If pedigrees counted for anything, Flamberge (Exceed And Excel) was never going to lose Saturday’s $70,000 Programmed Property Services Handicap (1200m) at Flemington.
Flamberge is a son of Exceed And Excel (Danehill), who blitzed his rivals down the Flemington straight course in the 2004 Newmarket Handicap. The gelding’s dam Razor Blade (Blazing Sword) had already thrown the straight-track Stakes winners Curtana (Exceed And Excel) and Sunburnt Land (Scenic).
Flamberge had a Ballarat maiden win to his name before the two-year-old made his city debut at Flemington.
Ben Melham restrained Flamberge to a position behind the leaders early in the race before working the youngster through a gap between the leaders with 200 metres to run.
Flamberge had enough in hand over his long-striding Peter Moody-trained stablemate King Krovanh (Fastnet Rock) to win his second race from as many starts.
"It was a really impressive effort by the winner and the second horse as well,” Moody’s representative Tom Brideoake said.
"For this horse to come out first time down the straight and get the cover and be strong like that, it was a super effort.
"Ben did a super job getting the cover. He pulled him back and really got him up on the bit travelling nicely. He got out at the right time and got the break and went on with the win.”
Flamberge defeated King Krovanh by a head with another nose back to Win Dixie (Tale Of The Cat). Flamberge started as a $4.25 favourite on track but his Victorian TAB backers received a dividend of $4.90 for every dollar invested. The two-year-olds ran the 1200 metres in 1:10.81 on slow ground, which was later upgraded to dead. The field recorded a 35.11-second sectional for the last 600 metres.
Flamberge is a homebred from David Moodie’s Contract Racing operation. The two-year-old is the fifth winner from six progeny out of Razor Blade.
Razor Blade foaled a colt by Medaglia D’Oro before Hard Spun served the mare in 2011.