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.
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.
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.