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Bonecrusher Stakes quinella great for Darci Brahma

The quinella in last week's listed Bonecrusher Stakes at Ellerslie when Artistic (Darci Brahma – Artless [AUS]) beat Vincent Street (Darci Brahma –It's My Sin) was a triumph for the young Danehill (USA) stallion Darci Brahma.

"We are thrilled with the recent results of Darci Brahma," said Rick Williams, the General Manager of The Oaks stud where the young stallion stands.

"He is having a great trot and it's good to have such a promising young stallion in our ranks.

"We were delighted with the win by Artistic because she is one of ours (she is owned by The Oaks) and we were thrilled for Jim Marks who part-owns and races Vincent Street with some of his fellow breeders. Jim has supported the stallion every year he has stood at stud.

"It's been a great couple of weeks, with Darci Be Good (ex You Can't Say That [AUS]) winning the group three Spring Stakes at Newcastle earlier in the month and also last weekend the promising filly, Our Miss Jones (ex Maryann Jones), ran second at Caulfield to the unbeaten Atlantic Jewel."

"It's not really that surprising he is succeeding because he has been well supported with quality mares by breeders and his shareholders since he commenced stud duties in 2007. It's My Sin (the dam of Vincent Street) is a group one winner and has left a good stakes winner in Divine Rebel.

"Darci Brahma is a beautifully balanced individual at 16.1 hands and he leaves lovely individuals from a wide range of mares, and as yet there doesn't seem to be a genetic pattern emerging," said Williams

"Artistic (pictured left winning the Bonecrusher Stakes) was always a natural athlete from the time she was born. She was always smart and an intelligent filly, which may have something to do with the fact that she was hand reared for a week after her mother died and before we could find a suitable foster mare."

Artless (Dahar (USA) –Paris Look), the dam of Artistic, died foaling her. She was her tenth foal. She is also the dam of the group one AJC Epsom Handicap winner Excellerator (by Marscay[AUS]) and his full brother Consolidator a stakes placed winner of five. Before being purchased by Karreman Bloodstock she had left four winners in Australia.

"I purchased her in 2003 in foal to Fantastic Light. She had left a stakes winner and had a pedigree that could work with any of the stallions we had on the farm at the time.

"The Fantastic Light was sold to Australia and as Magic Hour won a couple of races. She then went to Zabeel and produced Mighty Sun who won a race, her next live foal was Fortune Eight (by Traditionally) and he has won three races in Singapore.

"She died foaling Artistic and as she was the only filly we had out of her, we decided to keep her," he said.

"She had two starts as an early two-year-old before we gave up on her two-year-old career and decided to concentrate on bringing her back at three. She resumed in late August and won a maiden before beating the boys in the Bonecrusher.

"She has shown that she can handle any type of track and now we will press on to the 1000 Guineas and maybe the Levin Classic."

The pressure was always on Darci Brahma to be a success following his outstanding race career and his rich pedigree.

As a racehorse he was the Champion two and three-year-old in New Zealand and as a four-year-old he earned the title of Champion Sprinter. In the first season of his race career he won the prestigious group one T.J. Smith Classic, before going on at three to win the group one 2000 Guineas in the spring, before beating the older horses in the group one Weight-For-Age Stakes at Otaki in the late summer.

At four he went on to win the two prestigious group one sprint events - the Telegraph Handicap and the Waikato Draught Sprint, before he was retired to stud in 2007.

Darci Brahma is from the second to last crop of the mighty stallion Danehill from a group one winning mare, Grand Echezeaux (Zabeel –Richebourg), herself a half sister to Romanee Conti, the dam of the Caulfield/Melbourne Cup winner Ethereal. He was bred by Peter and Philip Vela and offered by their Pencarrow Stud at the 2004 Karaka sales and sold to Te Akau Stables for a cool $1.1million.

He was syndicated amongst an eclectic group of breeders and racing enthusiasts and that was the start of the dream to make him a champion race horse with the ultimate aim of a stallion career.

His first crop of foals were accepted well by buyers and he rewarded his supporters with a two-year-old stakes winner in Darci Be Good (ex You Can't Say That) who won the listed Fernhill Stakes at Randwick, while Chateauneuf Dupape and Super Easy were stakes placed winners at two. As this story goes to print he has left 12 winners of 18 races including the two stakes winners with stakes of over $570,000.

"Darci Brahma's success is great for everyone - his shareholders and the breeders who have supported him and it's good for our industry to get a promising young stallion making it in New Zealand and Australia.

"We are still taking bookings to Darci Brahma for this season but we are not looking to serve more than 130 mares," he concluded.

- Michelle Saba


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