Dominant southern filly Excelleration will not be running in Saturday's Southland Guineas.
No doubt to the relief of the connections of all other southern three-year-olds, dominant Gore and Dunedin Guineas winner Excelleration will not be lining up in Saturday’s Southland Guineas.
The former northern filly had been very impressive in her southern debut when easily winning the Gore Guineas in late January and followed that with an equally emphatic performance two weeks later in the Dunedin Guineas.
However, after discussions between trainers Shane Kennedy and Anna Furlong and Excelleration’s ownership group, it has been decided to bypass this weekend’s Ascot Park feature.
“It was decided that with all the travelling she’s had lately and another big trip this week, it would be better to miss this race,” Furlong told www.theinformant.co.nz. “There’s another race at Wingatui on March 3 that will suit her, so that’s where she’s going next.”
The race referred to is the Listed NZB Insurance Stakes, which is part of the NZB Southern Filly Series.
The Southland Guineas is still dominated by fillies, with Gore Guineas runner-up Kiwi Ida, New Zealand 1000 Guineas placegetters The Lustre and The Sparkle, and Dunedin Guineas runner-up Global Thinking heading the list of entries.
Excelleration’s Dunedin Guineas win was part of a big stable double on Champions Day at Wingatui, completed by the lightly-raced Pendleton in the Listed Dunedin Gold Cup.
The Rip Van Winkle mare was having just her ninth start when she won the 2400-metre contest but is unlikely to be seen out again this season.
“She’s come a long way and she’ll most likely be going for a spell,” Furlong said. “She’s got a lot of developing and maturing to do, so we’re hoping she’ll come back even better next preparation.”