Exceedance Colt Brave One Brilliant On Debut

Mark Smith - Saturday July 6

The striking Exceedance colt Brave One made an exciting debut in the Petaluma Hcp (1000m) at Randwick when turning over boom colt Mayfair.

The skies the limit for Brave One (image Steve Hart)

Ridden by Zac Lloyd for Michael, Wayne, and John Hawkes, Brave One travelled sweetly on the bridle while Tim Clark was niggling all the way to hold the lead on Mayfair.

Typically, for a Tulloch Lodge trainee, Mayfair did not give in without a fight. Still, the sturdy son of Fastnet Rock had to bow to Brave One by three-quarters of a length, with the honest Shalaa (IRE) filly Winning Proposal one and a quarter lengths back in third.

Michael Hawkes is a huge fan of the stable's former star pupil, Exceedance



uo;I have to give Zac credit; I thought it was a brilliant ride,” Michael Hawkes said.


“This bloke just oozes class, looks a picture, and has been trialling brilliantly.

“We paid a bit for him at Easter, being by first season sire Exceedance, a breed we know well. Anyone who listens to me knows I can’t get enough of them. I rate them highly, and this bloke is up with the best of them.

“He has been a slow maturer. He might have a freshen-up, and we will take things slowly. He has a lot of class and oozes appeal.”

Consigned by Vinery Stud to the 2023 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Brave One was a $300,000 purchase for Hawkes Racing.

He is the second winner from three to race for the class Northern Metor mare Runway Star, who carried the Vinery silks to six wins highlighted by the Group III SAJC Proud Miss Stakes and two runnings of the Listed SAJC Matrice Stakes.

Coincidently, Runway Star was a $300,000 Inglis Easter yearling purchase in 2012.

Brave One a $300,000 Inglis Easter yearling

A brother to Brave One was a $330,000 purchase for Waller Racing/Mulcaster Bloodstock from the Vinery Stud draft at the Magic Millions in January.

A half-sister to the Listed VRC Sunlight Classic winner What You Need (Supido), Runway Star is a granddaughter of the Group 1 William Reid Stakes winner Wrap Around (Bletchingly).

After missing in 2022, Runway Star was covered by Russian Revolution last spring.

Brave One is the seventh winner for the Group 1 VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes hero Exceedance (Exceed And Excel), which stands at Vinery Stud for $33,000.  


Race Result - Petaluma Hcp 1100m

Randwick Track: Heavy(9) Time: 1:05.46
Brave One
- 2c Exceedance (AUS) x Runway Star (AUS) (Northern Meteor (AUS))
Tnr: M, W & J Hawkes Rdr: Zac Lloyd 56
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $300,000
Seller: Vinery Stud, Scone
Buyer: Hawkes Racing
- 2c Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Cicatrix (USA) (Violence (USA))
Tnr: G Waterhouse & A Bott Rdr: Tim Clark 56
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $625,000
Seller: Newgate Farm, Aberdeen, NSW (As Agent)
Buyer: China Horse Club/Newgate/Go/Trilogy
Winning Proposal
- 2f Shalaa (IRE) x Proposal (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Tnr: Ms K Buchanan Rdr: N Rawiller 59
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $50,000
Seller: Vinery Stud, Scone, NSW
Buyer: Vardy Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
- 2f National Defense (GB) x Desert Lashes (AUS) (Reward For Effort (AUS))
Tnr: David Payne Rdr: Jett Stanley 52
I Am A Winner
- 2c Written Tycoon (AUS) x Ajeeta (AUS) (I Am Invincible (AUS))
Tnr: Richard & Will Freedman Rdr: J R Collett 56
Carnegie Hill
- 2c I Am Invincible (AUS) x Aquamosa (NZ) (Alamosa (NZ))
Tnr: Michael Freedman Rdr: C Schofield 56
Executive Decision
- 2g Hallowed Crown (AUS) x Stradance (AUS) (Strada (AUS))
Tnr: Mark Cross Rdr: J Innes Jnr 55.5
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