Sarah McMaster

Sarah McMaster and Excellingly win the 2017 Off the Track Show Series Final (Image: Angie Rickard)

McMaster ensures Final is a family affair

Sarah McMaster and her retired racehorse Excellingly are the 2016 Off the Track Show Series champions after an inspired performance to win the lucrative Final at the Victorian Agricultural Shows (VAS) Saddle Horse Championships Saturday.

The victory follows that of her older sister Sammi and the now-retired Desert King mare Tembella (DP Destiny) in the inaugural Off the Track Show Series in 2013.

McMaster, a Racing Victoria Acknowledged Retrainer, said she was thrilled to claim the coveted title in her own right and be able to showcase the continued progression of Excellingly as one of the state’s premier show hacks.

A son of top stallion Exceed And Excel, Excellingly had a brief racing career for leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller and Wagga horseman Tim Donnelly, winning a 1000m maiden in the care of the latter before being retired in 2012.

Watch highlights from Saturday's all-thoroughbred class and hear from McMaster after her win below.