Phoenix Broodmare Farm maybe small but they are certainly mighty, claiming another top-end graduate sold from the Euroa based stud.
Damian Gleeson was thrilled when reports came in that Mission Tycoon was the surprise winner of the $10 million Hong Kong Classic Cup 1800 metres at Sha Tin on Sunday.
With a hot field including Queensland Derby winner Dark Dream and last start Hong Kong Classic Mile winner Furore, the talented Victorian bred four year-old by Written Tycoon led all the way to win by a length.
Considered a long shot by many, despite having finished second to Furore in the Classic Mile at his previous start, “A little bit surprised,” was how trainer Frankie Lor summed up the 91/1 shock win.
“We didn’t care about the odds. He ran well last time, he ran second,” said winning rider Derek Leung. “Today I was able to go forward without any pressure. Mission Tycoon switched off, and that’s why he was able to finish at the end.”
Frankie Lor will now look to the 2000 metre BMW Hong Kong Derby on March 17 for Mission Tycoon, the third and final leg of the Four-year-old Classic Series.
Mission Tycoon was a $50,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the Phoenix Broodmare Farm draft for Inglis as agent and started his career in Australia with Mark Newnham winning his only two starts at Newcastle and Kembla in the spring of 2017 before a career in Hong Kong beckoned.
Gleeson remembers the colt very well and is as surprised as anyone what a tremendous racehorse Mission Tycoon has become.
“He has certainly turned out to be quite the bargain. There is a lot of talk about small horses at the moment, but he was the opposite, he was a very big yearling, and was unfortunately bagged out because of it. He was a very nice horse, and correct – just too big,” Gleeson said.
“He didn’t like to exert himself in the paddock, and he didn’t show very much in trackwork, but once he was in a race, he found his feet. It seems he likes the big stage and Hong Kong must suit him, as since heading north he has been ultra-consistent through the grades for four wins and four placings from 11 starts.”
Mission Tycoon was bred by the Tobin Family, Anthony and Phillip from the Keiwa Valley. Loyal, long time clients of Phoenix Broodmare Farm, they have bred many good gallopers including horses such as Drawn.
Mission Tycoon clocks up the 27th stakes-winner for Woodside Park’s flagship sire Written Tycoon and is the best of three winners from three runners for Lakemba Gold, who comes from the family of triple Group 1 winner Drawn. Unfortunately, Lakemba Gold died foaling in 2017, and her last foal is a yearling filly by Fighting Sun.
Phoenix Broodmare Farm has also been cheering home recently the Griffiths trained, talented son of Magnus, Halvorsen, Group 3 winner Princess Posh and coming up in the Blue Diamond this week their graduate – the son of Unencumbered, Free of Debt.
A $30,000 purchase for Chris Beig from Phoenix Broodmare Farm’s Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale draft, Free of Debt was bred by Greta West Stud. Including the Three Bridges team, there will be no doubt a few proud Victorian breeders cheering him home in the Diamond on Saturday.