Some families just cannot be killed off

05:36 AM 23 Jun 2014 NZST
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Just An Excuse Just An Excuse won two New Zealand Cups Todd Mitchell & Just An Excuse
Just An Excuse
Just An Excuse won two New Zealand Cups
Todd Mitchell & Just An Excuse - After winning the New Zealand Cup 2004

It has long been recognized that some harness racing maternal families will leave winners regardless of what sires you send them to.

That is certainly backed up in the case of the branch of the hugely successful Millie C family established by the Bachelor Hanover mare Excuse Me.

Choice Machine is the latest descendant of  the Excuse Me clan to prove that you don't need “blue blood” sires to succeed with this family.

Choice Machine is by Road Machine and won three races on the track with a best mile rate of 2:00.5 over 2200 meters.

She was from a Tuff Choice daughter of Excuse Me who had six foals for two winners with Choice Machine being her best.

So Road Machine and Tuff Choice are not and never will be leading broodmare sires but that hasn't stopped the Excuse Me factor helping Choice Machine start life as a brood mare with a real bang.

The first foal she produced was Choice Falcon by Falcon Seelster who has gone 1:56.6 and won $98,602 to date while her second foal is the smart Changeover two year old in Controversial 1:57.3 who made it two from two winning at Newcastle on Friday night for Shane Tritton and looks to have a big future in front of him.

Controversial winning last Friday night

This is a maternal family that seems to thrive regardless of what sires are involved.

Smooth Performer ($184,355) who descends from a daughter of Excuse Me was by the abject sire failure, Top Performer.

Smooth Performer was his only $100,000 winner but she bred on as well being the dam of Franco Sequel 1:51 ($356,011).

Another daughter of Excuse Me, Precious Excuse is by the poorly performed unraced Albatross sire Acquisitor who was a flop in New Zealand but Precious Excuse's first three foals have all won in bettor than 2:00.

Outstanding horses that have Excuse Me as their third dam or better include Just An Excuse 1:55.6 ($1,047,157) DB Bopper 1:50 ($605,365) and Second Wind 1:49.8 ($340,501) to name just a few.

This is a maternal family that seems to succeed regardless of the strength of the sires used with it.

Excuse Me was an outstanding brood mare and her daughters and their descendants have carried that on, growing the reputation of a maternal family that seems to produce winners to just about any sire that they are covered with.

Harnesslink Media

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