Smart debut winner for overshoot

The Vinery Stud bulls have been on fire in recent days with young Exceedance producing Saturday’s Sydney metro winner in Swift Falcon and on Monday producing a stylish debut winner at Muswellbrook in the form of Etude.

Astute trainer Kris Lees is often deadly when sending a promising youngster into the country and punters were all over Exceedance filly Etude, who became favorite in the 1000m and took on older rivals.

The fleet-footed filly lived up to expectations as she ran clear and despite racing green had enough left at the finish to win by three-quarters of a length in an encouraging performance.

Etude, bred for Kia Ora Stud and partners, is the first foal of the well-related Sebring mare Sangita, a two-time winner whose mother is a half-sister to champion sprinter and Group I sire Starspangledbanner, with the family also Group I winners Amicus, the dam of colt Chief Little Rock, who will be entered for Royal Ascot later this week.

Kia Ora sold a Farnan yearling colt by Sangita for $280,000 to Bahen Bloodstock/Kris Lees Racing at this year’s Magic Millions, so he will no doubt join his older half-sister Etude in the champion Newcastle trainer’s stable.

Sangita had a filly by Captivant last spring and is now pregnant again by Farnan.

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Etude is the sixth winner for Exceedance and two of them are group winners Dublin Down and Flyer, with Vinery Stud opting to keep his fee at $33,000 the same as last year.