Winning Rupert can emulate Capitalist as the catalyst towards another Victorian sires’ premiership for Written Tycoon.
The Woodside Park stallion won the 2015-16 title with record-breaking earnings of $10.10 million. Group 1 Golden Slipper & Magic Millions Classic winner Capitalist contributed over $3.51 million.
Written Tycoon heads this season’s Victorian table with $2.63 million to December 3 and Winning Rupert is racing for a possible all-up purse of $1.98 million this campaign after a record-breaking, first-up victory in the McInnes Wilson Lawyers Plate (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Ridden by in-form jockey Jeff Lloyd, the unbeaten colt sizzled to a front-running 5 length win clocking 69.42s. It bettered the previous course record of 69.61s held by Eureka Stud mare Notonyourlife.
Trainer Bjorn Baker has always had a huge opinion of the winner who cost $67,500 from Eliza Park at the 2015 Magic Millions QTIS Sale. “He’s a very promising horse with a motor so fingers crossed,” stable rep Clare Cunningham said.
“Bjorn will have a nice team here for the Magic Millions. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves but the bonus is obviously an objective.”
Winning Rupert will claim a $500,000 bonus if he wins at least two of his intended starts in the Listed Gold Edition Plate (December 17), Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (December 31) and Magic Millions Guineas (January 14).
Lloyd signalled the colt had a future after winning the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben in May. “He has a heap of ability and I think he will be some horse when he comes back in the spring,” Lloyd predicted during the last Brisbane winter carnival.
Written Tycoon sired five winners around Australia on Saturday and, apart from Winning Rupert, there was Sassy Tycoon (Kilcoy), Tycoon Queen (Morphettville) plus Tykiato & Grande Rosso (Pakenham).
Grande Rosso won the $100,000 VOBIS Gold Bullion (1400m) for a Lindsay Park syndicate after making $220,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier from Redbank North.