Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Excelebration to Celebrate Success; Colt Set for Cup Triumph

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Excelebration to Celebrate Success; Colt Set for Cup Triumph

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Byline: Saraband

E XCELEBRATION looks bombproof in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita tonight.

Having spent the first half of the campaign chasing Frankel's shadow, Excelebration showed with his last two performances he is one of the best milers to have graced the turf in recent years.

Breeders' Cup card Although humbled by Frankel in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, he comprehensively outpointed a top-class field in Deauville's Prix Jacques le Marois, and was all class in landing the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot's Champions Day meeting.

68 Aidan O'Brien is delighted with the way Excelebration has travelled to California and the horse looked superb when visiting the track for the first time on Thursday.

Freddie Head has been very enthusiastic about the prospects of Moonlight Cloud turning around the Marois form with the selection, but, in reality, his talented filly will need Excelebration to take an unforeseen step backwards if she is to beat him.

Dundonnell looks the pick of the strong team of juveniles set for action when he tackles the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

Arguably one of the top three colts in the UK, Roger Charlton's charge has looked particularly happy since arriving and was given early tutelage of the unique Santa Anita turf course by big-race jockey James Doyle on Tuesday and Wednesday.

His form stands up to the closest inspection and Doyle has a carefullyplanned strategy to have his mount handy from the gate so he can eliminate the prospect of traffic problems.

St Nicholas Abbey will attempt to notch back-to-back triumphs in the Breeders' Cup Turf and seems to have the best credentials of the Euro raiding party, even though he was disappointing when ill at ease on heavy ground in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

According to O'Brien, he has come out of that race well and will be much happier on the fast ground on Saturday. …

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