After six wonderful seasons, where he has kept the yard involved at the top level, it is time to retire the admirable star that is MASTER CARPENTER and we are on the lookout for a home where he can have a second career as a stallion.
The strong chestnut son of Mastercraftsman ends his racing career with SEVEN WINS, TWENTY PLACES and over £280,000 in prize money and a reputation of being a tough and durable individual that gave his all throughout his lengthy career.
Career highlights were wins in the Group 3 Prix Daphnis over 1m1f at Chantilly and the 1m2f £150,000 John Smiths Cup at York as well as numerous placed efforts at Stakes level. He had a peak official rating of 110 and a Racing Post Rating of 114 that comfortably puts him in the top 10 of his sire’s progeny, a list that includes Group 1 winners such as Alpha Centuri, The Grey Gatsby, Amazing Maria and Kingston Hill.
He was bought for £30,000 from the Doncaster August Sales in 2012 and he was a sharp type, winning over five furlongs on his debut in the April of his two-year-old season, giving his then freshman sire a first winner. He followed that with a convincing win on his third start when landing a six-furlong conditions stakes at Pontefract.
However, he came into his own as a three-year-old, starting off in the Greenham, finishing third to the subsequent 2000 Guineas 1-2 Kingman and Night of Thunder. He was then placed in two stakes races before landing the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown and then the Group 3 Prix Daphnis at Chantilly. Next time out he finished third to Western Hymn in the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte.
It was a slow start to his four-year-old season but he came good in the summer when landing the 1m2f £150,000 John Smiths Cup at York off an official mark of 104 and followed up that with a second to Intilaaq in the Group 3 Rose of Lancaster at Haydock. A solid five-year-old campaign saw him placed in five stakes races, only beaten a length into third in the Group 3 Huxley Stakes at Chester behind Cannock Chase and Western Hymn and was far from disgraced when sixth in the Group 1 Coronation Cup behind Postponed.
It has been an absolute pleasure to train him for his owners David Little and The Links Partnership, who have been fantastic supporters of the yard and Cheveley Park Stud who bought into him as a younger horse. We would also thank Sue Davey, who has looked after and ridden him at home for all six seasons, as well as the rest of our wonderful team that have kept him at the top of his game for so long.
Having won in the April of his two-year-old career, peaked as a four-year-old and stayed sound enough to race for six consecutive seasons, he has the credentials to put many current stallions to shame. He would be a great addition to any stud and if you would like more details, please give Rod a ring on 07885 168447.