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  • 15:30 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Sponsored By Qipco 1m

  • (British Champions Mile) (Group 1) (Str) £1,000,000 added 3yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £567,100 2nd £215,000 3rd £107,600 4th £53,600
  • Going: Soft (Round Course: Soft (Heavy in places))
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 42.33s
  • Off time: 15:33:25

Excelebration storms QEII

Classy miler makes mincemeat of his rivals

Last Updated: 20/10/12 4:06pm

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Excelebration: Easy winner of the QEII

Excelebration: Easy winner of the QEII

Excelebration romped home in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Sponsored by QIPCO at Ascot to make it four out of four for Ireland.

Aidan O'Brien's 10/11 favourite travelled supremely well for jockey Joseph O'Brien, and after weaving a gap through runners, he then stormed clear of Cityscape with a furlong to run.

After that his jockey could afford to ease him down for the most facile of victories.

Roger Charlton's Cityscape ran a brave race in second place and in turn was well clear of a bunch finish for third, with that position going to the front-running Elusive Kate just ahead of Carlton House and Sovereign Debt.

The victory was a fine pre-cursor to the run of Frankel in the following race, the Champion Stakes, given that the son of Exceed And Excel had so often chased home Sir Henry Cecil's star over the past two seasons, including in this race 12 months ago.


The winning trainer said: "We are delighted. He's been working brilliant. He's got an awful lot of speed and class, and Joseph was confident.

"The lads did a great job with him at home.

"We rode him different that day (behind Frankel in the Queen Anne). We probably learnt a lot and he's progressing.

"If he's OK and everybody is happy we'll go to the Breeders' Cup."

Excelebration is in his first season with O'Brien having formerly been trained in Newmarket by Marco Botti.

O'Brien added: "He was a good two-year-old and three-year-old and it has taken us a while to get to know him.

"He is getting quicker and heavier with every run. I had a fair idea what Joseph wanted to do and he had a lot of confidence in the horse.

"When we ran against Frankel in the Queen Anne we tried to match strides with him and that was the wrong thing to do. Speed is his forte and he probably did well to be second that day."

Asked about the possibility of Excelebration staying in training, O'Brien said: "The better he gets the more the boys want him (for stud), it's something we will have to discuss at the end of the year."

The winning jockey said: "He's improving with racing and he's an exceptional horse.

"The ground makes no difference to him and he has a lot of pace.

"He's a six- and seven-furlong horse with a lot of speed and he gets a mile no problem.

"He's run some very consistent races and I've probably sacrificed him a couple of times against Frankel, trying to race up against him four out.

"My horse has to be ridden for speed. We have learnt that throughout the year and I nearly got nabbed for second here earlier in the year trying to beat Frankel."

Fine effort in defeat

Roger Charlton said of Cityscape: "He has been such a good horse for a long time and been second in so many races.

"The winner was impressive and they have finished in the same order as they did at Deauville.

"Coming into this we thought it might be his last race but I will have to talk about options with Prince Khalid (Abdullah). If he had another run this year it would be in Japan not Hong Kong."

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