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Exceed And Excel Confirmed For Black Caviar Mating
Following this column's initial report on Tuesday, at that point unable to be confirmed by Darley Australia's managing director Henry Plumptre, Exceed And Excel is now officially the first stallion chosen to be mated to undefeated multiple Gr1-winning champion race mare Black Caviar. Her owners released a statement overnight in which they explained that the decision had been made "after extensive consultation with leading Australian breeders." Part-owner and spokesperson Gary Wilkie acknowledged, "It has been a very thorough, painstaking but enjoyable process... Like all decisions with Black Caviar, we are very honoured and extremely privileged to be the ones in this predicament. There were a number of outstanding stallions that demanded our attention, and we are thrilled that Exceed And Excel will be Nelly's first mating. All going well, we are looking forward to a fit and healthy foal in the spring of 2014." Exceed And Excel has enjoyed a stellar season headed by a top-flight crop of juveniles.