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Pakenham set for a stellar Cup day



Pakenham Racing Club will host an exciting and rejuvenated Pakenham Cup day, with the bumper addition of the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Bullion, ensuring that their stand-alone Saturday race meeting will be a great event, taking the total available prizemoney on the day, to over $1 million dollars.

Making the most of the feature regional raceday, the club’s

chief executive Michael Hodge said they were expecting a crowd of 10,000 to attend this year’s Pakenham Cup, which was a great result, showing that country racing is most definitely alive and well.

A strong number of 117 acceptances have been declared across the nine races, with 13 runners accepting for the Listed Pakenham Cup to be run over 2500 metres.

In the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Bullion over 140

0 metres, Turnitaround and Tarquin have 15 or more ratings points in hand on the next highest-rated galloper in the field which has drawn 13 acceptors.

In the $300,000 Pakenham Cup, Godolphin galloper Tally and Ciaron Maher and David Eustace’s former import Dal Harrail are the top-rated horses and both will carry the 60kg topweight.

Kiwia, Lord Fandango, Runaway and Wall Of Fire are the other horses in the 2500 metres staying test which boast ratings of more than 100.

At the Thoroughbred Breeders awards on Thursday night, guests were lucky to be joined by Dayne Barry who is an aspiring race caller and Darren Weir’s 16 year old nephew. His already impressive resume has the calling of the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat and on Thursday night, he did a phantom call of the VOBIS Gold Bullion ahead of Saturday’s card. To watch the video, head to our twitter page!

The nine-race programme commences at 12.55pm with the final event to be run at 5.55pm.

Rosemont ready to do the Hussle to the Blue Diamond

Brooklyn Hustle wins at The Valley (Racing Photos)

Rosemont Stud’s homebred Starspangledbanner filly Brooklyn Hustle looked a star in the making when scoring a dazzling last to first debut win at the Victorian Breeders Race Day at the Valley. A win good enough to indicate that the Group 1 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes would be her future target.

The Jason Warren-trained flashy chestnut filly, just like her famous sire and his sire Choisir, Brooklyn Hustle was a standout in the mounting yard.

Having missed the start, after the field experienced a delay in the barriers, Beau Mertens was forced to ride her patiently to settle last in the early stages of the 1000 metre sprint.

Not many juveniles can overcome that sort of disadvantage, but Brooklyn Hustle once she found clear ground in the straight, was able to lengthen stride and demolished her rivals going away by two lengths on the line in an eye-catching display.

”The best word to describe that was ‘wow!” said jockey Beau Mertens. She may have missed the start, but when she got clear running, she really let down and proved what she could do.


Jason Warren said the daughter of Starspangledbanner was the best two-year-old he had trained and now has Group 1 plans for Brooklyn Hustle after recording a time of 58.79 seconds, running her last 200m in 10.96 seconds.

“I haven’t had heaps of two-year-old’s, so I can’t benchmark her against anything I’ve had but I can from when I was with Lee Freedman,” Warren said. “I’m not going to say she’s an Alinghi but she’s a lot better than anything I’ve had.”

“She’s always shown us more than an above average two-year-old,” Warren said, “Even more impressive was that she wasn’t wound up today, as it was only a very soft trial at Cranbourne on Monday. She has a hell of a lot of upside and she’s got enough prize money to get into the Blue Diamond.”

Warren was also thankful to Rosemont Stud for giving him the opportunity to train the exciting juvenile tweeting:

“The biggest week for the stable in many years. Four winners capped by the exceptional talent that is Brooklyn Hustle. To the team at Rosemont Stud not enough words to express our thanks and gratitude for sending us the horse. Blue Diamond dreaming.”

“The team down at Rosemont does a terrific job. She’ll just go out into the paddock each day and then tick along on the water walker,” Warren said.

Rosemont Stud’s operations manager Gerard Jones was looking forward to welcoming the filly back to their spelling farm at Ceres for about 10 days, before heading off to their pre-trainer Mark Young at Lara.

“We are thrilled for Warren and he has been a great supporter of the farm over the years. We always have one in training with him and he has always bought one from us. We support the people that support us.”
Bred and retained to race by Rosemont Stud, Brooklyn Hustle is a half-sister to the dam of Italian stakes-winner Gold Tail and is the second winner for imported US stakes-winning mare, Joint Aspiration (GB). A daughter of the hugely successful Nureyev line sire, Pivotal from the family of Group 1 winning sprinter, Red Clubs (Red Ransom).


