TBV has produced the Victoria to Victory series highlighting Group 1 stars of Victorian breeding. Here is the story and video about Written By and his early days at Nagambie’s Basinghall Farm…
Nagambie’s Basinghall Farm, the operation of Tas and Julie Rielley, can proudly lay claim to raising one of the highest profile racehorses of recent times, Written By.
And the star Blue Diamond winner looks set for a huge spring with the stallion making Coolmore Stud Stakes his absolute target.
Bred by Hall Of Fame trainer Neville Begg and his wife Yvonne, the handsome son of Written Tycoon arrived at Basinghall with his Tobougg (Ire) dam Yau Chin at the tender age of just 22 days.
Yau Chin was bred back to Written Tycoon and they remained at the Nagambie nursery where the colt thrived, enjoying the lush pastures and mild climate.
“He was a lovely looking foal, with a great backend and shoulder, and a touch of arrogance, not boisterous, but certainly adventurous,” Tas Rielley said.
“Each season we foal down 80 to 100 mares, and you see a lot of nice foals, but when one goes on like this, with four out of five wins at the top end, it’s very special.”
The Written Tycoon colt then entered the Basinghall yearling preparation regime. And what a regime that is!
Reward for Effort, Littorio and I’ll Have A Bit are just some of the superstars that have come through the Basinghall school of yearlings.
Presented under the Basinghall banner or the 2017 Melbourne Premier Yearling sale, Written By attracted attention at Oaklands Junction. But Neville Begg, an astute judge of horseflesh, backed his judgment to place a $200,000 reserve on the colt who passed in just shy at $180,000.
“He was a very pretty horse, and he received plenty of positive attention out at the complex, but Neville set his price and was certainly not going to budge,” Rielley said.
Happy to take him home and race the striking colt themselves, Neville sent him down to his son on the Mornington Peninsula, trainer Grahame Begg. It was not long after he was broken in, that the promising reports started arriving.
The outstanding career of the son of Written Tycoon to date includes convincing wins in four of his five career starts for earnings of $1,409,000.
Having won the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (colts and geldings) two weeks earlier, all eyes were on the exciting unbeaten colt on one of racing’s biggest days at Caulfield.
When Matt Hill called “what a Victory” in the 2018 Blue Diamond, Written By had managed to overcome a wide barrier draw to dominate the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes with a compelling win by two and a half lengths over his competitors.
He then returned after a short freshen up to win the Group 3 Pago Pago in Sydney, with his final start for the season being the pinnacle Golden Slipper. Not to disappoint, he was a gallant fourth, and the first colt over the line in a brilliant field.
“We are just so pleased that Neville at the end of such a successful racing career has another really good horse to enjoy in his 80s. It will be great to see how he has matured, as I’m sure he has a lot more to go yet,” Rielley said.
“With Written By to aim at the highly competitive Coolmore Stud Stakes, we congratulate the Begg family on Written By’s brilliant career so far, and we will all be closely following this wonderful colt’s exciting spring campaign ahead.”