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Talented Robert Heathcote-trained gelding Excellantes has backed up his dominant last-start win to again take victory in today’s 2012 Chief De Beers Handicap (1100m) at Doomben.
With boom New Zealand jockey James McDonald on board, the four-year-old got out of the gates quickly to find the early lead.
The lead was where he stayed and he proved far too strong for his rivals, managing to hang on for a 1/2 length victory ahead of Seek And Find and Rocker.
Heathcote was happy to instruct McDonald to lead from the beginning as he was confident he had the best horse in the race.
“I said to James, go out, I don’t mind if you lead, he’s the best horse in this race and he showed it,” he said.
McDonald was full of praise for the son of Falvelon who he believes will improve a lot in the coming year.
“He’s a beautiful type and he’s a got a lot of scope for improvement,” McDonald said.
Excellantes came into the race in tremendous form after winning the Westfield Chermside Handicap by three lengths two weeks ago and has a career record that now stands at seven wins from 19 starts.
Kelso Wood-trained Seek And Find had backed up his win in the Doomben Dash to finish strongly in second by never really looked a chance against the race favourite.
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