The old saying “odds on, look on” could well have applied to Written Tycoon 3YO, Smasher, at Doomben yesterday.
As the Robert Heathcote trained youngster was lining up for the Yellowglen QTIS 3YO Handicap over 1110m, he went as short as $1.26 (around 9/2 on under the old scale) before ‘blowing out’ to $1.30, but as track watchers will tell you, the 12 barrier over that distance at Doomben is far from ideal … rumour has it, they’ve only won one from that draw in about three years.
What’s more, Smasher was having his first start – never a huge plus when you have to navigate extra territory.
That said, keen track watchers would have noted Smasher had a won a jump out a few weeks back, beating home a colt called Sizzling who promptly won the Listed Gold Edition a few days later.
So, while Smasher’s eventual winning margin of a mere panel wasn’t that remarkable in the scheme of things, everything leading up to it certainly was and word is that he’s right up to black type.
Heathcote later told owners that jockey, Michael Cahill, reckons he would have won by six if Smasher had jumped from 1 or 2, and particularly liked the way he booted straight to the front, relaxed, and then found plenty when asked.
Confident that he’ll get out to 1400m or a mile, Smasher is likely to have just one more run before being tipped out – after all, winter is coming!