It’s a case of quality and not quantity for Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm at Corinella which will see two of its yearlings go under the hammer at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

The farm’s operations manager, James O’Brien said both colts – Exceed and Excel/Lakshmibai and Not a Single Doubt/Spy Catcher – were lovely types out of exceptional families.

“Both are really nice horses and we are really excited to be presenting those up at the Magic’s,” O’Brien said.

“The Exceed and Excel/Lakshmibai is a nice big forward moving horse from a really, really good family. And the family keeps producing.

“He is a really nice colt. He looks like a really big forward type of horse and an early going type of Exceed and Excel.

“He is out of a super family. The dam is a half to a Blue Diamond winner (Earthquake) and the family is one that is progressing and continues to evolve.”

Earthquake also finished second in the Golden Slipper.

Earthquake after her win in the Blue Diamond Stakes in 2014 (Vince Caligiuri)

Lakshmibai was originally with Darley, although Lauriston purchased the mare from another seller.

“She was born blind in one eye so she was unraced and this is the first foal,” O’Brien said.

“He is a really striking first foal out of the mare and we are wrapped to have that mare in our barn.

“She is a 2013 mare and everything in the family is just riddled with black type.

“Hopefully she can start her own dynasty.

“Sadly, she lost her I Am Invincible foal last year and we chose not to cover her in the end so we have given her the year off.”

O’Brien concedes it was tough to lose a foal and says breeding is not an easy caper.

“I think we are guilty of promoting our good stories and the assumption is breeding is a pretty easy caper and we all make money, but nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.

“It’s probably the exception and we do sing the good songs when we get them but there are a lot of bad luck stories as well.’’

O’Brien can’t hide his praise of Exceed and Excel who he describes as a super star stallion that quinallaed the Coolmore Stud Stakes last year with Exceedence and Bivouac.

He says Exceed and Excel is renowned for getting early horses and he thinks his colt fits that mould.

And he also rates Not a Single Doubt as a super stallion that has provided the Corinella farm with a lot of success in the past by breeding to him.

O’Brien again likes the breeding of the Not a Single Doubt colt who is out of Spy Catcher.

“Spy Catcher is from a Tobougg mare that is the broodmare sire of Written By and this colt is a nice leggy  Not a Single Doubt  which is a full brother to Undoubtable Miss which won the Adelaide Magic Millions as a two year-old,” O’Brien said.

“Once again, he is a really nice big colt.

“It’s from the family of Rendzina and he is a nice looking chestnut.

“When I say he is leggy, compared to most Not a Single Doubt’s, he has got a bit of height about him.

“They are certainly in our view, strong forwards types and one of the main reasons we are presenting them at a sale of the calibre of Magic Millions. If you bring the wrong horses you can get lost but we think we are bringing the right horses.’’

 O’Brien admits to being a bit nervous about the Not a Single Doubt colt going through the ring on Saturday when he expects plenty of people will be at the races but counters by saying good horses will always be found at the Magic Millions.

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm didn’t take any yearlings to last year’s Gold Coast sale and O’Brien explains that he predominately supports the Melbourne Premier sale because of the Victorian link.

But he says it’s also a matter of placing the right horses at the right sales and believes the two he has on the Gold Coast are best suited to that sale.

Lauriston will send 10 horses to Melbourne Premier.

Lot 464 of Lauriston Thoroughbred’s draft



Lot 464 – Chestnut colt: Exceed and Excel/Lakshmibai

Lot 803 – Chestnut colt: Not a Single Double/Spy Catcher