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Amazing Star emerges as an improbable ruler in the G2 Sprint Cup

Stunned by an Easter Monday miracle, Jimmy Ting is unlikely to tempt fate twice by aiming blowout G2 Sprint Cup (1200m) winner Amazing Star at the G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) at Sha Tin on FWD Champions Day on 25 April.Struggling to comprehend the fact Amazing Star – a 178/1 bolter – had temporarily laid waste to 2.8 favourite Wellington’s standing as Hong Kong’s sprint heir apparent, Ting jubilated in one of the jurisdiction’s greatest upsets in a feature race.Easily held in ...

April 6, 2021

Late burst carries Joy Alone to Classic victory

A thrilling four-way finish to Saturday’s Gr.3 Higgins Concrete Manawatu Classic (2000m) at Awapuni was settled in favour of Cambridge filly Joy Alone, courtesy of a powerful staying performance. The Roc De Cambes three-year-old looked a forlorn hope with 600m to run, with rider Wiremu Pinn taking her wide to make a searching run around the field as the leaders began to wilt on the tricky Slow8 surface. Just as Pinn was winding his mount up for a final charge in the home straight, stablemate D...

April 6, 2021

Catalyst progressing well for Spring campaign

Star galloper Catalyst may not have a trainer, but he is in great order as his team looks ahead to spring racing. The outstanding three-year-old male of last season hasn’t raced since pulling up lame at Randwick in the Gr.2 The Shorts (1100m) in September, but he has recovered well, according to Rick Williams, who manages the gelding for owner Dick Karreman of The Oaks Stud. “He’s perfect. He’s never had any surgery or anything,” Williams said. “We’ve just x-ray checked him and eve...

April 6, 2021

Caspar Fownes and Joao Moreira lift the BMW Hong Kong Derby with Sky Darci

An inspired Caspar Fownes’ training performance, crowned by a supreme Joao Moreira ride, has allowed Sky Darci to overcome serious stamina doubts while delivering dramatic BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) success at Sha Tin on Sunday (21 March).The Darci Brahma gelding was plucked from New Zealand as a PPG (Privately Purchased Griffin), joining the Fownes stable as a raw, unraced gelding in 2019. Less than two years later, he is part of Hong Kong racing folklore.Eleven starts after debuting in Hong...

March 22, 2021

Sinarahma primed for Trentham

Trainer Allan Sharrock will have his fingers-crossed on Saturday when Sinarahma makes her return to Trentham.In her last start at the Upper Hutt track, the daughter of Darci Brahma missed away from the barriers in the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) but put in an eye-catching effort to run into second behind Melody Belle.She has since finished fifth in the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa last month and was in line for an Auckland test before Sharrock elected to wait until the Gr.3 Wentwood...

March 19, 2021

Sky Darci set for Derby

Caspar Fownes is optimistic Sky Darci (Darci Brahma) can erase the disappointment of successive luckless runs when he goes for Hong Kong Derby (Listed, 2000m) glory at Sha Tin on Sunday. The winner of three races so far this season, Sky Darci finished sixth in the Hong Kong Classic Mile (Listed, 1600m) before suffering interference when seventh in the Hong Kong Classic Cup (Listed, 1800m). Fownes, who won the Hong Kong Derby with Super Satin (Danehill Dancer) in 2010, is hopeful Sky Darci will f...

March 16, 2021

Laurie hopes to take Alfa to Adelaide

Promising sprinter Alfa Oro (Bachelor Duke) will get the chance to prove himself as a Group 1 level competitor this autumn with trainer Matt Laurie eyeing a trip to Adelaide.The five-year-old has long been considered a rising star, but is yet to taste success at Group or Listed level.His only attempt in that grade, a fourth in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint, came when he had come to the end of his preparation, Laurie said.Laurie is hoping that will change this preparation with Alfa Oro set to resu...

March 15, 2021

Sky Darci heads BMW Hong Kong Derby selected runners

Caspar Fownes-trained Sky Darci (NZ) (Darci Brahma) heads 14 selected runners for the HK$24 million BMW Hong Kong Derby at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, 21 March.Commanding top-rating for the coveted Classic, Sky Darci will bid to lodge a sixth victory in Hong Kong and, in the process, join the cavalcade of equine stars to have annexed the showpiece staying test.The Hong Kong Derby was first contested in 1873 and is restricted to four-year-olds over 2000 metres. Past winners since 2000...