Rosemont Stud stood Starspangledbanner earlier in his career, while Joint Aspiration, who is now in residing in New Zealand, has produced a Nostradamus filly yearling. She is currently in foal to Tarzino but will be heading back over the ditch to hopefully reproduce the perfect mix of chestnut power.

“It is likely that she will now come back to Victoria to foal down her Tarzino on the farm. After Brooklyn Hustle’s performance it is very possible, she has already got a date booked to go back to Banner now, as we know that cross certainly works.,” Jones said.

And Rosemont’s success at the races is not slowing down with five winners in the last 10 days including Jason Warren’s Brooklyn Hustle at the Valley and Miss Toorak Flyer at Cranbourne, Sandown winner Mr Quickie for Weiry and Wylie Dalziel, Reflect The Stars at Seymour for Danny O’Brien, and Immaculate Secret on debut at Terang for Malua Racing.

“We are hoping there are a couple more winners this week with our Melbourne Cup galloper, Runaway, set for the Pakenham Cup and Iconoclasm in West hoping for Group 1 glory in the Kingston Town,” Jones said.

“It’s exciting when our homebred’s win on the track and both runners this weekend are going very well. We are very happy with them.”

It’s a busy time for the Rosemont Stud getting their large draft of 26 yearlings ready for the Magic Millions, but I’m sure the team will stop and cheer for their boys on Saturday.

Sun Stud’s former Sunshine stallions leading the way in Victoria

With Bel Esprit and Love Conquers All both returning to Sun Stud’s Victorian base this season to stand from Queensland they are certainly making sure that breeders know that they are back to do business.

In a brilliant result for Love Conquers All, his courageous son, I’m a Rippa won another Group 3 in an all-the-way win in the George Moore Stakes over 1200m at Doomben.

Trained by Tony Gollan, he has won eight races and $1,166,757 in prize money and is no doubt an absolute ripper for his connections.

The tough sprinter has placed in nine of his last 11 starts, including now wins in a pair of Group 3’s – the George Moore & BRC Sprint, as well as the Listed Eye Liner and the $1 million-dollar Magic Millions QTIS Open over 1300 metres.

“I’m A Rippa has run 1.8.43 which surprised me today. He can now go on to race in the summer sprints and then finish up in either the QTIS Millions race or the Magic Millions Cup,” Gollan said post-race.

Nominations at Sun Stud, Phil Marshall is now more than ever looking forward to the exciting future for their stallion who continues to exceed all expectations.

“Love Conquers All has remarkable first crop statistics; 78% winners to runners, 9% stakes horses and a winners average earnings index of $122,122.”

“The crop has accumulated $4.4m in prize money from just 46 runners and includes I’m A Rippa, 5-time stakes winner Savanna Amour, Group 2 placed Perilous Love, stakes performed two-year-old’s Par Oneri and Kubis, 4-time metropolitan winner Fortensky and the flying machine Mr Marbellouz (6 wins from 10 starts), amongst others.”

“Love Conquers All well and truly punches above his weight. He has an outstanding strike rate from small foal crops and we are looking forward to seeing him progress through the stallion ranks once the greater numbers come through the system.”

Purchased by his trainer as a $55,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions March Yearling Sale, Gollan has indicated that the talented five-year-old will now head towards the rich Gold Coast race day on January 12 to defend his 2018 title.

Bred by Mary Lee Trivett, out of her two-time winning Seidnazar mare Derippa, I’m A Rippa is the first foal of his dam.

Excitingly, there is an unraced two-year-old full-sister named She’s Our Rippa who was purchased by Gollan Racing/John Foote Bloodstock for $80,000 at this year’s January sale, and is in his stable ready to start her racetrack career.

Love Conquers All has 27 individual winners and over $1.15m in progeny earnings for the 2018/19 season and has yearlings entered in the Magic Millions, Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.

While the other stallion coming down from the sunny state this year, back home to rule the roost, is the incredible producer Bel Esprit.

Having had a quartet of winners for the gun stallion last Thursday, the 8-time Champion Victorian sire scored a double at Kyneton via Bouffon and impressive three-year-old Pickup The Pieces and then followed up with another deuce at the Pakenham night meeting with Ambitious Gem and feel good story Antah, who resumed with a victory after 889 days off!

