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Second win for Excelida

Excelida brought up win number five for the Lindsay Park Racing operation at Pakenham on Tuesday when successful in the final race on the card.

Excelida races in the familiar silks of Cambridge Stud proprietors Brendan and Jo Lindsay, who purchased her out of Trelawney Stud's 2018 Inglis Easter draft.

It was the three-year-old filly's fifth career start and she was coming off a runner-up finish at Morphettville in August, and had won on the Pakenham track the start previous to that.

"It was a close finish," co-trainer Ben Hayes said. "It looked like she was going to win easy coming into the turn. Credit to Miss Mo, she really kicked hard and made it a real race and I think our lucks in today and we managed to get the bob."

"Watching it for the first time I think they went quite slow in front and it was a real big sprint home and she was lucky she had the class on her side to get her nose on the line because it was definitely a very tight finish."

Excelida holds nominations for some of the big spring three-year-old tests including the Gr.1 Golden Rose (1400m), Gr.1 Flight Stakes (1600m) and Gr.1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

By Exceed and Excel, Excelida is the first foal for three-time winner Lady Sayyida, a half-sister to Cox Plate winner and exciting young stallion at stud Ocean Park. It is also the family of dual Group One winner Grunt.