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Mastercraftsman - CURRAGH SAT 23 MAY 09

Mastercraftsman: out of Black Tie Affair's daughter Starlight Dreams

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Black Tie Affair retired from stud duties

US STALLION Black Tie Affair, damsire of this year's Irish 2,000 Guineas and St James's Palace Stakes winner Mastercraftsman, has been retired from stud duties at O'Sullivan Farms in Charles Town, West Virginia, due to declining fertility.

The 23-year-old son of Miswaki and half-brother to Italian Group 1 winner Great Palm earned Horse of the Year honours in 1991 after victories in the Philip H Iselin Handicap and Breeders' Cup Classic.

The following year he embarked on his stud carer at Vinery in Kentucky and spent six seasons there before being transferred to East Stud in Japan. He returned to the US in 2004 to stand at O'Sullivan Farms, where his advertised fee this year was $5,000.

He has sired 410 winners from 683 runners who have earned in excess of $56 million. His best progeny include Grade 1 winners Evening Attire and Formal Gold, who currently stands at Rancho San Miguel in California, as well as Brazilian champion My Tie.

However, his most lasting impression on the breed may be exerted through the Aidan O'Brien-trained Mastercraftsman, a multiple Group 1-winning son of Danehill Dancer and Black Tie Affair's dual-winning daughter Starlight Dreams who has presumably earned himself a place on the Coolmore stallion roster at some point in the future.




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