Mastercraftsman

Grey 2006 16.1½ hh (1.66 m)
Danehill Dancer – Starlight Dreams
Distance won over: 6f. to 10.5f.

Leading European Sire!

An even better racehorse than his exceptional sire Danehill Dancer.

European Champion 2yo – won the Gr.1 National Stakes & Gr.1 Phoenix Stakes.
Won the Gr.1 Irish 2000 Guineas & the ‘sire making’ Gr.1 St James’s Palace Stakes at 3 years.

From the family of Champion North American sires Broad Brush & Capote. 

18 yearlings in 2016 realised upwards of €100,000 with top prices of €205,000, €205,000€185,000, €185,000, €175,000€175,000, €160,000€160,000, €150,000 etc.

Europe′s Champion first crop sire of 2013, second crop sire of 2014 & third crop sire of 2015

21 Blacktype horse in 2016 alone!

“I think Mastercraftsman is underrated” Richard Brown of Blandford Bloodstock, purchaser of 2 yearlings, 2 foals and an in-foal mare in 2016

14 Group winners from his first 3 crops, from €15,000/€20,000 nominations, including….

Kingston Hill – G1 Racing Post Trophy & G1 St Leger winner
The Grey Gatsby – G1 French Derby & G1 Irish Champion Stakes winner
Amazing Maria – G1 Falmouth Stakes, G1 Prix Rothschild & G3 Prestige S. winner
Even SongG2 Ribblesdale Stakes winner

Mastercraftsman could hardly have made a brighter start to his stallion career, with his first crop producing the highly talented colts The Grey Gatsby, Kingston Hill and Amazing Maria. His total of first-crop Group winners stands at an impressive nine from a crop of 138. That is 6.5% Group winners to foals.

Several of his Group winners are out of mares from the SADLER’S WELLS line. Even Song has a dam by SADLER’S WELLS, while ENTREPRENEUR sired the dam of The Grey Gatsby, IN THE WINGS the dam of Master Carpenter and SINGSPIEL the dam of Victoria Regina. This ties in with the record of Mastercraftsman’s sire Danehill Dancer, who sired Group winners from mares by SADLER’S WELLS and by six of his sons.

Danehill Dancer enjoyed plenty of success with the BLUSHING GROOM line, siring Group winners from daughters of ARAZI, NASHWAN, RAHY (2) and RAINBOW QUEST (2). One of the RAINBOW QUEST mares produced 2016 Gr.1 winner Qemah. It is therefore significant that Kingston Hill is out of a RAINBOW QUEST mare, as is Mastercraftsman’s Group-placed son Restorer, and he sired the Gr.3 winner Dessertoflife from a mare by Rainbow Quest’s son SPECTRUM. Mastercraftsman clearly merits more mares with BLUSHING GROOM blood.

The STORM BIRD line is important to Mastercraftsman, already siring dual Gr.1 winner Amazing Maria and a Listed winner from daughters of TALE OF THE CAT, plus the Gr.3 winner Craftsman from a FOREST WILDCAT mare. Danehill Dancer sired Gr.1 winner Miss Beatrix from a CATRAIL mare and Planteur from a GIANT’S CAUSEWAY mare.

Danehill Dancer has Gr.2 and Gr.3 winners inbred 3×3 to SHARPEN UP and others inbred 3×4 to him. Mastercraftsman already has a Gr.3 winner inbred 4×4 and a Listed winner inbred 4×3.

He has a very useful French filly with a dam by KINGMAMBO and three Group winners have dams sired by grandsons of MR PROSPECTOR. Mares by DUBAWI and DUTCH ART could reinforce Mastercraftsman’s juvenile ability.

Danehill Dancer sired a classic winner from a mare by INDIAN RIDGE. Three of his other stallion sons have sired Group winners from this line, from daughters of INDIAN RIDGE, NAMID and COMPTON PLACE.

Danehill Dancer did particularly well with the NIJINSKY branch, which supplied him with two of his classic winners – Speciosa and Again. Another son of Danehill Dancer sired a Prix de l’Abbaye winner from a daughter of CAERLEON. Mastercraftsman has a Gr.3 winner out of a CAERLEON mare.

The Danehill male line has some smart performers inbred either 2×3 or 3×3 to DANEHILL. The Gr.3 winner Ladies Are Forever and Gr.1 sprinter Hoof It are by a son of Danehill Dancer out of a daughter of DANETIME, whereas Choisir’s Hong Kong Derby winner Luger is out of a DANZERO mare.

Mastercraftsman

European champion 2-y-o of 2008

1stPhoenix Stakes-Gr.1, 6f., Curragh (gd/fm) by 4½ lengths from subsequent Gr.1 winners Art Connoisseur & Bushranger.
1stNational Stakes-Gr.1, 7f., Curragh (hvy) from Gr.2 winners Shaweel and Arazan.
1stRailway Stakes-Gr.2, 6f., Curragh (gd/yld) from Alhaban and Intense Focus.
1stMaiden, 6f., Curragh (soft) on debut.

Dual Gr.1-winning miler as a 3-y-o

1stSt. James’s Palace Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Royal Ascot (gd/fm) from Delegator, Lord Shanakill, Evasive and Intense Focus in near record time.
1stIrish 2,000 Guineas-Gr.1, 8f., Curragh (hvy) by 4 ½ lengths from Rayeni & Soul City.
1stDiamond Stakes-Gr.3, 10.5f., Dundalk (AW standard) by 5 lengths from Fiery Lad.
2ndJuddmonte International Stakes-Gr.1, 10½f., York (gd/fm) beaten a length by Sea The Stars in race record time.
3rdIrish Champion Stakes-Gr.1, 10f., Leopardstown (gd/yld) to Sea The Stars and Fame And Glory.

St James's Palace-Gr.1


National Stakes-Gr.1


Phoenix Stakes-Gr.1