Proven Thoroughbreds secured two attractively-priced lots during the third session of the 2018 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale on Monday, including a colt out of a half-sister to Cox Plate winner SHAMUS AWARD.

The close relation to the champion Australian three-year-old from 2013-14 was lot 365 (pictured above), an athletic son of Darley's EXCEED AND EXCEL, sire of the grand-slam of Australian two-year-old racing - Golden Slipper, Blue Diamond, Sires' Produce, Champagne & Magic Millions.

EXCEED AND EXCEL yearlings sold at auction in Australia last year averaged more than $410k so the $120k paid by Proven Thoroughbreds was considered a bargain.

As well as being a half-sister to one of only four Cox Plate winning three-year-olds since 1985, the dam DOUBLE DEE (by DUBLEO) won five races in Melbourne from 1000m to 1600m.

A strong first foal, this colt has great forearm and bone, indicating he could be an early type and will be entered for the lucrative Inglis Race Series which totals $8 million for 2018 graduates.

This colt, to be trained by Joe Pride at Warwick Farm, has received the greatest of endorsements as the breeder has retained a significant share.