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Top colt on his best behaviour

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Written by Paul Vettise

The covers have come off the 3-year-old version of outstanding colt Written By (Written Tycoon) and he received gold stars on two fronts on his seasonal return.

The winner of the G1 Blue Diamond S., in the autumn, he delivered a smart performance on his return at Caulfield on Saturday when he gave weight and a beating to his age group rivals in the Skyline Education Foundation Plate.

Not only did Written By remain unbeaten in three appearances on the course, he also earned top marks from trainer Grahame Begg for his behaviour.

“They were hiking along and he was giving them three and a-half kilos,” he said. “He will take great benefit from that. He’s trained on very well and matured during his break.

“He’s been very cool, calm and collected, in the past he’s tended to get very excitable.” – Grahame Begg.

“He’s been very cool, calm and collected, in the past he’s tended to get very excitable. His manners have been impeccable.”

Written By cleared the gates quickly to sit in the trail and was eased clear at the top of the before hitting the front 200 metres from home. He had enough in reserve to see off the late run of Gytrash (Lope De Vega {FR}).

“We were never looking at the Golden Rose or the Guineas,” Begg said. “This race was the right distance (1000 metres), the right time frame and the set weights and penalties suits him.

Written By was cool, calm and collected before winning at Caulfield

“He goes great at Caulfield and it’s well-mapped out – he’ll go to the Blue Sapphire on October 17 and then in to the Coolmore,” Begg said.

“He goes great at Caulfield and it’s well-mapped out – he’ll go to the Blue Sapphire on October 17 and then in to the Coolmore.” – Grahame Begg.

Regular rider Jordan Childs echoed all Begg’s comments and said they always had the race under control.

“He’s not fully wound up and needed the run. He did everything right and I just kept him out of trouble. I’m looking forward to the rest of the spring, he’s definitely matured and is a class horse.”

Written By was bred by Begg’s father, former Group 1 winning trainer Neville, and has come from humble beginnings, at least on his dam’s side.

He originally bought Yau Chin (Tobougg {IRE}) for $3000 at the Inglis Scone Sale and she is from the family of Pins (Snippets). Written By failed to meet his $200,000 reserve at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and Begg senior placed the colt with his son, who was then making comeback to training after taking a break in 2014.

Written By as a yearling