Written By Overview
Champion Australian 2YO Colt 2017/18 season
An explosive son of leading speed sire Written Tycoon, Written By displayed his precocity by winning his first four starts in succession highlighted by a dominant three length victory in the Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).
“Champion 2yo colts have an incredible record at stud. From Luskin Star to Canny Lad and more recently Sebring & Pierro. In fact, Written By’s pedigree even features champion 2yo colts & successful sires Rory’s Jester, Marscay & Vain,” said owner & Hall of Famer Neville Begg.
Physically, Written By is an awesome individual. Strong, imposing and perfectly built for the Australian conditions & commercial market.
Not since Pierro in 2013, has an Australian Group I winning 2YO retired to stud that is completely free of Danehill blood ensuring Written By is as a beautiful outcross to the many Danehill/Danzig line mares in the southern hemisphere.
Written By Pedigree
|WRITTEN TYCOON (AUS)|
|LAST TYCOON |
|TRY MY BEST|
|PARTY MISS (AUS)|
|BELLE OF IRELAND|
|MISS ENTERTAINER |
|YAU CHIN (AUS)|
|HOPE FOR ALL|
|TILLA'S DAUGHTER (AUS)|
Written By BR News
Widden Secures Written By For StudMon, 8 Apr 2019
Hot on the heels of Widden Stud announcing that 4-time Gr1 winner Trapeze Artist will make his debut at the farm this season, principal Antony Thompson has revealed that Gr1 Blue Diamond winner Written By (Written Tycoon) will also make his debut in 2019. The winner of six races (also including the Gr3 Blue Diamond (c&g), Gr3 Pago Pago and Gr3 Blue Sapphire Stakes), the Grahame Begg-trained sprinter will stand for a fee of $24,750. AAP reports Thompson saying, "Physically, Written By is an awesome individual. Strong, imposing and perfectly built for the Australian conditions and our commercial market… Not since Pierro in 2013, has an Australian Gr1-winning 2YO retired to stud that is completely free of Danehill blood."
Written By (pic: Mark Gatt)
Sunlight Wins Gr1 William Reid StakesMon, 25 Mar 2019
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In Moonee Valley’s feature race on Friday night Widden Stud stallion and former 3YO champion Australian sprinter Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute's Choice) celebrated further Gr1 success when seemingly indomitable 3YO filly Sunlight (Zoustar-Solar Charged, by Charge Forward) scored a three quarter-length victory for trainer Tony McEvoy in the $500,000 Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating 5YO mares Spright & Ellicazoom. Electing to take matters into his own hands after she left the gates in a hurry, jockey Luke Currie quickly put paid to Written By and, after setting a hot tempo, Sunlight backed off to get a mid-race breather before going for home off the bend. Although she started to tire as Spright came out of the chasing pack, the race was already hers. Popular gelding Voodoo Lad sadly broke down in the straight, sending jockey Ben Melham sprawling and badly winded. It remains to be seen whether he’ll make the trip to Sydney for his only ride – aboard Night’s Watch in the Gr1 Ranvet Stakes. Doubtless the best 3YO sprinter in the country, $300,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast graduate Sunlight’s record now reads: 10 wins (including the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes, Gr3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes, Gr3 Quezette Stakes, Gr3 Magic Night Stakes & Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 Lightning Stakes, Gr1 Golden Slipper & Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes) from 15 starts for $4,129,950 in earnings. McEvoy is clearly in awe of Sunlight, saying there is much more to come, and that she could end up being one of the best of the best.
Sunlight claims another Gr1 (pic: Mark Gatt)
Consecutive Gr1 Sprints Possible For I Am InvincibleWed, 20 Mar 2019
Looking to get his campaign back on track after what was possibly his worst career run to date when down the track in the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap behind Sunlight (Zoustar), the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Voodoo Lad looks capable of turning things around at Moonee Valley on Friday night in the Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) to give his Yarraman Park Stud-based sire I Am Invincible back to back wins after Hellbent’s victory last year. “He’s been down the beach and had a freshen up,” co-trained Ciaron Maher stated. “The Valley you generally get that bit of extra give and he’s an older horse - we’ve kept him really fresh so hopefully that together with the Valley will be the key to him.” A winner of the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot in December, the rising 8YO takes on a class field. The obvious main danger is Tony McEvoy’s multiple Gr1-winning 3YO filly Sunlight who looks likely to get a good sit on the pace behind another smart 3YO in the shape of Grahame Begg’s Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Written By (Written Tycoon) who likes to go forward. Voodoo Lad, who settles back, can produce some very impressive sectionals and can swoop late.
