Lot 176 b c Darci Brahma – Josephines Fortune (Encosta De Lago) $55,000 (draft: Windsor Park Stud)
“I bought this horse for two very good clients, Gavin and Shane Wealleans, and he is earmarked to go up to Mark (Walker) in Singapore,” said David Ellis.
“They first got involved in 1996 and they’ve owned horses with Te Akau every year since then, in syndicates and individual ownership. They know their business in the fertiliser industry and look after all the requirements on the farm at Te Akau Stud.”
Gavin and his son Shane own N. T. Wealleans Ltd – industry leaders in the cartage and application of fertiliser and the largest privately owned business of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. And not only are they prolific racehorse owners but they also show their generosity in race sponsorship.
The pair has had over 50 winners, including ownership in Burgundy (Redoute’s Choice) and also Affirmation (Fastnet Rock) who Mark Walker trained to win nine times in Singapore.
“He is a very straightforward sort of horse, correct, and he breezed up well and showed a good action,” Ellis said.
“His dam is by the Champion Australian broodmare sire Encosta De Lago, a sire we have had a lot of success with, and she has already left a winner by Darci Brahma in Australia.”
His grand-dam, Filante Etoile (Soviet Star), finished second to Wharite Princess (His Royal Highness) in the 2004 New Zealand Oaks (Gr. 1, 2400m) and recorded four wins on good footing from 1400m – 2150m.
Ellis purchased Champion sire Darci Brahma (Danehill) as a yearling for $1.1m and Mark Walker trained him to win five Group Ones.
Clear in the lead and gunning for his second training premiership in Singapore, Walker notched five wins in row through the middle of the year with progeny of Darci Brahma (Major Tom, Prince Darci, Distinctive Darci, The Cosmos, and Justice Light).
Darci Brahma is heading for his fifth title as Champion Sire in Singapore, and Walker commented on why he is so successful:
“Darci Brahma had an amazing temperament and it helps his progeny one-hundred percent in Singapore,” he said. “All they do here is eat and sleep, and they’re easy to work and easy to train. They suit the environment and they’re just no fuss horses. They’re also very clean-winded horses, they don’t take much work, which suits as well because it means you don’t have to work them too hard to keep them fit. They’re very athletic horses that are clean-winded and take minimal work.”