Out of the Wilderness - Mastercraftsman's Luvaluva Claims the Summer Cup

Mark Smith - Thursday December 26

Despite being competitive at the elite level, it’s been 17 starts and 89 weeks since Luvaluva’s last win so it’s little wonder connections gave the 5yo daughter of Mastercraftsman (IRE) an enthusiastic cheer when she cruised to the lead coming over the rise in the Group III Summer Cup (2000m) at Randwick on Boxing Day.

All too easy for Luvaluva - images Steve Hart

Given a gun ride by Koby Jennings, Luvaluva looked a class above her rival as she put two and three-quarter length on the Chris Waller-trained Black On Gold (Sebring) with the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Taikomochi (Snitzel) a half-neck back in third.

Winning for the first time since the Group III Adrian Knox Stakes at Randwick, Luvaluva advances her record to 5 wins, 3 2 from 27 starts with earnings of $766,014.

She was among the best three-year-old in the land two seasons back and besides the Adrian Knox Stakes and Summer Cup, Luvaluva won the Group II VRC Wakeful Stakes and the Group III Kembla Grange Classic and placed in the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes, Group II VRC Matriarch Stakes, Group III ATC Aspiration Hcp and was fourth in the Group 1 VRC Oaks.

Winning trainer John Sargent said it was a much-deserved win.

“It’s been a long time, about a year and a half since her last win, but she’s always raced against the best,” Sargent said.Koby Jennings gave Luvaluva a pearler in the Summer Cup

“It’s taken a long time to get her back to her best. You often find that with three-year-olds when they come back against the older horses. It was a lovely ide by Koby.”

Luvaluva was purchased by her trainer for $55,000 from the Surrey Farm draft at the 2016 NZB Ready to Run Sale.

She carries the colours of Semour Bloodstock as does her promising 3yo half-brother Brandenburg (Burgundy) who has placed in the Group II ATC Stan Fox Stakes and Group III VRC Carbine Club Stakes and is also trained by John Sargent.

They are out of the unraced Galileo mare Wansesingyee, who was purchased at a N Z mixed sale in 2009 for just $500.   

Wansesingyee a three-quarter sister to the Listed STC WJ McKell Cup winner Luvuleo (Galileo) from the family of stakes-winners Secret Flyer, Almazyoon, El Maze and Little Current.

Surrey Farm will offer a half-brother by Per Incanto (USA) to Luvaluva at the 2017 Ready to Run who failed to make his $90,000 reserve.

Now owned by Seymour Bloodstock, Wansesingyee has a 2yo filly by Fastnet Rock but missed to the champion son of Danehill last year.




Race Result - Summer Cup Gr3 2000m

Randwick Track: Good(4) Time: 2:02.84
T: J G Sargent J: K Jennings 56.5
5m Mastercraftsman (IRE) x Wansesingyee (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
Black On Gold
T: C J Waller J: Ms K O'Hara 56.5
6g Sebring (AUS) x Fools Gold (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Rachel King 56.5
6g Snitzel (AUS) x Geisha (AUS) (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $230,000
V:Kitchwin Hills, Scone
B: Barneswood Farm Limited
Live And Free
T: J A O'Shea J: R Dolan 55.5
5g Savabeel (AUS) x Patrimonium (IRE) (Green Desert (USA))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Windsor Park Stud
B: Bruce Perry Bloodstock
Emperor's Way
T: P & P Snowden J: G Schofield 54
6g Roman Emperor (NZ) x Laylia (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Sir Plush
T: Bjorn Baker J: J R Collett 58
7g Pins (AUS) x Luxurious Lady (USA) (Theatrical (IRE))
T: C J Waller J: J Bowman 59
7g Aqlaam (GB) x Sharedah (IRE) (Pivotal (GB))
T: K A Lees J: J Ford 54
5g Snitzel (AUS) x Dyna Slam (USA) (Grand Slam (USA))
T: Joseph Pride J: C Reith 55.5
6g Redwood (GB) x Our Squeezer (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
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