NEWS: Brazen Beau, Exceed And Excel attract broad interest at Premier Sale

Brazen Beau at Northwood Park

As he has at every sale at which his yearlings have been offered, Darley’s Brazen Beau again produced strong results at this week’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale where a selection of local and international buyers again rallied to support the former champion sprinter.

Brazen Beau, who topped the sale in 2019, had 13 yearlings sell in Book 1, the top price of $260,000 being paid during Monday’s second session for Lot 394, a filly from the Lonhro mare Rheinfels.

The filly offered by Shadow Hill Thoroughbreds and purchased by prominent Melbourne-based owner Brae Sokolski is a half-sister to the Godolphin winners Drachenfels and Rheingau.

A feature of the sale of the Brazen Beau stock was the selection of buyers who took home his yearlings: as well as Sokolski, leading trainers David Hayes, Mick Price, Clinton McDonald and Trent Busuttin all finished with at least one, as did the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

McDonald gave $140,000 for Lot 399, a filly from the Stakes-winning Court Command mare Rocket Commander from the family of champion racehorse and sire The Judge.

“I don’t think I’ve seen a Brazen Beau who couldn’t run,” McDonald said.

“To get a filly like this at that price has to be a bargain.”


Lot 471: Filly by Exceed And Excel x Swanne

McDonald also weighed in for the top-priced Exceed And Excel colt sold in Book 1, a filly from the Charge Forward mare Swaane, a winner herself and a grand-daughter of the G1 winner Flitter.

The Caulfield trainer went to $350,000 for the filly, having received encouragement from Exceed And Excel’s former trainer Tim Martin.

"We just thought she was a lovely filly, had good movement and we liked the family," McDonald said.

"She looks like she’ll get up and go early. I spoke to Tim Martin who used to train Exceed And Excel and he told me he really liked her.”

The filly was offered by Darren Dance’s Esker Lodge who described her as “quality from the day she was born”.

She was one of seven Exceed And Excel yearlings from Book 1 to sell, all but one of which made six figures and which averaged $217,857.