Julio had been knocking on the door before a decisive victory in the Sunraysia Daily Plate (2000m) at Mildura on Tuesday.
in his first prep, the Master Of Design gelding had been runner-up
twice at Echuca for Lindsay Park. Owner-breeder Rob Salter transferred
him to Paddy Ryan at Warrnambool last month and was rewarded with a
three length win over Bill The Conqueror.
Master Of Design has
sired 6 winners at a mile and further but Julio is the first to score at
2000m. “He was always travelling like a winner and had too much on
them,” jockey Harry Coffey said. “The change of scenery down on the
beach with Paddy has helped and that will do his confidence the world of
Julio collected a Super VOBIS bonus for Salter who bred
him from Charming Ruby (Rubiton). She is a three-quarter sister to Cox
Plate hero Fields Of Omagh and her earlier foals include G2 Edward
Manifold Stakes winner Fontein Ruby.
Charming Ruby also has a
Master Of Design in New Zealand named The Mitagator. He was runner-up
at Taupo earlier this month and can follow Julio’s lead in the Vet
Services Hcp (1200m) at Hastings this Saturday.
is another Kiwi by Master Of Design. A last-start winner of the
Tanalised Mile, his spring campaign continues in the Fell Engineering
Hcp (1600m) at Ruakaka this Saturday.
Master Of Design’s progeny
are beginning to stretch out with maturity. His own career was
highlighted by a whirlwind victory in the G1 T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at
Randwick in a time (1.08.83s) only bettered by Black Caviar.
Greta West Stud stands Master of Design for a $5,500 service fee.