Kiwi Stakes-Winner for Mastercraftsman

Flavigny (Mastercraftsman) winning the Pope & Gray Contractors Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (L) at Tauherenikau in New Zealand

Talented mare Flavigny (4m Mastercraftsman x Sharp Point, by Point Given) scored a satisfying first Black Type victory at Tauherenikau in New Zealand on Monday.

The Mike Moroney and Chad Ormsby-trained mare boosted her future value with victory in the Listed WRC/Pope & Gray Contractors Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes over 1600 metres.

“She’s been working out of her skin and she’s always showed a lot of ability, but she’s had two wind operations,” Ballymore Stables’ racing manager Nick Fairweather said.

“She has been relaxing a lot better and she has matured both physically and mentally.”

Raced by her co-breeders Windsor Park Stud, Flavigny had finished fourth last time out in the Group III Anniversary Handicap at Trentham, so was deserving of her first stakes success.

“Our main job was to get black type with her so it’s a great result for the Schick family,” Fairweather said.

“She’s been up for a while now so Mike and Chad may give her a break – we’ll assess that when she gets home.”

Flavigny is the best of two winners from imported Point Given mare Sharp Point, a daughter of Group I placed stakes-winner Jibe from the family of Group I winners Commander in Chief, Warning, Yashmak and Full Warning.

She is the 26th stakes-winner worldwide for Danehill Dancer’s sire son Mastercaftsman.

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