Minhaaj Delivers for Rosemont Stud in The Nivison

Mark Smith - Sunday October 10

Rosemont Stud subtracted $109,350 from its $1,800,000 outlay for Minhaaj when the daughter of Exceed and Excel stormed home along the rail in Saturday’s Group III The Nivison (1200m) at Randwick.

Minhaaj captures The Nivison in fading light at Randwick (image Steve Hart)

A Group III winner of the Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Flemington at two when trained by David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Minhaaj made her first start for John O’Shea.

Ridden by James McDonald, Minhaaj defeated Tricky Gal (Magic Albert) by a length with Belluci Babe (Per Incanto)  a short-neck back in third.

“Congratulations to Nigel Austin and Anthony Mithen at Rosemont Stud. They paid a bunch of money for her,” O’Shea said

“I’d say that their judgment was vindicated there because that was very impressive in a very good field.

“She has been a very unassuming mare. We’ve just been about getting her happy and healthy and just bringing her along steady.

“Her trials have been very good. We don’t do a lot with her at home. So we just trusted her form and trusted the fact she was happy and healthy.

“I think when you go through her form she loves to be a little fresh. She has a very good first-up record.

“I’d say she is too brilliant to go beyond six (furlongs), so we’ll poke along quietly and space her runs. Give her a relatively light time in the spring and fire at something in the autumn.”

Minhaaj advances her record to four wins and two thirds from 10 starts, with earnings of $334,650.

In M


ay, she sold at the Shadwell Stud Dispersal at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale for $1.8 million, the seventh most expensive mare of the sale and the second most expensive of the Shadwell mares.

Her dam Telaawa made $1.7 million to the bid of Go Bloodstock/Coolmore Stud at the same sale. She foaled a full-sister to Minhaaj on September 4.

Purchased by Shadwell Australia for $180,000 out of the Yarraman Park draft at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Telaawa never threatened to earn her purchase price back on the track.

It took the daughter of Lonhro five starts to break her maiden at Ballarat and three starts later, after finishing third to the subsequent Group 1 Queensland Derby winner, Magicool at Caulfield, Telaawa was off to the breeding shed.

Minhaaj sold for $1.8million at the Shadwell Dispersal

Telaawa’s dam, the stakes-placed Danehill Dancer mare Magic Harmony left the talented Charmed Harmony (Hussonet), whose 13 wins included the Group III MRC Sandown Stakes and the South African Group III winner Suyoof (Magic Albert).

Magic Harmony is a half-sister to Group III winner Life’s A Bounty (Bahamian Bounty) and the multiple Listed winner Miss Prospect (Rory’s Jester).

Here we get the first hint that Exceed And Excel works well with this family as Miss Prospect is the dam of Exceed And Excel’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Reward For Effort.

Miss Prospect is also the dam of the millionaire Consular (Royal Academy), and the unbeaten Snippets filly Bahia.

Consular was a multiple Listed winner who was runner-up in the Group 1 QTC Stradbroke Hcp.

When mated with Exceed And Excel, Bahia left the Group 1 ATC Golden Slipper winner Overreach and the Group II ATC Expressway Stakes winner Standout and the talented Outreach who at his one start finished second to Vancouver in the Group III Canonbury Stakes before taking up residence at Widden Stud.

Exceed And Excel


Race Result - The Nivison Gr3 1200m

Randwick Track: Good(3) Time: 1:09.09
T: J A O'Shea J: J B Mc Donald 56
4m Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Telaawa (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tricky Gal
T: Matthew Smith J: A B Collett 54
6m Magic Albert (AUS) x Velocity Gal (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Belluci Babe
T: Bjorn Baker J: Tim Clark 54
5m Per Incanto (USA) x Savamour (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
Madam Legend
T: L J Bridge J: K Mc Evoy 56
5m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Mithila (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $250,000
V:Canning Downs Stud, Darling Downs, Qld
B: Carmel Size Racing
Electric Girl
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Brock Ryan 54
5m Declaration Of War (USA) x Electra (AUS) (Zizou (AUS))
Sweet Deal
T: John Thompson J: N Rawiller 56.5
7m Casino Prince (AUS) x Dorothy Evelyn (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
Inglis Chairman's Sale $850,000
V:Newgate Consignment, Aberdeen
B: Lustre Lodge
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $67,500
V:Lincoln Farm, Blandford
B: Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA)
T: James Cummings J: Rachel King 54
4m Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Wraith (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Rocha Clock
T: J A O'Shea J: J Bowman 56
5m Pierro (AUS) x Rocha (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerrys Plains
B: Anthony Cummings Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
T: M J Dunn J: Regan Bayliss 55
6m Real Saga (AUS) x Wabeel (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Glenlogan Park Innisplain Qld
B: Chris Anderson Racing
Great News
T: Ms K Waugh J: Tommy Berry 54
5m Uncle Mo (USA) x Wonderful News (AUS) (Clang (AUS))
T: James Cummings J: G Schofield 55.5
5m Lonhro (AUS) x Retsina (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Shotgun Alli
T: R J Quinton J: A Adkins 54
4m Smart Missile (AUS) x Always Allison (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
T: K A Lees J: J R Collett 54
5m Wandjina (AUS) x Mabkhara (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Book 2 $36,000
V:Ascot Park, Pitt Town
B: Australian Bloodstock Pty Ltd
T: L J Bridge J: Ms K O'Hara 56
7m Sebring (AUS) x Acouplamas (AUS) (Al Maher (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Holbrook Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW
B: K Harding
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