Master Of Arts a Serious 2015 Queensland Derby Contender

May 5th, 2015

Master Of Arts posted an impressive win in the Terminus Hotel Healesville Plate (2000m) at Caulfield over the weekend, and trainer Darren Weir is hopeful the result will play a key role in progression towards the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m) on June 6th.

Master Of Arts is shaping as a legitimate 2015 Queensland Derby contender for Darren Weir. Photo: Daniel Costello

Master Of Arts is shaping as a legitimate 2015 Queensland Derby contender for Darren Weir. Photo: Daniel Costello

Jumping from the gates well, jockey Jye McNeil settled the three-year-old in prime position on the heels of the race’s early leaders; finding a good rhythm and receiving an ideal run in transit before displaying a keen turn of foot late to hit the line comfortably ahead of his closest rival.

Racing Manager for Weir, Jeremy Rogers told Racing Victoria the team has been thrilled with the continued form and class displayed by the Mastercraftsman gelding and are confident he will lay a great account for himself in the 2015 Queensland Derby should he warrant a berth.

“He’s a very progressive three-year-old,” Rogers said.

“The further he gets in the race the stronger he’s getting, I think he’s going to be a really nice stayer.”

Usually run over a mile and a half (2400m) at Eagle Farm, the 2015 Queensland Derby has been slated for the 2200m course at Doomben as the State’s landmark track undergoes renovations.

“This year the Queensland Derby is over 2200m because it’s at Doomben, he has to get there first but he was good today,” Rogers added.

Yet to finish outside the first three through his four start career so far, Master Of Arts immediately stamped his claims as one to watch when taking out a Terang race over 1406m on debut on March 23rd before placing third amongst notable company in the Salangor Turf Club BM64 (1600m) on April 6th.

Running second in the Winter & Taylor Isuzu BM70 (1700m) in his only other start prior to Saturday’s triumph on April 22nd, Mater Of Arts will likely travel to Brisbane for the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2000m) at Doomben on May 23rd as a final point of call ahead of the 2015 Queensland Derby a fortnight later.

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