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).

Creative Genius (inside) dead heats with oorak Tower at Ruakaka

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).

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