Wachman-trained Off Limits (Mastercraftsman) returned to her best with an
impressive victory in the Listed Cairn Rouge Stakes on day one of Killarney’s
July festival in Ireland yesterday.
Pour Deux (Dansili) set out to make all the running, but the field
closed up ominously from the home turn, and Military Angel (Big Brown) took
over travelling well at the two-furlong marker. However, Wayne Lordan had Off
Limits tucked in behind the pace for much of the journey, and she quickened
smartly to lead inside the final furlong before moving clear to beat Military
Angel and Easter (Galileo). As big as 10-1 in the morning, Off Limits justified
sustained support to a starting price of 6-1.
“We liked her a lot in the spring, but I’d say she was just going
off colour when I ran her in the 1000 Guineas Trial,” admitted Wachman. “It
took her a long time to come back to herself, but she’s back now. She’s a nice
filly, will go on any ground, and we should have a bit of fun with her.”
Off Limits becomes the 18th stakes winner overall and 5th
in the last six weeks for Mastercraftsman whose outstanding run of success
includes impressive winner Davinci in Singapore at the weekend, Master
Carpenter’s success in the £150,000 John Smith’s Cup at York and Amazing Maria’s Gr.1
success in the Newmarket Falmouth Stakes last week.
Mastercraftsman, who has sired 12 southern hemisphere stakes
performers to date from his first crop will be represented by his fourth-crop southern
hemisphere-sired yearlings at the 2016 NZ Bloodstock sales series at Karaka.