NUMEROUS sons and daughters of the deceased champion stallion Jet Master overcame problems to reach their full potential and Mike de Kock is hoping that Sheikh Hamdan’s Master’s Spirit will count among them as his career unfolds.
A 4.75-length winner for jockey Francois Herholdt over 1200m on sand at the Vaal, Tuesday, Master’s Spirit was bred from a Fillies Guineas winner, hails from the tremendous racing family of Topa Inca and Cholula and was one of the top-priced yearlings at Bloodstock SA’s National Yearling Sale in 2013.
Master’s Spirit: Talented.
Four-year-old Master’s Spirit has suffered his share of problems, however, and he’s only seen the racetrack five times. He’s bagged two races in good style, though, and Mike commented: “Master’s Spirit a beautiful-looking horse and when he was a juvenile I believed he had stakes prospects. But it’s well-documented that many Jet Masters have breathing problems. On top of that he’s had other niggles, he’s been unsound at times.”
Mike believes there is still time for Master’s Spirit to come into his own and said: “He is concentrating better in blinkers and he’s sound now. He could be a specialist sprinter, if he can take his sand form to turf now we’ll pick off a few more races off the right mark.”