Swooper Voodoo Lad (pic: Mark Gatt)
New-Look Melbourne Premier Starts On SundayFri, 1 Mar 2019
The annual Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale gets underway on Sunday with a fresh make-over that follows an $8 million renovation. Already acknowledged as the source of such turf luminaries as Black Caviar, Igugu, Starspangledbanner and Jameka, in the past 12 months it can boast the crack Gr1-winning sprinters Santa Ana Lane, Written By and Seabrook. In 2019, an impressive 157 yearlings are either siblings to stakes-winners or out of stakes-winners. CLICK HERE or below for a preview of the Oaklands Junction sale that runs from 3 - 6 March inclusive.
First Inglis Premier Inspections On MondayMon, 25 Feb 2019
A new-look Oaklands Junction is ready to host its first Premier Yearling Sale, for which inspections begin on Monday. The $8m renovation of the selling auditorium and adjacent structures (reception, restaurant and café) is complete, following months of alterations. To view the new area in Virtual Reality format, CLICK HERE. Four drafts (Ampulla Lodge, Maluka Thoroughbreds, Edinburgh Park Stud and Goldin Farms) will be parading at Oaklands on Monday ahead of the sale, which runs from Sunday March 3 until Wednesday March 6. The remaining drafts will begin inspections throughout the week. To view the full parade schedule, CLICK HERE. To view the Premier catalogue, CLICK HERE. The ongoing success of the Premier Yearling Sale was again to the fore in 2018, with four individual Australian Gr1 winners coming out of the sale – Santa Ana Lane, Written By, Seabrook and Youngstar. Only the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale produced more individual Gr1 winners in Australia last year. A total of 786 horses - 514 in Book 1 and 272 in Book 2 – have been catalogued for the sale.
Oaklands has been refurbished (pic: inglis.com.au)
Change Of Plan For Diamond Hero Written ByThu, 14 Feb 2019
Trainer Graham Begg has made the decision to start Blue Diamond winner Written By (Written Tycoon-Yau Chin, by Tobougg) in this Saturday's Gr1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington, rather than waiting another seven days for the originally targeted Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield, reports AAP. "Going through it all we thought that the Lightning was going to be a bit of a smaller field, but most of the horses in the race were going to be first-up," noted Begg. "He has had a run under his belt and the 1000 metres shouldn't be any problem for him." Half a length second to Bons Away (Bon Hoffa-Villa Albani, by Mossman) when resuming in the Listed WJ Adams Stakes (1000m), the front-running colt might be able to take a sit behind 2YO filly Jedastar (I Am Invincible-Devoirs, by Dehere) which inveigled Begg's decision. "He will still be forward, but he might just have something to cart them along," he said. 'I'm not sure about barrier 11 but there is going to be good speed inside with the 2YO filly who will probably cross to the fence." Begg hasn't ruled out the possibility of a back-up in the following week's Oakleigh Plate.
Too Early To Write Off Written ByTue, 5 Feb 2019
A week’s a long time in politics, and three weeks is a lifetime in racing. Many racing fans may be tempted to jump ship after Gr1 Blue Diamond hero Written By was beaten on Saturday in the Listed W.J.Adams Stakes despite the unfortunate scratching of race favourite Nature Strip. According to racing.com, assuming the likelihood of a much lighter weight in the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate on 23 February, regular pilot Jordan Childs will be replaced by talented Adelaide expat jockey Jamie Kah who will have the benefit of a horse who will strip fitter following his seasonal pipe-opener. Trainer Graeme Begg noted, "We feel he’ll have a significant drop in weight, we think he’ll probably be around the 52.5kg and 53kg mark. Obviously we are very much aware that he’ll be out of Jordan’s weight range and we’ve settled on Jamie, and we were delighted to be able to get her services." Begg revealed Written By has pulled up well and said there is improvement to come.
Written By (pic: Mark Gatt)
Bons Away Wins Listed W.J.Adams StakesMon, 4 Feb 2019
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At Caulfield in Melbourne, Bowness Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Bon Hoffa (Belong To Me-Asian Reef, by Manilla) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Bons Away (Bon Hoffa-Villa Albani, by Mossman) caused a minor upset 0.4-length victory for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace in the $140,500 Listed W.J.Adams Stakes (1000m). In the absence of Nature Strip, heavily favoured 3YO colt Written By led as expected but found one too good for him on the day, with 3YO cot Encryption a few lengths behind in third. As honest as they come in recent starts, Bons Away looked in superb order before the race after nearly three months between runs. His latest victory, jubilantly celebrated by his large group of owners on track, provided Bons Away with the most respectable record of 6 wins (including the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes, & 7 placings (including the Gr2 Caulfield Sprint, Gr2 TAB Stakes, Gr3 Caulfield Sprint, Listed Bel Esprit Stakes & Listed Doveton Stakes) from 21 starts for $395,290 in earnings.
