Tycoon of Victorian sires writes more headlines

written tycoonFew sires used at stud in Victoria have had a better year with progeny on the racetrack than Written Tycoon, a sire whose 2015-16

Australian earnings jumped above $9 million, when his 4-year-old gelded son Music Magnate took out the $750,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on this historic Brisbane track on Saturday May 28.

These earnings, a Victorian record, have been swelled to over $11million by the successes of twenty of his progeny competing in either New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia or Hong Kong.Through to the end of May his statistics for the year included 131 winners (120 Aust), 51 others placed, 212 race wins (195 Aust) and $11,078,080 ($9,223,659 Aust).

In the national statistics, he is third on the Champion Sires list by money, winners and wins and is unbeatable by earnings in the race for the Champion Australian juvenile title.

Written Tycoon's Music Magnate Claims Doomben 10000

musicmagnate2Progressive 4yo gelding Music Magnate capped a remarkable season for his sire Written Tycoon when capturing Saturday’s $750,000 Group 1 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10,000 (1350) while crediting trainer Bjorn Baker with his first Group 1 winner.

Written Tycoon began the season without a winner at the highest level to his credit. The Woodside Stud resident now has three, with Music Magnate including the Golden Slipper hero Capitalist.

Aided by a frantic speed set by Two Blues and Fell Swoop, Kerrin McEvoy came with a well-timed run on Music Magnate to defeat the fast-finishing favourite Azkadellia by three-quarters of a length with Charlie Boy nosing out Delectation for third. (photo Lisa Grimm)


"Bjorn said to me before the start, it’s going to be a game of chess on horseback,” McEvoy said.

Stratum Colt Wins Sires Produce

attentionreturn 400The James Harron Bloodstock team were in celebration mode at Doomben on Saturday when stunning looking Stratum colt Attention scored his second stakes victory when saluting in the Group II BRC Sires Produce Stakes.

Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, Attention won the Group III ATC TL Baillieu Handicap back in March and showed his class again when winning the 1350 metre contest by a neck.

AttentionAttentionWinning rider Blake Shinn was impressed with Attention.

"His got a great mannerism about him,” Shinn said. "He takes everything in his stride and that gives me great confidence going to the 1600m.”

The mile Shinn refers to is the $600,000 Group I JJ Atkins (1600m) to be run at Eagle Farm in a fortnight.

"I love my horses’ determination,” Shinn said. "He’s got that will to win and that will only give him confidence going forward.”

Redoutes Reaches Group 1 Milestone

Redoute-sChoice-04192011-DSC 0359 resized2013-6-17-16-13-943The early results of this term's bunch of European first-season sires are providing the usual interest. Several young sires have already made smart starts, while the most celebrated of the freshmen, Frankel (GB) (Galileo {Ire}), currently has statistics of one winner from one runner, courtesy of the victory at Newbury which ensured that Cunco (Ire) has the distinction of being Frankel's first foal, Frankel's first runner and Frankel's first winner.

Another extremely distinguished horse among Europe's current freshmen is a stallion who is a proven sire and first-season sire simultaneously: Redoute's Choice (Aus) (Danehill) has been champion sire of Australia three times and notched his 30th Group 1 winner on Saturday, but he is a new-comer as far as European breeding is concerned.

The offspring resultant from Redoute's Choice's first European season (at Haras de Bonneval in 2013) will be making their debuts in the coming months. Redoute's Choice's first Northern crop represent intriguing prospects, asimplied by the fact that his only representative in this weekend's Arqana Breeze-Up sale at Deauville fetched $775,000, the daughter of Sunday Nectar (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) being bought by Stephen Hillen Bloodstock to join the English stable of Kevin Ryan.

Break Out Season for Not A Single Doubt

not a single doubt 4amarkWhile Not A Single Doubt looks likely to come up short in the race for the champion sires title for the 2015-16 racing year, it is the season he emerged from the shadow of his sire Redoute's Choice and paternal half-brother Snitzel at Arrowfield Stud.

Not a Single Doubt had just one Group 1 winner on the board when the season commenced in August last year, the Blue Diamond Stakes heroine Miracles Of Life.

He doubled that total when the Chris Waller-trained Good Project took out the WATC Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ascot in November.

One of the star two-year-olds of the season has been the Mick-Price-trained Extreme Choice who became the third Group 1 winner for Not A Single Doubt when he strolled home in the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.

Nothing panned out for the chestnut in the Golden Slipper in which he started a short-priced favourite. After missing the start he continually ran into traffic problems so his eighth place finish was full of merit.

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