Historically, the stock of Darci Brahma (Danehill) was mostly overlooked by Australian buyers for the simple reason that sons of Danehill (Danzig) were a dime-a-dozen in Australia.
Nevertheless, the stallion has been ultra consistent as a sire of stakes winners (57). In Australia, his two best performers are dual Group 1 winner Sierra Sue and Australian Oaks (Gr 1, 2400m) winner, Gust Of Wind.
Through his daughters his influence may be felt for some considerable time and such influence materialised at Flemington in Saturday’s stallion-making race, the Coolmore Stud Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m). Impressive Ozzmosis (Zoustar), whose dam is a stakes-winning daughter of Darci Brahma, led all the way in an exciting rendition of the sprint championship for three-year-olds.
Heading to the Coolmore, the only question mark was the 1200 metres as Ozzmosis had faded in his only try over that distance in the Roman Consul Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m), resulting in his first and only defeat to date. The Flemington runway suited him admirably and they simply couldn’t catch him, burning up the last 600 metres in 33.6 seconds and making things a little too hot for his pursuers.
Ozzmosis has been to the races just five times and the Group 1 was his fourth win and second stakes victory, his first black-type win taking place in late September in the Heritage Stakes (Listed, 1100m). That win prompted talk of an entry into The Everest (1200m). Wiser heads prevailed and he was instead kept for the Coolmore.
A future stallion career for the three-year-old is virtually assured and for Darci Brahma to appear close up in his bloodlines is a big thumbs-up regarding the sire quality of the recent Oaks Stud retiree.
Newgate Farm’s Henry Field is bullish about the sire potential of Ozzmosis.
Ozzmosis is the second Group 1 winner from a Darci Brahma mare. Pier (Proisir), winner of last year’s New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) was his first. They are two of eight stakes winners plus a further 13 stakes performers. His mares are just coming into their own so expect his stats to improve.
No More Tears, Ozzmosis’s dam, won four times including three stakes, namely the Mr Tiz Trophy (Gr 3, 1200m) and the Soliloquy Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Ellerslie plus the Listed Star Way Stakes (1100m) at Te Rapa which she landed on debut.
This family is deep with black-type winners. No More Tears’ dam is a half-sister to Reisling Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) winner Hips Don’t Lie (Stravinsky), herself the granddam of last season’s Reisling winner, Learning To Fly (Justify).