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A Supreme Saturday For Exceed And Excel

Darley’s veteran shuttle sire Exceed And Excel, whose sons Exceedance and Bivouac ran 1-2 in Saturday’s G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington, was represented by his 164th stakes winner when his daughter Queen Supreme romped home to a clear-cut victory in the G3 Yellowwood Handicap at Turffontein on Saturday.

One of six winners at Turffontein on the day for trainer Mike de Kock, Queen Supreme made it win number four from just five starts with an authorative display.

Eightfolds Lass was a late scratching after getting injured at the start.

Under in-form rider Callan Murray (who had captured the same day’s G2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile on Barahin), Queen Supreme dominated her 13 rivals.

The 12-10 tote favourite raced just off the pace early on in fourth spot, but when Murray pressed the button at the 400 metre mark she bounded clear and looked hard to post.

IN the end, Queen Supreme won by four and a quarter lengths, downing G2 SA Fillies Nursery /G3 Starling Stakes winner Ronnie’s Candy (second), with All Too Hard mare Roy’s Riviera taking third –albeit four and a half lengths off the winner (an Irish bred and six months younger than her counterparts).

Queen Supreme, who races for Mauritzfontein, her trainer Mike de Kock, Larry Nestadt, J J Van Der Linden, and Noelene Malherbe, claimed her first graded race on Saturday in a time of 112.72.

Bred by Thomas Hassett, Queen Supreme is a daughter of the unraced Gone Wet mare Call Later, who has now produced three Stakes winners including Be Ready, who won the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes.

Her fourth dam is the top-class race mare Cairn Rouge -whose six wins included triumphs in the G1 Champion Stakes and G1 Irish 1000 Guineas, and this is also the family of G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Persuasive.

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