Australian Stakes-Winner for Excelebration
Fresh from siring his first stakes-winner in Europe last week in Barney Roy, promising young sire Excelebration has also sired his first stakes-winner in Australia.
The Chris Munce-trained Saint Patricks Day (2c Excelebration x Danahere, by Dehere) became the first Australian winner for Excelebration (IRE) when successful at the Sunshine Coast on April 9 and is now his first Southern Hemisphere stakes winner after finishing powerfully to capture the $100,000 Listed BRC Dalrello Stakes at Eagle Farm.
Saint Patricks Day was Munce's second stringer in the race after Ours To Keep who ran fifth at his first start back from a spell.
Ridden by Ronnie Stewart, Saint Patricks Day finished strongly to beat Capital Gain by a long neck in the 1200 metre sprint.
"He was too immature to set for the Magic Millions Classic but he has really come on strongly. He won very well at Caloundra first up and I gave him a great chance today," Munce told AAP.
"I couldn't believe it when they bet $61 early on. I even tipped him as a top chance in a radio interview on Friday so it was no shock."
The Group II Champagne Stakes in a fortnight followed by the Group II BRC Sires' Produce Stakes and Group I J J Atkins Stakes are all on the agenda for the son of Excelebration.
"I think he is well and truly up to the 1600 metres of a Group One race like the Atkins," Munce said.
A $55,000 purchase by his trainer from the Goodwood farm draft at book 2 of the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale, Saint Patricks Day is the second foal of the very handy racemare Danahere, a Melbourne winner of five races.