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First Breeders' Plate Runner for Laurel Oak
Laurel Oak Bloodstock is set to have it’s first-ever runner in the $150,000 Listed Breeders’ Plate (1000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday. The Gary Portelli-trained colt Exceltic will represent Laurel Oak in what is the first 2YO race of the season for colts and geldings. Purchased by Laurel Oak for $120,000 at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Exceltic is by Coolmore's triple Gr1-winning stallion Excelebration out of the Shamardal mare Offshore Sham. This is the family of Gr1 Winfield Classic (now Coolmore Classic) winner Acushla Marie and Listed winners Kalamata and Kirvinsky. Exceltic, who will be ridden by superstar jockey Joao Moreira, has showed good ability to date winning an 800m trial at Warwick Farm on 8 September.