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Master Avatar continues winning streak
Stephen Rodgers
07:11 AEST Thu Dec 27 2012

Damian Browne believes Master Avatar has earned a shot at some of the Magic Millions spotlight.

Master Avatar arrived from Victoria without winning in eight starts and with little evidence to suggest he would make much of an impact.

But the gelding has blossomed since joining trainer Jack Duncan at the Sunshine Coast, winning all four starts including Wednesday's Led Superscreens Handicap (1826m) at Eagle Farm.

Browne believes he has done enough to warrant tackling better company in the Magic Millions Cup (1800m) at the Gold Coast on January 12.

"He's won four in a row and they can't do much more than that," Browne said.

"The Magic Millions Cup will obviously be a much stronger test but he's done enough to warrant having a crack at race like that."

Master Avatar settled beautifully in fourth place for Browne and handled the topweight of 59kg easily, recording a dominant win by 2-1/2 lengths.

"He's a pretty laid-back customer and it'll be interesting to see how he responds with a bit more pressure on him," Browne said.

"When you ride him he feels like a mile-and-a-half horse and the best part about him is he keeps finding the line.

"With a bit more racing he should make a nice stayer six to 12 months down the track."

Browne and Duncan later combined with Mukaddamah Son to win the Goa Get Noticed Handicap (2132m) although there was only a long neck margin to spare after a tense battle with runner-up Croatian Quality.

"He's always tended to find one a bit better than him and he needed every metre of that race to get the job done," Duncan said.

Browne said Mukaddaham Son was going to win by a decent margin but began to feel the burden of carrying 58.5kg on the wet track.

"The last 100 metres of the race was really tough going for him but I think that was because of the wet track which he doesn't really relish," he said.

"He's a good bread and butter horse and it was a tradesman-like win."

Volkhere, the $1.70 favourite to win the closing race, made it a treble for Browne.


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