Son Of Exceed And Excels Demolishes Competition In The Godolphin Mile
Tadhg O’Shea piloted Secret Ambition to lead the field from early in the race and clock a very quick time of 1:35:36 while recording a 6-length success in the early Group Two feature.
Secret Ambition was one of only 3 C&D winners in this 15-runner renewal of the Godolphin Mile and it was another course and distance winner in Golden Goal who finished second, while Avant-Garde was back in third.
O’Shea, who afterwards dedicated the success to HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was keen to follow similar tactics to when the pair were impressive winners of the Gr. 3 Firebreak Stakes at Meydan back in February and those tactics certainly paid off as the horse recorded a career-best.
“All week I’ve been saying that in this race there was no more experienced horse for this distance," said the winning trainer and master of Zabeel Stables, "Nothing better than having a winner on this night.”
Distance 1, 600 metres (8 furlongs), Surface Dirt, Qualification Southern Hemisphere 3-year-olds &, Northern Hemisphere 4-year-olds, Weight SH 3yo: 55 kg – NH 4yo: 57 kg. Allowance fillies & mares 2kg, Purse US$1, 000, 000