EXCITES - Vinery sire’s move excites memory of Daybreak Lover

Aug 07, 2014

EXCITES (Danewin – Staging, by Success Express), sire of earners in excess of $2.1million in 2013-14 transferred by arrangements through online service Gavelhouse this year from Vinery Stud to John and Jan Dean’s Springfields Stud, Allora, Qld.

Vinery sire’s move excites memory of Daybreak Lover

  ONE of the most respected horsemen in Queensland is forty plus year servant of breeding and racing John Dean, currently conductor with his wife Jan of the Springfields Stud near Allora in the southern Darling Downs region, but earlier near Stanthorpe.

  They came into prominence at Stanthorpe in the mid1980s when they hosted as foundation sire a tough sprinter by the name of Daybreak Lover, a son of the Never Bend sire Namnan (USA) and the Latin Lover (Ire) mare Rising Sun.

  Daybreak Lover was bred by Michael Willesee’s Trans Media Park Stud, but Rising Sun’s next foal, the Unaware gelding Rising Fear, by Jim Bartholomew’s Barador Stud. One of the best stayers of his time, Rising Fear won nine races to Group 2 and was runner up in the Melbourne Cup, Perth Cup and Queensland Derby.

  In contrast, Daybreak Lover, winner of 11 of 40 starts, never succeeded beyond 1400m. At the latter distance, he had the unusual achievement of winning the Group1 Stradbroke (1400) at Eagle Farm in 1984 and 1986 (in Australian record time), victories separated by use as a sire at Springfields. In addition his comeback from stud use included a second in the Doomben 10,000.

   Deceased at 26, Daybreak Lover had 21 years of use at Springfields, the last ten over small books, and ended up with 189 winners, four of them successful in stakes and six stakes placed.

  He is recalled following the news that the Deans are to stand this year at Springfields the Danewin Group1 winner Excites, a proven sire of winners up to Group 3 level with his oldest 5-year-olds in 2013-14. It is a year in which to mid July his 108 runners included 46 winners (43 Australia) of 84 races (79 Aust), 26 others placed and earners of over $2.1million.

   Eighth top first season sire 2010-11 and third crop sire 2012-13, Excites includes in his best runners to date the stakes winners Sistine Demon (dam by Peintre Celebre; 8 wins 1200m-1650m, won MRC Victoria Handicap-Gr.3, VRC Super Saturday Stakes-LR, second Kilmore Cup-LR),  Excites Zelady (Zeditave; 3 Adelaide wins 1000m-1400m, SAJC Breeders’ Stakes-Gr.3, second SAJC Charman’s Stakes-Gr.3), Flag Officer (Gulch; 4 wins 1100m-1800m Perth including TJ Smith Trophy-LR, second WATC Roberts Stakes-LR, third WATC Challenge Stakes-LR, fourth Western Australian Derby-Gr.2) and Scream Machine (Octagonal; 7 wins 1400m-2000m, Wagga Wagga Gold Cup-LR, 6 in Sydney, second Goulburn Cup, third Newcastle Cameron-Gr.3 and in yesterday’s, July 19, Rosehill Winter Stakes-LR).

  His other winners include Black Jag (Thunder Gulch; 8 wins 1200m-2200m, 5 Sydney, fourth ATC Dulcify-LR), Red Excitement (Red Ransom; 8 wins 1000m-1600m, 5 Sydney), Minh Khai (Grand Lodge; 6 wins 1450m-2200m, 3  Sydney), Amber’s Crown (More Than Ready; 6 wins 800m-1100m, Ipswich QTIS 2YO Plate, BRC 2YO Handicap), Schumacher (Lion Hunter;  5 wins 1000m-1200m, won Melbourne, Adelaide), King Ludwig (King of Kings; 8 wins 1200m-1666m, won Brisbane), Avadale (Rory’s Jester, 5 wins 800m-1100m, first and second Sydney), Sir Kingwood (Quest for Fame;  4 wins NZ 1000m-1200m, Taranaki Seaton Park Stakes) and Arousing Suspicion (Secret Savings; 3 wins 12010m-1608m, won Melbourne).

  Other Sydney winners are Jimmy Says Yes (Dexter), Parraay (Beautiful Crown), Time to Excite (Baryshnikov), Madame Fly (Perugino) and Potluck (Flying Spur). Sweet Serenipity (Rory’s Jester) won the Scone Inglis 2YO Classic and Stimulatte (Latarmiss) has won and placed in Adelaide.

  Excites himself only won one of ten starts, but was undoubtedly one of the best of his generation. He won the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes-Gr.1 and finished second in the AJC Baillieu Stakes-LR at two and at three second in the Caulfield Guineas-Gr.1, third in the MVRC AAMI Vase-Gr.2 and VRC Concept Stakes-LR, fourth in the STC Premiere Stakes-Gr.2 and fifth in the STC Golden Rose and MVRC Debonair Stakes.

  Excites is one of three half-brother stakes winners from the imposing list of stakes performers bred by distinguished Queensland breeders Peter and Wendy Moran when they had the Noble Park Stud in the Innisplain Valley. The other two are Duporth (a Red Ransom Champion Australian 3YO Sprinter) and Tickets (Redoute’s Choice dual Group 2 winner, second AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes-Gr.1 and Champagne Stakes-Gr.1). In addition Succeeding, a three-quarter sister by Flying Spur to Excites and Tickets, is the dam of the Australian bred Encosta de Lago South African 2YO Delago Deluxe.

  Duporth, Kitchwin Hills, Scone, is the third top first season sire for 2013-14; Tickets, Widden Stud, Hunter Valley, is expected to do well with his first 2-year-olds in 2014-15; and Delago Deluxe is coming up to his second season at Newhaven Park, Boorowa NSW.

  The half-brothers are from the Moran bred and raced Success Express (USA) million dollar earner Staging, a relation of the outstanding performers Mannerism and Always Welcome.

  Moved from Vinery to Springfields by arrangements made by the Gary Moore established Gavelhouse, a service which has placed a number of sires, broodmares and racehorses in Australia and overseas for clients through its online facility, Excites is to stand at Springfields on a fee of $5,500 inc.GST (LFG) with payment not due until June 2015.The Deans, (07) 4666 2248, mobile 0428 822 212, email springfields@activ8.net.au, also stand the good Marscay sire Freeze.