At Riccarton in New Zealand, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a black-type success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Al Hasa (Exceed And Excel-Oasis Rose, by Oasis Dream) proved several classes above his rivals when bounding clear for an emphatic win in the $50,000 Listed Welcome Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, defeating Thunder Bay & Patsys Lass. A $625,000 purchase by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis at the 2017 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Cambridge Stud, Al Hasa hails from the family of three-time Gr1-winning French sire Doctor Dino. His record now reads 1 win and 1 placing from 2 starts for $NZ32,475 in earnings. Jockey Opie Bosson was effusive in his praise of Al Hasa. "He's a top class horse, one of the nicest two-year-olds I've sat on for quite a while," Bosson told NZ Racing Desk. "He's a Karaka Million horse and maybe even the Golden Slipper."