The Written Tycoon gelding Despatch jumped to the front and made every post a winner in the $750,000 Group 1 Goodwood over 1200 metres at Morphettville on Saturday.
Giving the Woodside Park Stud poster boy his seventh Group 1 winner, it was the fourth consecutive win for the Tony McEvoy-trained gelding who advances his record to seven wins from 11 starts with earnings of $954,105.
“What a courageous performance,” McEvoy exclaimed post-race. “He led today, which wasn’t really our plan. I told Todd (Pannell) to ride him where he was comfortable. He took it up and what a fantastic performance. Gee this horse has come a long way, he’s a really bright sprinter. This means everything to me. It is a time-honoured race in South Australia.”
With the Stradbroke still on the radar, a decision is yet to be made, with a possibility of waiting for the spring to see Dispatch in his next campaign.
Pin-hooked by Baramul Stud’s Paul and Amanda Thompson for $40,000 out of the Woodside Park draft at the 2015 National Weanling Sale Select Session, the son of Written Tycoon was consigned by Baramul Stud to the 2016 Adelaide Yearling Sale where she was knocked down to McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $195,000.
Foaled and raised at Woodside Park Stud, he is the fourth and final foal out of the three-time Sydney winner Zoccoletta (Fasliyev) who is a daughter of the smart race mare Vita (Thunder Gulch), a Group 3 AJC Fernhill Handicap winner.
Despatch joins the likes of Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes-winner Capitalist, Music Magnate, this year’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate winner Booker and the Widden Stud-bound first-season sire Written By, as elite-level winners for the sire.
While another son of Written Tycoon Tyzone is likely to be given his chance at the highest level in next month’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap, after coming from near last to take out Saturday’s Group 3 BRC Sprint at Doomben.
Trained on the Gold Coast by Toby Edmonds, the nature of Tyzone’s victory has given his trainer confidence that the five-year-old is a genuine chance in the $1.5 million contest.
“I think (Saturday’s win) put to bed anyone’s concern about him running out the trip,” Edmonds said after Tyzone unleashed a powerful finish to win by one and three-quarter lengths.
Tyzone has now won 16 of his 31 starts for prize-money earnings of $643,125, not bad for a $60,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Horses in Training Sale.
Tyzne is one of three winners for triple winner, the Hussonet mare Rezonet. A half-sister to the stakes-placed Spirited Eagle (Not A Single Doubt), Rezonet has a weanling three-quarter sister to Tyzone by Winning Rupert (Written Tycoon), while she was covered by Capitalist (Written Tycoon) on Christmas Day last year.