By Glenn Davis
Co-trainer Peter Hulbert believes Excelebrazione can live up to his pedigree and early promise with a first-up win at Ipswich on Friday.
Excelebrazione will be ridden by apprentice Adin Thompson when the gelding returns in the Class Three Plate (1000m).
Hulbert, who trains in partnership with son Will, believes Excelebrazione is good enough to win a metropolitan race but a lack of maturity has been against him.
The five-year-old hasn’t raced since mid-April when sixth to the Les Ross-trained River Racer in a 1200-metre Class Three at Eagle Farm.
However, Excelebrazione showed he was forward in condition winning an 840-metre barrier trial at Doomben on September 10.
“If he races up to his trial win, he’ll be very hard to beat,” Hulbert said.
“I think he’s only just starting to mature and that’s held him back previously.
“He’s always shown plenty of ability but it’s just been a lack of maturity.
“We’ve probably wasted a few wins with him when we threw him in the deep end trying to win some of the big QTIS prizemoney in the past.”
Excelebrazione is by Group One winning European sire Excelebration out of good producing mare Endless Maize who is owned by the Lillivale Stud.
“Endless Maize has been an outstanding broodmare and we’ve had a lot of success with her family,” Hulbert said.
“Excelebrazione is a half-brother to Endless Shadow, Endless Puzzle and Endless Don who won quite a few races for us.
“One of his part owners Stewart Barr trains Shadow Of Time who is out of Endless Shadow and he was quite impressive winning his first start at the Sunshine Coast last month.”
Excelebrazione has started 27 times for three wins and has a good Ipswich record although he’s never won over 1000 metres.
His track record stands at one win and three placings from four starts with five placings from eight starts over the trip.
Meanwhile Excelebrazione’s stablemate Oh Five Glory is back in work.
“Oh Five Glory is our stable’s big hope and she’ll target mostly QTIS races before we decide if she’ll head to the Magic Millions,” Hulbert said.
Oh Five Glory was an impressive Doomben winner as a two-year-old in December and was placed in the Listed Dalrello Stakes at Eagle Farm in April.
The filly was not disgraced when unplaced in the Group 2 Champagne Classic and Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes before failing in the Group 1 J J Atkins at Eagle Farm in June.
Racing Queensland webnews September 19