Another City winner for Master Of Design

Cranbourne trainer Mick Kent mightn’t have got Roma Joca to the racetrack but when she broke down as a three year-old, he told the owners that the daughter of Pentire was well worth a crack in the breeding barn.

And for those who know Kent, he wouldn’t have made the recommendation if he didn’t really believe it.

Luckily for Pakenham trainer and breaker Chris Diplock, and the owners of Roma Joca, now a 10 year-old mare, they acted on Kent’s opinion.

The end result was Cilauro, a lightly raced gelding which scored his first city win under the Moonee Valley lights on Friday night at the juicy odds of $31 which were more than generous given the five year-old’s recent form and overall record – three wins, four seconds and one third from 14 starts.

Diplock has given the son of Victorian stallion Master of Design a lot of time to mature and allows him plenty of time in between runs which suits the gelding’s style of racing.

“It was nice for him to get that win as he has been around the mark and it was nice to knock that one over,” Diplock said.

“I think the reason for the big odds was because it was my name next him. If you put the Hayes name next to him, he’d maybe quarter of that price.”

“It’s been a good result as a lot of the owners who are in him had the mare when she was with Mick Kent.”

“I had trained for them before and Mick suggested she was worthwhile for breeding from as she had showed him a lot of promise.”

Roma Joca’s owners offered Diplock a 50 percent share in the mare and it was the budding trainer’s first venture into the breeding world and he was up and running when he obtained a reasonably priced service fee to Master of Design.

It was a case of economics and the wait and see approach which saw Roma Joca stay out of the breeding barn for four seasons after producing Cilauro in 2014.

Connections of Cilauro after winning the Moonee Valley. (Ross Holburt/Racing Photos)

The mare now has a foal at foot by Supido and this season was served by Sun Stud stallion, National Defense.

“No one wanted to breed and the others in her had other horses they were racing and they wanted to see what he sort of produced on the track, but we have looked after him a bit and have been very patient and just gave him the time he needed,” Diplock said

“And I was also just waiting to see what he showed.

“When he showed something, we thought we had better get kicking on with the mare again. I’m kicking myself I didn’t do it myself earlier as I would have been happy to breed with her again, but when you are one out and you have other horses you  tend to err on the side of caution I suppose.”

“We have all guns blazing now with the Supido foal on the ground and the service by National Defense.”

“The city win adds more credibility to him, his dam and the future progeny, I suppose.”

Diplock said a return to The Valley in a couple of weeks or an 1110m race on Werribee Cup Day is among the options for Cilauro’s next assignment.

He said DNA testing in Ireland of samples from Cilauro suggested he was a sprinter who could possibly perform at 1400m if it was a softly run race.

He has raced twice over 1400m, but he’s since been kept to sprint distances and his three wins have come at 1200m and twice at 1100m.

Diplock subsidises his racehorses by breaking in and pre-training for a group of leading trainers, including Ken Keys and Shane Nichols.

Cilauro was Diplock’s second city winner and follows the success last December of Non Paear who won over 955m at The Valley.

Greta West Stud stands both Master of Design and veteran King of Prussia, but things are slowing down with the stallions, according to Laurie McCarthy who operates the farm with his brother, John.

Greta West Stud sire Master of Design

He admits Master of Design will probably serve fewer than 20 mares this season, while 21 year-old King of Prussia had only a couple of services and is headed for retirement.

“Master of Design also had a winner at Sha Tin and a few others around the place during the week,’’ Laurie McCarthy said.

 “He is not that busy anymore and things change and you become old news pretty quickly in this game, which is very fashion driven with these new young horses around.”

 “Our farm used to be pretty much for those sorts of people who wanted a reliable, winning getting type of horse.”

“We’d breed 150 mares at the farm and not one of them would finish up at Inglis yearling sales because they were all bred for their own consumption, for the owner breeder and small breeder and they’d give them to their mate to train. That market and those people have disappeared and everything is done on a commercial basis.”

“We used to have old Toy Pindarri  who was a bread and butter type but they still got good horses.”

“But they would not just survive in the climate today because there are not those breeders around to patronise those types of horses and that’s just the way it is.’’

McCarthy said the industry was changing all the time and is moving on and you had to move with it or get left behind.

He said the family stud had accommodated 52 mares this season and has another five left, and they would also do another 32 walkouts which is another part of the business that has taken over.

 “Master of Design will probably only serve 17 or 18, but we are busy enough for what we want to be now,’’ McCarthy said.

“We used to stand three stallions and serve 150 mares and we were busy and it was all done on our farm.”

“We now have about six or seven mares of our own that we are breeding from and we send them out.”’

McCarthy was keen to see Celestial Sol perform in the opening race at Sandown on Saturday, but the Fighting Sun colt was scratched by trainer Robbie Laing. Bred by McCarthy and out of the stud’s mare Lady Phoebe, the colt defeated the eventual winner (Hanseatic) of Saturday’s Listed 1000m race, by five lengths at a Cranbourne trial on the Monday before the race.

Lady Phoebe has a Reward for Effort colt and has been served by Holler.

“We have got a couple by Toronado, Magnus, and Holler for the sales and that’s the type of horses we have been going to,” McCarthy said.

“And last year we bred Free of Debt which was third in this year’s Blue Diamond.’’

McCarthy said it was unlikely the stud would stand another stallion when King of Prussia retires and Master of Design, who he describes as a lovely horse, just eventually “fades away’’ into retirement.