Leading Horses On The Move From Weir StableMon, 4 Feb 2019
Despite Darren Weir’s and Jarron McLean’s Show Cause hearings with Victorian Stewards adjourned until Monday, AAP reports that several high profile racehorses are set to move to other stables. Among the leading autumn contenders mentioned is boom sprinter Nature Strip, scratched from Saturday’s Caulfield clash with Written By, who is expected to be transferred to Chris Waller. Brave Smash will reportedly head to Kris Lees, Extra Brut to Ciaron Maher Racing, and Amphitrite to Lindsay Park. Trap For Fools, trained by Jarrod McLean, will be trained henceforth by Robert Hickmott.
Nature Strip is expected to be transferred to Chris Waller (pic: Mark Gatt)
Inglis 2YOs Hold Sway On Australia DayTue, 29 Jan 2019
As the Autumn 2YO features rapidly approach, Inglis graduates I Am Immortal (I Am Invincible), Catch Me (I Am Invincible) and Dawn Passage (Dawn Approach) all won impressively, including a clean sweep of the Blue Diamond Previews at Caulfield for Inglis Easter graduates. The Blue Diamond Previews fell to the colt I Am Immortal and filly Catch Me (see above reports). The colt became the fourth 2YO by I Am Invincible sold at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale to win a stakes-race, joining Espaaniyah, Vinicunca and Catch Me. The past two editions of the Blue Diamond have been won by Inglis Graduates, with Written By in 2018 and Catchy in 2017. The 2019 Inglis Easter catalogue was released just three days ago, with 31 yearlings by I Am Invincible set to be offered, including a full-brother to Catch Me as lot 396 from the draft of Segenhoe Stud. Meanwhile the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Dawn Passage is bound for the inaugural $2,000,000 Inglis Millennium after a good win at Randwick. After collecting $58,000 for winning, Dawn Passage (Dawn Approach x Raja Lane) will rocket up the order of entry for the 2YO feature and an impressed co-trainer Gai Waterhouse said the Millennium would be his next start. Ultra-successful vendor Mill Park Stud sold Dawn Passage at the 2018 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $150,000.
I Am Immortal appears to be pretty smart (pic: inglis.com.au)
Written By Gunning For Oakleigh PlateWed, 23 Jan 2019
The old horses for courses chestnut invariably holds some thruth to it, with Gr1 Blue Diamond hero Written By (Written Tycoon) one of the best current examples. From 5 starts at Caulfield, Written By has 5 wins, including the Blue Diamond, Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude and Gr3 Blue Sapphire Stakes. According to AAP, the classy colt has impressed trainer Grahame Begg with his performance in a jump-out at Caulfield ahead of his return to racing. Jordan Childs, who has ridden him in each of his 8 starts to date, was on board in Tuesday’s 800m heat. Closing in on $2 million in earnings, the $180,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier buy from Basinghall Farm is expected to take his first step towards the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate with his initial 2019 run on 2 February in the Listed W J Adams Stakes (1100m). Even though the distance might be a little sharp, Written By’s a jump and run commodity who should be able to dictate affairs if drawing reasonably. "He was very sharp out of the gates and he strode along,” enthused Begg. “He (Childs) just let him stride a little bit the last 300 metres because he's got to come back and run in ten days time.” Begg also revealed, "Jordan said he felt he was excellent in his action and was much stronger than last preparation."
