Trainer Peter Smith got the chocolates at Caulfield when his smart galloper Hero Master won the last race on Easter Monday.HANNAH DRISCOLL April 23, 2014 3:05am
Hero Master, with part-owner Lachy Smith and trainer Peter Smith, has five wins to his name from nine starts after his success at Caulfield on Monday.
Trainer Peter Smith came close to wins on several occasions during the Easter long-weekend, but had to wait until the last race at Caulfield on Monday before gaining the breakthrough.
Five-year-old Hero Master, bred by Smith by Masterprint and out of Jaunty Dancer, won the 1600
It was the seventh start for Hero Master this preparation and his fourth win coming off the back of a third place at Sandown on April 2.
‘‘He had a good race there and then the jockey that rides him, Luke Currie, got suspended so I purposely waited until he was back,’’ Smith said.
‘‘I think he’s a fabulous jockey. He’s unbelievable .
Smith said Hero Master was immature in the past, but they tried to build up his confidence and progress each race, which was the secret to his success this campaign.
He believes the gelding has a big future and will reach his peak in about another year.
There have been requests to buy him, but Smith’s family and close friends own Hero Master, so the offers have been quickly turned down.
‘‘He’s a big striding horse, so ideally on the turn it didn’t look too great, but then he got out and then he powered home,’’ Smith said.
‘‘If he gets into a clear run and stretches out he’s got a very good stride on him and that’s why we think he has got a future.
‘‘He’s a bit untapped really. We’re not really sure what level he’s going to get to. We’ve had a few people ringing up trying to buy him, but he’s not really for sale. He’s part of the family sort of.’’
Smith is amazed with the success of sire Masterprint, with another of his progeny also running at Caulfield on Monday.
Five-year-old Play Master, also trained and owned by the Smith family and out of Introduce, ran second in the seventh race over 1200
‘‘He got shuffled back to second last and came wide around the turn and just had to make up about eight lengths in the straight. He made up seven, but he didn’t quite get there,’’ Smith said.
Tatura trainer Gary Sherer’s Not Too Sure and Godspiel ran fourths in the two races on either side.
Smith also had three runners at Tocumwal on Saturday, but came home with two seconds and a ninth. Tramuntana, 11, ran a length second in the $13
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