The team excelled with only a small field of acceptors between the two Laming stables throughout the month of October with only 10 runners churning out 4 winners, highlighted by the early November winner on MELBOURNE CUP DAY of Excelman who took out the SUBZERO in the all grey event, piloted perfectly to a well scheduled plan by Blaike McDougall, and an inaugural winner for the Bevan/Melissa Laming combination up North.

Trainer Richard Laming put a circle around the Subzero Handicap (1400m) four months ago for his grey Excelman (NZ) (Reliable Man) and he was delighted that his plan came to fruition as we’d targeted this race at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day for some time. The New Zealand-bred gelding was given an armchair ride by jockey Blaike McDougall after drawing the 1 alley, to enable the duo to follow the speed behind pacemaker Naval Envoy to break down the runner in the final strides to win by half a length.

Trainer, Richard Laming told owners in the morning of the race that this is the best iv’e seen him heading into the SUBZERO and he’s efforts did not disappoint.

Hoop Blaike McDougall said “For the last month I have been heading out to Cranbourne and jumping this fella out and he has been going terrific,” McDougal said.

Excelman was bred by Westbury Stud principal Gerry Harvey, who stands his sire, Reliable Man, at his South Auckland farm.

Out of the Exceed and Excel mare Glory Run, Excelman is a half-brother to the Group One performed Night’s Watch.


5yo Grey Gelding
D.O.B: 28-Aug-2016

Ms N R Joyce, Mr S B Laming, Mrs J Laming, Mrs V Cassidy, Felgate Holdings, Aj’s Bakery Pty Ltd, Mr M S Ploenges, Mrs M A Yates, Mr M R Hibbert, Mr D W Higginbotham, Mr J E Humbler, Mr H R O’Neill, Miss E Cummings, Mr B Barber, Mr P Gunning, Mr G J Segrave, Mr L Jervis

1st of 9
FLEM 02Nov21

Excelman (NZ)

FLEM 02Nov21 1400m Good4 GREYS BM90 $130,700 ($72,200) Blaike McDougall 55.5kg Barrier 1 Rtg 74
2nd Naval Envoy 54kg, 3rd Standoff 54kg 1:24.31, 0.5L, 3rd@800m, 3rd@400m, $6.50/$7/$7.50


5yo Bay Gelding
D.O.B: 12-Sep-2016

Talking Horses Pty Ltd, Aj’s Bakery Pty Ltd

Five year old bay gelding, The General chalked up win 4 at start 10 when competing at Moe on 15 October over 1200 m when claiming apprentice Kiran Quilty piloted the runner from barrier 12 to score a confident 1.5 lengths victory when beating home Mariamia from Astronomicelle in a time of 1:14.46 guided to perfection positively by the claiming hoop to score on a heavy 8, Showing great quality to jump back to the winners stall second up for the preparation.

1st of 12
MOE 15Oct21

The General (NZ)

MOE 15Oct21 1200m Heavy8 BM70 $60,000 ($33,000) Ms Kiran Quilty (a) 60kg (cd 57kg) Barrier 12 Rtg 70
2nd Mariamia 56kg, 3rd Astronomicelle 55.5kg 1:14.46 (600m 37.04), 1.5L, 1st@800m, 1st@400m, $5/$3.30/$3.40/$3.50


6yo Bay Gelding
D.O.B: 01-Nov-2015

Talking Horses Pty Ltd, Aj’s Bakery Pty Ltd

Six year old bay gelding, Kaiberry scored for connections but introduced the new training combination of Bevan and Melissa Laming from Jacobs well to score at the Gold Coast on 30th of October when contesting over 1800 m in a class 4, racing on a good 4, landing the prize in advance of Dorset Coast with Michael Hellyer piloting from barrier (6) in a forward position to score by half a length in a time of 1:50.13 at odds of $3-1, Neptunes Choice with the third runner to arrive.

1st of 6
GCST 02Oct21

Kaiberry (NZ)
(Jacobs Well)

GCST 02Oct21 1800m Soft7 CL2-SW $25,000 ($14,000) Micheal Hellyer 59kg Barrier 4 Rtg 61
2nd Becandleni 57kg, 3rd Hawaiian Gem 57kg 1:53.39 (600m 36.94), 0.5L, 1st@800m, 1st@400m, $4.60/$4.40/$6.50/$7


4yo Bay Gelding
D.O.B: 08-Nov-2017

Ms N R Joyce, Mr G Harvey, Mr R Cullen, Mr G F Stone, Mrs J Laming, Mr S B Laming, G B S Racing 1, Clairden Racing, Felgate Holdings, Mr H R O’Neill, Mrs V Cassidy, Aj’s Bakery Pty Ltd, Mr G Locantro, Mrs C A Cullen, Mr R D Hage

Swiss Ace out of Mrs Kennedy in four year old bay gelding commodity,  Mr Roger saluted for connections at Moonee Valley on the first day of October with the runner having start 11 to produce win 3 over 1200 m in fine fashion.

1st of 9
M V 01Oct21

Mr Roger (NZ)

M V 01Oct21 1200m Soft7 BM64 $60,000 ($33,000) Matthew Cartwright (a) 60.5kg (cd 58.5kg) Barrier 3 Rtg 65
2nd Joltin’ Joe 61kg, 3rd Redeel 57kg 1:13.90 (600m 37.94), 1.25L, 1st@800m, 2nd@400m, $6.50/$4.80/$4.60/$4.40

Good luck to all owners and their horses as we count down to racing in the second last month of racing this year.

Main Photo – Excelman winning the Subzero Handicap (1400m) at Flemington on Tuesday. Photo: Bruno Cannatelli