Reset sires his first winner

Rebel Raider salutes the judge at Cheltenham

Darley’s unbeaten multiple G1 winner Reset sired his first winner on 26 March, when Rebel Raider obliged at the second time of asking to take the 1400m Handicap at Cheltenham.

Settled behind early pacesetter Emgee, Leon Macdonald’s charge made his move approaching the turn and pulled clear to win by a length, with Dubai Dawn and Easter Manners (both by fellow Darley stallion E Dubai) taking second and third place respectively.

Rebel Raider, who was purchased by his trainer at last year’s Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $150,000, is the first foal from the G1-placed Dehere mare Picholine. She has a yearling colt by Shamardal and a 2007 filly by Exceed And Excel.

Also on Wednesday, Exceed And Excel continued his tremendous week at the Magic Millions Sale, siring the top-priced lot of the day when his colt (pictured) from the Stakes-placed mare Acupuncture was bought by Patinack Farm for $730,000.

Just two lots earlier, his filly from Achievable, a half-sister to G1 winner and Stakes producer True Jewels was knocked down to Spicer Newmarc & Grange for $600,000. He currently stands third in the leading sires’ table with an average of $286,500 – equivalent to six times his 2005 stud fee.

There was also success at the sales for Shamardal (whose first yearlings go through the ring this year) when Patinack Farm were once again in action, giving $270,000 for his colt out of Brun Chanel.

The sale continues on Thursday.