Connections of Paperboy in the Mounting Yard after winning the Seppelt Wines Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse on April 09, 2022 in Caulfield, Australia. (Jay Town/Racing Photos)

Popular Victorian stallions continued to provide winners over the weekend, which kicked off on Saturday when Written Tycoon’s son Paperboy continued his rejuvenated form under Cranbourne trainer Gavin Bedggood.
Since joining his stable at the start of the year, the six-year-old gelding has gone from being a handy country galloper to winning two of four of his starts for Bedggood at Caulfield. Paperboy has also finished second at Caulfield and Flemington.
Under Bedggood, the six-year-old gelding has picked up $163,150 in those four starts, which is a huge return on the $50,000 he paid for the horse, which was purchased privately for stable clients.
Paperboy has now raced 32 times for six wins, 10 seconds and two thirds for $351,390 in prizemoney.
Bedggood, a former jumps jockey who is developing into a talented trainer, has only ever previously trained one horse by Yulong stallion Written Tycoon. Allageri (Zolletta) won three consecutive races for Bedggood.
“Paperboy has been a good get,” he said.
“He was going to go online, and I thought he’d be worth between $40,000 and $50,000. I offered $50,000, and they took that.
“He has tripled his purchased price already. I suppose fifty grand seemed like a lot, and no one expected him to do what he’s done.”
Paperboy was originally offered for sale by Rosegate Park at the 2016 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale but was passed in on a $50,000 reserve.
The following year the horse was sold through Noor Elaine Farm’s draft for $40,000 at the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.
Noor Elaine Farm’s George Yannas recalls that Paperboy was an immature type when he was going through the yearling sale.
“He was on behalf of clients and wasn’t one of our horses and was out of a mare called Blue Simone (Dash For Cash x Carnatic).
“He was a smallish horse but was quite correct. He went through the second book at Adelaide. He has done really well.”
Yannas said the people at Rosegate Park continue to support Noor Elaine Farm’s stallion IIovethiscity (Magic Albert x Kensington Rose).
He said the stallion had always had a horse up in lights since he’d been at Noor Elaine but doesn’t at the moment.
“But he has got plenty of them on the ground at the moment, more than he has ever had,” Yannas said.
“Hopefully, one of them pops up and does something.
“He has had his three biggest books since he has been at the farm, and hopefully that translates, and sometimes it doesn’t, but we are hoping for a good one.”
The Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) winner joined the stallion roster at Noor Elaine Farm in 2018, serving 70 mares. His biggest book was 124 in 2020. He served 51 mares last season.
Yannas said it was tough going to get a good commercial stallion.
“I think the flag bearer in Victoria is Toronado and Shamus Award,” he said.
Scissor Step kept the city winners coming for Toronado with a first-up victory from a spell for Mathew Ellerton at Caulfield on Saturday. Out of Watch Your Step (Sepoy x Gypsy’s Best), the three-year-old gelding has won three races and had four minor placings from nine starts.
Scissor Step is raced by his Victorian breeder, Hesket Bloodstock.
The three-year-old finished third in the Bendigo VOBIS Gold Rush and The Showdown as a two-year-old.
Before going for his most recent spell, Scissor Step finished second, beaten half a length by Generation (Snitzel x Fontiton) in the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
And after four trials, the Victorian-bred Wonderful Warrior made a winning debut over 1000m at Sha Tin on Sunday after starting $1.60 favourite.
By Woodside Stud stallion Rich Enuff, the three-year-old gelding was sold for $150,000 at the 2020 Inglis Ready2Race Sale from the Leneva Park draft.
Bred by the Knight family, Wonderful Warrior is the second horse out of their broodmare Neon Bel (Bel Esprit x Sorell Creek) to race in Hong Kong.
Nordic Wellstar (Written Tycoon) was sold to Hong Kong after winning a trial by six lengths and then a Swan Hill maiden by 4.3 lengths when the now six-year-old raced as Latenighttoughguy.
The gelding managed only one second at Happy Valley in six starts in Hong Kong..