We don’t mean to bitch, but how unlucky was WRITTEN TYCOON on Saturday?
Masthead fronted the starter as favourite in the $300,000 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes-G2 at Flemington and was caught near the rear of the field, turning for home three wide.
His jockey couldn’t buy a run in the straight but finished hard on the heels of the third horse and is clearly a very good horse in the making.
With earnings of $110,250, he is currently 10th on the order of entry for the Golden Slipper.
And although Written Consent is now 35th in line for a Slipper start, his run was no less impressive in the $125,000 Jim Beam Skyline Stakes-G3 at Warwick Farm, when sixth behind Uate.
If you were Grahame Begg, chances are you went home and had a couple of Jim Beams after the race: also caught well back in the running, Written Consent was stopped in his tracks at a vital stage but closed late to finish less than three panels from the winner.
Still, we’re not complaining too much … Written Tycoon is still $100k+ ahead on the First Season Sires’ chart but it could easily have been $400k+.