Cambridge Stallion Darci Brahma has made his presence felt in Singapore this season

Cambridge stallion Darci Brahma has made his presence felt in Singapore this season through Super Easy and he will now have another high-profile Asian representative in Hong Kong.

His top-rated son Malandrino will do his future racing there after the sale that forced his withdrawal from Saturday’s Gr 3 Grand Prix Stakes at Doomben. His new owners stipulated they didn’t want the three-year-old to race in Queensland and he will be sent to John Size’s Hong Kong stable without another run.

The Oaks Stud’s Darci Brahma has enjoyed an outstanding season with the Shaune Ritchie-trained Artistic crediting him with his first top-flight winner when she beat Zurella in the Gr 1 New Zealand Oaks.
Darci Brahma’s progeny have found favour in New Zealand and Australia, where Darci Be Good has won the Gr 3 Spring Stakes and placed in the Gr 1 Spring Champion Stakes, Our Miss Jones was runner-up in the Gr 1 Australasian Oaks and Westsouthwest placed in the Gr 1 South Australian Derby.
Chateauneuf Dupape has performed in both countries and a juvenile campaign here netted him minor place finishes in the Gr 1 Diamond Stakes and the Gr 3 Taranaki TWO Classic.

Darci Brahma’s popularity has spread through Asia and the Danehill stallion currently leads the Singapore premiership with Super Easy rapidly gaining superstar status there.

His best-performed New Zealand representative so far has been Malandrino, who was last on show when a runaway winner of the Gr 3 Manawatu Classic. He thumped his rivals that day in the manner of jockey James McDonald’s pre-race prediction that the three-year-old had that ‘X-Factor.’
His Cambridge trainer Murray Baker had also been confident of Malandrino’s prospects in Brisbane, not only in the Rough Habit Plate, but also the Gr 1 Queensland Derby. “He’s a very quiet horse and never spends a penny,” Baker said. “He’s got good acceleration when you ask him to go and he’s getting stronger and more mature all the time. He’s a very good horse.”
A $95,000 yearling purchase by Wellingtonian Lib Petagna, Malandrino was bred by Graham and Helen-Gaye Bax and sold through their Blandford Lodge draft to Karaka in 2010. His dam, the Montjeu mare Staryn Glen, is a half-sister to the Gr 2 Japan-New Zealand International Trophy winner Silky Red Boxer.