Al Hasa Wins Listed Welcome Stakes

Monday, 20th November 2017

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 NZB 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."