Nominations at Sun Stud, Phil Marshall is proud of their flagship stallion and couldn’t be happier to have him in Victoria where he belongs.

“Bel Esprit is having a spectacular run of success. He sired eleven winners in six days last week, including his 650th career winner, which is a phenomenal feat.”

“With 47 individual winners on the board before the end of November, he is on track to post a huge tally this season. Remembering of course that he set a then record of 155 winners in a single season in 2012/13,” Marshall said.

“Bel Esprit is a real asset to the Victorian breeding industry and Sun Stud are proud to have him on our roster.”

Remarkably, Bel Esprit success continues unabated this season progeny earnings already claiming $2,311,253 in prize money. Bel Esprit is equal 12th, alongside Fastnet Rock, on the 2018/19 Australian sires table for winners and is placed 24th for prize money.

Springmount’s Mr Jammo takes out an emotional debut victory

Mr Jammo wins at Cranbourne on VIARD race night (Racing Photos)

The Springmount bred Mr Jammo secured an emotional victory when he won his maiden at Cranbourne on the VIARD race night, saluting in the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Super VOBIS Maiden Plate over 1400 metres.

The inaugural Victorian Industry Association race night recognises our hard-working associations and six key Victorian representatives each have a race named in their honour.

The Michael Mehegan trained gelding has certainly hit form, going one better in his last three outings and the connections were thrilled to be taking home a VOBIS Gold Nomination and free memberships for his trainer, owners and breeder.

Named in honour of part-owner Peter Jamieson’s late father, Mr Jammo who was co-bred by Steve Baldwin and Springmount’s Michael Flannery, didn’t have an easy start in life, and it was only through perseverance and expert help that he survived, let alone make it to the winner circle.

“Mr Jammo’s dam, the Desert Style (Ire) mare Ruby Doll has been a great producer, but unfortunately, Mr Jammo was pretty sick as a youngster. Thanks to the dedicated and brilliant help of Dr Ian Church, and Peter Huntington from Kentucky Equine Research, they were able to manage him. It was an incredible feat to get him to the track,” Flannery said.

“As he got better, I thought he was doing well enough that he was worth breaking in, and he took that step, and came through with flying colours. Then he went to a pre-trainer and he jumped that hurdle and then he went to his trainer, Michael Meaghan.”

“He has jumped every hurdle that he had come up against, and he is still jumping them – it just a great story” Flannery said.

“This horse not only defied the odds, but he is also responsible for bringing a great group pf people together, and there have been some great friendships forged.”

“These are the best stories, as there were not high expectations when he went into work, but he has exceeded them ten-fold. We leased him to the other owners and Steve and I are stayed in the ownership, so we are able to share the journey. That’s the bit I really love about it,” Flannery said.

Peter Jamieson who had tears in his eyes after the win, was so just thrilled everyone could be a part of it.

“Mr Jammo is such an honest horse, and he’s been through a bit, but he always gives his best and still wants to improve. Dad would have been so proud, and it’s great having my mum, my sister with three other mates, Steve and Michael Flannery in the horse, who thought the world of dad, all in the ownership.”

“We were certainly up against it when he was a youngster but thanks to best mate, Steve and Michael, they persevered, and it was brilliant to get the win,” Jamieson said.

“My father Don was always referred to as Mr Jammo by co-breeder breeder Steve Baldwin, who was like a second father to Steve, so at Dad’s funeral he asked mum if they could call their racehorse, Mr Jammo, and his nickname is Donny. Mum thought that was lovely that he wanted to name the horse in his memory.”

“We are enjoying every minute and I know how proud Dad would be. It is just amazing to see Dad’s name in the racebook and to hear his name in the race, it really is so special.”

Ruby Doll has a lovely Rich Enuff colt at foot, and she produced the good Bel Esprit city winning galloper Sir Fernando. Now 20, she will have a year off, and Flannery will wait and see how she is next season before any decision is made if she will breed again.

Springmount will soon be busy getting their draft ready for Melbourne Premier with all their sale yearlings supporting the major Melbourne sale at Oaklands on March 3-6.

“We have a very strong draft, with ten in P1 and four in P2. We were popular with the top stable last year with David Hayes buying three of our yearlings, and Mick Kent paying $240,000 for a Zoustar that he believes will be very special,” Flannery said.

