Earthquake wins the Blue Diamond Stakes carrying the Darley silksPICTURE: Getty Images
Exceed excels with Blue Diamond domination
DARLEY shuttler Exceed And Excel dominated the result of one of Australia's premier two-year-old events, the Blue Diamond Stakes over 6f at Caulfield, on Saturday.
The son of Danehill, currently standing at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket for £35,000 before travelling down to Australia for the southern-hemisphere breeding season later this year, sired the winner and the runner-up, and appeared as the damsire of the third.
The laurels went to the favourite, Earthquake, who had won the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies this month.
She is a homebred for Sheikh Mohammed out of the Marauding mare Cataclysm, who was Listed-placed over 6f.
Cataclysm is a half-sister to stakes-winnng sprinters El Cambio and Complicate and is a granddaughter of Ochiltree, who finished second in two Group 1s - the West Australian Oaks and Cauflied 1,000 Guineas.
She has also produced Palomares, a Listed winner over 7f by Commands.
Runner-up in the Blue Diamond on Saturday was Jabali, who is out of the Listed-placed sprinter Balalaika, a daughter of King Of Kings and Group 2-winning sprinter Love Of Mary.
Cornrow, the third home, is by the young Red Ransom stallion Duporth and out of Exceed And Excel's Listed-winning daughter Baby Corn.
Earthquake becomes Exceed And Excel's eighth top-level winner, following Guelph, Helmet, Overreach and Reward For Effort in the southern hemisphere, and Excelebration, Margot Did and Outstrip north of the equator.