JUVENILE DOUBLE FOR EXCEED & EXCEL

Following up in the next race for Exceed and Excel was the Paul Messara trained filly Double Ranga, who improved on a good debut fourth to win the second division of the 1200 metre maiden.

Despite sitting wide in the run, the flashy chestnut with the four white feet was able to pull out plenty under pressure to win by a long neck in a good tough performance.

“That was a super effort and we’re really pleased as she drew wide and ended up wide all the way, so it was great run,” said Paul Messara.

A $120,000 purchase for BlueSky Thoroughbreds from the Highgrove Stud draft at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Double Ranga is a half-sister to stakes-winners Hesitates and Super Lacuna from the Brief Truce (USA) mare Pause, who comes from the family of this season’s Group I winning three year-old Toorak Toff.

Part owner Trevor Folsom clarified the strange name the filly bears post race, by explaining the Highgrove Stud bred filly was named after his two red headed children, hence the name Double Ranga!

The win continues the success of Blue Sky Thoroughbreds purchased 2yo’s, following on from stakes performing juveniles Beneteau, Shrapnel, She’s Meaner, Common Interest and Super Easy.

Blue Sky’s Julian Blaxland purchased Double Ranga from Ron Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud at the 2010 Easter Sale for $120,000 after buying Shrapnel from Gilbert at the 2009 Easter Sale.

Blaxland commented,“She looked a 2yo and we knew her full brother Hiatus had a load of ability. It was great to see her win today for Trevor Folsom and the other owners the Kellys and Mark Mclean. She’s got a great pedigree so hopefully we can get some black type with her while still a 2yo.”

Highgrove Stud will offer a half-sister by Street Sense (USA) to Double Ranga at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale as Lot 527.

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