Woodside Park stallion Written Tycoon upstaged the Hunter Valley heavyweights when his champion colt Capitalist captured the G1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
It was the first Golden Slipper win by a sire standing in Victoria since the 1970s when Showdown and Century provided winners.
Capitalist is one of 15 stakes winners by Written Tycoon and his first at Group 1 with no doubt many more to come.
Victorian sires dominated Australia’s premier breed-shaping race courtesy of Capitalist and Artie Schiller colt Flying Artie who finished third. They took control after Victorian bred filly Sweet Sherry (Bel Esprit) looked likely to cause an upset at the furlong only to fade in the final stages.
“They went fast and we got a great run along the fence,” jubilant jockey Blake Shinn said.
“I let Flying Artie cross me and he settled so well. He sprinted hard when I took a gap and really hit the line.”
Written Tycoon has the Australian 2YO sires’ premiership all sewn up with earnings of $3.5 million. Capitalist sent him to the top of the table after the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and propelled him out of sight following the Golden Slipper.
Woodside Park congratulated its clients on social media for supporting Written Tycoon: “Dreams do come true. There’s no better feeling. We have the Group 1 now and it’s a real one!”
Capitalist (2c Written Tycoon – Kitalpha by Fusaichi Pegasus) was a short-priced favourite for the Golden Slipper after his Magic Millions triumph but blew out to double figures after a last-start defeat in the G2 Todman Stakes.
“He’s a superior colt and we’ve always had faith in him,” trainer Peter Snowden said.
“It wasn’t a bad a run in the Todman and he got over that muscle soreness in a couple of days. I won a Golden Slipper for Sheikh Mohammed with Sepoy but to do it with Paul and my family is amazing.”
All up, Written Tycoon had eight winners around Australia and New Zealand over the weekend including the Mick Kent trained Written in the $100,000 Bendigo Gold Bracelet (1400m) and Luna Rossa, an very promising Murray Baker trained two-year-old, at Trentham in NZ.
The Woodside Park sire has had a phenomenal 34 wins in the past 30 days with the next best sire during this period sitting on just 22 wins.