Excelebration set to revel in California

10:40 02 November 2012

Excelebration ridden by Joseph O

Excelebration ridden by Joseph O'Brien (centre left) winners of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Sponsored By Qipco during QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse. Photo credit: PA wire

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Excelebration is fancied to secure a transatlantic double of Group 1 races by landing the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita Park in Southern California on Saturday night.

The Aidan O’Brien trained colt was last seen when easily winning the Group 1 British Champions Mile at Ascot on October 20 and is reported to be in terrific form ahead of the American Group 1 that carries a first prize of £774,194.

“We are looking forward to seeing him run as he’s in an exceptional place at the moment and he’s an exceptional horse,” O’Brien said.

“He’s getting quicker and stronger and has progressed very well. I don’t think the ground is important.

“We were obviously delighted with him at Ascot. He has top form on all kinds of ground.

“It was always the plan that he would come here, and we’re looking forward to seeing him run. A fast-run race won’t be a problem, speed is his forte and he’s a great traveller who quickens really well.

“We originally thought he might get beyond a mile, but the more we did with him, the quicker he got.

“His last piece of work before he went to Ascot, Joseph [O’Brien – jockey] said it was the best piece of work any horse had ever done on our gallop, so it wasn’t out of the blue.

“We’re running him back quick, but he’s a very good horse.”

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