Mastercraftsman

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Mastercraftsman
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Racing silks of Derrick Smith
Sire Danehill Dancer
Grandsire Danehill
DamStarlight Dreams
Damsire Black Tie Affair
Sex Stallion
Foaled2006
Country Ireland
Colour Grey
BreederLynch Bages Ltd.
Owner Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor
Trainer Aidan O'Brien
Record11:7-1-1
Earnings £976,946
Major wins
Railway Stakes (2008)
Phoenix Stakes (2008)
National Stakes (2008)
Irish 2,000 Guineas (2009)
St. James's Palace Stakes (2009)
Diamond Stakes (2009)
Awards
European Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (2008)

Mastercraftsman (foaled February 19, 2006 in Ireland) is a Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. The four-time Group One-winning colt was trained by Aidan O'Brien and was ridden by Johnny Murtagh in all of his wins. He is out of mare Starlight Dreams and by top stallion Danehill Dancer.

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Racing career

2008: two-year-old season

Mastercraftsman's career began in a six-furlong maiden at the Curragh in May 2008, where he won by half a length. He won two more races over 6 furlongs at the Curragh, the group 2 Railway stakes and group 1 Phoenix stakes. His second group 1 win came when stepped up in trip to 7 furlongs in the National Stakes. It was not until his first race outside Ireland that he was defeat. He was beaten into fourth place by the Freddy Head trained Naaqoos in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère at Maisons-Laffitte in France. Nevertheless, wins in three important conditions races earned Mastercraftsman 2008 European Champion Two-Year-Old Colt honors. [1]

2009: three-year-old season

Mastercraftsman's first race of 2009 was the English 2000 Guineas ridden by Pat Smullen. The race was won by Sea the Stars with Mastercraftsman finishing in 5th place and behind Aidan O'Brien's other runner Rip Van Winkle. Success came in the Irish version of the classic with Mastercraftsman going starting favourite and going on to win by 4 and a half lengths. A few weeks later he returned to England to win the St. James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Mastercraftsman contested the International Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes finishing 2nd and 3rd place respectively behind winner Sea the Stars. He easily won the Group 3 Diamond Stakes as odds on favourite before a trip to the Breeders' Cup. He was favourite to win his last race the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile but could on manage 4th place behind the Kentucky Cup Classic winner Furthest Land. [2]

Stud career

Mastercaftsman was retired to stand at Coolmore Stud in 2010. [3]

Notable stock

c = colt, f = filly, g = gelding

FoaledNameSexMajor Wins
2011 Amazing Maria f Falmouth Stakes, Prix Rothschild
2011 Kingston Hill c Racing Post Trophy, St Leger Stakes
2011Saint Emiliong New Zealand Stakes
2011Thee Auld Floozief Thorndon Mile
2011 The Grey Gatsby c French Derby, Irish Champion Stakes
2012Off Limitsf Matriarch Stakes
2012Valley Girlf Herbie Dyke Stakes
2013A Raving Beautyf Just a Game Stakes
2014Danzdanzdancef Captain Cook Stakes, Zabeel Classic
2015 Alpha Centauri f Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes, Falmouth Stakes, Prix Jacques Le Marois
2016 Technician c Prix Royal-Oak

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