Monday, November 7, 2011


Throughout the 4-day Melbourne Cup carnival, 49 stallions were represented by black type horses, but only 15 – from a virtual well of thousands – managed multiple success.
Special mention of course goes to Wanted’s sire, Fastnet Rock, whose fillies Mosheen (VRC Oaks-G1) and Atlantic Jewel (VRC Wakeful Stakes-G2) were backed up by four other stakes performers, but Eliza Park’s Champion First Season Sire, Written Tycoon, also put his best hoof forward over the week.
The highly promising 2YO filly Alezan Thunder (ex. Elysian Thunder by Thunder Gulch) got the ball rolling with a smart third in the Emirates Airlines Stakes-LR on Cup Day before Robbie Laing’s 2YO colt, Andre Roo Hoo (ex. Solar Song by Flying Spur) was very impressive on debut when second in the Maribyrnong Plate-G3 on the final day.
Still, it was perhaps the rise and rise of Terry & Karina O’Sullivan’s Tykook (below) that rates the most mention with her victory in the Sportingbet Handicap (1000m) at Morphettville on Saturday – the 3YO filly’s second win on the trot at Adelaide’s headquarters.
Tykook (ex. Takook by Keltrice) has now won three from seven and only been out of the money once – on a bog track back in May.
Don’t be surprised if she makes her way across the border some time soon.

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