World's greatest sire of juvenile winners Exceed and Excel is home to stay.
As Exceed And Excel celebrates another outstanding year to begin his 16th breeding season at 'Kelvinside' near Aberdeen his owners Darley stud have decided to reside the sire permanently in the Australia.
The stallion is returning to join the Australian Darley stallions roster for 2020, after completing 15 duties as a reverse shuttle stallion from his northern hemisphere home in Ireland at Kildangan.
On the track over the past year Exceed And Excel's offspring did what they are bred to do, adding five G1 wins to their sire's tally.
In Australia, two of those top victories were provided by Bivouac who put his name alongside that of his sire by producing a dominant win in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington, having earlier taken the Golden Rose.
Bivouac is a member of Exceed And Excel's 2016 crop which also includes the G1 winners Microphone and Exceedance and the G2 winner Standout, all successful in a season that produced 12 individual Stakes winners in Australia.
Success on the racetrack flowed into the yearling sales where Exceed And Excel produced one of his best seasons with three million dollar colts, the top priced a colt coming from the G1 winning mare Platelet and selling for $1.8 million.
Exceed And Excel's success has been recognised by breeders who have supplied him with a full book of mares for the coming season that includes Vegas Showgirl dam of the world champion mare Winx, whose 2017 filly Covent Garden has shown great promise.