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, €220,000, €160,000, €150,000, €120,000, €110,000, €105,000, €105,000, €100,000 etc.
Classic prospects from his first crop
Barney Roy scored impressively on debut at Haydock on his only start as a 2yo. He went on to win the G3 Greenham Stakes for trainer Richard Hannon and will now be aimed at the G1 2,000 Guineas. “There was an unmistakable feeling of having seen something quite special in the moments after Barney Roy’s win at Newbury and Richard Hannon has never hidden his admiration for this son of Excelebration.” Racing Post 23/04/2017
Ed Walker’s Ultimate Avenue has the French 2,000 Guineas on his radar with a possible prep in the G3 Greenham
David Simcock’s unbeaten colt Brittanic created a big impression in back-to-back wins at Newcastle and will start off in a Classic trial
The Andreas Wohler trained Kauttio is joint favourite for the German 2,000 Guineas after an easy win in the Robert Koch-Forum-Preis
Other notable Classic entries include the Group-placed Fulminato and a pair of unraced colts owned and bred by H.H. Aga Khan.
Group-placed winner Pellucid, Listed-placed winner Istan, Natalie Express, Scandal, Upgrade, Blaze Of Glory, Royal Celebration, Perfect Storm, Tara Celeb, Celestation, Party Tiger, Getgo, Meetyouatthemoon, The Stone, Sarendam, Tulipa Rosa, Costa Esmeralda, Inner Smile, Jeu Celebre, Groundfrost, Siberian Iris, Liwanu, Zaverna, Marseille, Ratiocination, Carigrad etc.
April 29, 2017
Fresh from siring his first stakes-winner in Europe last week in Barney Roy, promising young sire Excelebration has also sired… View Article
April 22, 2017
Trainer Richard Hannon has never made any secret of the high esteem in which he holds Barney Roy (3c Excelebration-Alina,… View Article
April 18, 2017
In a Racing Post stable tour feature on Tuesday, Richard Hannon was in no doubt which of his six-figure team… View Article
April 16, 2017
Ratiocination (3c Excelebration-Denebola, by Storm Cat) made an exciting start to his racing career at Chantilly on Sunday when landing… View Article
April 3, 2017
With the flat season getting into gear, thoughts turn to the Classics and several of Excelebration’s first crop 3YO’s have… View Article
March 27, 2017
The Ecurie Peregrine bred Liwanu (3c Excelebration ex Lausanne, by Lawman) looks another good prospect for promising young sire Excelebration… View Article
February 11, 2017
The unbeaten Excelebration colt Brittanic (3c Excelebration-Fountain Of Peace, by Kris S) could scarcely have been more impressive in his… View Article
January 27, 2017
Ettu (3f Excelebration-Tragic Moment, by Pivotal) toyed with her opposition when bringing another victory for red-hot Excelebration at Newcastle on… 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