Darley stallions: They get you to the big days

Darley-sired 1-2 in the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Exceedance (Exceed And Excel) noses out Bivouac (Exceed And Excel)

If you asked 100 people to describe their 'big day' dream as an owner or breeder in the Australian thoroughbred industry, chances are not one person's big-day dream would be the same at that point in time.

For some, a 'big day' may be winning a maiden at Hawkesbury as a first-time owner, for others, it may be owning a runner in a G1 race across a major carnival or it might be selling a yearling at auction.

Whatever the big-day dream, it's certainly a testament to the health of our industry through the increase in prizemoney, syndication providing easy ownership access and breeders' meticulous planning and hard work to produce an internationally desired product available to buyers at public auction.

The 2020/21 season saw Darley stallions' progeny help make big-day dreams become a reality:

1. In February 2021, young trainer William Freedman produced his first city winner thanks to Birdonawinningpost (Shooting To Win) at Royal Randwick on a Saturday.

2. At Inglis Premier in February 2021, Darley-sired yearlings helped seven consignors produce their highest-priced lot.

3. In October 2020 we saw Montefilia (Kermadec) provide David Payne one of the greatest thrills for a trainer winning two G1s just seven days apart in the G1 Flight Stakes and G1 Spring Champion Stakes. 


Will Freedman (centre) with Birdonawinningpost's owners following Will's first city winner as a trainer