Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Adelaide raider Senor Gaudi can complete a winning week for Master Of Design in the $100,000 Magic Millions 3yo & 4yo Stakes (1200m) at Wyong this Thursday.
His trainer Lloyd Kennewell will head to NSW fresh from a trip to Perth where he won the G1 Winterbottom Stakes with stable star Viddoro.
Kennewell sent Senor Gaudi across the border to Ballarat last month for a brave third in the $100,000 Magic Millions Classic (1100m). It was his first time on a heavy track and he was far from disgraced when beaten less then a length by Debonairly and Divine Quality.
Senor Gaudi’s dam Tis Isat (Lujain) is a half-sister to 2012 Adelaide Cup winner Rialya.
Kennewell kicked off an interstate treble for Master Of Design with Swiss Design at Morphettville on Friday and the Greta West Stud stallion followed up with Creativity (Caulfield) on Saturday and Storm Master (Hawkesbury) on Sunday.
Swiss Design is heading for higher grades following a first-up victory in the Medallion Homes Hcp (1050m). “He was a step slow out of the machine and settled further back than I wanted,” apprentice Justin Huxtable said. “But he grabbed the bridle and went for a tight run in the straight. It was touch and go before he pushed through the gap and then really hit the line.”
Creativity signed off the calendar year with narrow victory at Caulfield but not before surviving a protest in the Le Pine Funerals Hcp (1100m). The consistent mare has won three races and hasn’t been out of a place in 2017.
Starting her career with a stakes-placing at Flemington last year, Creativity has ample residual value for owners Barrie and Midge Griffiths who bought her for $160,0000 at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
Storm Master scored an on-pace victory local trainer Mitch Kearney on Sunday. He transferred to Hawkesbury after winning a Werribee maiden for Andrew Noblet in May.
“He’s so honest and tries his guts out every time,” Kearney said. “We were confident after the way he worked here on Tuesday.”
Storm Master is the final foal from South African Group 1 winner Gathering Storm who was owned by Rodney Rae of the Thoroughbred Racing Bureau.
Rae also bred Master Of Design’s NZ stakes-performer Creative Genius. He was runner-up in the Twilight Cup at Ellerslie on Wednesday and is being set for the Dunstan Feeds Championship Final back at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.
Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) is just completing his first season at Greta West Stud. Owner Laurie McCarthy reports resident mare Mignard (Strategic), the dam of Group 1 star Le Romain, has been tested in foal to Darley shuttler Frosted (USA).