Master of stamina rather than speed

Master Of Speed (Michael Coleman) getting the better of Epae Road at Te Rapa today.

Master Of Speed (Michael Coleman) getting the better of Epae Road at Te Rapa today.

Cambridge galloper Master Of Speed certainly didn’t look professional clearing maiden ranks at Te Rapa today, but he gave promise of developing into a capable stayer.

In his fifth start and second over ground, the four-year-old son of Mastercraftsman broke through in the Ideal Electrical Suppliers 2100 in the hands of Michael Coleman, but it’s wasn’t all plain-sailing.

After settling second-last, he went forward from the 1600 metres to be disputing the pace with 1000 to run and eye-balled Epae Road from then on.

It wasn’t until early in the run home that he gave his supporters a scare when diving in sharply at the 200. He then continued to run about and it was only inside the final 75 metres that he straightened up and drew ahead to beat the John Bell-trained Epae Road by a length and three-quarters.

“That’s not him at all,” said trainer Lauren Brennan, referring to Master Of Speed’s home-stretch waywardness. “It’s very unusual of him to do that. Maybe he spotted the barriers.”

Master Of Speed had three placings going into today’s race and in fact lined up another time, at Avondale on January 25, but was declared a non-runner. That was the day when the false start siren had been momentarily accidently activated shortly after the horses left the barrier and he was one of the runners eased up.

Master Of Speed deserved today’s win and Brennan is looking forward to what the future holds for him.

“Next season he could make a lovely staying type,” she said.