Exceed And Excel has career-best day at the sales

Colt makes $2.1 million at Inglis Easter Sale to become his sire’s highest-priced yearling
Lot 5: Exceed And Excel x Peace Force

Exceed And Excel raced past the most significant milestone of his stallion career when his colt from the Bernardini mare Peace Force sold for $2.1 million in the opening minutes of the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney on Tuesday, 6 April.

The price is the highest ever paid for an Exceed And Excel yearling.

Offered by Vinery Stud, the colt, Lot 5 in the catalogue, went to Tony Fung whose attraction to the stock of Exceed And Excel prompted him to add another of the Darley stallion’s colts – also from the Vinery draft - for $1.05 million (Lot 63).

Exceed And Excel’s second seven-figure sale of the day took his total of million dollar plus yearlings to be sold at auction to 11.

Vinery’s Adam White said the colt from Peace Force had been the most viewed of the sale.

“We knew he was a good sort of colt right the way through from foal to weanling,” White said. “He was a special one, he was out of his box more than any other horse on the complex.”

In a session which also produced a $900,000 Exceed And Excel filly (Lot 122) and with another colt by the long-serving Darley Star making $370,000 (Lot 32), giving the champion progenitor a day-one average of $1.1 million for his four to sell making him leading sire by average on Day 1 for three or more sold.

Peace Force, the dam of the top-priced colt, is a half-sister to Eremein whose five G1 wins included the Australian Derby, the 2021 edition of which is run on Saturday.

Lot 63: Exceed and Excel x Sanity

The second of the million-plus Exceed And Excel’s entered the ring as Lot 63, and like his predecessor is from a mare sired by a Darley stallion, his dam Sanity being a daughter of Lonhro.

Sanity is also a sister to the Stakes-winning Godolphin filly Trim who is the dam of another Stakes winner in the royal blue, Manicure (Exceed And Excel).

The family also includes the G1 winner Gatting (Hard Spun).

“They’re both outstanding colts with plenty to like both physically and for their pedigrees,” said their new owner’s spokesman Shane McGrath.

The $900,000 Exceed And Excel filly is yet another with a strong Darley maternal influence, being from the Lonhro mare Telaawa, Lot 122, is a half-sister to the Stakes winners Charmed Harmony and Suyoo.

Among other notable day-one sales, the only Street Boss yearling in the catalogue, a colt from the Falbrav mare Perkipsy (Lot 8) made $260,000 bid by prominent syndicator Denise Martin.