The Lee Freedman trained colt was competing against a tip top field and sat just off the pace until turning for home.
In a confident ride by Craig Williams, the Written Tycoon flyer strode to the lead over the final furlong and held off the challenges of favourite Emerald Downs and the fast finishing Delago’s Lad (Delago Brom).
Masthead, bred by Vintage Bloodstock in South Australia, has shown considerable promise since winning a trial last September but found trouble on debut when second at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day.
Masthead then ran fourth in the Maribyrnong Plate-G3 (beaten less than a length) before being turned out and, based on today’s performance, he has returned a much more mature campaigner.
Masthead is out of the winning Redoute’s Choice mare Balsamico, a running family which includes 2YO stakes winners Vintage Dance, Loving Cup and Fullazz.
Written Tycoon stands at Eliza Park and covered 198 mares last season at a fee of $6,600.
Although Masthead is Written Tycoon’s first winner from limited runners to date, he has also been represented by last Saturday’s Canonbury Stakes-LR runnerup Written Consent.
Masthead is now rated a $21 chance for the Blue Diamond Stakes-G1 and Delago’s Lad certainly didn’t do his Diamond chances any harm with his rollicking third.
|Masthead takes out the $250k Inglis 2YO. Photo by Taron Clarke|