Just like Grahame Begg followed his father Neville in becoming a highly successful Group 1 trainer, a Written Tycoon colt is following a similar pattern.
Grahame trained the Champion sire – now standing at Woodside Park – to a Group 2 win. Now he has an immensely talented son on his hands in the form of Saturday’s Sandown juvenile winner Written By.
And just to tie all of the narrative together, the youngster was bred by none other than Neville Begg!
Written By was on debut at Sandown when he claimed the $100,000 two-year-old contest, which also carried a lucrative $35,000 in winning VOBIS bonuses for the Beggs.
In the same colours Written Tycoon wore in his victories, the two-year-old found his footing in the heavy going, switched on and hit the line strongly, demonstrating the well above-average natural ability.
“My dad bought the mare from of the Scone Yearling sale for only $2000, and we raced her. He is very quirky with his pedigrees, so he must have been up to something,” Grahame said.
“Before we retired her to breed, she ended up being a multiple city-placed mare, and every foal she has produced that has gone to the races has been a winner.
“His half-brother Il Divo is a very handy galloper running in stakes races between 1800 metres and 2200 metres over the spring, and this colt is more forward at two than him.”
Trainer Begg had aspirations of running Written By during the recent Spring Carnival, however a need to iron out some early barrier antics put paid to those early goals.
“He’s a naturally gifted horse, but very high spirited. He’s got a few little quirks with him, so we just needed to get his attitude right and perfect his barrier skills,” Begg said.
Although tempted to head to Sydney for the $500,000 Inglis Nursery race in two weeks, Begg has decided to finish the preparation on a high note.
“He has been in work since the middle of July, so he has done a brilliant job of getting through to December. Luckily he is a terrific little doer and full marks to him.”
“We have popped him in the paddock now, and will focus on his education and getting him right to contest some nice two-year-old races in the autumn,” he said.
After Written By’s sire Written Tycoon made his impressive winning debut at Randwick in 2005, he went on to win the Group 2 Todman Stakes before stakes placings as a three-year-old in the San Domenico Stakes and the Canterbury Classic.
“He was a great horse Written Tycoon, and was probably one of the most natural horses I’ve ever trained as far as ability goes,” Begg said.
“This colt (Written By) is a typical roll-forward sort of horse, a natural athlete. He has got good gate speed, and he wants to be a racehorse.”
A half-brother to three winners, Written By was consigned to the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale by Basinghall Farm where he was passed in.
Out of the winning Tobougg mare Yau Chin, he stems from the family of Kaoru Star mare No Finer, a sister to the top-class racehorses Marceau, Zasu and Joy Love and the dam of four stakes winners including the Group 1 Australian Guineas and top-class sire Pins and the Group II Shannon Stakes winner Nips.
“Unfortunately we lost the (current) Written Tycoon yearling, through a paddock accident only a couple of months ago. Dad had just gone up to see him. He was a cracking little horse too. Dad was just devastated. It makes this win by Written By even more special now.”
“The mare has a lovely Fiorente colt and will stay in NSW to breed this year, but next year I would be thinking she will be coming back to Victoria and going to Written Tycoon!,” Begg said.