St Darci puts Meagher Racing on the board

Dec 02, 2012

Promising four-year-old St Darci made history as the first winner for Meagher Racing since the team returned to Australia with his brilliant success in the Reed Property Group Handicap (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast.

Melbourne Cup-winning trainer John Meagher opened Meagher Racing in partnership with sons Dean and Chris when the family arrived home from a terrific period in Singapore that ended in 2011.

Monte Bella was the new operation’s first runner when she finished third at Eagle Farm on October 24 but the team remained patient with St Darci only the fifth representative of the Guanaba-based operation to hit the track.

St Darci joined Meagher Racing after stints with other stables on both sides of the Tasman Sea but the trio looked to have unlocked the gelding’s ability with his dominant first-up win.

Ric McMahon travelled to the Sunshine Coast to partner St Darci in the $10,000 race but the son of Darci Brahma gave his jockey an easy ride throughout the event.

A smart speed helped St Darci settle fourth on the rails before he improved easily along the rails to have the leader in his sights early in the straight.

St Darci quickened impressively when McMahon asked him at the 250 metres with the burst of speed sending the handy prospect straight past the leader, ending the race as a contest.

McMahon carried his whip for decoration only as St Darci ambled away to open a 3-1/2 length margin on his opposition on the line.

The win was St Darci’s second from 12 starts but the developing type showed there is much more success in store for him if he continues to improve under Meagher Racing’s care.

Congratulations to St Darci’s owner - N P Nausbaum.

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