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More Excellantes for Former Doomben 10,000 Star



FALVELON, one of the most successful contestants of all time in the Doomben10,000, as a sire did not have a runner in the 2012 renewal of this Group1 event, but achieved consolation forty minutes later when his son Excellantes enhanced his rising stature as a sprinter with victory in the next race on the program, the Listed Chief De Beers Handicap over 1110m.


The effort took the record of Excellantes, a 4-year-old gelding trained at Eagle Farm by his breeder Robert Heathcote, preparer also of the day’s Doomben10,000 runnerup Buffering, to seven wins and six seconds. He has contested 19 races, all but one of which has been in Brisbane.  A half-brother to the Easy Rocking Group 2 winner Funtantes and the good class Show a Heart Brisbane performer Notre Amour, Excellantes was bred by Heathcote in partnership with J.W. Purchase using Falvelon at the Glenlogan Park stud and Cantantes, a Brisbane winner bought for $18,000 at a Magic Millions yearling sale.


Cantantes is one of 68 winners from the 84 starters produced at the Glen Avon Lodge stud at Southbrook, Qld by the only two crops of foals by the prematurely deceased Just Awesome, a brother by Last Tycoon to the dams of Casino Prince (Patinack Farm) and Onemorenomore (Vinery stud). Her second, third, fourth and fifth dams were all by sires used at Lyndhurst stud, Warwick, Qld.


Excellantes immediate breeding underlines not only loss to Queensland of Just Awesome, but also that of Falvelon’s sire Alannon. A good Melbourne sprinter from the Nearctic male who became a foundation sire when Jon Haseler developed the Glenlogan Park stud in the Innisplain Valley near Beaudesert, Alannon died after only one season. It resulted in 65 foals, 58 starters, 40 winners of 143 races and over $6.4million.


Principal contributor was Falvelon, a Queensland bred, owned and trained colt who produced a marvellous racing record. In winning 15 races and earning $4,182,974, he had the unique achievement of winning twice and third placing once in each of the Doomben 10,000 and Hong Kong International Sprint.  Retired to Glenlogan Park, he has 228 winners (seven SWs,13 SPs) of 680 races and $14.6million to his credit to date. Besides Australia, he has had winners in New Zealand, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Korea.


Represented by five winners May 25-26, Falvelon (2012 fee $9,900) is one of seven sires which at Glenlogan make up one of the best reservoirs of fleet-footed, talented Aussies at an Australian stud, and one of the best for service fee value.  Only four of these have runners and three of them were well represented by winners in the week ending May 27. Besides Falvelon, they were three times Champion Queensland Sire Show a Heart (a Star Kingdom line sire; fee $22,000), four winners; and Bradbury’s Luck (Redoute’s Choice; fee $6,600), seven winners headed by Lucky Gray, a 4-year-old  gelding who became the second stakes winner on the Saturday for a Glenlogan sire when a cruising 3 ½ lengths winner of the Group 3 $126,100 Roma Cup (1200m) at Perth’s Belmont Park track.


It was an effort that showed the C.V. McWhinney, Qld bred Luckygray up again as one of the best gallopers up to 1600m in the West, He has won eight of eleven starts, including the Group1 Railway Stakes and two Group 3s.  The other Glenlogan sire with runners is the Flying Spur Caulfield Sprint winner Jet Spur (fee $15,400) and he had his prowess as a winner getter shown again at the meeting at the Gold Coast on May 19, being represented by a treble, two juveniles and a first crop 4-year-old. Jet Spur supplied five winners May 16-19.

 Courtesy of Brian Russell Bloodstock Media Service 

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