It was a unique finish to a recent race at Ruakaka in New Zealand with a pair of 3yos sired by Victorian second season stallions dead heating.
Creative Genius, a son of Master of Design, kept lifting to dead-heat with Toorak Tower, a son of Toorak Toff in the Tanalised Mile (1600m).
It was another encouraging result for new Greta West Stud sire Master Of Design following his late-season Australian winners Coco Gabrielle, Vladivostok, Swiss Design, Senor Gaudi and Jaminzah.
The Steven Cole-trained Creative Genius is fulfilling the potential he showed earlier this season when stakes-placed at Ellerslie.
“That was a gutsy win. The other horse got a head in front but he wouldn’t lie down,” Cole told Thoroughbred Express on Sunday morning.
“He’s pulled up well and will go to the paddock for a week. I’m setting him for two races over 1400m and 1600m at Hawke’s Bay (Carnival). He will eventually get over 2000m on top of the ground but he’s not a heavy-track horse.”
Master of Design has sired the winners of 34 races in Australia this season to lead the Victorian second-season table ahead of Helmet (32), Moshe (28) & Toorak Toff (23).
Meanwhile, Kabrocco (Kaphero) is a Greta West graduate heading to town after a last-start victory in the Winter Hcp (1000m) at Wagga.
“He has a fair bit of ability and is going to develop into a really good sprinter, The best is still ahead. In 12 months he will be a genuine city class horse,” his trainer Dan McCarthy said.
His dam Brocco Dancer (Brocco) was pensioned by Greta West owners Laurie and John McCarthy after she foaled a Keep The Faith colt last November. They retained her 2010 daughter Brocbel (Bel Esprit) and she delivered a Wanted filly last year.
Perhaps most exciting for Greta West is that Group 1 farm-bred winner Le Romain (Hard Spun) is working towards another successful spring carnival with trainer Kris Lees. He was given an easy hit-out in a Wyong trial recently in advance of a return in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 5.
Born and raised at Greta West, Le Romain is owned by Sydney-based brothers Mark and Tony Carusi and the McCarthy brothers are rearing his weanling half-brother by Kuroshio.
Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) stands his first-season at Greta West for a $5,500 service fee this season alongside Keep The Faith ($3,300) and King Of Prussia ($2,200). All fees (inc gst).