Love affair with King Casanova

King Casanova continued the winning run of Written Tycoon with an extraordinary victory in Perth on Wednesday.

The only first-starter in a competitive field of three year-olds, King Casanova was far too good for more seasoned rivals in the Westspeed Hcp (1200m).

King Casanova (3g Written Tycoon – Grammy Award by Shalford) was bolting behind the leaders on the corner before angling into the clear.  Despite running about in the straight, he levelled up with a wall of horses in the straight and then stretched out for a three-quarter length victory.

“He’s an exciting type,” trainer Damian Winn said.  “He’s a beautiful animal; the stable has a love-affair with this horse.”

King Casanova made his way to Perth ‘in utero’ after his dam Grammy Award was purchased by breeders Dave and Ellen Ott in Melbourne.  The Donnybrook couple operate Davelon Horse Transport.

“They asked me down and I knew straight away he would gallop,” Ascot based Winn recalled.  “He’s a magnificent looking horse with a long stride and he’s still twelve months away.”

With an upper-class career ahead, there’s no time table to step up too quickly.  “We will keep going now but we’re in no hurry,” Winn says.  “There are some good races in him around a mile further down the track.”

King Casanova’s older brother Tycoon Warrior has won 3 of his last 4 starts at Cranbourne and Geelong (2).  Their dam Grammy Award foaled another Written Tycoon colt last October.  “Dave and Ellen like Written Tycoon,” Winn said.  “I’m sure the mare will be going back to him this year.”

Written Tycoon (Iglesia) spearheads the new-look Woodside Park roster alongside recent signing Elzaam (Redoute’s Choice).

Written Off began his winning week at Sandown on Sunday.  He had been sidelined for 40 weeks before starting to climb the grades at Ballarat and the Lakeside circuit.

Written Tycoon’s juvenile filly Darney Gub then came out and looked the goods in a home-track trial win at Wangaratta on Monday.  Trainer Adrian Corboy is hoping it’s a pointer for the future.

Howmuchdoyouloveme is the best of his stock winning a Group 2 spring sprint at Caulfield and doubling the LR Lightning Hcp and G3 Healy Stakes in Brisbane last month.

Written Tycoon has a proven track record at the sales.  Two of his yearlings fetching $220,000 at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier and a $55,000 pin-hooked yearling later made $250,000 at the NZB 2YO Ready to Run Sale.

Woodside Park will stand him for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee this year.

– Karl Patterson