Well-Bred Excelebration Colt Looks A Smart Prospect
Ease underfoot brought out the best in Grove Ferry (2c Excelebration - Rebelline, by Robellino), as he scored on his second start at Salisbury on Tuesday.
The Andrew Balding-trained colt debuted over six furlongs on good-to-firm ground at Newmarket in May and raced over the same distance at Salisbury, where the ground was described as soft. Ridden towards the back of the field by David Probert, the bay made headway from over two furlongs out and was asked to challenge inside the final furlong. Leading close home, he beat Sword Beach (Ivawood) by three parts of a length, with the front pair finishing three and a half lengths clear of the favourite in third.
"He relished the conditions and he saw it out well. I think he's a smart prospect. I'd imagine 7f will probably see the best of him.” jockey, David Probert.
Bred by Skymarc Farm, Grove Ferry’s dam Rebelline also relished softer conditions, winning the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and Pretty Polly Stakes on soft ground. She is also the dam of dual Stakes winner Recharge, who finished second in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.