First foal for Excelebration

The first foal by Coolmore Stud shuttler Excelebration was born on Thursday night at Charel Park Stud in County Tipperary.

“He is a lovely, correct, strong foal with good bone and a classy head,” Charel Park manager Vanessa Teehan said.

The bay colt is out of the unraced Galileo mare Nigh, who is a half-sister to the G1 winning sprinter Kingsgate Native.  She will visit Coolmore newcomer Camelot in the coming weeks.

By Exceed And Excel, who was crowned champion sire in Australia last year, Excelebration began his racing career with Marco Botti.  A dual winner at two for the Italian, Excelebration improved at three to win the German Guineas and Hungerford Stakes.

Coolmore purchased an interest in the colt prior to an authoritative win in the G1 Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.

Excelebration was transferred to Ballydoyle as a four-year-old to be trained by Aidan O’Brien and he improved again to win three races including the Prix du Haras de Fresnay at Deauville and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Excelebration won 8 of his 15 starts and was clearly second-best to wonder colt Frankel on 6 occasions.  He shuttles to Coolmore Australia for a $27,500 (inc gst) service fee.

Excelebration is a half-brother to the Group 3 winner Mull Of Killough and is from the family of the Irish Classic winners Princess Pati, Sarah Siddons and Ragusa. He will command a fee of €20,000 in 2014.