“This year we have a nice Brazen Beau out of a half-sister to Jukebox and a Written Tycoon out of a Blue Diamond Preview winner.

The spirit of the Light Horses honoured by our Victorian-bred Stayers

Bryce Stanaway and Crafty Cruiser (Colleen Petch)

Trainer Bryce Stanaway was proud as punch of his grand campaigner Crafty Cruiser in the inaugural $300,000 Jericho Cup at Warrnambool. As a gallant runner up to High Mode over the gruelling 4600 metres, it is the longest flat race run in Australia, created in honour of the Lighthorse men and the three-mile race they staged in Jericho, Palestine a century ago.

It seemed the perfect race for war horse Crafty Cruiser, who has covered more ground in his races than a drive from Melbourne to Warrnambool, although according to his trainer Bryce Stanaway the distance was still a bit too short, “as he was ready to keep going, when the others were run off their legs.”

“You’d want the toughest horse in the race to celebrate what those tough horses did and Crafty is the toughest,” Torquay trainer Bryce Stanaway said who revealed that one of his relatives was in the Lighthorse brigade.

“I’d go to war with him. I tell you there wouldn’t be a better horse to have in that situation. He’d be able to carry a few soldiers on his back.”

A wonderful campaigner over many years, Crafty Cruiser now 11-years young, has many racing highlights including his 2013 season with a win in the Ansett Stakes at Mornington, third in the Sandown Cup and fourth in the Geelong Cup and Bart Cummings Stakes.

The son of Good Journey has had an incredible 143 starts for 13 wins, 21 seconds, 15 thirds and prize money just shy of a million with $998,141 earned. He has covered 340,037 metres which works out to be $2.93 in prize money won per metre.

“There was no doubt that he was the best performed horse over 2800 metres in the race, and I can’t believe he was such long odds. Two hundred metres more and he would have been home, he was still full of running while the winner was running on empty.”

Growing up in New Zealand, Stanaway is as tough as his horse. Having left school at 14, he rode in rodeo’s in the summer, and went over the jumps during the winter.

“I arrived in Australia with $1500 in my pocket and I have made a good living out of horses and I love every minute. You could give me a million dollars or the Crown Casino, I wouldn’t change what I have done, the horses are my life.”

Crafty Cruiser was bred at Victoria’s Ealing Park, and was a $10,000 purchase from the Magic Millions sale by his longstanding trainer.

“I wanted to buy some jumpers, so I went up to look at three I was keen on, and all three got pulled out. I was dirty I had wasted a day, so as I was walking out, I saw this lovely headed chestnut colt by Good Journey.”

“I decided I was going to buy that horse, so I snuck up the back of the ring gave myself a $10k limit. Well the hammer fell, and he was mine. It was meant to be.”

Still breeding, it was one of Crafty Cruiser’s wins that paid for Stanaway’s O’Reilly mare, Lady Lorne.

“Mike Moroney paid $190,000 for her, and I got her for $3,000. I sent her to Good Journey and got a bloody nice colt, and she is about to foal down to Trust In A Gust. This year I am sending her and my other two mares to Peter Wilson’s son of Medaglia D’Oro, Dark Cove, who was the fastest horse on turf over 2400 metres in Kentucky.”

Stanaway said a decision on the horse’s future would be made after Crafty enjoys several well-deserved quiet days at his Torquay stable.

“Hopefully they will let him keep racing as he is still in his prime, there is no reason why he should stop just because he is 12 years old. He came back in and wouldn’t have blown a candle out and his legs were massaged and covered with Aloe Vera gel from the hocks down before he left the course. When he walked off that truck, every leg was stone cold. We look after him like royalty.”

“I would love him to go straight into the Bagot, but he has been excluded due to his rating which is a great shame, so we will look at setting him up to come back for next year’s Jericho Cup if they let us.”

“It disappointing as they haven’t given us any staying races that suit him to get his rating up. There is nothing in Victoria worthwhile for the true stayer to race for.”

“His only option coming up is at Cranbourne on the 15th December in a 3000-metre race, but the prizemoney is less than $20,000. They give more money to the maiden runners and here is a grand campaigner who doesn’t need to prove anything.”

And Stanaway, who also finished second in the $40,000 Jericho Cup Repechage over 4000 metres with Ventura Highway, urged Racing Victoria to use the success of the unique feature to bolster Victoria’s staying program.

