NEWS: Medaglia d'Oro and Exceed And Excel keep the bids coming at Magic Millions

Darley stalwarts maintain their standards at major Australian sale

The second crop of Brazen Beau may have been strongly to the fore during Thursday’s second session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, but some tried-and-true members of the Darley roster kept him company.

Again it was Medaglia d’Oro who shouldered his way into the picture, following up on his $1 million colt on day one with a $375,000 yearling at the second Book One session.

Joining him – and combining with him – was Exceed And Excel.

Lot 490: Colt by Medaglia d'Oro x Curtana

The Medaglia d’Oro colt, catalogued as Lot 490 and consigned by Amarina Farm, is from Curtana, a daughter of Exceed And Excel and a sister to the G1 winner Flamberge. She is also a three quarter-sister to the multiple stakes winner Durendal.

In a spirited bidding contest it was the American-based Spendthrift Farm, who recently established a breeding operation in Victoria, who won out.

Lot 269: Colt by Exceed And Excel x Viadana

Darley’s ever-consistent stallion Exceed And Excel rarely fails to maintain a high average price that is matched by the quality of his offspring.

His 11 yearlings to sell so far this week have averaged $235,000 with the top price of $550,000 being paid by New Zealand agent Gary Harding for Lot 262 a filly from Vanilla Princess, a daughter of NZ champion Princess Coup.

Exceed And Excel’s best on day two was Lot 269, a colt from the three-time G1 winning Towkay mare Viadana from the Newhaven Park draft that sold for $320,000 to Lindsay Park Racing.

With 11 yearlings sold at the sale so far, Exceed And Excel is averaging better than $253,000.