A new record price for a yearling sold in Melbourne was set at the Inglis Premier sale March 4 when Darley Australia paid Aus$750,000 for a smashing bay colt by Exceed And Excel out of Lowland Stakes (Aus-III) winner Gentle Call. The sale eclipses the previous best of Aus$600,000.
The new record holder was beautifully turned out by Peter Liston under his Three Bridges Thoroughbreds banner and the vendor was slightly stunned. “We knew we had a really nice horse and people had told us he was the best horse in the sale but this is unbelievable,” Liston said.
This transaction represents some shrewd business by Liston, who paid $140,000 for Gentle Call in foal to Choisir and with this colt at foot at the Inglis Australian Easter Broodmare Sale in Sydney last year. Gentle Call is currently in foal to Elvstroem, whose stock continue to sell well this week.
Exceed And Excel stands at Darley's Hunter Valley stud and Darley general manager Oliver Tait was immediately impressed by the colt when he first saw him. “He's like a lot of the Exceed And Excel's - he's very balanced, athletic and has a great attitude.” Tait explained. Asked if he had a limit, Tait declined to say, but said “We were very keen to get him and it's great that he's sold by Peter Liston who is a good client.”
That he had to break a record to secure the colt did not surprise Tait, who is impressed by the standard at the Melbourne Premier sale. “This has been a very good sale which should not surprise as there have been many good horses come out of it.”
Darley has enjoyed a great run of success with Easter Sale graduates this season, notably Wilander, also a son of Exceed And Excel and purchased for $625,000 and unbeaten Redoute's Choice filly, Estee.