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Big week sets Mastercraftsman up for classic success
16 Feb 2016 | By Racenews

With three stakes winners in less than a week, including a Gr.1 and Gr.2 winner, the progeny of champion racehorse Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer) continue to fly.

The Gr.1-winning performance of his second-crop 3YO daughter Valley Girl, against New Zealand’s best older horses in the WFA Waikato RC Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday, has confirmed her position at the head of markets for next month’s Gr.1 New Zealand Derby.

Trained by Donna Logan, Valley Girl becomes Mastercraftsman’s sixteenth individual southern hemisphere-born stakes performer from his first two crops to race, thirteen of whom have earned their black-type success as 3YO’s.

No less impressive at Te Rapa was the performance of the Murray Baker/Andrew Forsman-trained Mime to win the Gr.2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic. Now Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks-bound, Mime is also a second-crop daughter of Mastercraftsman and she produced a resolute performance to win after being wide in transit throughout the entire journey.

Adding to Mastercraftsman’s tally of 28 stakes winners last week was Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes winner Flavigny, from Mike Moroney and Chad Ormsby’s Ballymore Stables, while his other promising young racehorses include smart Melbourne 4YO Spreadeagled, winner of three of his last four starts.

Mastercraftsman’s 68% winners-to-runners ratio in Australia includes Gr.2 VRC Wakeful Stakes winner and Gr.1 VRC Oaks second Thunder Lady, among 8 other stakes horses there.

Exciting last start winner Sacred Master together with Hong Kong winners Packing Dragon and Happilababy have provided Mastercraftsman with further recent success - the performance of the Tony Pike-trained Sacred Master propelling him to second-line favouritism for the Gr.1 Auckland Cup next month.

With French Derby winner The Grey Gatsby, English St Leger winner Kingston Hill and Italian 1000 Guineas winner Vague Nouvelle from his first-crop Northern Hemisphere runners, Mastercraftsman looks on track to enjoy further classic success ‘down under’.