Update on Blackiston’s Excelebration colt

Nigel Blackiston’s colt by Excelebration out of Magita is progressing well at the end of his education program.

We visited him, and two other yearlings being educated by renowned horseman Tim Hughes.


In Europe, Excelebration has already sired 41 winners from his first crop of 76 runners.

It is exciting to see Excelebration’s progeny hitting their straps both in Europe and Australia.

This crop are now three-year-olds in the flat season that has only recently commenced. For a sire widely expected to sire horses that mature with age, this winners-to-runners percentage (54%) is an outstanding result for his first crop.

This first-crop statistic compares well with Australia’s leading second-season sires FOXWEDGE (49% winners), SO YOU THINK (51%) and SMART MISSILE (55%). Their progeny are actually 6 months deeper into their racing careers.

Excelebration’s first crop includes the Group 3 winner BARNEY ROY. He was unlucky not to win the Group 1 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on the weekend. Watch the replay to see how talented that colt is (in the Godolphin blue). 


In Australia, his first crop are two year-olds. Just 11 of those have raced to date, for three winners including the Listed winner SAINT PATRICK’S DAY.


The last shares in Nigel Blackiston’s colt out of four-time Sydney city-winner MAGITA are still available.

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