Spring Prospect for Excelebration
Tara Madgwick - Saturday, 15 July 2017
Excelebration (IRE) two year-old Getty announced himself as a leading spring prospect when he ventured north to Te Rapa where he continued the perfect start he has made to his career.

Getty - Trish DunnellThe Opaki youngster remained unbeaten with a strong performance to claim bragging rights after Saturday's New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Pearl Series Race.

Getty had been successful on debut after ploughing through heavy going at Trentham last month and he appreciated an improved surface to work with on his first trip away.

"That was a great result and I've always thought he would like the better tracks," part-owner and trainer Andrew Campbell said. "He got bogged down at Wellington, but he still got the job done well."

Getty made use of an inside gate at Te Rapa to make the running and he comfortably held his closest rivals at bay in the closing 200 metres to win by half a length from Malambo and Waldorf, a stablemate of the winner.

"I thought he would jump and lead, he's a pretty smart horse and I was pleased with the other one as well," said Campbell.

He now has black type options to weigh up with Getty and Waldorf with the Listed Ryder Stakes an obvious target and the Hawke's Bay carnival to follow.

"We'll try not to run them against each other again, I'll have a chat with Tommy about it and we'll make a plan," Campbell said, referring to his long-time friend Tommy Heptinstall, who shares in the ownership of both two-year-olds.

Successful jockey Johnathan Parkes said he had no concerns during the race and he too expects Getty to improve as he strikes firmer ground.

"He's a good horse and he'll like the better track conditions," he said. "He's still got a lot to learn, but he's exciting and is going to make a nice three-year-old." – NZ Racing Desk.


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