Champion sire Written Tycoon marked his move to Woodside Park this year with a brilliant debut winner at Bendigo on Thursday.
Written Up (2g Written Tycoon – Octangle by Octagonal) stamped his authority on the PH Property Plate (900m) with a runaway three length victory for part-owner and trainer George Osborne.
“I’ve always liked him and tossed up whether to start at Bendigo or wait until Flemington this Saturday,” Osborne said on Friday morning. “We were confident he would run well and Brad (Rawiller) was keen on his chances.”
Rawiller rode under difficulties after being dumped in the enclosure. “The horse got spooked and Brad hurt his elbow and heel. He had to pull the pin on the rest of his rides so it was real good effort all-round.”
Osborne was also sidelined after a knee operation and was forced to watch the race from his Kyneton stables.
Written Up will be set for the Swan Hill carnival next month. Connections will target the $130,000 VOBIS Gold Elvstroem Classic (1300m) on Friday, June 7.
Osborne races the gelding with owner-breeder Chris Morey, Terry Hurford and Fred Hyslop. “He’s a half-brother to Raktangle who won for us at Kyneton last year – then Chris, Terry and I sold him to Hong Kong.”
Hyslop joined the partnership after winning a raffle earlier this year. Osborrne had offered a part of his share during a membership drive by the Kyneton Racing Club.
Written Tycoon was Australia’s Champion first-season sire in 2010-11 and he’s maintained that momentum with an overall record of 62 individual winners of 145 races at a strike-rate better than 60%.
His first-crop star Masthead was an Inglis Bonus winner at Mornington for trainer Anthony Freedman. He was then G1 placed behind Sepoy in the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes and followed up with a fourth to Darley’s champion colt in the G1 Golden Slipper.
Masthead was transferred to Freedman’s brother Michael in Singapore and, after being G2 placed at his penultimate start, can break through in the Sydney Stakes (1200m) at Kranji’s Group 1 meeting this Sunday.
Earlier this year, Woodside Park owner Mark Rowsthorn completely revamped the stud’s operations and in April announced Written Tycoon would join its roster for 2013.
Written Up is from his sire’s third crop and topping that division is Tasmanian youngster Grand Tycoon. He was unbeaten in 7 starts before finishing a close-up second in the Autumn 2YO Classic last month.
Woodside Park will stand Written Tycoon for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee in 2013.
– Karl Patterson