Written Tycoon colt Winning Rupert has stamped himself the most exciting young sprinter in training with a breathtaking victory at Doomben.
He blitzed a class field of three-year-olds by more than 5 lengths in the Listed Golden Edition Plate (1200m) on Saturday. He stopped the clock at a sizzling 67.97s which is just a tick outside the record held by Takeover Target!
Winning Rupert (3c Written Tycoon – Winaura by Show a Heart) was presented by Eliza Park International at the 2015 Gold Coast March Yearling Sale. There’s no black-type close-up in the pedigree but his obvious good looks caught the eye of Magic Millions manager Barry Bowditch and trainer Bjorn Baker.
Sold for $67,500, he has now won two of the Triple Crown series and will collect a $500,000 bonus if he wins the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1400m) on New Year’s Eve or the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas in January.
Baker’s stable representative Clare Cunningham tipped further improvement from Winning Rupert. “He’s an exciting horse and very promising. He’s only has four starts and I think he can do better.”
Written Tycoon stands at Woodside Park at Tylden and, in response to an unprecedented winning run, the Tylden operation bumped his service fee from $19,800 to $49,500 after star colt Capitalist won the G1 Golden Slipper.
The increase didn’t deter broodmare owners. Woodside posted the “Book Full” sign in May and it’s bound to increase again to a record-breaking level for Victoria in 2017.
Written Tycoon’s dominance will continue through his sire sons and Winning Rupert’s unbeaten record has major thoroughbred investors circling with a bright future ahead on the track and at stud.
His champion juvenile Capitalist claimed the 2016 Magic Millions Classic – Golden Slipper Stakes double and will cover his first book Newgate Farm next year.
Woodside Park also stands his brilliant sprinter Rich Enuff in association with Glenlogan Park. He blazed a trail winning the Group 2 Danehill Stakes and Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude and is just finishing a first-up book in Queensland before rotating to Victoria next year.