Master Of Arts (Mastercraftsman) posted an impressive win in the Terminus Hotel Healesville Plate (2000m) at Caulfield last weekend and trainer Darren Weir is hopeful the result will play a key role in progression towards the Gr. 1 Queensland Derby (2200m) on June 6th.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Jye McNeil settled the three-year-old in prime position on the heels of the race’s early leaders, finding a good rhythm and receiving an ideal run in transit, before displaying a keen turn of foot late to hit the line comfortably ahead of his closest rival.
Racing Manager for Weir, Jeremy Rogers told Racing Victoria the team has been thrilled with the continued form and class displayed by the Mastercraftsman gelding and are confident he will make a great account for himself in the 2015 Queensland Derby should he warrant a berth.
“He’s a very progressive three-year-old,” Rogers said.
“The further he gets in the race the stronger he’s getting, I think he’s going to be a really nice stayer.”
Usually run over a mile and a half (2400m) at Eagle Farm, the 2015 Queensland Derby has been slated for the 2200m course at Doomben as the State’s landmark track undergoes renovations.
“This year the Queensland Derby is over 2200m because it’s at Doomben, he has to get there first but he was good today,” Rogers added.
Yet to finish outside the first three through his four start career so far, Master Of Arts immediately stamped his claims as one to watch when taking out a Terang race over 1406m on debut on March 23rd before placing third amongst notable company in Melbourne on April 6th.
Running second in town in his only other start prior to Saturday’s triumph on April 22nd, Master Of Arts will likely travel to Brisbane for the Gr. 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2000m) at Doomben on May 23rd as a final port of call ahead of the 2015 Queensland Derby a fortnight later.