By triple Group 1 winner and son of Champion sire of 2YO’s Exceed And Excel - HELMET
Mar 09, 2016
By pre-eminent Australian sire of 2YO’s and Champion Australian sire 2012/13 EXCEED AND EXCEL, HELMET is out of the unraced yet incredibly well-credentialed broodmare ACCESSORIES who has also produced G1 performer and now NZ-based sire BULLBARS as well as dual G1 winning (STC Golden Rose [G1]; BRC Doomben 10,000 [G1]) fellow Darley stallion, EPAULETTE, to create a racehorse with 2YOspeed and 3YO stamina - an exciting stallion prospect indeed.
Bred and raced by Sheikh Mohammed, HELMET won two legs of the 2YO Triple Crown (ATC Sires’ Produce S. [G1]; ATC Champagne S.[G1]) as a juvenile. He then stamped an already impressive resume by returning in his Classic year to win the G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude en route to his `post to post’ win in the `sires making race,’ the MRC G1 Caulfield Guineas – in the record time of 1:35.43.
Retired to stud in 2012 to stand at Darley, HELMET’s first draft of Yearlings was received exceptionally well with 11 Yearlings fetching $100K or more to bring him an average of $93K, whilst 2 Lots sold for more than $200K. His weanling sales the following June produced a $170K weanling at the Magic Millions National Weanling sale.
This is the first foal for 4 times winning black type mare BEAUTIFUL BUNS (TTC Vamos S.[L]). Third dam, the Sir Tristram mare AMOROSO, is a half sister to Group performers CHUCKLE (2d AJC Light Fingers S.[G2]; STC Silver Slipper S.[G2]). This is also the family of Victorian stallions REWARD FOR EFFORT and CONSULAR.
Renowned for stamping his progeny in his own image, this flashy Chestnut colt is no exception. With only a handful of runners to date and 4 placings to his name, he has his hoof on the till and is currently posited in the Top 20 First Season Sires’ list and looks to have all the credentials to become a force within the Victorian breeding market.
“The most athletic Helmet at the sales, this colt oozed class and has a temperament to match,”