Genuine staying options for horses like Crafty Cruiser and Ventura Highway were limited, citing next month’s Bagot Handicap over 2800 metres as an example.

“Being a Listed race, horses rated under 65 are balloted out of the Bagot, even though Crafty Cruiser has just run second in a $300,000 Benchmark 90 race. His rating has dropped as he just keeps running in unsuitable races that are too short on hard tracks. It doesn’t make sense,” Stanaway said.

“Full credit needs to go to Bill Gibbons for what he’s done with this race,” he said. Racing Victoria needs to take note of his passion and the success of the Jericho Cup race day.”

“I’d love to see them program a two-mile race every month worth $100,000 or a million-dollar race for Australian and New Zealand stayers during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.”

“If they want us to support the staying stallions in Victoria and breed and train stayers, then they have to start giving us races to run in. It’s frustrating as I love my stayers.”

Inglis Premier Catalogue Now Online

Siblings to a Melbourne Cup winner, a Caulfield Cup winner and a Cox Plate winner headline an impressive catalogue for the 2019 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. In total, 786 Lots have been catalogued for the sale, which will run for the four days of March 3-6, and is now available to view online.

The Melbourne Premier Sale has produced some of Australia’s best racetrack performers of the past 12 months including Group 1-winning two-year-olds Written By (Blue Diamond Stakes) and Seabrook (Champagne Stakes), exciting three-year-old colt Ringerdingding, while the four-time Group 1 winner Santa Ana Lane was bought from Rosemont Stud for just $80,000 from Inglis Premier in 2014 by Troy Corstens and Justin Bahen of Flemington Bloodstock.

The 2019 Premier catalogue is filled with quality and features siblings to 73 Stakes winners – including eight Group 1 winners – such as Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time, Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker and Champagne Stakes winner Seabrook.
There are also progeny of 84 Stakes-winning mares including Group 1 winners Universal Queen, Bel Mer, In The Gold, Linky Dink, Quintessential and Shuaily.

In total there are 120 sires represented in the catalogue including Victorian sires Written Tycoon, Toronado, Magnus, Brazen Beau, Street Boss, Fighting Sun, Artie Schiller, Jimmy Creed and Reward For Effort. There are also 22 First Season Sires – including Trust In A Gust, Jabali, Nostradamus, Ready for Victory and Rich Enuff.

The leading vendor’s by numbers are Supreme Thoroughbreds with 44 entries ahead of Maluka Thoroughbreds (31), Blue Gum Farm (30), Erinvale Thoroughbreds (27) and Rosemont Stud (25).

Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian was thrilled with the depth of the catalogue.

“The breeders and vendors have shown outstanding support by backing the Premier Yearling Sale yet again and for that we are, as always, extremely grateful,” Vivian said.

“This sale has produced some outstanding horses in recent times and I have no doubt there are many more like them among the 2019 catalogue.

The 2019 Premier Yearling Sale will be held at a new-look Oaklands complex, which is undergoing $8 million dollars’ worth of renovations, which will make it one of the best auction houses in the world.

“The Oaklands renovation is coming along nicely and everybody will see the stunning new-look development at Premier next year.”

Additionally, Inglis is offering a $500,000 Blue Diamond Bonus split equally between catalogued vendor and supplier if a yearling sold at the 2019 Melbourne Premier Sale wins the 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Melbourne Racing Club CEO Josh Blanksby described the new Blue Diamond Bonus as “a great incentive for breeders encouraging talent retention within this great racing state of Victoria’’.

“The Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes continues to go from strength to strength, just this week confirming a record 1688 nominations for the 2019 race,’’ Blanksby said.

“We look forward to seeing a wealth of home-bred talent nominated this time next year and thank Inglis for their continued support of racing at Caulfield.

The Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale will be held at Oaklands Junction from Sunday March 3 until Wednesday March 6, 2019.

Hard copy catalogues are available now. To request a catalogue, please email or call Inglis Melbourne on +61 3 9333 1422.

Partnership opportunity: Swettenham to acquire the world’s best bloodlines

Swettenham Stud

Some of the world’s best broodmares and bloodlines could soon be heading to Victoria with Adam Sangster currently at the Tattersalls sale in the UK before heading to Arqana in France.

Recognising current international breeding trends and striving to expand bloodlines available to Victorian breeders, Sangster is travelling to the world’s finest breeding sales to bring home distinguished and proven pedigrees.

