Darci Brahma Foal Born At Pencarrow

The team at Pencarrow Stud are excited to see the arrival of a foal by five-time Group 1 winner Darci Brahma on the Hamilton-based stud farm early Monday.

The bay filly foal is from the Storm Cat mare, Lucky Be Lucky who is from the black-type rich family of Turn and Dance (by Dance Bid) and Her Valentine (by Stalwart).

An unraced half-sister to Group I winner Love Lock (by Silver Ghost), she produced her first foal in 2003, a filly by champion sire Danehill, the promising three-time winner Terroir. Lucky be Lucky foaled a filly by Champion Australian Racehorse Lonhro in 2005 which has been placed on a couple of occasions at the trials.

"She is a lovely foal, nice size and a great thrill to see our first Darci Brahma foal arrive on the farm," said Leon Casey, manager of Pencarrow Stud.

"We weighed her today and she tipped the scales at a very healthy 62kg," he said.

Darci Brahma's first foals are arriving on the ground in Australasia this spring and are attracting very favourable reports. The Oaks Stud, which stands Darci Brahma, has had two of his progeny born on the Cambridge-based farm. These were a brown filly ex Miss Vandal and a bay colt ex Southern Sunset.

Darci Brahma (Danehill x Grand Echezeaux) was bred by Peter and Philip Vela of Pencarrow Stud and was bought for $1.1 million at the Karaka Yearling Sales by David Ellis of Te Akau Stud.

Darci Brahma was an outstanding racehorse counting five Group 1 victories among his 10 career successes.

He scored his first Group 1 win as a two-year-old in the time-honoured TJ Smith Classic (1600m) in Brisbane.

As a three-year-old the Mark Walker-trained colt posted a Group 1 success in the New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton and another Group 1 victory for him came in the Otaki-Maori Weight-For-Age (1400m) against the older horses.

His other Group 1 successes were early last year when he won the Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham and the Waikato Draught Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa.