Mastercraftsman paddock shot

International demand for Mastercraftsman at Goffs

Australian agent Justin Bahen was part of a global buying bench keen to acquire Mastercraftsman yearlings at the Goffs Orby Sale this week.

Bahen bid €310,000 for a half-brother to a pair of black-type performers including this year’s Sandown Classic Trial runner-up Intern, offered from Whitehall Stud and is set to go into training in Britain.

“This colt could go to either David Simcock or George Scott,” said Bahen. “He’s a different type to Intern and he’s a lovely, well-balanced, strong colt who did everything very well from the moment we first saw him at the weekend. He just does everything very well, the sire is having a good season and hopefully this colt is going to be a good horse.” Meanwhile, a Mastercraftsman half-brother to the classy Yellow Rosebud is set to race for the China Horse Club after realising €230,000 when sold from the Irish National Stud. BBA Ireland took a shine to a Mastercraftsman filly out of a half-sister to Eclipse Stakes winner Mount Nelson, paying €100,000 for the Castledillon Stud offering.