At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Windsor Park Stud's 4-time Gr1-winning shuttler & former European Champion 2YO Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer-Starlight Dreams, by Black Tie Affair) added a Group race success when 6YO New Zealand-bred gelding Master Of Arts (Mastercraftsman-Petit Verdot, by Carnegie) relished the soft conditions to post his first win in 12 months in the $150,000 Gr3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, defeating Alward & Peribsen. Master of Arts improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr3 Lord Reims Stakes & Listed Warrnambool Cup) and 7 placings (including the Gr2 SAJC Adelaide Cup & Gr3 BRC Grand Prix Stakes) from 27 starts for $609,850 in earnings. Raced by Paul Fudge's Waratah Thoroughbreds, Master of Arts was a $110,000 purchase at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Trelawney Stud.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Gr1-winning & Gr1 Australian Derby winning stallion Roman Emperor (Montjeu-Gussy Godiva, by Last Tycoon) sired his first stakes winner when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Emperor's Way (Roman Emperor-Laylia, by Redoute's Choice) opened his stakes account with his fourth successive win in the $125,000 Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Alward & Singing. The progressive Emperor's Way improved his record to 6 wins and 7 placings from 15 starts for $345,597 in earnings. Co-trainer Paul Snowden said Emperor's Way would now be sent for a spell to prepare for the spring. "He's done a great job. This whole preparation has been amazing," Snowden told Sky Racing. "He was a Class One horse when he started and he's come right through to open company now and won a Listed race." Snowden added: "If he can improve a touch more next prep he's going to be right up there with the better horses and we'll give him that opportunity in the early part of the spring." Bred by Think Big Stud, Emperor's Way was purchased by Triple Crown Syndications for $55,000 at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. He is a half-brother to dual Gr3 ATC Birthday Card Stakes winner Shamalia (Shamardal).
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, former Macquarie Stud Gr2 & Gr3-placed stallion Power Of Destiny (Danehill-Jeanetta Cochrane, by Sadler's Wells) added a black-type success when evergreen 9YO bay gelding Destiny's Kiss (Power Of Destiny-A Fairy's Kiss, by Stravinsky) claimed his eighth stakes victory when lumping top weight of 60kg to win the $125,000 Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, defeating Alward & Admiral Jello. Retained to race by prominent owner Nick Moraitis when passed in for $7,000 at the 2010 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Destiny's Kiss improved his record to 17 wins (including the Listed Wyong Gold Cup, Listed Australia Day Cup – twice, Listed Christmas Cup, Listed Gosford Gold Cup & Listed Winter Stakes) and 15 placings (including the Listed Gosford Gold Cup) from 75 starts for $1,261,618 in earnings.