Monday, 30 January 2018
They could have named Knight Commander after champion trainer Darren Weir.
Master Of Design sprinter was the fourth winner for Weir at Moonee
Valley on Friday night and he’s only just coming good according to
jockey Damian Lane. “Darren and his team do a great job and this horse
has a lovely nature. He made the most of a good gate tonight and
cruised into the race when I said ‘go’.”
Commander’s victory in the After The Last At Legends Hcp (1200m)
improved his record to 3 wins in 5 starts since a Kyneton maiden on
debut in November. “He lengthened nicely but did get a bit lost when we
got to the front,” Lane added. “He’s a progressive type and will be
winning in better grades.”
imported his dam Sharp Awakening (Selkirk) before selling the
British-bred mare to Victorian-based Thoroughbred Racing Bureau. Knight
Commander has been her only named foal since changing hands at Oaklands
Of Design sired his latest maiden winner on Sunday when Riverdance Lad
lobbed at Great Western. The Robbie Griffiths-trained 3yo started an
odds-on favourite following a narrow loss at Mornington last month.
Lad is the first foal of Waltzing Lily (Golden Snake) from a prolific
winning family for Monomeith Stud’s Ross Hennessy. Her half-brother
Diggersanddealers won 10 races and was stakes placed at Caulfield.
Second dam Reel Lover (Celtic Swing) was a half-sister to 8 winners
including Inspire (G3 VRC Carbine Club Stakes).
long-weekend double book-ended a stakes-winning update for Master Of
Design’s family in South Africa. His half-sister Traceability foaled
Traces (Snitzel) to a dominant victory in the LR Summer Juvenile Stakes
(1000m) at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) stands at Greta West Stud and he currently
leads Moshe, Toorak Toff, Skilled & Ilovethiscity among
Victorian-based sires chasing Helmet for third-season honours in