Monday, October 17, 2011


It’s fair to say that Masthead has had a fair share of luck … just that most of it’s been bad!
The Written Tycoon flyer drew the widest berth in yesterday’s $100,000 Lightway Australia Stakes-LR at Caulfield and had to use up petrol to grab an early lead.
Masthead quickened at the home turn and looked every inch the winner until Galah grabbed him right on the line to win by a neck.
The Anthony Freedman trained 3YO has now accumulated $584,500 in prizemoney, which is a nice sort of return on the $65,000 asking price as a yearling.
But one wonders what that stake could have been but for a bit more luck in running.
After winning the Inglis 2YO in February, Masthead has run third in the Blue Diamond-G1 (after being forced wide), fourth in the VRC Sires’ Produce-G2 (bumped near the winning post), fourth in the Golden Slipper-G1 and, since resuming in September, third in the Danehill Stakes-G2, second in the Roman Consul Stakes-G2 (beaten a neck) and then yesterday’s effort in the Lightway.
In nine starts to date, Masthead has competed in seven black type events and has not finished further back than fourth in any of them.

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