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Excelebration - The Curragh 22.04.2012

Excelebration: will run from stall six of nine in the Mile at Santa Anita

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Breeders' Cup kind to most European raiders

THE DRAW was largely kind to the European raiders at this year's Breeders' Cup with the squad's main hope Excelebration receiving stall six of nine in Saturday's Mile.

Bookmakers Coral pushed Moonlight Cloud out to 5-1 (from 9-2) for the race after she received stall nine although both Six Perfections and Goldikova have won the Mile from a wide draw.

The firm did clip Sky Lantern to 5-2 (from 3) for Friday's Juvenile Fillies Turf after the Richard Hannon-trained favourite got stall three of 14 in her contest.

And in the colts' equivalent the following day Coral shortened the Roger Charlton-trained Dundonnell to 3-1 favourite (from 7-2) after Khalid Abdullah's colt got stall six. Also drawn near the inside were Artigiano (2), George Vancouver (3) and Fantastic Moon (5).

Artigiano went out for a spin round the dirt track on Monday morning while Fantastic Moon will go out on Tuesday.

Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni believes the penny has dropped with Artigiano after his good second to Steeler in the Royal Lodge Stakes.

He said: “From that day I have seen the horse understand what we want from him so I think he will run a better race this time.”

Fantastic Moon finished fifth in the Royal Lodge but met trouble in running and Jeremy Noseda is hopeful he can improve on his record of two fourth-placed finishes in the race.

The trainer, who has also brought The Gold Cheongsam and Grandeur to run at Santa Anita, said: “He most probably is the horse the journey has had the most impact on so I will just be looking at him over the next 48 hours to bounce up for us and show he's in tip-top form.

“He's a better individual at this stage than the two I've had placed in the Juvenile Turf. I'd hope that he'd go really well.”

St Nicholas Abbey, Treasure Beach and Shareta were drawn in three, four and five respectively in Saturday's Turf while favourite The Fugue was drawn four off the rail in Friday's Filly & Mare Turf.

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