First (NZ) stakes winner by Mastercraftsman

Exciting young sire Mastercraftsman posted his first southern hemisphere bred stakes-winner with Jackofall in the LR Murdoch Newell Stakes at Pukekohe on Saturday.

Jackofall (2c Mastercraftsman – Wizard Princess by Rory’s Jester) overcame the outside gate to win the 1200 metre dash by a long head over Way In (Thewayyouare) and Lautner (Keeninsky).

Trainer Lisa Latta said the winner will head towards the Karaka Million in January.  She won the race with Fort Lincoln in 2011.  “This horse has a bit more ability than Fort Lincoln,” Latta said  “We will put him in the paddock for a couple of weeks now and maybe give him one lead-up race.”

Jackofall (NZ) was a $34,000 buy at the NZB Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Blandford Lodge and is from a half-sister to G1 AJC Flight Stakes winner Cheeky Choice.

“He’s got a super attitude.  There were obvious concerns about the draw but he jumped well and Jonathan (Riddell) did the right thing,” Latta added.  “He was looking at the big screen and the grandstand – he’s just a country boy coming to town.”

Mastercraftsman (Ire) shuttles from Coolmore to Windsor Park Stud.  He has enjoyed a great run in the northern hemisphere this year with 28 first crop winners led by GI winner Kingston Hill, G3 winners Craftsman and Amazing Maria and stakes-winner Pablosky.

A Group 1 winning son of Danehill Dancer, Mastercraftsman stands for a $17,500 (plus gst) fee at Windsor Park.