Hall Of Fame trainer Neville Begg has had a lot of thrills in his 87 years, but few rank higher than breeding and racing Saturday’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Written By.
Written By (Written Tycoon x Yau Chin) emphatically franked himself as Victoria’s best 2YO with the dominant Blue Diamond win, giving Begg his first 2YO Group 1 winner as a breeder/owner and his trainer son Grahame another top-level success.
“It’s so exciting and it’s an especially great result for Grahame,’’ Neville Begg said.
“I’ve been breeding horses for 50 years I’d say but to get my first 2YO Group 1 with one I’ve bred is a big thrill for me and Yvonne and the family.
The win by the son of Written Tycoon was the first by a Victorian sired juvenile since 2004 when the champion filly Alinghi took out the State’s premier 2YO race. Alinghi was the daughter of then Blue Gum Farm based Encosta De Lago. Her victory though contributed to the star sire relocating north that year to Coolmore in the Hunter Valley.
Comments in the past by Woodside Park principal Mark Rowsthorn would indicate there is a snow flake’s chance in hell of his champion sire leaving his Tylden base for pastures north of the Murray River.
Written By is now an $8 chance with tab.com.au for the Group 1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill on March 24 with trainer Graham Begg saying the colt is a 50/50 proposition for the race.
Neville Begg purchased Written By’s mother Yau Chin from the Scone Select Yearling Sale for $3000 in 2007. Written By is her fourth foal to race, and all are winners. Unfortunately, the next foal of the mare’s, also a Written Tycoon colt, died as a result of a paddock accident last year.
Written By is a product of last year’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, where he was offered by Nagambie’s Basinghall Farm.
Basinghall’s Tas Rielley was amazed with the result.
“It’s just such a thrill to have some small part in this success,’’ Rielley said.
“He wasn’t the biggest horse at the sale, but I tell you what, he must have a big heart because he won that so well.
“We’ve got another Written Tycoon colt in our Premier draft this year, again not a huge fellow, but it would be nice to think he could be the next Written By.’’ Full details at inglis.com.au.
All up, there are 47 progeny of Written Tycoon catalogued for next week’s Premier Sale.
Any vendor with one of those will certainly be thanking the Begg family for that extra bid or five they may get for their prized yearling!
Excerpts from Inglis