Exuberant (NZ) Makes Perfect Debut in Wellesley

Exuberant (NZ) (Savabeel) at Karaka 2018, who took out the Listed Wellesley Stakes on debut.
Exuberant (NZ) (Savabeel) at Karaka 2018, who took out the Listed Wellesley Stakes on debut.

Exuberant (NZ) (Savabeel) became the first stakes winner for the new-look Karaka Book 1 Sale when he made a winning debut in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Hanley Formula Wellesley Stakes (1000m) at Trentham.

Bought for $160,000 during the inaugural Book 1 session in January of this year, the trial-winning colt was thrown in at the deep end for his debut against a 10-horse field that included four individual winners.

Ridden by Jason Waddell for Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh, Exuberant quickened smartly in the straight and out-fought the debut winner Last Sight (NZ) (Showcasing) through the last 100 metres to win by a half-head.

“That was a huge performance on debut from a very nice colt,” said Marsh, who indicated that the Karaka Million (1200m) at Ellerslie in late January would be a likely target.

Exuberant’s debut win earned $28,125 in prize-money for his owners, the Go Racing On A High Syndicate.

The Order of Entry for the $1M Karaka Million 2YO is starting to take shape, with Exuberant to be added to the list. View the order here.

Vendor Waikato Stud
Purchaser Go Racing
Breeding Savabeel – Merrily
Sale Lot 372, Karaka Book 1, $160,000
Bred by Waikato Stud

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