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Gladness Stakes Result: Excelebration back in style

The O'Brien family would have been happy with Excelebration's return

Excelebration demonstrating that he still retains the killer turn of foot that made him a force last season...

Excelebration ran out the comfortable winner of the Group 3 Gladness Stakes over seven furlongs at the Curragh on Sunday with Croisultan four lengths back in second and Windsor Palace in third...

Windsor Palace and Kargali took the field along for much of the early stages with Excelebration content to track the pace just in behind, always travelling well under Joseph O' Brien.

As the race began in earnest, the pair made strong headway and quickened decisively to put the race to bed in a matter of strides, Excelebration demonstrating that he still retains the killer turn of foot that made him a force last season.

Sent-off the (1.3030/100) favourite on Betfair on his first start for Aidan O'Brien, the win always looked likely and Excelebration never gave his supporters a moment of doubt, trading no higher than his starting price in-running.

The Lockinge could be next on the agenda for Excelebration where a rematch with Frankel will be on the cards. Excelebration is considered 10 lb inferior to that rival based on Timeform ratings having been beaten twice already by Sir Henry Cecil's superstar when the pair were three-year-olds last season.

Frankel is currently (1.758/11) favourite for the Lockinge, whilst Excelebration is available to back at (4.03/1).

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22 April 2012

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