First foal for the excellent miler Excelebration
January 10, 2014
Triple Gr.1-winner Excelebration (Exceed And Excel) sired his first foal on Thursday night when the Olivier Carli owned Nigh produced...
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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 Stakes, 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 Stakes 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. He also became champion sire of two-year-olds by a considerable margin, thanks to a magnificent total of seven Group winners. Excelebration is therefore well qualified to sire leading two-year-olds which train on.
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 three Group winners out of grand-daughters of SADLER’S WELLS, including the 2013 Gr.1-winning 2yo Outstrip out of an EL PRADO mare. Daughters of GALILEO, HIGH CHAPARRAL, BARATHEA, IN THE WINGS and MONTJEU all have to be considered, especially as Helmet, one of Exceed And Excel’s best Australian winners, is out of a mare by SINGSPIEL.
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 4x4 to Danzig, with CAPE CROSS also producing 4x4 to AHONOORA. Rock of Gibraltar’s dual Gr.1 winning sprinter Society Rock is inbred 3x4 to DANZIG.
Although mares by such as DANEHILL DANCER, DANSILI, DANETIME, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR and ROCK OF GIBRALTAR create 3x3 to DANEHILL, it is worth remembering that the high-class sprinter Hoof It and the Gr.3 winner Ladies Are Forever are inbred this way. Exceed And Excel’s top Australian daughter Guelph is inbred 2x3 to DANEHILL.
SHAREEF DANCER and DIXIELAND BAND are other sons of Northern Dancer whose daughters have Gr.1 winners by EXCEED AND EXCEL and ROCK OF GIBRALTAR.
Exceed And Excel and the other Danehill stallions inbred 3x3 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 3x3 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.
Other classic influences who should suit are BERING, whose daughters have Group winners by Rock of Gibraltar and Desert King and Gr.1 winners by two other sons of Danehill. Exceed And Excel and Rock of Gibraltar also have Group winners out of mares by DARSHAAN.
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 has Australian Group winners out of mares by SEEKING THE GOLD, GONE WEST and his son ELUSIVE QUALITY (the excellent Guelph), so daughters of ZAFONIC, ZAMINDAR, MR GREELEY and SPEIGHTSTOWN come into the picture, as do KING’S BEST mares.
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