Another three-year-old colt by Exceed And Excel, Standout, stamped himself as a serious contender ahead of the autumn carnival in Australia when flying home in the G2 Expressway Stakes under weight-for-age conditions on Saturday, 1 February.
Standout joins Microphone, Bivouac, and Exceedance as Group-winning colts from their sires' 2016 southern hemisphere crop.
Trained by one of Sydney's leading trainers, Gerald Ryan, and bred and raced by George Altomonte of Corumbene Stud, Standout jumped with the field to sit midfield over the 1,200m contest. Jockey Tommy Berry settled two off the fence back in fifth and the pair cruised over the first 700m of the journey before peeling off at the 400m mark to straighten up and run to the judge. The colt displayed an irresistible turn of foot bursting clear at the 200m mark to lead Alizee (Sepoy) home by a length and a half in second.
Standout is out of the Snippets mare Bahia, the dam 2013 G1 Golden Slipper Stakes winner, Overreach.
In 2020 so far, Exceed And Excel has produced three million-dollar yearlings in the southern hemisphere, with 18 youngsters catalogued for the Inglis Sydney Easter Yearling Sale in April.
Exceed And Excel stands at Kildangan Stud at a fee of €40,000, Oct 1, SLF.