G1 Success For Lancaster Bomber’s Half-Brother
Drakenstein Stud’s exciting young War Front stallion Lancaster Bomber gained a further boost to his impressive pedigree when his triple G1 winning half-brother, Excelebration, enjoyed G1 success in Dubai on Saturday.
Excelebration’s top-class son Barney Roy, also victorious in the 2017 G1 St James’s Palace Stakes (where he beat Lancaster Bomber himself into second place), made it win number six when scoring an emphatic win in the G1 Jebel Hatta (1800m) at Meydan this weekend. The six-year-old stepped up from his encouraging win in the Group Two Al Rashidiya in January, on his first run since Royal Ascot last year, to show he retains loads of ability. Ajwad was the early leader, with Spotify second, before the latter took it up in the straight. William Buick switched Barney Roy to make his bid and quickened in decisive fashion to score a 1.75 length win over stablemate Magic Lily.
Winning trainer Charlie Appleby said of his Dubai Turf bound charge, “From that draw in 12, we decided we would have to ride him for luck. The horse has not made that easy for William, but that was a great ride in the circumstances.”
The Excelebration gelding has now earned over £900 000 in stakes, with Barney Roy poised for potentially more G1 success on Dubai World Cup night.
His sire Excelebration is a half-brother to three other black type winners, notably G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Lancaster Bomber, who finished second in five other G1 contests during his stellar career.
Lancaster Bomber is a son of outstanding sire War Front, whose growing list of successful sire sons at stud include Declaration Of War, The Factor and hugely exciting young North American stallion Summer Factor.
The handsome bay, whose first South African foals arrive in 2020, earned over £1 000 000 during his career which saw Lancaster Bomber account for such standout performers as Blue Point, Churchill, Defoe, and Thunder Snow among others.
News: Cape Breeders Club