Exceed And Excel Records 154th Stakes Winner as McLaren Wins Gr3 Canonbury S.

03 Feb 19

Sent out an odds-on favourite off the back of a couple of barrier trial wins, McLaren looked the consummate professional on debut in Saturday's Gr3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens.

James McDonald settled the son of Exceed And Excel just off the pace before taking control at the 300 metres to safely hold the determined finish of the $750,000 Redoute's Choice colt Spring Loaded by three-quarters of a length with the $120,000 Dynamic Syndications purchased colt Deep Chill (by Wandjina) one and three-quarter lengths back in third.

McLaren winning the Gr3 Canonbury Stakes

"It's good to get it done but there's a lot of room for improvement there," the trained claimed.

"What I did like he began well and when it looked like he might start to go too keenly he came back off. I'm glad James gave him the opportunity to do that and he did it well, which is a big plus.

"He's only a young horse having his first start, you can't do any more than win and he did that well today.

"What we do now depends on the horse. We will see how he comes through the run.

"He's not a gross horse and he might need a bit more of this to get him to settle but he's an exciting colt. What he does at home is really, really good. I've only let him go once and that was enough for me to see what he can do.

McLaren has a powerful army of owners that includes Newgate Farm, China Horse Club and Winstar Farm.

"It's a big tick for them too. They put a lot into it. If you can get one that's all you need. If it's the right one, they are home," the trainer added.

A $380,000 purchase by China Horse Club/Newgate/Winstar out of the Baramul Stud draft at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, McLaren is a half-brother to the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate runner Cao Cao (Fastnet Rock).

His dam Serenada, a 4-time winning daughter of Encosta de Lago, is a half-sister to Group 2 Caulfield Sprint winner and Group 1 WRC Telegraph Handicap runner-up First Command, as well as the star Hong Kong Sprinter One World (Danehill Dancer) a Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1 placed.

Serenada's dam River Serenade (Hurricane Sky) is a sister to the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate heroine River Dove who is the dam of Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes winner and young Vinery stallion Headwater, who like McLaren is a son of Exceed And Excel.

McLaren becomes the 154th stakes-winner for Darley Stud's trailblazing reverse shuttler Exceed And Excel who covered 76 mares last spring at a fee of $82,500.

Our team at Dynamic Syndications are excited about an EXCEED AND EXCEL colt we have in work with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

Escaped at the trials 24-1-19

Named ESCAPED from the stakes winning mare SE SAUVER he has had 2 trials to date.

His first was just an educational trial where he bombed the start to run third beaten 1.1 lengths and then he trialled more intently on 24 January winning his heat by 3 lengths in fast time.

ESCAPED is holding a nomination for Randwick’s Kensington track on Wednesday and will be nominated for Saturday’s Lonhro Plate at Warwick Farm with a decision to be made on Tuesday as to which way we head. If things click on what he has shown so far he's up at the right time of year to aim at something black-type.

EXCEED AND EXCEL needs no introduction to Dynamic Syndications followers and supporters as he is the sire of our Gr1 Blue Diamond Winners REWARD FOR EFFORT.

REWARD FOR EFFORT winning the Blue Diamond

At the Magic Millions we purchased 2 top colts by EXCEED AND EXCEL both from Stakes Winning mares

The first was a chestnut colt out of TIMBOURINA a Gr2 winning, Gr1 placed mare.

He is being trained by CIARON MAHER and DAVID EUSTACE at Warwick Farm. 5% Shares are $12,885

The second is a Bay Colt out of the brilliant 2yo filly EVERAGE – she won 3 races at 2 and was 4 times runner up winning the ATC Keith Mackay S., LR and running 2nd in the ATC Kindergarten S. Gr3.

He is being trained by GAI WATERHOUSE and ADRIAN BOTT and is on offer as
an ALL LADIES Syndicate. 5% Shares are $8,750

Details are on our website.

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