Crafty Lady

Trainer: Jane Chapple-Hyam Race type: Flat
Age: 3 yr old Description: Grey Filly
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It’s fair to say we loved this filly’s breeze, so tough, determined, and a great way of going, showing a surprisingly quick time, given her pedigree. She timed in the top third of the 148 lots in sale, which is really saying something, given she’s a mile to middle distance type on paper, having breezed over 2.3f of the Rowley Mile against sons and daughters of the likes of Kodiac, Mehmas, Dark Angel, Cotai Glory etc etc.

Watch her breeze here:

This bodes particularly well for us and her career, that she can more than mix it with these sorts of pedigrees, on the clock, over an inadequate distance of ground.

It’s also fair to say, we were just as impressed by her as an individual, when we went to see her, after the breeze. She’s got great size, substance and scope to take her forward to a 3yo career and beyond too. She’s the perfect horse for Newmarket, in that she will improve with time, fulfilling her potential as she develops. 

See her walking here:

Her sire, MASTERCRAFTSMAN, has a fairly lofty CV:

  • By top stallion Danehill Dancer
  • “One of the best value stallions in Europe" - Racing Post
  • European Champion 2YO - won the Gr.1 National Stakes & Gr.1 Phoenix Stakes
  • Won the Gr.1 Irish 2,000 Guineas & Gr.1 St James's Palace Stakes at 3 years
  • Europe′s Champion first crop sire of 2013, second crop sire of 2014 & third crop sire of 2015
  • Yearlings in 2020 sold for 325,000gns, 210,000gns, 140,000gns, £135,000, 130,000gns, 115,000gns

77 Stakes winners worldwide including 15 Gr.1 winners: Alpha Centauri - Gr.1 Irish 1,000 Guineas, Gr.1 Coronation Stakes, Gr.1 Falmouth Stakes & Gr.1 Prix Jacques le Marois winner. Kingston Hill - Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy & Gr.1 St Leger winner. The Grey Gatsby - Gr.1 French Derby & Gr.1 Irish Champion Stakes winner. Technician - Gr.1 Prix Royal Oak, Gr.2 Prix Chaudenay & Gr.3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes. Amazing Maria - Gr.1 Falmouth Stakes, Gr.1 Prix Rothschild & Gr.3 Prestige Stakes winner. A Raving Beauty - Gr.1 Just A Game Stakes, Gr.1 First Lady Stakes & Gr.3 Beaugay Stakes winner. Off Limits - Gr.1 Matriarch Stakes & Gr.3 Noble Damsel Stakes winner.

Mastercraftsman sadly passed away in August. Read the Racing Post Bloodstock story about him here:


Racing Update: We bought her at last year’s Breeze Ups, to be a second half of the season filly, 2021. She was working most encouragingly in the late Summer and we were eagerly awaiting her racecourse debut. She picked up a pelvic problem, borne out of simple immaturity, and she’s back in full work now. She retains all the ability, reportedly, and we look set fair for a very exciting 2022 indeed. She’s particularly well bred and should retain residual value for the paddocks, once her career is complete.


August House
Appleyard Drive
North Lincolnshire
DN18 5TD


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