Rob Horgan phoned on race eve to say that his Written Tycoon 3YO, Darebin, was having its first start and he’d be flying to Strathalbyn to have a look.
“Any chance, Rob?” … “Well, he’s been going OK in work but a bit ordinary out of the gates according to David (Jolly)”, Rob downplayed.
Paying $13 on the ‘billy goat’, an excited (and one assumes, somewhat wealthier) Rob went on to explain post race that “wouldn’t you believe it, he jumped with them”.
Not only did he match ‘em stride for stride early, Darebin stepped up a gear in the run home, scoring by a length and a half with plenty left in the tank.
Thanks Rob - my kids will just have to go hungry for another week!
Messrs Jolly and Horgan are now considering their options, but their Written Tycoon speedster – from the Pentire mare See How You Are – is bound to be seen in the city some time soon.
Named after the Darebin City Council and pronounced darra-bin (“I just liked the name”), Darebin is out of a half sister to Adelaide Cup-G1 winner The A Train and was picked up by Rob as a 2YO from breeder, Eliza Park.
Rob then left Darebin with Sue Ellis’ Racing Division to be broken in before he was sent west to Jolly.
If you’ll excuse the pun, it was a ‘jolly’ good result … Rob is one of racing’s nice guys and hopefully Darebin continues to kick goals for him.
Hoofnote: It was actually a two state double on Wednesday for Eliza Park’s Racing Division with another homebred in Medusa’s Miss (by Henny Hughes from the At Talaq mare, Cleopatra’s Girl) scoring in a thriller at Warwick Farm.
It was the filly’s third win (second win in the trot at the Farm) from only six outings and she too was educated at Eliza Park before re-locating to Kevin Moses’ stables in Sydney.