Deal Master to run in 2016 Mckenzie Stakes Field

Deal Master has already claimed a unique place in racing as the first winner for his sire and trainer Troy Corstens hopes the colt can give Master Of Design another milestone at Moonee Valley.

“Let’s hope he can be his first stakes winner as well,” Corstens said.

Corstens, who trains in partnership with his father Leon, will start Deal Master in Saturday’s Listed Mckenzie Stakes (1200m).

Deal Master had a work-out at Moonee Valley on Tuesday morning along with stablemate Sweet Sherry, the former Brent Stanley-trained filly who is to have her first start for the Corstens team in Saturday’s Cleanaway Plate (1200m).

Deal Master, from the first crop of 2012 Group One TJ Smith Stakes winner Master Of Design’s, scored an on-speed win over 1000m on the Pakenham synthetic track at his debut on August 5.

Corstens is happy to give Deal Master his chance in the stakes race at his second start based on the way he has trained on since his 1-1/4 length win.

“I couldn’t find any reasons not to run him in it, so we’re running,” Corstens said.

“His first-up run was good. He did a great job and fought off any challengers.

“He’s a three-year-old on the way up and is showing quite a bit of promise. I know it’s a monumental jump from a Pakenham maiden to a stakes race at Moonee Valley on a Saturday, but we’ve got nothing to lose.”

The Mckenzie Stakes has attracted a field of nine with five last-start winners including the unbeaten Throssell who has his first start since winning the Listed Anzac Day Stakes at Flemington in April.

The Darren Weir-trained Ken’s Dream, a nine-length winner in an Echuca maiden on debut, is the $2.20 favourite ahead of the Danny O’Brien-trained Verstappen, a 4-1/2 length Pakenham winner on debut.


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