March 11, 2021

Auckland Cup likely for Sinarahma

Allan Sharrock will be hoping it’s a case of like mother, like daughter, if Sinarahma lines-up in the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) at Ellerslie next month. Sharrock trained Sinarahma’s dam, Shez Sinsational, to win the 2012 edition of the two-mile feature, and he believes her six-year-old daughter has the potential to do the same. The Darci Brahma mare has only been tested up to 2000m, but Sharrock said there are a couple of factors that have influenced his decision. “I hav...

February 23, 2021

Spring targets for Catalyst

A spring resumption is likely for talented galloper Catalyst. The son of Darci Brahma had two interrupted preparations in Australia last year, with trainer Clayton Chipperfield citing joint issues as the main culprit. Owner Dick Karreman, owner of The Oaks Stud in Cambridge, and his racing manager Rick Williams, have elected to take a cautious approach with him and they have given him time to mature over the last six months. He has spent plenty of time spelling at The Oaks Stud, and he has also ...

February 16, 2021

Quattro Quinta impressive at Trentham

The runaway leader of the National jockeys’ premiership, Danielle Johnson, notched her 100th winner for the season when she guided Te Akau Racing two-year-old Quattro Quinta to victory in the Listed IRT No.1 Wellesley Stakes (1000m) at Trentham on Saturday. Installed a warm $2 Fixed Odds favourite, the Darci Brahma gelding certainly didn’t have things all his own way as he was attacked by Ansu and Magneto throughout the first 600m of the contest. Asked for a serious effort at the top of the ...

January 18, 2021

Darci La Bella out to emulate her older brother

Exciting three-year-old Darci La Bella (NZ) (Darci Brahma) showed she has inherited plenty of the family ability when she made a winning debut at Otaki on Monday.The Darci Brahma filly is a half-sister to her trainer Allan Sharrock’s stable star Tavi Mac (NZ) (Tavistock), although Sharrock is quick to point out one major difference.“They are both very talented individuals, but she definitely got the looks in the family,” he said.“Neither of them are that big, but he’s called ...

January 5, 2021

Sky Darci to the fore at Sha Tin

Caspar Fownes could have the strongest hand of any trainer in January’s Hong Kong Classic Mile as smart four-year-olds Sky Darci and Enrich Delight came to the fore at Sha Tin this afternoon (Sunday, 29 November). Sky Darci made a big statement with victory in the Class 1 Chevalier Cup Handicap (1600m), the day’s feature, and he did so at his first try in the grade following two Class 3 successes over 1200m at the city circuit.“He was held up at a crucial stage of the race when everyone el...

November 30, 2020

Eleventh Group 1 winner for Darci Brahma

Darci Brahma filly Kahma Lass taking out the NZ 1000 Guineas on Saturday in impressive fashion....

November 16, 2020

Sky Darci stamps Classic Mile credentials

Sky Darci laid out his credentials for a tilt at the HK$12 million Hong Kong Classic Mile with a win over 1200m at Happy Valley on Wednesday. “We’ll go to 1400 metres in December then go for the Four-Year-Old Classic Series,” trainer Caspar Fownes said.  The Darci Brahma gelding mustered early from the gates to hold a midfield position under jockey Joao Moreira, before turning for home and switching back to the inside to pull away in style for a tidy two and three-quarter lengths win....

November 13, 2020

Cup challenge for in-form mare

In-form mare Desert Mirage could be in for an exciting few months if she performs up to expectations in the Steelform Roofing Group Waverley Cup 2200 on Sunday. The Clayton Chipperfield-trained four-year-old has won three of her four starts this preparation and Cup goals in Auckland next year could be on the cards for the daughter of Roc de Cambes. “I have been very happy with the way she has been going this prep,” Chipperfield said. “She was always going to be a nice mare, she went a ver...

