A MEETING of champions is set to take place during the upcoming
southern hemisphere breeding season after it was confirmed by Australian
media that Black Caviar,
winner of all her 25 starts and currently riding high at the top of the
International Federation of Horseracing Authorities' rankings, will be
covered by champion sire elect Exceed And Excel.
Since news of Black Caviar's retirement in April, speculation has
been rife as to which stallion would be the first match for the daughter
of Bel Esprit, with bookmakers offering odds on a number of domestic
and international sires.
In May, part-owner Neil Werrett confirmed that Black Caviar would not
be visiting freshman sire Frankel, who will shortly commence covering a
limited number of mares on southern hemisphere time, but that six
candidates had been short-listed - five in Australia, and one abroad.
At the time, Vinery Stud stallion More Than Ready was installed as
favourite alongside Coolmore's reigning champion sire Fastnet Rock, but
Monday's announcement revealed the Darley shuttle sire had been chosen.
With just a few days of the southern hemisphere season left, Exceed
And Excel is on course to land his first Australian sires' championship.
The son of Danehill has earned over A$10,000,000 in earnings, a large
portion of which was won by a top-class crop of juveniles headed by
Golden Slipper heroine Overreach and dual Group 1 winner Guelph.
Exceed And Excel, who has just completed a northern hemisphere season
at Darley's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, stands at the operation's
Kelvinside Stud in New South Wales during the southern hemisphere
Black Caviar retired to the paddocks after five unbeaten campaigns,
winning 15 Group 1 races including the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal
Ascot last season.