Written By will resume in early February (pic: Mark Gatt)
Inglis Melbourne Premier Catalogue OnlineTue, 27 Nov 2018
Siblings to a Melbourne Cup winner, a Caulfield Cup winner and a Cox Plate winner headline an impressive catalogue for the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale in March. In total, 786 Lots have been catalogued for the sale, which will run for the four days of March 3-6. To view the catalogue, which is now available online, click on the image below. The Melbourne Premier Sale has produced some of Australia’s best racetrack performers of the past 12 months including Gr1-winning two-year-olds Written By (Blue Diamond Stakes) and Seabrook (Champagne Stakes), four-time Gr1 winner Santa Ana Lane and exciting three-year-old colt Ringerdingding. The catalogue is filled with quality, and features siblings to 73 Stakes winners – including eight Gr1 winners – such as Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time, Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker and Champagne Stakes winner Seabrook. There are also progeny of 84 Stakes-winning mares including Gr1 winners Universal Queen, Bel Mer, In The Gold, Linky Dink, Quintessential and Shuaily. With 120 sires represented including 22 First Crop Yearling Sires, the leading vendor by numbers is Supreme Thoroughbreds with 44 entries ahead of Maluka Thoroughbreds (31), Blue Gum Farm (30), Erinvale Thoroughbreds (27) and Rosemont Stud (25).
Seabrook's sibing is catalogued for Melbourne Premier (pic: Steve Hart)
Written By On Furlough Ahead Of Oakleigh TiltMon, 19 Nov 2018
Exceptional Victorian 3YO colt Written By, who finished a creditable fourth in the recent Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington, is currently spelling ahead of his Autumn campaign. According to AAP, the lightly raced former star juvenile, trained by Grahame Begg, will be targeted at the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield in February with a possible pipe-opener in the Rubiton Stakes two weeks prior. The setting is significant for Written By who has shown a love for Caulfield, winning the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes last season as a 2YO, and claiming back-to-back victories at the Melbourne circuit prior to his last start among four wins at the track. The valuable colt is expected to return to Begg’s stable in early December.
Off Radar 3YO Looming Large For CoolmoreFri, 19 Oct 2018
Approaching this year's Gr1 Golden Slipper, there were plenty of pundits convinced Written By was the best horse going into the race. While he mightn't have handled the soft conditions at Rosehill, the record still reflects that the Grahame Begg-trained colt finished a more than credible fourth, beaten less than 2-lengths. Begg immediately sent his Gr1 Blue Diamond hero to the spelling paddock where, during a period of a myriad emerging boom 3YOs, he seemingly slipped a little off the radar. Two runs back for the chestnut colt and nobody is taking him for granted anymore. Wednesday's powerful win in Caulfield's Gr3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m), following a narrow victory on return over 1000m, was the hallmark of a colt who has unfinished business in the Spring. For Begg, that opportunity will come in the stallion-making Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on 3 November. The big 3YO sprint on Victoria Derby Day will feature a stellar cast, but they will have their work cut out to topple Written By who bookmakers have quickly elevated to the top of the market, ahead of Zousain, Sunlight and Encryption. Now 6 from 7, and not fully wound up, the son of Written Tycoon will tighten up considerably with another fortnight between runs.
Blue Diamond winner Written By (pic: Mark Gatt)
Written By Wins Gr3 Blue Sapphire StakesThu, 18 Oct 2018
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At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Woodside Park's Gr2-winning stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Written By (Written Tycoon-Yau Chin, by Tobougg) showed his class when scoring a comfortable 1.25 length win in the $350,000 Gr3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Encryption & Tony Nicconi. Written By, whose female line traces to No Finer, the dam of multiple stakes winners including Gr1 Australian Guineas winner and outstanding Waikato Stud sire Pins, advanced his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes, Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude for colts & geldings & Gr3 Pago Pago Stakes) from 7 starts for $1,706,500 in earnings. Bred by Hall of Fame trainer Neville Begg, Written By was retained to race after he was passed in shy of his reserve at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. He races in the familiar Begg family colours of black, white and red that were carried to Gr1 glory by former stable stars Bonanova and Monopolize. Trainer Grahame Begg said he would now head to the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 3 November. "He will have a jump-out up the straight at Flemington on Friday week and he will be spot-on for the Coolmore," Begg told racing.com.
