Above: Dirty Work wins the G2 Schillaci Stakes – image Pat Scala / Racing Photos

Talented four year-old Written Tycoon stallion Dirty Work has been progressing his way through the grades this year and claimed his biggest win at Caulfield on Saturday when scorching home from last to win the Group II MRC Schillaci Stakes (1100m).

Prepared by Team Hawkes, he closed out last season with three consecutive wins including a Listed victory, but this time Dirty Work has been mixing it with the A graders.

Third to Gytrash in the Group III ATC Concorde Stakes and then a close fourth to Classique Legend in the Group II ATC The Shorts, Dirty Work looked well placed back in Melbourne and did best in a driving finish to win by a short head.

An $800,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Sledmere Stud draft for Spendthrift Australia, Dirty Work has the overall record of five wins and four placings from 16 starts with earnings topping $420,000.

Above: Dirty Work was a stunning yearling!

Being raced by Spendthrift a future at stud is the primary concern and co-trainer Wayne Hawkes believes Dirty Work has all the right attributes.

“He’s a stallion now, I Am Invincible didn’t win a Group I race and he’s the best stallion in the country,” said Hawkes.

“He’s a belting looking horse with a beautiful attitude.”

Bred by Rifa Mustang, Dirty Work is the first winner for metro winning Maidel, a half-sister by Ad Valorem (USA) to Group III winner Gamay and stakes-winner Meidung, the dam of Group II winner Banish.

Maidel is in foal to Written Tycoon’s Golden Slipper winning son Capitalist.

Dirty Work is the sixth stakes-winner this season for Written Tycoon, who is fully booked at Arrowfield Stud this spring.

Article courtesey of Breednet