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Melb Cup 5: Xcellent Exhibition Gallop
Meanwhile fellow NZ star Xcellent (Pentire-Excelo) "will not be a starter in Saturday's Gr1 Stoney Bridge Stakes at Hastings," reported NZ Thoroughbred Marketing, but instead "will have a gallop between races at the Rotorua meeting on Wednesday week". Xcellent's co-trainer Andrew Scott explained Xcellent "didn't need to have another race before he tackled the Gr1 NZ$1 million Kelt Capital Stakes (2040m) at Hastings on October 1" noting: "He has a big season ahead & the Melbourne Cup is his major goal." Xcellent resumed racing with a stunning win in the Gr1 Mudgway Stakes (1400m) at Hastings a fortnight ago.