Slipper favourite

Having finished second on her debut behind Villa Verde in the Listed Inglis Debutant Stakes with Kuroshio back in the third at Caulfield in mid-October, Exceed And Excel filly Overreach was sent to the spelling paddock straight after her performance to be readied for a Slipper campaign.

The form from her debut race has really stood up with Villa Verde going on to remain unbeaten, winning the Listed 7News Plate on Melbourne Cup day at her next start before a spell, while Kuroshi went for a spell before resuming and winning the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G).

Readied for her second campaign with a five-a-three-quarter length barrier trial win in January, the Gai Waterhouse-trained filly resumed in the Listed Widden Stakes, giving her opposition a galloping lesson, taking the 1100m race as she liked, winning by the same margin as her recent trial victory.


Bred and raced by George Altomonte’s Corumbene Stud, the Exceed And Excel filly is out of the winning Snippets mare Bahia, a half-sister to Group One winner Reward For Effort and the four-time Listed winner Consular.

Purchased by Vin Cox Bloodstock on behalf of Corumbene Stud, Bahia was trained by Gai Waterhouse and ended her race track career as the winner of four races from four starts.

Her breeding career didn’t get off the best start, slipping to Flying Spur, before being covered the following season by Coolmore stallion Dylan Thomas. The resultant foal, a filly, sold at the 2011 Inglis Easter yearling sale to James Bester for $260,000. Now in the ownership of Cheval Blanc Syndicate (Mgr: Mrs S C Magnier), the filly is in the stable of leading Randwick trainer John O’Shea.

The next foal for Bahia was Overreach, while the mare was then covered by Flying Spur, with the now yearling colt already named Skylimit. The mare has an Exceed And Excel colt weanling on the ground and is currently in foal to Redoute’s Choice.

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