November 13, 2020

Spelling paddock for Group 1 placed Bourbonaire

Bourbonaire (outer) went oh-so-close to collecting his first Group 1 win on Saturday ...

November 9, 2020

Sinarahma to contest Courtesy Ford Red Craze Bowl

Sinarahma (Darci Brahma) will give Allan Sharrock a two-pronged attack in the Courtesy Ford Red Craza Bowl tomorrow.   Her trainer was slightly disappointed with her unplaced run in the Gr.3 Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Hawera earlier this month. “She is an interesting runner,” Sharrock said. “She was well backed and a big chance in the Taranaki Breeders’. “I put the blinkers on and she was in the barriers too long and missed the kick by two lengths. They walked an...

October 30, 2020

William Wallace turns back the clock with classic win

Versatile galloper William Wallace showed there was still plenty of fight left in his eight-year-old legs when he outlasted his younger rivals to take out the Listed Christchurch Casino Spring Classic (2000m) at Riccarton on Saturday. The Darci Brahma gelding has always enjoyed his visits to Christchurch, having won twice at the venue earlier in his career, and demonstrated that affinity with another spirited showing. Rider Sarah McNab allowed her charge to find his feet in the early running bef...

October 27, 2020

Trumbull chasing more riches

The Kim Waugh-trained Trumbull (NZ) (Darci Brahma) landed his biggest win to date when taking out the A$500,000 Gr.3 Sydney Stakes (1200m). The five-year-old gelding covered plenty of ground but showed a ready turn of foot in the run to the post to deny Standout (Exceed and Excel) and Signore Fox (Exceed and Excel).The A$1 million The Hunter (1300m) at Newcastle next month looks another lucrative target for the son of Darci Brahma, who has a good record when kept fresh.Jockey Tommy Ber...

October 19, 2020

Catalyst crowned NZ Champion Three-year-old

The Dick Karreman owned & bred Catalyst (Darci Brahma) was crowned Champion Three Year Old at last nights 2020 New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Awards. There was considerable depth in the three-year-old division and five horses received votes, but Catalyst’s outstanding domestic campaign earned him the title. Catalyst was unbeaten in five starts in New Zealand, including the Gr.1 Two Thousand Guineas, and won each race by more than two lengths. He had two starts in Australia, finishing a close ...

October 12, 2020

Sierra Sue dazzles in Group Two win

It was a case of Kiwis sticking together when the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained Sierra Sue (NZ) (Darci Brahma) landed the Gr.2 Rose of Kingston Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday under an economical ten out of ten ride by jockey Michael Walker. Horse, trainers and jockey all started their careers in New Zealand and Sierra Sue has quickly fashioned a successful record in Australia, with Saturday’s win her fifth in seven starts and most important to date.“Wow, we had the gate ...

October 5, 2020

American syndicate in for an exciting season

A decision to invest in a handful of yearlings at Karaka last year is looking set to payoff for a group of American investors. The Bourbon Lane Stable LLC, led by American investor Dennis Foster, will look forward to watching three of their purchases compete in New Zealand this weekend. Bourbonaire will be the partnership’s major focus this weekend when he lines-up in the Gr.2 Dundeel At Arrowfield Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings on Saturday. The son of Darci Brahma finished sixth in...

September 30, 2020

Alfa Oro returns a winner

Talented five-year-old Alfa Oro (NZ) (Bachelor Duke) returned from a brief break to score at Moonee Valley on Friday night, when leading throughout in the 955m race. The son of Bachelor Duke won four races in succession last campaign and picked up where he left off for trainer Matt Laurie, who has been patient in his handling of the quality galloper, who suffered a life-threatening injury as an early three-year-old.“It was pretty easy in the end and I am happy to keep his winnin...

September 28, 2020

Quattro Quinta takes first two year old event of the season

Race favourite Quattro Quinta (NZ) (Darci Brahma) backed up an impressive trial performance ten days ago when he proved too quick for his rivals over 880m in the first two-year-old event of the season at Ellerslie on Saturday. The Darci Brahma gelding was warmly supported off the back of his impressive victory in a 650m trial heat at Te Rapa and never gave his backers cause for concern as he sat in behind a steady pace for rider Troy Harris before asserting his superiority in the run h...

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