First for Mastercraftsman in NZ

Jackofall (NZ) provided Windsor Park Stud shuttle sire Mastercraftsman with his first winner in New Zealand when successful at Tauherenikau on Thursday.

The Lisa Latta-trained colt followed up a second placing at Otaki on debut with a handy win in the NZB Insurance 2YO Hcp (1000m).  He led home a Mastercraftsman quinella at the expense of Silversmith (NZ).

“He still gets a bit lost and he was pricking his ears when he got to the front,” Latta said.  “He is a neat horse to train, with a fantastic temperament and I think he will keep improving.  He could run in the Wellesley Stakes but the Karaka Million is the goal for him.”

Latta won the 2011 Karaka Million with Fort Lincoln (Charge Forward).

Mastercraftsman has had a great run in the Northern Hemisphere this year with 24 first crop winners led by G3 winner Amazing Maria and five other stakes performers.

This first (NZ) winner is a well-built colt and was purchased by Latta for $34,000 from Blandford Lodge at this year’s NZB Select yearling sale.  He is the first winner for Wizard Princess, a half-sister by Rory’s Jester to G1 AJC Flight Stakes winner Cheeky Choice.

Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer) shuttles from Coolmore Ireland to Windsor Park.  He won the G1 Phoenix and National Stakes at the Curragh at two and went on to win the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes as a three-year-old.