They all had the pedigrees, the conformation, the temperament and the ability to be among the best racehorses of their era.
And as their first Australian yearlings are presented to the world in 2018, they are ready to show that the second stage of their careers will be as dynamic as the first.
As those closest to them recall, Darley’s four freshman sires all had qualities that set them apart.
To Chris Waller, the trainer of more than 2100 winners, 75 of them at G1, Brazen Beau was a stallion in the making from day one.
“This horse is the complete package, just look at him, he’s strong, he’s well-balanced. He’s the perfect horse,’’ Waller said after his colt won the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.
And following his career-crowning G1 Newmarket Handicap victory in which he beat the world’s two highest-ranked sprinters Chautauqua and Terravista, Waller again offered high praise.
“Obviously he’s beaten a world-class field, but really, he’s treated them with a bit of contempt,” the trainer said.