Hong Kong’s International races at Sha Tin traditionally provide a spectacular conclusion to the racing year, and 2018’s top-class was no exception for the Darley stallions, with Teofilo and Exceed And Excel both siring G1 winners on Sunday, 9 December.
Teofilo recorded his 16th winner at the highest level when his son Irishcorrespondent (now racing as Exultant) put up a tremendous battle to win the 12-furlong Vase. The four-year-old was settled in second under jockey Zac Purton and asked for his effort once coming out of the turn, went toe to toe with Lys Gracieux all the way down the home straight and showing incredible tenacity, eventually saw off his rival to win by a neck. Teofilo’s multiple Group-winning daughter Eziyra put up another strong performance to take third.
Irishcorrespondent was bred by Ballygallon Stud and is out of the winning Mark Of Esteem mare Contrary, herself a half-sister to Group-winning sprinters Caspian Prince and Spirit Quartz.
Later on the same card, Mr Stunning (Exceed And Excel) confirmed his place among the best sprinters in the world when recording back-to-back victories in the G1 Hong Kong Sprint. Settled in third position for much of the six-furlong contest, Mr Stunning took up the running once approaching the final furlong marker and from then on, the result never looked in doubt as he cruised to a three-quarter-length win from D B Pin.
Remarkably consistent, Mr Stunning has not been out of the first three in his last nine starts, a run which includes his triumph in this race last year.
Mr Stunning is out of the Dayjur mare With Fervour, who has produced seven winners from her eight foals to race.
He is one of 11 G1 winners for Exceed And Excel, also sire this year of a further 11 individual Group winners and G1 performers James Garfield and Threading.
Teofilo and Exceed And Excel both stand at Kildangan Stud in Ireland at fees of €40,000 and €50,000 respectively, both Oct 1, SLF.