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