Living up to his reputation as a foolproof racehorse, Written By jumped to the front and made every post a winner in Wednesday’s $350,000 Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
Perfectly rated by regular rider Jordan Childs, the son of Written Tycoon fought off the challenge of Tony Nicconi when turning for home before safely holding the challenge of Group 2 Danehill Stakes winner Encryption (Lonhro) by a length and a quarter with Tony Nicconi (Nicconi) a further two and three-quarter lengths back in third.
Winner of the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes over the same course and distance last season, Written By advances his record to six wins from seven starts with earnings of $1,713,500.
His only defeat came when fourth behind Estijaab in the Group 1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens on March 24.
Winning trainer Grahame Begg said the chestnut will head to the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes where he will most likely meet Encryption again.
“He’s got a very high cruising speed and I said to Jordy use it to your advantage. He’s got a good understanding of the horse and lets him roll,” Beggs said.
“He is off to the Coolmore in two and a half weeks. He will have a jump out at Flemington Friday week which will give him a look at the straight. We’ve left a little bit of juice in the orange; he is about 90 per cent right. He’s starting to get a cresty neck on him, thickening up and growing into a man.”
Jordan Childs, who has ridden Written By in all seven starts commented that “he just got a little bit agitated in the gates” taking him a bit longer to bring him back than normal. “But I didn’t get attacked so he had it pretty easy out in front. He gave a good kick, so he’s going well.”
Bred by Begg’s father Neville, Written By is a half-brother to three winners. He was consigned to the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale by Basinghall Farm and was retained to race when he didn’t make his deserved $200,000 reserve.
Written By is out of the winning Tobougg mare Yau Chin, who was purchased by Neville Begg for just $3,000 at the 2007 Scone Yearling Sale.
Yau Chin has a two-year-old brother to Written By and a yearling colt by Sun Stud’s Fiorente (IRE) who has already been named Wise Dragon.
Written By adds the first black-type in five generations, dating back to the Kaoru Star mare No Finer a sister to the top-class racehorses Marceau, Zasu and Joy Love and the dam of four stakes winners including the Group 1 Australian Guineas winner and top-class sire Pins and the Group 2 Shannon Stakes winner Nips.