If you’ll excuse the pun, Written Tycoon is rapidly gaining prestige throughout South East Asia.
Certainly the Champion Australian First Season Sires’ stocks have grown considerably across the Tasman in recent weeks via the deeds of Roger James flyer, Prestigious Miss, who is now shaping as one of the finest 3YO fillies in New Zealand.
A winner as a 2YO in June, Prestigious Miss grabbed the eye (and some black type) with a brilliant third to Anabandana in the Gold Trail Stakes-G3 at Hawkes Bay in mid September.
It was a super run given that she was still running last well into the straight and was peeling ground off them with every stride at the finish.
New Zealand’s Champion 2YO with dual Group One victories, Anabandana has now won her last five on the trot.
However, but it was Prestigious Miss’ second to Antonio Lombardo in Saturday’s Hawkes Bay Guineas-G2 that has really put the stamp on her potential.
Prestigious Miss was shuffled back in the run and seven lengths to make up in the run home and didn’t really see daylight until the final furlong. Super effort when you consider Antonio Lombardo is probably NZ’s finest colt.
But it’s not only Prestigious Miss flying the flag for her sire. The aptly named Masthead produced a cracking effort in the Urbis Roman Consul Stakes-G2 to just miss by a head behind hot favourite, Foxwedge.
The banner horse for Written Tycoon as a juvenile, Masthead has furnished into an athletic 3YO whose two runs this season have produced a fourth (beaten less than two lengths) behind Sepoy in the Danehill Stakes-G2 at Flemington and Saturday’s second at Randwick.
Written Tycoon’s other recent highlights include Trump and Peter Morgan’s promising youngster, Printed, but it’s also the ‘form’ of runners in South East Asia that could prove to be very timely.
Speedy filly Xicar won at her most recent outing in Korea, scooting away to score over 1300m, while in early September, Power Tycoon (below), scored in thrilling fashion over 1050m at Taipa in Macau.