Cummings’ Exceeds Gets Better of Hawkes’ Eden Roc

Eden Roc was upset by James Cummings’ filly Exceeds in the 1000 m Fire Hose Plate the weekend past at Royal Randwick, where her experience came into play, although when the topic of experience is raised in regard to juveniles, it is generally a question of one or two races.

The learning curve in a first season of racing is exponential and Exceeds seemed to have derived vast benefit from a debut race three weeks prior when she failed to place.

It was heavily favoured Eden Roc that looked like the untried rookie in his first real race, where his inexperience hampered him in the final 200 metres, despite having had three good trials at Rosehill and Warwick Farm.

Exceeds has natural speed, but was kept under control so as to be able to produce late and don the mantle of a promising filly that may make her a punter favourite if her connections run her in the Golden Slipper in March.

Eden Roc finished second in the nine-horse field, so it was not the sort of result that should cause epitaphs to be composed just yet. He did sacrifice 2 kg to Exceeds.

Exceeds paid handsomely for any punters with the clairvoyance necessary to select her, as she was $14 out to $20 prior to the jump.

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