Sweet Celebration is a stunning daughter of Excelebration out of a First Defence (USA) mare. Her sire was originally also trained by Marco Botti before moving into the care of Aidan O'Brien. He did most of his winning between 7f-1m but was unfortunate enough to be born in the generation that included Frankel. Excelebration finished second to Frankel on three occasions but still managed to win three Group 1 races here and in France. He has been at stud since 2014 and with his first crop produced the dual Group 1 winner Barney Roy. The black type performers haven't finished there however and in his second crop, he produced Hey Jonsey and Speak In Colour (also trained by Marco). He was a very classy horse who would have undoubtedly won more races had he have been born at a different time but this appears to have made him a very good value sire.
Sweet Celebration was the second foal of Snow Dust's, the first of which has made the track on several occasions, which is always a positive. Snow Dust herself was an unraced mare, half-sister to multiple group race winner Starformer. Starformer won multiple Group races between 1m2f and 1m4f, in the US including the Group 2 New York Stakes at Belmont Park. Her pedigree is stacked with black type performers and she is a very exciting prospect.
She was named due to her sweet temperament!
Syndicate manager update (April 2020): Sweet Celebration didn't run as a 2-year-old, she always gave us the impression she wouldn't show herself to best effect over the sprint trips. She made up for missing a year in her 3-year-old season, running ten times and finishing in the places six times. She won two of those starts breaking her maiden at Kempton with an impressive 8 length win. At the end of a long season, she contested her first Class 2 race and didn't disgrace herself up in trip to 1m 6f. She has progressed with every start and now off a mark of 80, and having strengthened up again over the winter, we are really excited about what she might achieve this season.
Here she is on Warren Hill (18th April):
Summer gallop - far side - May 2nd: