08/01/2013 3:53PM

Exceed And Excel leads Australia's sire standings


Courtesy of DarleyExceed and Excel

Darley shuttle stallion Exceed And Excel has finished the 2012-13 season as Australia's leading general sire.

The son of Danehill sired the earners of more than $11.4 million in Australian funds, including 17 stakes winners, for the Southern Hemisphere season that concluded July 31, edging Fastnet Rock to claim his first sire title. Exceed And Excel, who is based at Darley's Kelvinside Stud in New South Wales and stands the Northern Hemisphere season at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England, finished eighth in the standings last year.

After Fastnet Rock in the standings came Commands and Lonhro, both Darley sires.

"Sheikh Mohammed's purchase of Exceed And Excel back in 2004 was one of the most significant purchases in Darley's history in Australia," Darley Australia managing director Henry Plumptre said. "Probably the most significant purchase was that of the Woodlands Stud empire back in 2008. In that deal we acquired some fantastic bloodstock including Commands and Lonhro.

"To stand three of the top four stallions in the country is an incredible achievement and it would not be possible without the efforts of our stud and racing staff and our nominations team. Most importantly however, I would like to acknowledge the wonderful support from our loyal clients without whom this would not be possible."

Australia's champion sprinter of 2004, Exceed And Excel will count unbeaten champion Black Caviar among the mares in his book this season.

Exceed And Excel also finished as Australia's leading juvenile sire for the season, as his year was bolstered by a pair of young Group 1 winners, Overreach and Guelph. Fastnet Rock was the country's leading sire of 3- and 4-year-olds.

Finishing as Australia's leading freshman sire for 2012-13 was Northern Meteor, who died at Widden Stud this week following a severe bout of colic.

Zabeel was the leading broodmare sire in both Australia and New Zealand. O'Reilly finished as the leading general sire in the latter country, while his son Alamoda was New Zealand's leading freshman sire.