Mastercraftsman: Irish Classic winner now stands at CoolmorePICTURE: PA
Mastercraftsman off to a flyer with first runner
MASTERCRAFTSMAN, who got off the mark on his debut back in 2008, achieved the same feat in his second career when his first runner Master Carpenter scored at Leicester on Friday.
One of seven contesting the Knighton Maiden Stakes, the Rod Millman-trained colt won going away to score by two and a half lengths from Beau Nash, by another of this season's freshman sires, Dandy Man.
Master Carpenter, led out unsold from last year's DBS Premier Yearling Sale, hails from a blue-blooded family which counts leading sire Invincible Spirit, his Prix de Diane-winning dam Rafha and Irish champion older mare Chinese White among its members.
Fringe, the dam of Friday's winner, was not the most precocious of runners when making her debut at three, before breaking her maiden at four. Nevertheless, she has since produced a winner in Chignon, trained by Sir Henry Cecil, while last year's juvenile Curl placed second time out.
Mastercraftsman won Ireland's two premier juvenile races, the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and National Stakes, during his debut season before returning at three to double that tally with Irish 2,000 Guineas and St James's Palace victories.
The son of Danehill Dancer is now second favourite to be crowned champion first-season sire (by number of winners), with his price shortening from 3-1 to 5-2.
A member of the vintage Classic crop which also contained fellow first-season sire Sea The Stars, Fame And Glory, Rip Van Winkle and Delegator, Mastercraftsman retired to stud in 2010, and enters the season with 135 registered two-year-olds.
He stands at Coolmore Stud for €12,500.