Lot 448 bay filly Darci Brahma – Inniskillen (Centaine) $230,000 (draft: Westend Partnership)
Purchased by David Ellis and trained by Mark Walker, as a two-year-old Darci Brahma (Danehill) was an impressive debut winner, stakes winner at his second start, runner-up in the Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) and ended his campaign as a Group One winner of the T. J. Smith Stakes (1600m) in Brisbane – named Champion Two-Year-Old, and Champion Three-Year-Old.
Darci Brahma won five Group Ones before retiring to stud, becoming a Champion Stallion six times.
From a mare by Champion Broodmare Sire Centaine, the filly comes from the family of New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Insouciant (Keeper), trained at Te Akau by Mark Walker to win the 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) and Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (Gr. 2, 2000m).
“She’s a lovely filly with so much of Darci’s class about and a lovely athletic walk,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM. “She really is a high-quality filly.
“We had to pay a bit to secure her, but decided we had to have her for our owners and the stable.
“She’s from a great family of Sir Peter Vela’s, whom I bought Darci Brahma from as a yearling.
“This is a real filly family. The first five foals from the mare that raced have all been geldings, and if you go through the family the best performers have been fillies.
“Insouciant was top filly, Dorabella won the 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) and the Captain Cook Stakes (Gr. 1, 1600m), Media Sensation also won the 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m), and Gin Dartre was a very good stakes winning mare.
“There are four Group One winning mares on the page, and we were not going to leave without her.”