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Golden Slipper goal for Exceed And Excel colt
31 Jan 2017

With another leading buyers’ title all but sewn up and 20 purchases already under his belt this week, Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis is now eyeing one of the few unticked boxes on his bucket list.

For more than a year Ellis has been making regular trips to Cambridge Stud to inspect a colt by Exceed And Excel out of the Group One performer Oasis Rose, with a $3.5 million pot of gold firmly in mind. He took another step towards that goal at Karaka this afternoon, buying the colt for $625,000.

“What I’ve written in my notes for this colt is two words – ‘the race’,” Ellis said. “The race I’ve always really wanted to win is the Golden Slipper, and I believe that this is that sort of colt.

“I first saw him when he was a foal at Cambridge Stud. I’ve been going back to look at him regularly since then. I’ve seen him around 10 times. He’s really impressed me all the way through. He’s absolutely thrived since he arrived at Karaka and he’s a colt with a lovely temperament.

“He’s a beautiful colt, he’s got real class and I thought he was one of the colts of the sale. He’ll be part of our stallions syndicate this year, along with a Redoute’s Choice colt we bought on the Gold Coast (out of the Woodman mare Valadon, bought for A$560,000) and one or two more to follow.”

A daughter of high-quality shuttle stallion Oasis Dream, whose progeny include the young Cambridge Stud shuttler Power, Oasis Rose was bred in Australia by Kia Ora Stud.

Cambridge Stud’s general manager Marcus Corban bought her for A$260,000 at the Inglis Sydney Easter sale, and she carried the colours of Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan to a win and three placings in a six-start career.

Oasis Rose ran second in the Listed Wentwood Grange as a two-year-old, and in November 2012 she finished second and only a head behind Sacred Falls in the Gr. 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas.

“This colt’s pedigree is outstanding,” Ellis said.

Ellis bought 14 horses yesterday for a total of more than $2.18 million, and he has shown no signs of slowing down today.

“And there’s more to come,” he vowed.

Richard Edmunds
The Informant