Big Win for Bogart in Singapore

Pencarrow-bred sire Darci Brahma had another win in Singapore this season with the smart Pencarrow bred two-year-old Bogart (ex Pavan, by Centaine) taking out the S$80,000 Hello Poland Stakes over 1400m on Sunday.

The Michael Freedman trained two-year-old was ridden by leading New Zealand jockey James McDonald, who is Sydney-based but was granted a one-day visiting licence by the Singapore Turf Club and came away with wins in three of the twelve race card.

Bogart jumped well from the gates under the direction of McDonald and, in an impressive display he kicked away from the field to claim the race ahead of Om (ex Songfest), a half-brother to Singapore champion Better Than Ever and also by Darci Brahma, who made a brave late attempt for the win.

“Bogart is just a nice, genuine horse with a very good record of 12 starts for 4 wins” commented Freedman.

“The plan for the race was to ride in him the front four, take a sit, then get the job done and James rode a great race.”

Freedman acknowledged that the path was going to get a bit tougher for Bogart with his jump up the ratings to the top end of class 3 and the current plan is to freshen up in August with a view to racing in September on the turf.

Bogart was bred by Peter and Philip Vela and was purchased by Michael Freedman/Michael Wallace Bloodstock from Pencarrow Stud at the 2012 Karaka Premier Sale for $155,000.

He is owned by the Mummify Stable who also races the Darci Brahma three-year-old Ronnie Brown.

From the Centaine mare Pavan, Bogart is a grandson of Pencarrow Stud’s Group 1 South Australian Oaks winner Marmalitre, and a half-brother to the stakes placed Let Loushe (Black Minnaloushe) and the current three-time winner for Pencarrow, Sovereign Rose (Pins). Pavan produced a brother to Bogart which has been retained by the stud and she was covered again by Darci Brahma last season.

Darci Brahma leads Singapore’s Sires’ Premiership by Winners with 17 and is currently fourth on Singapore’s Sires’ Premiership by Earnings with his progeny earning just under S$1 million in stakes so far this season.

Darci Brahma also currently sits in second position on the NZ Sires Premiership by Earnings and Wins behind O’Reilly.