Spotlight on Master of Design

Champion sire of sires Redoute’s Choice was in the spotlight again on Saturday after his latest flyer Lankan Rupee won the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield.

Redoute’s Choice has now been represented by 24 Group 1 winners and, apart from Lankan Rupee, he also sired Snitzel to win the 2006 Oakleigh Plate.

And with the focus on speed, it’s timely to reflect on Master Of Design who remains the fastest son of Redoute’s Choice at the elite level.

Master Of Design has been popular with broodmare owners since retiring to Swettenham Stud in 2012.  “There are 78 foals in that first crop and he’s siring great looking stock,” Swettenham owner Adam Sangster reported this week.  “And there’s upwards of 92 mares in foal from his second book.”

Among his first foals is a ripper filly from Group 1 placed Dehere mare Hidden Energy.  The dam is a half-sister to Swettenham stallion Kaphero and Flemington stakes winner Princesa.

A splendid physical specimen, Master Of Design was originally purchased for $2.10 million by Sheikh Mohammed at the Inglis Easter yearling sale.  He won the G1 T J Smith (1200m) at Randwick and the winning time of 1.08.83s has only ever been bettered by Black Caviar!

Master Of Design stands for a $12,500 (inc gst) service fee at Swettenham.  “He is the only son of Redoute’s Choice to win a Group 1 at weight-for-age,” Sangster added.  “And he’s got a better pedigree and a better race record than all the other young sons of Redoute’s Choice standing in the Hunter Valley.”