Mastercraftsman, a former regular visitor to Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand, has been on a winning roll in New Zealand in recent weeks adding another new stakes-winner to his tally on Saturday with Sacred Master (4g Mastercraftsman x Trickle by Storm Creek) successful in the Group II Go Racing Syndications Avondale Cup.
Prepared by Tony Pike, Sacred Master’s triumph at Ellerslie also propelled him to the head of betting for the Group I Auckland Cup at $5, replacing Vavasour, who is out of contention due to an injury.
Sacred Master won the 2400 metre staying test by the best part of a length and has now won six of 12 starts.
“As long as he pulls up well and does everything right then we’ll be come back for the Auckland Cup,” Tony Pike said.
The 29th stakes-winner for Mastercraftsman, Sacred Master was a $65,000 NZB Ready to Run purchase from the Diamond Lodge draft and is from minor winner Trickle, a full sister to Group I winner Eileen Dubh.