Mastercraftsman paddock shot

French black-type winner for Mastercraftsman

Jean-Claude Rouget sent out Esteve (3c Mastercraftsman-Russiana, by Red Ransom) to become another stakes winner in France for Mastercraftsman on Friday.

The progressive three-year-old was winning his third race in succession as he accelerated from the back of the field to take the Listed Derby du Languedoc in Toulouse by a length and a half.

“He won well,” said Rouget. “We’d been lining the horse up to go over longer distances for a couple of months as we realised the further we lengthened his trip, the better he was.”

Esteve was bred by Ecurie Patrick Klein, Haras du Cadran and Jean-Louis Burgat.