cutest, cheekiest and mischievous new family members to its stables.

Among them is a quiet and gentle colt, with the unassuming stable name of Ceedy, whose sire happens to be Exceed and Excel, one of the hottest stallions going around the racing industry at the moment.

Tanja Park Stud owner Richard Gorton, and his daughter, Nisette Rask, are delighted with their four colts.

“They are all beautiful,” Mr Gorton said. 

Funnily enough, last year it was an all-female stable, but the run of fillies has come to an end this time around.

“You do generally get more for colts when they are sold,” Ms Rask said.

However, having said that, the father-daughter team has just come back from a successful Inglis yearling sale in Melbourne where one of these fillies fetched $190,000 (BDN 21/3).

They can already see in Ceedy the makings of a sprinter, but know not to place high hopes on any of their charges.

“He’s a good looking colt, beautifully conformed,” Ms Rask said.

“He’s a bit small, but that’s a comment you often hear about the stallion’s offspring.

“It’s likely he will go to the same March sale next year in Melbourne as the other three yearlings went to this year.

“It’s possible he could go to the Sydney Easter sale, his pedigree is certainly good enough, but we will just have to wait and see.”

Auctioneers from Inglis will visit the stud later in the year to inspect and screen the colts.

“We will know before the sales begin in January who is willing to take the yearlings,” Ms Rask said.

Mr Gorton said Exceed and Excel is currently fourth on the leading sires list, based on the success his progeny is enjoying on the track.

Ceedy’s dam Annesong has an impressive history of her own in racing.

She is a “black type mare” having won one Group 3 race, before her retirement from the track at age six.

Annesong and Exceed and Excel’s offspring is expected to generate plenty of interest, especially since the owners of Black Caviar have also chosen

Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley Stud for their famous mare.

“It is hard to let them go, but you have to be realistic,” Mr Gorton said.

“They’ll always be your horse though, and it’s very satisfying to see them race.”

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