MASTER’s Spirit, a limited edition member from Jet Master’s last crop and the record-priced yearling at the BSA National Yearling Sale in 2013, will soon be competing in the Green Street Bloodstock silks.
GSB’s Justin Vermaak went to R200,000 to secure the four-year-old gelding at the Super Sale of Horses-In-Training conducted by Michael Holmes at Greyville on Thursday, during which a number of Sheikh Hamdan of Dubai’s runners came under the hammer.
Master’s Spirit has won four of 13 career starts for Sheikh Hamdan and Mike de Kock and will remain in training with De Kock at Summerveld.
De Kock commented: “I’m happy to keep Master’s Spirit in the stable, he’s a progressive sort. The market is depressed, I thought he’d go for a bit more so it was a good buy for Green Street Bloodstock. He had a few niggles earlier in his career but he’s been a different horse after being gelded and I’d like to believe he is better than his merit rating.
“Master’s Sprit is a horse with scope and he’s effective on the Polytrack as evident in his win at Greyville last week. He won his Maiden over 1400m which gives us options. I told Justin to consider the Polytrack series in Port Elizabeth for him.”
Master’s Spirit was quite the “talking horse” as a yearling. He was not only an impressive physical specimen – he came with an intriguing story too. The day after Jet Master’s funeral, the Klipdrif Stud staff were doing some routine work with the colt’s dam, Urabamba, in the crush. Master’s Spirit broke free and ran off, only to be found standing quietly at his sire’s grave.