Excelebration – Exceptional three-time Gr.1 winner by Exceed And Excel.
Timeform rated 133 at 3 years and 133 at 4 years – only Frankel was higher!
“Excelebration was close to being the best miler seen in Europe in recent years, with the obvious exception of Frankel.” Timeform Racehorses of 2012
“a career that, but for Frankel, would have been considered one of the modern era’s greatest.” Racing Post, Nov 2012
“He oozes class and has loads of speed – that’s his greatest weapon” Aidan O’Brien
His yearlings have sold for 475,000gns, €340,000, €235,000, €220,000, €160,000, €150,000, €120,000, €110,000, €105,000, €105,000, €100,000 etc.
Proven Gr.1 sire from his first crop!
Barney Roy, winner of the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes, G3 Greenham Stakes, a close runner-up in the G1 Eclipse & G1 2,000 Guineas, and third in the G1 Juddmonte International Stakes.
Others include impressive dual winner & Listed-placed Ratiocination, 3-time winner & Listed-placed Tilli’s Chilli, Listed-placed winner Istan, Group-placed Fulminato, Listed-placed dual winner Liwanu, Group-placed winner Pellucid etc.
Second crop 2YO’s include…
Rebel Assault – 3-time winner including the Listed Rockingham Stakes for Mark Johnston.
Hey Jonesy – impressive winner at York for Kevin Ryan & finished fourth in the G1 Middle Park Stakes.
Speak In Colours – novice stakes winner at Ascot for Marco Botti.
Baileys Excelerate – novice stakes winner for Mark Johnston.
Billy Dylan – dual winner for Richard Hannon.
Ibn Al Emarat – novice stakes winner for David Simcock.
Oleska – dual winner in France for Jean-Claude Rouget.
October 14, 2017
Tough Excelebration filly Rebel Assault (2f Excelebration-Naomh Geileis, by Grand Slam) brought more black-type for her sire on Saturday when… View Article
October 5, 2017
Excelebration has enjoyed another good year on the track and a well-connected filly caught the eye of buyers at Book… View Article
August 23, 2017
Ulysses (4c Galileo-Light Shift, by Kingmambo) confirmed himself another simply outstanding performer for Galileo when winning the G1 Juddmonte International… View Article
July 29, 2017
The Kevin Ryan-trained Hey Jonesy (2c Excelebration-Fikrah, by Medicean) got off the mark in some style against what looked to… View Article
July 9, 2017
The mighty Galileo was responsible for yet more G1 glory on Saturday when Ulysses (4c Galileo-Light Shift, by Kingmambo) came… View Article
July 1, 2017
In-form Excelebration had a couple of two-year-old winners on Saturday who both looked a little out of the ordinary. At… View Article
June 20, 2017
Barney Roy (3c Excelebration-Alina, by Galileo) lit up day one of Royal Ascot with a game one-length victory in the… View Article
June 9, 2017
Richard Hannon looks to have another high-class son of Excelebration after Billy Dylan (2c Excelebration-It’s True, by Kheleyf) cruised home… View Article
Despite facing the huge hurdle of being a contemporary of the brilliant Frankel, Excelebration won three of Europe’s most important mile races, the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II S., Gr.1 Prix du Moulin and Gr.1 Prix Jacques le Marois. He also won two of his three juvenile starts, took the German 2,000 Guineas by seven lengths, the Hungerford S. by six and finished runner-up to Frankel on four occasions.
Excelebration’s ability at up to a mile could be reinforced by the faster members of the MR PROSPECTOR line, such as mares by MACHIAVELLIAN, KINGMAMBO, WOODMAN and MISWAKI. Exceed And Excel sired the smart 2yo Buratino from a KINGMAMBO mare and he has a particularly good record with mares by GONE WEST’s son ELUSIVE QUALITY (22 per cent black-type winners, including five Group winners, headed by multiple Gr.1 winner Guelph and those very speedy European juveniles Yalta and Cotai Glory). He also has Australian Group winners out of mares by SEEKING THE GOLD, MACHIAVELLIAN, GONE WEST and KING’S BEST. ELUSIVE QUALITY is also the broodmare sire of one of the first Group winners by Exceed And Excel’s Australian sons.
Excelebration comes from a female line which produced the Arc second Leggera to SADLER’S WELLS. Exceed And Excel has a Gr.2 juvenile winner out of a SADLER’S WELLS mare and also has several Group winners out of grand-daughters of SADLER’S WELLS, including the Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Outstrip out of an EL PRADO mare. Helmet, one of Exceed And Excel’s best Australian winners, is out of a mare by SINGSPIEL. Excelebration has already sired useful winners from daughters of SADLER’S WELLS and GALILEO.
The GREEN DESERT male line looks a sure-fire route to producing smart sprinter-milers by Excelebration. Mares by CAPE CROSS, DESERT PRINCE, DESERT STYLE, INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, KHELEYF and OASIS DREAM are prime candidates. They produce 4×4 to Danzig, with CAPE CROSS also producing 4×4 to AHONOORA.
The high-class sprinter Hoof It and the Gr.1 winner Astaire are inbred to DANEHILL. Exceed And Excel’s top Australian daughter Guelph is inbred 2×3 to DANEHILL.
SHARPEN UP line mares have produced numerous Gr.1 winners with Danehill line sires.
The BLUSHING GROOM line has proved an excellent match for Danehill line stallions. Exceed And Excel has Group winners with dams by RAHY and by Rainbow Quest’s sons QUEST FOR FAME and SPECTRUM.
Exceed And Excel and Rock of Gibraltar also have Group winners out of mares by DARSHAAN. Daughters of POLAR FALCON, PIVOTAL and KYLLACHY could all produce very useful juveniles to Excelebration.
Exceptional three-time Gr.1 winning miler
At 2 Years
1stMaiden, 6f., Doncaster by 2½ lengths from Belgian Bill & Silken Thoughts.
1stConditions race, 6f., Newmarket by 2 lengths from Point du Jour & Local Singer.
4thMaiden, 6f., Nottingham beaten 7¾ lengths by Planet Waves, Trade Storm & Just For Leo.
At 3 Years
1stPrix du Moulin de Longchamp-Gr.1, 8f., Longchamp by 1½ lengths from three-time Gr.1 winner Rio De La Plata & Rajsaman.
1stHungerford Stakes-Gr.2, 7f., Newbury by 6 lengths from Beacon Lodge & Musir.
1stGerman 2000 Guineas-Gr.2, 8f., Cologne by 7 lengths from Gereon & Acadius.
2ndQueen Elizabeth II Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Ascot beaten 4 lengths by Frankel.
2ndGreenham Stakes-Gr.3, 7f., Newbury beaten 4 lengths by Frankel.
3rdSt James’s Palace Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Royal Ascot beaten 2¼ lengths by Frankel & Zoffany.
Timeform rated 133-only Frankel was higher!
At 4 Years:
1stQueen Elizabeth II Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Ascot by 3 lengths from Cityscape & Elusive Kate
1stPrix Jacques le Marois-Gr.1, 8f., Deauville by 1¼ lengths from 8 Gr.1 winners including Cityscape & Elusive Kate
1stGladness Stakes-Gr.3, 7f., Curragh by 3¼ lengths from Croisultan.
2ndQueen Anne Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Royal Ascot to Frankel.
2ndLockinge Stakes-Gr.1, Newbury to Frankel.
4thBreeders’ Cup Mile-Gr.1, 8f., Santa Anita.
Timeform rated 133
ALL HIS STARTS
Prix Jacques le Marois-Gr.1
Prix du Moulin de Longchamp-Gr.1