“We are aware of how well these bloodlines mate to our Victorian stallions at home and taking advantage of a realistic market, these highly sought-after European families are available at a genuine price,” Sangster said,

“We are partnering with some of the best bloodstock agents in the world to ensure that we come home with a diverse selection of high-quality breeding stock that represent great value.”

“We are excited to introduce black type and blue hen bloodlines into the local breeding pool. We want to support the Victorian breeding community and will send the international sourced mare to the best commercial Victorian stallion mating available to achieve the best outcome.”

To become involved in this breeding and racing opportunity, Sangster is encouraging investment from Victorian breeders at all levels.

“We will be offering partnership opportunities in the breeding and/or racing group as a whole or in individual horses. A breeder can become involved in the concept with up to 25% shares in individual horses, while others may take a broader approach in a package of quality fillies & mares. We can accommodate all budgets and encourage people join us in this global breeding opportunity and share the ride,” Sangster said.

Sangster is currently attending Tattersalls December Mare Sale from the 3rd to the 6th of December. Widely regarded as one of the world’s best international bloodstock sales, it combines the best of British and Irish breeding stock with significant drafts from throughout Europe.

Sangster will then head over to France to attend the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale in Deauville on the 8-11th of December. This sale presents fillies and mares with the finest French flat racing bloodlines. Horses bought at Arqana’s Breeding Stock Sale have shone at the highest level throughout the 2018 racing season, including Group 1 winners in the US and Japan.

To register your interest, please contact Sam Matthews at Swettenham Stud on 0487 851 572 or email

Eagle swoops for Master Of Design

Lakeshore Eagle (South China Morning Post)

By Karl Patterson

Master Of Design broke new ground last week when Lakeshore Eagle became the first horse out of the new Conghua training centre to win on debut in Hong Kong.

He responded to a rails-hugging ride by Dougie Whyte to scoot through and score by a half-length in the Jedburgh Hcp (1200m) at Happy Valley.  He looks a nice type and a useful prospect for trainer Chris So and first-time owner Danny Chiang Ping.

Lakeshore Eagle has been with So for seven months which included a stint at Conghua, the multi-billion facility which is now an integral part of the Hong Kong racing environment.

“I thought he would run well and wasn’t surprised when he won,” So said.  “We’ve spent a lot of time on this horse – he just needed to develop.  I didn’t want to rush him, it’s not my style.”

The Master Of Design 4yo was initially sold for $75,000 by Basinghall Farm (as agent) at the 2016 Melbourne Premier yearling sale to Price Bloodstock.  He won trials at Pakenham and Cranbourne before moving off-shore in March.

Lakeshore Eagle was bred by Tony Stevens and John Cappellin and is the first winner for Rose Syrah (Testa Rossa).  She was trained by Tony Noonan to win a Rivette Series Final at Flemington and was also placed in a G3 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown

Master Of Design has endowed his 3yo filly Designer Maid with enough speed to go through the classes and she can win again at Newcastle this Saturday.  She scored an easy front-running victory on her home track last month for local trainer Kris Lees.

Designer Maid means a lot to Lees and he believes there are city wins ahead.  She’s the last foal of Homegrown, a Snippets mare bred by his parents Max and Vicki Lees.

Lees prepares her for Australian Bloodstock’s Luke Murrell who managed the syndicate that raced Master Of Design to a Group 1 career-highlight in the 2012 T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

In New Zealand, Master Of Design stakes performer The Mitigator is on track for another black-type strike at Ellerslie over the Xmas – New Year holidays.

The Peter McKay-trained miler was a first-up winner of the Wealleans Hcp at Te Rapa and was then runner-up in the Tauranga Hcp a fortnight ago.  He was game in defeat with a short-neck covering the placegetters.

“He’s an easy horse to handle but it took a while to work him out,” McKay said.  “I just sprint him up before each race now and he doesn’t blow a match out.”

The Mitigator will target the Dunstan Feeds 1500 Championship Final on Boxing Day or the Group 2 Rich Hill Mile in January.

Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) stands at Greta West Stud for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee alongside King Of Prussia (Anabaa).

Among his yearlings for sale next year is the first foal of winning Hard Spun mare Taspinar entered for the Inglis Melbourne Premier in March.  The brown colt has been catalogued as Lot 770 by Stonehouse Thoroughbreds as agent for Bridsan Bloodstock’s Brian Coyle