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
First yearlings in 2015 sold for 475,000gns, €340,000, €220,000, €160,000, €150,000, €120,000, €110,000, €105,000, €105,000, €100,000 etc.
First crop 2YO’s already include…
Pellucid won impressively on debut and third in a Gr.3 for trainer David Simcock.
Fulminato won on debut in Germany for trainer Andreas Lowe & was runner-up in the Gr.3 Preis des Winterfavoriten.
Istan won well at the Curragh & was Listed placed.
Barney Roy won impressively on debut at Haydock for trainer Richard Hannon.
Ultimate Avenue won a smart maiden at Newbury by 1¾ lengths for trainer Ed Walker.
Perfect Storm won a maiden at Navan for trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Tara Celeb two-time winner for trainer Mick Channon.
Celestation won a maiden at Chester for trainer Mark Johnston.
Party Tiger won a maiden for trainer Richard Fahey.
Getgo won a maiden for trainer David Lanigan.
Natalie Express won by 5 lengths on debut in France for owner/breeder Guy Heald.
Jeu Celebre dual winner in France for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget.
Groundfrost won over 6f in France by 2½ lengths for trainer C. Ferland.
The Stone won the Prix de Janze by 2 lengths.
Sarendam won in France by 1½ lengths for trainer C. Ferland.
Tulipa Rosa won on debut by 3½ lengths in France.
Costa Esmeralda won a MSW by 4½ lengths in the US.
Inner Smile, won a maiden on debut by 4 lengths in Italy for trainer A. Botti.
October 19, 2016
The Aidan O’Brien-trained Perfect Storm (2c Excelebration-Lady Miletrian, by Barathea) scored at Navan on Wednesday to become the 18th first-crop… View Article
October 16, 2016
The winners continue to flow in for Excelebration with a couple of decent maiden successes in France. On Saturday, The… View Article
October 12, 2016
A superb season for Excelebration shows no signs of letting up with his latest victory coming in France on Tuesday… View Article
September 24, 2016
Debutant Barney Roy (2c Excelebration-Alina, by Galileo) headed a double for first-crop sire Excelebration on Saturday when scoring in great… View Article
August 29, 2016
Exciting young sire Excelebration produced two new winners in the past two days scoring on either side of the Atlantic… View Article
August 19, 2016
Jean-Claude Rouget sent out Jeu Celebre (2c Excelebration-Jeu De Vivre, by Montjeu) to win his second consecutive start on Thursday… View Article
August 12, 2016
Ultimate Avenue (2c Excelebration-Dance Avenue, Sadler´s Wells) made light work of a high-class Newbury maiden on Friday to provide more… View Article
July 17, 2016
The Aidan O’Brien-trained Istan (2c Excelebration-Something Exciting, by Halling) was another first-crop winner for Excelebration when scoring at the Curragh… View Article
Excelebration won three of Europe’s most important mile races, the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II S., the Gr.1 Prix du Moulin and the 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 6 lengths and finished runner-up to Frankel on four occasions.
Excelebration’s sire, the champion Australian sprinter Exceed And Excel, became the fourth son of Danehill to become champion sire in Australia when he topped the list in 2012/13.
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 has Australian Group winners out of mares by SEEKING THE GOLD, GONE WEST and ELUSIVE QUALITY.
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 several Group winners out of grand-daughters of SADLER’S WELLS, including the Gr.1 winner Outstrip out of an EL PRADO mare. Excelebration could therefore be an ideal means of injecting speed and precocity into mares from this line.
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.
Although mares by such as DANEHILL DANCER, DANSILI, DANETIME, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR and ROCK OF GIBRALTAR create 3×3 to DANEHILL, it is worth remembering that the high-class sprinter Hoof It and the Gr.1 winner Astaire are inbred this way. Exceed And Excel’s top Australian daughter Guelph is inbred 2×3 to DANEHILL.
Exceed And Excel and the other Danehill stallions inbred 3×3 to Northern Dancer have all shone with the SHARPEN UP male line. Holy Roman Emperor sired the 1,000 Guineas winner Homecoming Queen from a DIESIS mare, while KRIS is the broodmare sire of Group winners by Exceed And Excel and Rock of Gibraltar. There are also Gr.1 winners out of daughters of SELKIRK and TREMPOLINO.
The BLUSHING GROOM line has proved an excellent match for these Danehill stallions with 3×3 inbreeding to Northern Dancer. ROCK OF GIBRALTAR has three Group winners out of RAINBOW QUEST mares and another out of a NASHWAN mare. Exceed And Excel has Group winners with dams by RAHY and by Rainbow Quest’s sons QUEST FOR FAME and SPECTRUM. Two of Excelebration’s high-priced first-crop yearlings have second dams by NASHWAN and RAINBOW QUEST.
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
Excelebration - Exciting First 2YO's
Prix Jacques le Marois-Gr.1
Prix du Moulin de Longchamp-Gr.1