Valuable colt can write another Group 1 chapter

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Talk of life after racing for the valuable Written By (Written Tycoon) has until now been put on the backburner, but it’s certain to be back as a hot topic if the 3-year-old races up to expectations at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

As the only Group 1 winning colt by his hugely successful sire currently in training, last season’s Blue Diamond S., victor will step out in the G1 Keogh Homes William Reid S. with further success putting stud farms back on the trail of the chestnut.

“There has been quite a bit of interest in him,” trainer Grahame Begg said. “We put that to one side, but no doubt they’d all be back if he won.

“We haven’t done any deal yet. It will take care of itself at the right time.”

“We haven’t done any deal yet. It will take care of itself at the right time.” – Grahame Begg.

Begg trained the colt’s sire to win the G2 Todman S. and Written By is also very much a family horse and was bred by his father Neville, who races him with family members. He is out of Yau Chin (Tobougg {Ire}), who was a minor winner after she was purchased by Begg senior for $3000 at the Inglis Scone Yearling Sale.

Written By

“We had a full brother to Written By who died. He jumped a fence and broke his back and he was a cracker too,” Grahame Begg said.

“The mare’s got a yearling colt by Fiorente and she’s now in foal to Zoustar.”

“The mare’s got a yearling colt by Fiorente and she’s now in foal to Zoustar.” – Grahame Begg.

She is out of a winning Umatilla (NZ) mare from the family of Pins (Snippets), who won the G1 Australian Guineas before a hugely successful career at Waikato Stud until his death last year from colic complications.

Pins sired nine individual Group 1 winners and twice won the Centaine Award for the leading New Zealand-based sire for global progeny earnings. He was also champion Hong Kong sire twice, producing dual Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon (NZ) and champion sprinter Aerovelocity (NZ).

The Begg family also has Take A Selfie (Time Thief), an older half-sister to Written By who was a winner and placed four times from 12 starts.

“She’s in foal to Manhattan Rain and I guess the next step would be to get her in foal to Written Tycoon,” Begg said.

“She’s in foal to Manhattan Rain and I guess the next step would be to get her in foal to Written Tycoon.” - Grahame Begg.

The winner of three of his four starts last season and fourth in the G1 Golden Slipper S., Written By successfully resumed in the spring before adding the G3 Blue Sapphire S. to his record and then finished fourth in the G1 Coolmore Stud S.

Watch: Written By winning the G1 Blue Diamond S.

He then finished runner-up against the older horses in the Listed Adams S. and last time out finished a close sixth in the G1 Lightning S. at Flemington.

“He was less than two and a-half lengths off the winner,” Begg said. “He seems to have been a bit forgotten, a lot can write them off quickly.”

He elected to bypass the G1 Newmarket H. to avoid a return to the straight course at Flemington.

“He’s in really good shape and had a look around the Valley last week and he’s had a trial.” – Grahame Begg.

“We decided to wait for this race to get him back around a bend,” Begg said. “He’s in really good shape and had a look around the Valley last week and he’s had a trial.

“He enjoyed his trip out to the Valley last week and had a good solid gallop. He got to chase one and did a good, solid piece of work so it worked out well.”

Plans beyond Friday are yet to be locked in with the weather likely to be a determining factor.

“He’s entered in everything, but it’s up in the air with the wet tracks in Sydney,” Begg said. “He’s much better on top of the ground so we’ll be weighing up the options after Friday. We’re in no rush.”