The tried and true continue to enhance their records, the up and comers are building their reputations and the newest of the Darley stallions are off and running.
As the 2019-20 southern hemisphere racing season takes shape, the results are providing solid endorsement of some of the best value stallions available to Australian breeders.
While such proven performers as Exceed And Excel and Lonhro are providing their usual abundant supply of winners, young stallions such as Brazen Beau, Epaulette and Shooting To Win have joined the party during the 2019 spring.
For Brazen Beau, a potential star emerged on the final day of city racing for the spring when Pretty Brazen won the G2 Sandown Guineas on Saturday, 16 November.
A $700,000 purchase by her trainer Tony McEvoy at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale, Pretty Brazen is out of the Encosta de Lago mare, Pretty Penny, and had shown good promise before her fourth and latest win. She will now be put away for the autumn by a stable delighted with her prospects.
"She's got class, beautiful movement, has a beautiful temperament and the reason she cost $700,000 was that I wasn't the only one that liked her," McEvoy said after the Sandown win.
"There was a lot of competition and I think we can relax now and enjoy the future."
"It's worked out magnificently and to win a G2 with a valuable filly just means so much."
Pretty Brazen became the 18th individual winner for Brazen Beau since the season began on Thursday, 1 August and his fourth at Stakes level for the same period.
Overall, Brazen Beau has had 29 individual winners, six of them at Stakes level.