The James Cummings trained Exceeds did just that when successful at her second race start in the $100,000, Australian Fire Hose Plate (1000m) at Randwick on Saturday with Snitzel filly showing the benefit from her fourth on debut at Canterbury back on December 31st.
Brenton Avdulla settled Exceeds in the second half of the field after she had left from barrier four on even terms and they raced in seventh one out tracking the $1.80 favourite Eden Roc and Tommy Berry
Up front Mr Grumpy and Tye Angland and Pandemonium and Glyn Schofield took the field through to the main straight with the latter quickly taking over with 300m to run.
All eyes were on Eden Roc, the three-quarter-brother to Star Turn, but the big Star Witness colt did not stretch out as expected with the short sprint distance perhaps not his forte. Avdulla brought Exceeds up alongside Eden Roc and both set off after Pandemonium.
Exceeds really started to extend with 150m to run and then she quickly went forward to take the lead in good style and then onto a 3/4L win at the line.
Eden Roc was starting to lengthen well closer to the line for second over a dead-heat for third between Waterhouse and Bott stablemates Kristensen (Sebring) and Tim Clark and Pandemonium (Sebring), the margin a long head.
The time was 58.2 on the Soft 5 track with the final 60m in 34.78. Exceeds paid $18.00 on fixed odds and $14.80 on the tote.
“She has a lot of natural speed about her. She is a beautiful Snitzel filly, we do not get too many of them in the stable and out of a mare by the merging broodmare sire Exceed And Excel,” said Cummings.
“Had the race experience and in probably one of the best Sydney two-year-old races of the last two months at Canterbury behind From Within. She managed to show all that speed today, but controlled it and was able to produce late like a really promising filly in the making.
“This paves the way for an exciting fillies race in the coming month, but very excited by that. There were some stylish colts in that race that she was able to get the better of and there is more in store,” he said.
“I trialled her at Randwick and I was confident she could go to the races and run well at Canterbury. She ran into a smart one there and sometimes when you get a horse chasing those good ones they get a little lost,” said Avdulla.
“James took the blinkers off her, ran her back in distance and she was a different horse today. She obviously took good benefit from Canterbury and did the job today. She was still a bit green with me, but still got the job done,” he said.
Exceeds, out of the Exceed And Excel mare Exceedingly Happy, has now earned stakes of $78,500 for owners Think Big Stud (managed by Dato Tan Chin Nam and D G Ramage), J S C Chua and Gee Stable (managed by Tan Sri Gnanalingam).
The $200,000, Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on February 25th might well be an initial target for Exceeds with the winner exempt from a ballot for the $3.5m, Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on the same course on March 18th.