Master Of Design has maintained his advantage at the top of the Victorian second-season wins table with two new maiden winners in the last week.
The Greta West Stud newcomer has sired the winners of 34 races this season to lead Helmet (32) & Moshe (28). He started the week with impressive last-to-first winner Coco Gabrielle on Tuesday before Vladivostok led and lengthened at Sale on Sunday.
COCO GABRIELLE collected a $22,000 Super VOBIS bonus when she came off a hot pace to win the Murtoa Big Weekend Plate (1100m). The Darren Weir-trained filly was burnt off in the early stages when racing first-up since a short summer prep.
“We weren’t in the mix and there was plenty of kick-back in the going,” jockey Harry Coffey said. “But she built momentum going wide off the turn and wasn’t far away when she hit top gear.
“She’s still a bit green and will get better going further,” Coffey added after she won running away from Accelerato (Fastnet Rock) & Riverdance Lad (Master Of Design).
Coco Gabrielle is trained by Darren Weir and featured in a Win a Racehorse competition in 2015. She made $70,000 at the Melbourne Premier and the Herald-Sun offered a share in the filly in conjunction with Inglis.
Master Of Design sired her from Ardent Command (Commands) whose earlier foals include Melbourne winner Flying Hostess. The Host filly also won at Murtoa for Weir and Coffey on the way to victories at Caulfield & Flemington.
VLADIVOSTOK benefited from a well-judged, front-running ride at Sale. Trainer John McArdle reckons he’s best being allowed to bowl along and Luke Nolen kept to the script in the Stratford Tourist Park Maiden (1419m).
“He bounced out and switched off down the side,” Nolen reported. “I wheeled him along around the corner and then dropped the handle-bars in the straight. He was out in the middle of the track and lost a bit of focus without the advantage of the inside rail.
“But he quickened when it counted and it was a good effort.”
Vladivostok is the second foal from unraced Zabeel mare Marinov (NZ). He’s a younger half-brother to Countess Marinov (Not A Single Doubt) who won a Donald maiden before transferring to Sydney where she was successful at Warwick Farm earlier this season.
He cost McArdle $48,000 at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale and Sunday’s win came with a Super VOBIS Owners Bonus of $8,400.
Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) covers his first book at Greta West Stud this year for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee.