What a difference a few weeks in racing can make! Since the completion of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka Sales Series there’s been no stopping the sons and daughters of Mastercraftsman on the racetrack.
So much so, that the champion son of Danehill Dancer now has leading contenders for next month’s Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (Valley Girl), Gr.1 Auckland Cup (Sacred Master) and Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (Mime), and all this from only two southern hemisphere crops to run.
Mastercraftsman sired his fourth stakes winner in the past two weeks when his first-crop son Sacred Master produced a Gr.2-winning performance in the 2400m Avondale Cup. The winner of 6 races from 12 starts Sacred Master has firmed to outright favouritism in the markets for the Gr.1 Auckland Cup over 3200m next month.
Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer) also looks to have another stakes winner-in-waiting, siring open class winner Saint Emilion on the Avondale Cup undercard. With 7 wins up to 2300m from just 16 starts, this smart 4YO stayer is scheduled to back up this weekend in the Listed Kaimai Stakes at Matamata, a lead-up race to the Gr.1 Auckland Cup on March 12th.
Yet another potential stakes winner surfaced for Mastercraftsman in Melbourne last Friday night where his 4YO son Spreadeagled was an impressive winner at Moonee Valley over 1600m, taking his tally to 4 metropolitan wins and an unlucky placing from his last 5 starts.
In the previous week Mastercraftsman sired Weight-For-Age Gr.1- winning 3YO filly Valley Girl and Gr.2 winner Mime, both favoured contenders for next month’s Gr.1 New Zealand Derby and Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks respectively.
Mastercraftsman, whose oldest New Zealand conceived progeny are 4YO’s, already has 15 first-crop stakes performers underpinning his impressive southern hemisphere Stakes Winners to Runners ratio of 8%.