Darley’s Victorian stallion, Helmet (Exceed And Excel) sired another stakes winner on the weekend when his first-crop son Eqtiraan won his first black-type race in the Listed Cathedral Stakes.

Third in the Group 3 Solario Stakes as a juvenile, he had been tried over a mile at the start of the season without success. Sprinting though looks to be his optimum conditions and he ran on well to triumph by a neck over more seasoned, older performers.

Eqtiraan becomes the fifth Stakes winner of the season for Helmet after Classic heroes Thunder Snow and Anda Muchacho, Newmarket listed winner Taamol and Australian Group-winning juvenile filly Limestone.

The win of Eqtiraan was accompanied by a further win for his progeny on Sunday in the United Kingdom with Helovaplan scoring at Doncaster.

Helmet has a number of representatives at Royal Ascot this week. Leading the charge is his Group 1 winning Thunder Snow who is third favourite for the prestigious Group 1 St James Palace Stakes.

Godophin’s Thunder Snow (Helmet) will line up in Royal Ascot’s Group 1 St James Palace Stakes on Tuesday

Other entries for the week include two-year-olds June Dog (Listed  Windsor Castle Stakes) and Pilkington (Group 2 Norfolk Stakes), Taamol (Group 3 Jersey Stakes) and Tricorn (Britannia Stakes).

Helmet is taking all before him in the UK and Ireland holding down a position in the top 40 sires by earnings despite only having two crops of racing age.

He will stand for $16,500 at Darley Northwood in Victoria this year.

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