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Flamberge Wins Gr1 William Reid Stakes
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) celebrated an elite success when 6YO gelding Flamberge (Exceed and Excel-Razor Blade, by Blazing Sword) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Peter Moody in the in the $500,000 Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 3YO colt Holler (Commands-Shouts, by Strategic) & 3YO gelding Japonisme (Choisir-Haiku, by Encosta de Lago). Flamberge took his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate, Gr1 Goodwood, Gr3 Heath Stakes, Gr3 Sebring Stakes, Gr3 Standish Handicap & Listed Durbridge Stakes) & 9 placings (including the Gr2 Rubiton Stakes & Gr3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes) from 33 starts for $1,725,630 earnings. A homebred for Racing Victoria chairman David Moodie's Contract Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd, Flamberge is a full brother to dual Listed winner Curtana and a half-brother to Gr2 winner Sunburnt Land (Scenic) from the brilliant Gr3-winning sprinter Razor Blade.