Pedigree In Focus

Damaged makes light work of rivals at Warwick Farm.

Exceed And Excel.
Exceed And Excel. Picture: Darley

Godolphin unearthed another talented two-year-old in the form of Damaged (2 c Exceed And Excel - Shatters by Lonhro) who showed his class to win the Sky Racing Active Maiden Plate (1100m) at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. 

Ridden by visiting British-based jockey Tom Marquand, the colt was last seen finishing second on debut in the Headwater at Vinery 2YO Maiden Handicap (1100m) in December and on Wednesday scored a two and a half length victory over Codebreaker, handing Darley sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill) a quinella in the event. 

"He is pretty push-button, which makes life really easy and he has a good temperament," said Marquand, who was celebrating his first winner for Godolphin in Australia. 

"He ran a really good race last time out and came back and ran a really good trial here - albeit on soft ground. He has shown the promise that he teased that he had."

The colt is out of three-time winning Lonhro (Octagonal) mare Shatters, who has produced three other winners including Group 3 scorer Shards (Medaglia d'Oro). 

Meanwhile, colt's third dam is Listed winner Destruct (Sir Tristram), who is herself a half-sister to Group 1 winner and sire Strategic (Zedative) and Group 2 winning sire Clang (Bellotto). 

Further back this is the family of Sweet Embrace (Todman). 

In 2019 Shatters foaled a filly by Exceed And Excel's barnmate Astern (Medaglia d'Oro) and has most recently been covered by the young Darley stallion again - in attempt to duplicate the cross that produced Damaged's aforementioned stakes-winning half-brother Shards.

The Exceed And Excel / Lonhro cross has produced three Group 3 winners; Manicure, Resin and Minhaaj.


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