Group Double for Star Witness

star turn gc 600The colours of the great sprinter Schillaci were carried to victory in the race named after him with exciting Star Witness colt Star Turn thumping his older rivals to win the Group II MRC Schillaci Stakes in a breeze at Caulfield on Saturday.

Prepared by Hawkes Racing, Star Turn racked up a big Group double for Star Witness, whose brilliant filly Global Glamour earlier won the Group I MRC Thousand Guineas, read about her here.

Writing History

WOODSIDE Park Stud’s banner stallion Written Tycoon has just written his own major piece of Australian racing history.

Thanks to the extraordinary run of success his progeny have had on racetracks all over the country in recent months he has earned a place in the record books as the highest stakes money earning stallion in Victorian history.

writtentycoon2015 400Australian based racehorses by Written Tycoon have now amassed more than $10 MILLION in prize money. This eclipses the previous record of $7.3 MILLION set by Bel Esprit.

Adding to this notable feat, Written Tycoon is also now the sire of the world’s highest ever stakes winning two-year-old - Capitalist. The Golden Slipper and Magic Millions winner has so far earned $3,508,000 after winning four of his five starts.

The previous record of $3.1 MILLION was held by the Gai WaterhousetrainedDance Hero and was set back in 2003-2004.

"When we were able to secure Written Tycoon, we had no idea that in a few short years he would become one of the most commercial stallions in the country, said Woodside’s Bloodstock and Sales Manager Matt Tillett.

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.”

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