Darci nails Newcastle Spring Stakes

Darci Be Good (NZ) maintained the winning run of Inglis graduates in the G3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle on Wednesday.  The Bede Murray trained colt follows Ilovethiscity (Classic), Lovemelikearock (Easter) and Sousa (Easter).

The Kiwi bred colt took control in the straight to beat Rekindled Alliance and Ambidexter at Broadmeadow.

Darci Be Good (3c Darci Brahma – You Can’t Say That by Fusaichi Pegasus) has been a model of consistency this year winning three of his six starts for earnings over $220,000.  Connections will be hoping he can follow Sousa in completing the G3 Spring Stakes – G1 ATC Spring Champion Stakes double.

“I think the further he goes the better he’s going to be,” Murray said.  “He will definitely go to the Spring Champion and then have a break because he will be a lovely autumn horse.”

Murray is a past master at preparing classic colts have trained Universal Prince (AJC Australian Derby), Half Hennessy (Queensland Derby) and Coniston Bluebird (New Zealand Derby).

Darci Be Good won the LR Fernhill Stakes in April.  The Bart Cummings trained champion Beau Zam completed the Fernhill – AJC Derby double in 1987.

Rich Hill Stud offered Darci Be Good as agent for Cambridge based breeder Scott Williams at the 2010 Inglis Easter yearling sale but he failed to make a $60,000 reserve.  “I approached Scott and asked if I could lease the colt,” Murray recalled.  “He was happy with that arrangement and we formed a syndicate with members of the Illawarra Turf Club.”

Williams was awarded NZ Breeder-of-the-Year honours in 2008 after the G1 triumphs of Efficient (VRC Melbourne Cup) and Zarita (South Australian Derby).

Darci Be Good has a 2yo half-sister by O’Reilly named Reply Churlish that has been retained by Williams.  She had had a season off in 2009 and missed to Zabeel last year before arriving in Australia in June.

Darci Brahma (Danehill) retired to The Oaks Stud in 2007 after a career that included Group 1 wins in the T J Smith Classic at Eagle Farm and the NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton.