Harron swoops for top lot on Saturday

Exceed And Excel colt one of four lots to make seven figures in final session

Lot 910 Exceed And Excel - Devious Rumor colt.
Lot 910 Exceed And Excel - Devious Rumor colt. Picture: Magic Millions

James Harron Bloodstock Colt Parntership bought the most expensive lot to sell during Saturday's final session of Book 1 of the 2022 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale when the agent went to $1.2 million to secure a colt by Exceed And Excel (Danehill). 

Sold by Fernrigg Farm as Lot: 910 the colt is the first foal out of the US-bred Listed winning mare Devious Rumor (Street Boss). 

"He was a colt when we first saw him – he was straight on top of the list," James Harron said. "It's a big relief to get him."

"He's a very sharp horse with a fantastic attitude. Every time I saw him, he'd handle himself beautifully.

"Brilliant shape, great movement. Exceed and Excel needs no introduction and he's out of a good American mare, a speedy mare.

"He suits our profile down to the ground," Harron added.

Devious Rumor was bought by Fernrigg Farm for $220,000 at the 2019 Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale and the result was welcomed by the operation. 

"It was absolutely phenomenal," said Fernrigg Farm's Padraig Kelly. "We knew he had a cracking colt coming up here, it's just unbelievable. 

"It's an amazing result and I'm so proud of the staff – they've put in the hard yards, it's just so brilliant," Kelly added.

Exceed And Excel had 17 lots sell during Book 1 for $5,780,000 at an average of $340,000. Fernrigg Farm meanwhile sold six of the seven lots they offered for $2,780,000 at an average of $463,333. 

Three other yearlings sold for $1 million or more across the Saturday night session.

Widden Stud sold Lot: 877 a Lonhro (Octagonal) filly to Sheamus Mills for $1.05 million. The filly is the first foal out of triple Group Three winner Cool Passion (Not A Single Doubt). 

One of the last lots through the ring, Arrowfield Stud's Snitzel colt from Dream Date (Starcraft) was purchased by TFI for $1.05 million, while earlier A List Stud's Chris Lee went to $1 million for Newgate Farm's Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) filly out of Listed winning I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) mare Divine Centuri.

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