At Flemington in Melbourne, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a black-type success when 3YO bay colt Highland Beat (Exceed And Excel-Highland Daughter, by Kyllachy) opened his stakes account with a well-deserved win in the $120,000 Listed A.R. Creswick Series Final (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Hay Bale & Ken's Dream. Purchased for $140,000 by Lindsay Park Bloodstock at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Glenlogan Park, Highland Beat improved his record to 3 wins and 7 placings (including the MRC Gr3 Vain Stakes & Gr3 MRC HDF McNeil Stakes) from 20 starts for $284,300 in earnings. Highland Beat became the 134th stakes winner for the world-class Exceed And Excel.
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Emirates Park's 5-time Gr1-winning shuttler Dream Ahead (Diktat-Land Of Dreams, by Cadeaux Genereux) celebrated his first Australian stakes winner when 3YO colt Ken's Dream (Dream Ahead-La Bella Rose, by Shamardal) scored by 1-length for trainer Darren Weir in the $120,000 Listed Mckenzie Stakes (1200m) for 3YO colts & geldings, over 3YO geldings Dam Ready (More Than Ready-Waterwise, by Zabeel) & Throssell (Captain Sonador-O' Venus, by Anabaa). This was the first stakes victory for Ken's Dream who extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $106,400 earnings. "It's a hard thing to do to win a maiden in the bush and then to come to town and win a Listed race," trainer Darren Weir told racing.com. "He'll definitely be a seven furlong horse and he might even get out a bit further than that because he's a lovely relaxed horse. He relaxed lovely out in front today and he would relax if he got some cover too." Ken's Dream is a homebred for the McDonald Racing Syndicate and is named in honour of one of his breeders, Ken McDonald.