First Winner for Xtravagant

Mark Smith - Friday March 5

Making his second trip to the races, the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained He's Xceptional created a huge impression in a 1000m 2yo maiden at Cranbourne on Friday to claim the honour as the first winner for Newhaven Park Stud's Xtravagant.

Better things ahead for He's Xceptional (image (Ross Holburt/Racing Photos)

With Daniel Moor in the saddle, He's Xceptional was ridden hard in the early stages to cross to the lead. The gelding was entitled to feel the pinch when coming under pressure around the home. Instead, he kept up a strong gallop to defeat the Reward For Effort gelding Edge Of Reward by two and a half lengths with the Brazen Beau gelding Askew three-quarter of a length in third.

At his career debut back in October, He's Xceptional was caught off the track when unplaced in the $500,000 Inglis Banner at Moonee Valley. Despite a torrid run, he stuck to his guns to be beaten just on five lengths behind Sneaky Five.  

Bred by Seymour Bloodstock, He's Xceptional was purchased by Clarke Bloodstock for $40,000 out of the Newhaven Park Stud draft at the 2020 Classic Yearling Sale.

He i


s the second winner from three to race out of the 3-time winning Sebring mare She’s a Danica.


Granddam Rockin Babe (Rock Of Gibraltar) is an unraced three-quarter sister to stakes-winner and successful sire Hidden Dragon, and a half-sister to Group II Furious Stakes winner and Group 1 placed Just Dancing, and Group III winner Tahni Girl.  

He's Xceptional a $40,000 Inglis Classic Yearling

A full-sister to He's Xceptional was purchased by McEvoy Mitchell / Belmont Bloodstock (FBAA) or $150,000 at the recent Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

After missing in 2019, She’s a Danica visited Xtravagant again last spring.

An outstanding sprinter/miler, Xtravagant won the Group1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas by eight and a half lengths in record time and the Group 1 Waikato Sprint by a similar margin.

The son of Pentire (GB) was crowned Champion 3YO Colt in New Zealand and was the highest rate 3YO in New Zealand since the mighty Bonecrusher.

He covered 94 mares last spring at a value fee of $11,000.


Race Result - Core Protective Group Mdn 1000m

Cranbourne Track: Soft(5) Time: 0:59.49
He's Xceptional
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: D Moor 58
2g Xtravagant (NZ) x She's A Danica (AUS) (Sebring (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Newhaven Park, Boorowa
B: Clarke Bloodstock
Edge Of Reward
T: Ms C Alderson J: M J Walker 58
2g Reward For Effort (AUS) x Bay's Edge (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: D W Stackhouse 58
2g Brazen Beau (AUS) x Enquare (AUS) (Stratum (AUS))
Rupert's Delight
T: R Griffiths & M De Kock J: Jye McNeil 58
2g Winning Rupert (AUS) x Whitten's Delight (AUS) (Barely A Moment (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Rushton Park, Tatura, Vic
B: Griffiths Racing/Peter Ford T'breds (FBAA)
Gummy Bear
T: Tim Hughes J: Patrick Moloney 58
2g Statue Of Liberty (USA) x Cloud Jumper (AUS) (Street Boss (USA))
Noble Nightowl
T: Russell Osborne J: L Nolen 58
2c Redente (AUS) x Big Nell (AUS) (Niello (AUS))
T: Richard Laming J: Jack Martin 58
2c Rubick (AUS) x Schillers (AUS) (Artie Schiller (USA))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Showcase $30,000
V:Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, Eddington
B: Laming Racing
Innocent Witness
T: J Warren & D Krongold J: Beau Mertens 56
2f Star Witness (AUS) x Arcadia Lane (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
MM Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale $35,000
V:Baramul Stud, Widden Valley, NSW
B: Jason Warren Racing
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $55,000
V:Baramul Stud, Widden Valley, NSW
B: Jason Warren Racing
T: K L Corstens J: Zac Spain 58
2g Holler (AUS) x Gold Hoffa (AUS) (Bon Hoffa (AUS))
T: L & T Corstens J: Lachlan King 56
2f Street Boss (USA) x Dig A Pony (AUS) (Mutawaajid (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale $65,000
V:Collingrove Stud, Longwood
B: T Corstens
Inglis Great Southern Sale - Weanlings $60,000
V:Contract Racing Pty Ltd, Melbourne
B: IDK Racing
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