Mastercraftsman crushed his rivals when powering to an impressive 4 ½-length victory in the Boylesports.com Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) at the Curragh May 23.
The son of Danehill Dancer became trainer Aidan O’Brien’s ninth successive Irish classic winner and his fifth Two Thousand Guineas victor in the last ten years.
Breaking sharply from the gate under Johnny Murtagh, Mastercraftsman was forwardly placed in third, behind the pacesetting Viceroy of India and Soul City. With two furlongs left, Viceroy of India began to fade as Mastercraftsman rolled to the front and began to draw off from the rest of the field to win easily.
Rayeni, a promising son of Indian Ridge trained by John Oxx, came on for second, 1 ¾-lengths in front of Soul City, who held on for third. Delegator, the second choice in the betting, was never comfortable over the heavy ground and finished eighth.
Final time for the eight furlongs over the heavy going was 1:48.16.
Mastercraftsman, who entered the Irish Guineas off of a fifth place finish in the stanjames.com Two Thousand Guineas Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket, has now won five of seven lifetime starts. He boasts three group I victories on his resume, with previous wins coming in the Independent Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) and Bank of Scotland (Ireland) National Stakes (Ire-I) last year.
O’Brien indicated after the race that Mastercraftsman would be pointed to St. James’s Palace Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot.
Mastercraftsman is a 3-year-old son of Danehill Dancer out of Starlight Dreams, by Black Tie Affair. He was bred in Ireland by Lynch Bages Ltd., and is owned by Derrick Smith. He is a half-brother to Genuine Devotion (by Rock of Gibraltar), who captured the Locust Grove Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs last year.
**Editor’s note**—I posted this here since I got ‘bumped’ from the BH website. Just didn’t get it posted quick enough. 😉