First winner of the season for Raheen and Excites

Thursday, 4 August 2011

It only took three days for Raheen Stud and promising sire Excites to produce their first winner of the new season.

Excites won the G1 AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes over 1400m at his third start and his first crop daughter Hawilka did likewise with a convincing victory over the same distance at Coffs Harbour on Wednesday.

Hawilka (3f Excites – Sweet Thunder by Thunder Gulch) is trained by Trevor Hardy and had been given two pipe-openers over shorter trips last season.  She kicked clear for a comfortable three-quarter length victory at 30/1.

Hawilka was bred by Raheen Stud and is the latest winner to come off the Gladfield Valley nursery after being catalogued for the 2010 yearling sales.  Among them are last Saturday’s Doomben winner Punch On and the brilliant youngsters Rocket To Glory and Noisy Ocean.

Raheen also sold Hawilka’s youngster sister at this year’s Magic Millions QTIS 600 yearling sale.  She was purchased by Michael Wallace Bloodstock for $38,000.

Their dam Sweet Thunder won at Moonee Valley and she also earned black-type in the TRC Strutt Stakes.

Excites stands at Vinery Stud in the Hunter Valley and was a Group 1 winning juvenile over 1400m before returning to run a close second in the G1 Caulfield Guineas.

Excites is an elder half brother to young stallions Duporth and Tickets and, being a son of Danewin, his progeny should hit their best form as three-year-olds and older.