Group Three Winner in England for Exceed And Excel
Mark Smith - Sunday, 14 May 2017

Saturday's Chartwell Fillies' Stakes (7f) at Lingfield was expected to be a benefit for Group I Coronation Stakes winner Qemah but Jean-Claude Rouget's French raider had no answer to the 4-year-old Exceed And Excel mare Mix And Mingle.

Racing alone against the stand rail, the Chris Wall-trained mare strolled home two and a quarter lengths to earn her maiden stakes win under Ryan Moore. (photo Sporting Life).

"That is a really good performance. She had shown us at home that she had taken a step forward after her race at Newmarket, Wall told Sporting Life.

"Ryan has given her a lovely ride. We discussed staying on the stands rail because, historically, when there is a little bit of juice in the ground it is the best place to be and as she is pretty straightforward, while you would probably prefer a bit of cover, there was a strong tailwind today and we did not want to be too far off the pace.

"He has given her a peach of a ride and she has shown a good turn of foot and quickened up well.

"I will use the old cliche - this was the target and had been for a while. I think we will go away and discuss with the owners what he'd like to do.

"There is nothing really for her at Royal Ascot - I could have put her in the Duke of Cambridge, but I think seven (furlongs) really is her trip. Although she was running well over a mile last year, I felt she wasn't quite getting home over the last 100 yards. I would like to stick at seven but there is a limited programme.

"The important thing with a well-bred filly like her was to get some full black type and that was achieved. I have not discussed it with the owners yet but to do something like taking her to America at some point is not the stupidest thing - if she is going to get a mile round two turns, that's where she will do it. That is to be discussed."

Bred by Deerfield Farm, Mix And Mingle is a daughter of the 4-time winning Dalakhani mare Mango Lady, who is a half-sister to the Group II Royal Ascot King Edward VII Stakes winner High Accolade (Mark Of Esteem).

Mix And Mingle becomes the 131st stakes winner for Exceed And Excel who is currently covering in Ireland, before returning to Darley Stud's Aberdeen showpiece where he will stand his 14th season at a fee of $110,000. 

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