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Valid excels on debut

By August 2, 2011August 3rd, 2011General

John O’Shea trained 3 year-old (Exceed and Excel – Valadon by Woodman) is the latest Belmont Bloodstock yearling purchase to taste racetrack success.

Debuting last Saturday at Kembla Grange on a slow track over 1200m, Valid (who was a 2 year-old at the time of the race) was taking on older opposition and handled it well to dead-heat for first with fellow first-start and well bred galloper from the Hawkes stable, Jamaican Warrior (Lonhro – Nanny Maroon).

Valid was a $110,000 purchase from the 2010 Inglis Easter Yearling Sales from the draft of Ron Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud. To view his sirecam footage from 2010 go to

There appears to be plenty of upside for Valid, given that he raced greenly and is still learning his trade. He will be nominated for a race in the city for his next outing.

Valid’s sire Exceed and Excel was crowned the world’s leading sire of 2 year-olds in the 2010/11 season and is standing this season at Darley Stud for a fee of $66,000.

Congratulations to a big group of owners headed by Nick Curtis.