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Commenced stud duties in New Zealand in 2007.

Darci Brahma finds Favour with Karaka Yearling Buyers

FEBRUARY 2010: The Oaks freshman stallion Darci Brahma concluded his Karaka sales debut finishing as the leading first season sire across the combined Premier and Select sessions.


Darci Brahma’s yearlings sold up to $480,000, with his 36 Premier yearlings averaging $140,972 and his 48 yearlings averaging $119,552 across the Premier/Select sessions.  A great return for breeders’ with his Premier average nearly five times that of his 2007 service fee of $30,000. 

Especially pleasing for The Oaks and Darci Brahma’s supporters was the support shown by many of Australia’s top trainers.  Among those to buy his yearlings were:  Bart Cummings, Gai Waterhouse, Mick Price, John Hawke’s, Mark Kavanagh, Lee Freedman, Leon Corstons, Bede Murray, Sheila Laxon, and Danny O’Brien. 

With his yearlings now spread amongst Australia’s top trainers Darci Brahma continues on his path towards stallion success, having now received every conceivable opportunity along the way. 



Lot 402 Darci Brahma – Fairy Lights (Fairy King) Colt.  Purchased from The Oaks Premier draft for $480,000 – buyer Dean Hawthorne.



Lot 181 Darci Brahma ex Southern Sunset (Polish Precedent) colt.  Purchased from The Oaks Premier draft for $210,000 – buyer Mick Price.



Lot 45 Darci Brahma ex Merle Park (Machiavellian) filly.  Purchased from The Oaks Premier draft for $110,000 – buyer Star Thoroughbreds/Gai Waterhouse.



Lot 132 Darci Brahma ex Rivertaine (Centaine) colt.  Purchased from Little Avondale Stud’s Premier draft for $250,000 – buyer Bart Cummings.


Lot 179 Darci Brahma ex South Carolina (Southern Halo) colt.  Purchased from The Oaks Premier draft for $180,000 – buyer Mick Price.



Lot 242 Darci Brahma ex Wyndham Special (Centaine) filly.  Purchased from Cambridge Stud’s Premier draft for $140,000 – buyer Mark Kavanagh.



Lot 405 Darci Brahma ex First Cut (Diesis) colt.  Purchased from Wentwood Grange’s Premier draft for $210,000 – buyer Danny O’Brien.



Lot 26 Darci Brahma ex Loudenne (Palace Music) colt.  Purchased from the Pencarrow Stud Premier draft for $310,000 – buyer British Bloodstock Association- Ireland.



Lot 178 Darci Brahma ex Sound Lover (Sound Reason) colt.  Purchased from Little Avondale Stud’s Premier draft for $220,000 – Dominic Li (IDL Racing).




Outstanding Foals - Outstanding Weanlings

AUTUMN 2009:  As he moves into year three at stud, Darci Brahma’s first crop colts and fillies are guaranteed to turn heads at Karaka 2010.

Darci Brahma colts L-R ex

FAIRY LIGHTS (Fairy King), Half-brother to ROC DE CAMBES & NZ Derby runner-up Roman Chariot.

SOUTH CAROLINA (Southern Halo), Half-brother to stakes performer Bondarchuk, dam a half to European stakes performer Glamis.

DOMINANT (Deputy Governor), Dam is a sister to HERO from the NZ Oaks winner DOMINO.

CANDESCENT (Bassenthwaite), Half-brother to Gr.1 Easter Hcp winner RAGS TO RICHES.

KHAPKAP (Kaapstad), Half-brother to SAIN KHAPITAL, dam a half-sister to VATC Oakleigh Plate winner KHAPTINGLY


Darci Brahma fillies L-R ex

CALCEOLARIA (Sackford), half sister to MAGNETISM.

ROYAL PROCLOMATION (Kingmambo), dam is a half sister to multiple Gr.1 winner TACTILE.

ARTLESS (Dahar), half-brother to Gai Waterhouse’s former star EXCELLERATOR, winner of Gr.1 Epsom Hcp & earnings over A$2 million.

UPSTAGED (In the Wings), first foal from stakes winner & Gr.1 Avondale Cup runner-up UPSTAGED


SPRING 2008: Darci Brahma’s first-crop foals have arrived ... 
In Style!


Darci’s First Foals….Standouts!  No Less!

With all Darci Brahma’s own stud credentials – race performance, blue blooded pedigree, the ‘Danehill factor,’ exceptional fertility etc he surpassed another important milestone this season when leaving colts and fillies cast in his own magnificent physical type.


In all Darci Brahma’s foals we see his lovely head and expression.  Mostly bay (no chestnuts) they are good looking athletic types with plenty of leg and good bone. 




With Darci Brahma’s first crop foals making their appearance at all the leading studs, photographer Trish Dunell was out and about busy capturing the new arrivals at 2-4 weeks of age.



Darci Brahma's 2007 Book - 150 Mares including 30 of Pencarrow’s Finest

First season sire Darci Brahma (pictured) had a remarkable start to his stud career serving 150 quality mares in 2007.


The original book for the stallion was set at 130 mares – a sizable number for any stallion, more especially a first season horse. 


As the season progressed it became obvious the horse’s fertility was proving something quite exceptional.   With the demand for nominations strong and the horse coping in every way additional mares were accepted.




Incouciant – classy 3YO filly & winner of the Group One 1000 Guineas. Her dam Loudenne just one of a host of top quality Pencarrow Stud mares tested in-foal to Darci Brahma.



The majority of New Zealand’s top breeders have supported the horse.  Darci Brahma’s initial book was lifted to yet another dimension when Peter and Phillip Vela backed him with 30 of Pencarrow Stud’s finest mares.  


The quality of mares covered in Darci Brahma’s first book represent an opportunity afforded few other Australasian stallions.  Darci Brahma’s stud prospects were further enhanced with an outstanding fertility rate of 90% achieved in his first season at stud. 




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