First attempt at the 1600m distance proved little concern for promising galloper Flavigny (pictured) when she bounded away to take honours in the Weekend Herald Rating 85 event today at Ellerslie.
Rider Mark du Plessis rode the daughter of Mastercraftsman closer to speed than usual, which appeared to be the winning of the race, as she cruised to the lead at the top of the straight and proved too strong over the concluding stages despite the late efforts of Staccato.
“She has been racing generously in her races, so the 1600m was not going to be a concern.” Co-trainer Chad Ormsby said.
“Mark rode her like the best horse in the race, and while he may have hit the front too soon, she was just too good on the day.”
Carrying the colours of her owner-breeder Windsor Park Stud, Flavigny has now recorded three victories from her relatively light race career to date and looks a runner destined for black-type success in the near future.
“We’ve always wanted to get her to a nice black-type 1400m/1600m race where she won’t have to carry much weight. She’s got the class to be a stakes winning horse, it's just a matter of the right race coming along at the right time.”
Mastercraftsman is having a wonderful Christmas carnival with Sacred Master & Jackofall winning on Boxing day, while at Ellerslie on the 28th Woodsman was successful the race after Flavigny's win.