Exceltara's late charge brings Caulfield victory
May 12, 2018
His rider dropping his reins wasn’t enough to stop Exceltara notching his maiden city win at Caulfield.
Apprentice Liam Riordan had a little trouble with his gear late in the race but Exceltara had built up enough momentum to overhaul the leaders to win the Sheen Panel Service Handicap (1200m).
Exceltara broke his maiden at Pakenham back in March but a slow beginning brought him undone in his first city outing on April 28.
However, Exceltara and Riordan combined beautifully on this occasion, Exceltara settled back in the field but sprinted hard down the centre of the track to beat a smart field by a long neck.
“He probably backed up his performance here a fortnight ago and probably got a better run home,” co-trainer Mathew Ellerton, who trains Exceltara in partnership with Simon Zahra, said.
“He got on the back of the right horse and he was strong late.
“It will probably give him a bit of confidence today.”
Exceltara’s Caulfield win came at the eighth run of a long campaign but Ellerton said the son of Excelebration continued to thrive with racing.
“He hasn’t won out of turn but he’s been up a long time,” Ellerton said.
“But in saying that, the horse still looks fantastic.
“They’re only three once so we might roll the dice again and give him another run provided he pulls up well.
“He just looks to be a horse that gets off the speed and is strong late.”
Exceltara’s Caulfield success earned connections $87,000 in prizemoney and bonuses, taking the gelding’s stakes tally to more than $134,000.
Congratulations to Exceltara’s terrific bunch of owners on their metropolitan win.