Significantly, Written Tycoon was the only first season sire with a runner in this year’s Golden Slipper!
In touch with the leaders throughout, yet baulked for a run in the closing stages, Masthead fought on strongly to finish on the heels of third placed Elite Falls: an outstanding effort.
Sent out a $43.70 hope, Masthead was something of a ‘forgotten’ horse in the Slipper, considering his lead up performances. The Lee Freedman-trained speedster ran second on debut at Moonee Valley (behind Elite Falls), after a troubled run home, and was then beaten less than a length when fourth in the Maribyrnong Plate-G3 at Flemington in November before being tipped out for a spell.
Returning in mid February, Masthead powered home for a brilliant win in the $250,000 Inglis 2YO at Mornington, ran third to eventual Slipper winner Sepoy in the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes after being forced wide and, in his final Slipper leadup, copped a bump when fourth in the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes-G2 on 12 March.
But Masthead is not the only Written Tycoon to put the runs on the board with the stakes placed Written Consent and city winner, Trump, also contributing to the cause.
Although the $190,000 stake for Masthead’s fourth has vaulted Written Tycoon clear of the first season opposition, the flashy chestnut was in the lead prior to the Slipper.
A very popular stallion since retiring to Eliza Park in 2007, Written Tycoon has covered 521 mares (his biggest book of 198 in 2010) and will again be in huge demand this spring.
|Golden Slipper fourth Masthead wins the $250k Inglis 2YO at Mornington|