Following the tremendous success of his first crop of two-year-olds in Australia, Exceed and Excel's yearlings continue to be very much in demand at this year’s Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
Fresh from siring the sales topper at Melbourne, it didn’t take long for one of his yearlings to realise over half a million dollars. This came in the form of lot 26, a bay colt out of the unraced Tale of The Cat mare Mehitable, who is from the immediate family of Champion Australian mare Our Tristalight. Consigned by Brooklyn Lodge, top trainer Gai Waterhouse was the eventual victor taking home the colt for A$550,000 (£252,294).
Better was to come for Brooklyn Lodge, who also consigned lot 175, a bay colt from the family of Breeders’ Cup winner Artie Schiller. He was knocked down to Laird Racing for A$580,000 (£266,055). In all, Exceed And Excel had ten yearlings sell during the first two days for an average of A$263,500 (£120,872).
Another Darley stallion that is doing well with his current crop of Australian two-year-olds is Red Ransom and he was responsible for another Gai Waterhouse purchase in lot 351. This time she had to go to A$450,000 (£206,422) to secure the colt, consigned by Tyreel Stud, who is out of the G3 winner Tahni Girl.