Saint Martins Has Plenty to Offer


20 December 2012

Darci Brahma four-year-old Saint Martins showed that she has a big future in front of her with a dominant six length victory at Matamata yesterday in the $7,000 Oxford Thoroughbreds 1400 for fillies & mares.

Trained by Steven Ramsay & Julia Ritchie, Saint Martins (Darci Brahma x Jeanetta Cochrane, by Sadler’s Wells) was a class above her rivals, racing mid-field before being brought wide on the turn by jockey Opie Bosson and racing away to an easy six length victory.

The race was only Saint Martin’s second start and she ran second on debut at Taranaki in early November by just under a length after producing a tidy finish.

“We were confident of a good showing today since her work has been good all week,” commented her co-trainer Steven Ramsay. “She tracked good speed into the race and put in a nice effort, we’re wrapped with her.”

Jockey Opie Bosson commented that he had the race covered a long way from home.

“It was just a matter of letting the brakes go. I had a stack of horse underneath me so I knew she was going to win.”

Bred by Peter and Philip Vela, Saint Martins is a half-sister to Group 2 Queensland Guineas winner Saxon (Danehill), Group 2 placed Power of Destiny (Danehill), and the stakes placed Dane Shakira who is also by Danehill.

Saint Martins’ dam is the Irish bred Sadler’s Wells mare Jeanetta Cochrane, a half-sister to the stakes winner Karaferya (Green Desert) and Kalamba – dam of Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Kalanisi (Doyoun).

Pencarrow Stud will offer a half-brother to Saint Martins at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2013 Karaka Premier Sale – a colt by Pins at Lot 192 – making him a full brother to the Group 2 Queensland Guineas winner Saxon.

Pencarrow Stud sold a Choisir colt from Jeanetta Cochrane at the 2012 Karaka Premier Sale to John Chalmers Bloodstock for $180,000 and the mare produced a sister to Saint Martins this season.

Saint Martins was one of two winners by the Pencarrow bred Darci Brahma yesterday with his three-year-old daughter Brannickers taking her second win from just five starts in Australia for trainer Kris Lees.

The Pencarrow bred St Darci (Darci Brahma x Love Connection, by Sunday Silence) also put in a good performance at Eagle Farm in Brisbane yesterday running third over 1200 metres in her second start of the 2012/13 season.