Victory in the Listed $203,500 Warrnambool Cup yesterday went to progressive stayer Master of Arts, a first-crop son of champion racehorse Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer).
Trained by Darren Weir, the four year-old scored the biggest win of his career when surging clear to win the 2350 metre staying test by more than a length.
From a total of 94 first-crop Southern Hemisphere runners Mastercraftsman has sired no less than 62 winners (66%) which includes 9 stakes winners, giving the son of Danehill Dancer an exceptional first-crop stakes winners-to-runners ratio of 9.6%.
A $110,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the draft of leading New Zealand nursery Trelawney Stud, Master of Arts has the overall record of four wins and four placings from 11 starts with prizemoney topping $230,000 and will be given the opportunity for further success in coming weeks.
Weir said he will continue on this preparation with a Queensland trip an option.
“There’s the Andrew Ramsden over two miles for him at Flemington coming up or he might go to Queensland, the Caloundra Cup – those sorts of races,” Weir said.
Master of Arts is a half-brother to Group II winner Antonio Lombardo and is from Carnegie mare Petit Verdot, a full sister to Victoria Derby winner Amalfi.
He is the 31st stakes-winner for Mastercraftsman, who shuttled to Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand from Coolmore Ireland.