Winx Joins Greats With Australian HOTY AwardMon, 8 Oct 2018
Champion racemare Winx, widely viewed as the best racehorse in the world, was crowned Australian Horse of the Year for the third time on Thursday night. The distinction elevates her to the same level achieved only twice in history before – by Black Caviar and Sunline, both also mares. Following Winx’s successful attempt to make it 28 straight races in Saturday’s Gr1 Turnbull Stakes (see above) and with a possible fourth Gr1 Cox Plate iin succession still to come, there is every chance the immortal daughter of Street Cry could win an unprecedented fourth HOTY award following the 2018-2019 season. Decided on a points-based system, below is a list of key 2017-2018 Australian award winners (with place-getters in brackets):
- Racehorse of the Year: Winx (Redzel; Happy Clapper)
- Champion Middle Distance: Winx (Happy Clapper; Humidor)
- Champion Two-Year-Old: Estijaab (Written By; Sunlight)
- Champion Three-Year-Old Filly: Shoals (Alizee; Unforgotten)
- Champion Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding: Trapeze Artist (Kementari; Ace High)
- Champion Sprinter: Redzel (Trapeze Artist; Redkirk Warrior)
- Champion Stayer: Rekindling (Who Shot Thebarman; Johannes Vermeer)
- Champion Jumper: Gold Medals (Self Sense; Wells)
Australian HOTY Finalists AnnouncedFri, 28 Sep 2018
The finalists for the Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards have been announced, reports racing.com. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday night, 4 October at the Forum Melbourne. The finalists for the major categories are:
- Champion 2YO - Estijaab, Seabrook, Sunlight, Written By, Oohood
- Champion 3YO Filly - Unforgotten, Shoals, Youngstar, Alizee, She Will Reign
- Champion 3YO Colt/Gelding - Trapeze Artist, Kementari, Ace High, Merchant Navy, Levendi
- Champion Sprinter - Trapeze Artist, Vega Magic, Redkirk Warrior, Redzel, Santa Ana Lane
- Champion Middle-Distance - Winx, Humidor, Gailo Chop, Tosen Stardom, Happy Clapper
- Champion Stayer - Rekindling, Johannes Vermeer, Almandin, Ace High, Who Shot Thebarman
Written By Returns in StyleMon, 24 Sep 2018
Gr1 winning colt Written By made a successful return to racing when winning the Skyline Education Foundation Plate (1000m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The son of Written Tycoon, who won four of his five starts as a 2YO including the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), will now head towards the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 3 November. "It's always in the back of your mind that they don't come back so it's a big relief," trainer Grahame Begg told racing.com. "He's thickened right up along the neck and he's taken that physical improvement. He's about 35 kilograms heavier than he was on Slipper Day. He's gone from a boy to a man." Begg added: "He's got about three-and-half-weeks to the Blue Sapphire and then a two-and-a-half week buffer into the Coolmore and that will be it for him this spring."
Written By (image: Mark Gatt)
Star Colt Primed for ReturnThu, 20 Sep 2018
Gr1 winning juvenile Written By will make his eagerly awaited return to racing in the Skyline Education Foundation Plate (1000m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The son of Woodside Park Stud's champion Victorian stallion Written Tycoon established himself as one of the best of his generation in the autumn, winning four of his five starts highlighted by a brilliant win in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield. The striking chestnut colt's juvenile campaign ended with a close-up fourth in the Golden Slipper where the rain affected track blunted his turn of foot. Well aware that his young stable star had endured a busy campaign, trainer Grahame Begg gave him a long spell with a view to targeting the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington in November. "He had a good break and we've had a pretty faultless preparation so far," Begg told Sky Sports Radio. "We were very conscious that he had had a busy 2YO season and young horses need time to rejuvenate. We thought he did a pretty damn good job so we gave him a really long break." Begg added: "We had a good think about where we were going to head to in the spring and it was a bit of a no brainer to target the Coolmore." Begg says Written By has lost none of his ability and expects him to run a bold race fresh. "The form lines around him are excellent," he said. "He will run very well. He is a very competitive horse, but there is plenty of improvement left in him." He added: "I thought 1000 metres would be the perfect way to start, then its a few weeks to the Blue Sapphire and another two weeks to the Coolmore."
Written By (image: Mark Gatt)
Smoke Where There's Fire In RosebudFri, 10 Aug 2018
Tomorrow's Listed Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens is all over bar the shouting if Plague Stone runs up to his short quote. A winter in the paddock can do marvellous things for young horses, and there are quite a few runners with serious formlines making their returns in this race that could prove a real handful. Outrageous is among the top ten in Caulfield Guineas calculations, and where there's smoke there's normally fire. Gr1-placed in the Sires Produce at long odds, he was less than 3-lengths behind Seabrook in the Gr1 Champagne Stakes. Sandbar obviously warrants respect after being beaten only 4-lengths in the Golden Slipper and a neck by Written By in the Pago Pago. Legend of Condor charged to the line in his trial earlier this week, and the Sun Stud-owned colt is another with solid form around high class juveniles. One can also make a strong case for recent Wyong maiden winner Oxford Tycoon who was only a length off winning both the Lonhro Stakes and Skyline Stakes from his only two prior runs.
Legend Of Condor charged late in his trial (pic: Steve Hart)