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Written By to Widden

Written By, the brilliant two year old winner of the Blue Diamond Stakes, will stand at Widden Stud this season, in the Widden Valley of New South Wales.

Owned by the Begg family of Sydney, and trained by Graham Begg at Caulfield, the colt will take on stud duties in the forthcoming breeding season that commences in September.

He is going to let down into a very nice horse, a sparkling chestnut, there is a lot to like about him, he was passed in at auction for $65,000, obviously there must have been a blackout, or someone was having forty winks.

Entires are being put to stud much earlier, the emphasis now is on youth, Written By is the example and there are others, Merchant Navy, Flying Artie , Capitalist and Winning Rupert, all former good two year olds.

There is no demand for horses with staying pedigrees any longer; it’s all about a quick return, and the shorter the races have become it suits all concerned.  

By today’s standards Written By has done enough, he a has better than a fifty per cent winning strike rate, not every sire can boast that, he will get the opportunity that he deserves and above all, he is retiring at the right time of the year before the winter sets in.

He is in his third year, which is not uncommon; it is practiced abroad, particularly in France with a great deal of success.

Written By won 6 races from 11starts, a number of successful sires to win the race include Redoute’s Choice, Sepoy, Bel Esprit, Reward For Effort, and Hurricane Sky.

His dam, Vau Chin, has an unusual double cross in her pedigree as her sire line Tobougg, dam line third remove is Hopespringseternal, and the third dam on her male line is also Hopespringseternal.

Written By 138 Jack MobileWritten By winning the Blue Diamond Stakes


BOSS the Boss

Drawing 21 in a field of 21 didn’t concern Glen Boss, he took it all in his stride, he has no nerves, or they were not showing.

The only drawback was he was in Singapore and he had to get to Randwick to ride Brutal in the $3 million Doncaster Handicap, and the horse had drawn 21 at the gate.

One of the part owners asked “what’s the plan? “ Michael Hawkes said we have just paid Boss $8,000, he came out first class and he going back business class.”

Boss was as cool as a cucumber, he has been there before, he had ridden six Doncaster’s winners previously, and this was going to be number seven.

He had no doubt that Brutal would be out of trouble from the outside, Boss gave him a great ride, the horse jumped cleanly and had an uninterrupted run.

It was the perfect ride, he sat outside of Dreamforce for most of the trip until it was time to get busy, it was nearly an armchair ride, the colt was very impressive .

Brutal - Glen Boss 214 Jack MobileBrutal winning the Doncaster Handicap


A Sad Day At Arrowfield

Tuesday was a sad day at Arrowfield with the stud’s news of the passing of Redoute’s Choice.

There were no dry eyes either as the great horse was lowered into his resting place, and spare a thought for Joe Hickey, his constant groom and attendant for 11 years.

Man and beast can build up a very strong relationship that is how it was with Redoute’s Choice.

He proved to be a very good two year old winning the Blue Diamond Stakes defeating Testa Rossa, and trained on to three, winning five races from ten starts, he was only out of a place three times.

John Messara prefers to stand stallions that have not been over raced, it has proved a resounding success with Redoutes Choice, and now with his son, Snitzel, whose progeny last season were just short of $30 million.

Redoutes Choice has proved the greatest sire ever bred in Australia, he has shuttled on more than one occasion, has sired to date 32 Group1 winners, and sired 72 individual yearlings that have sold for one million or more, and a colt that topped the list at 5 million.

The son of Danehill was 22, he was humanely euthanized after suffering mobility problems which could not he restored, despite intensive care by Arrowfield ‘s veterinary team

Redoutes Choice 2015 MobileRedoute's Choice at Arrowfield


Sunlight just too Slick

Sunlight had too much gas in the tank, she simply ran her rivals into the ground winning the William Reid Stakes.

She bounced from the starting gate like a rocket and soon burnt off Written By when he attempted to go with her, she is in a class of her own, she is an outstanding filly.

She was among the Widden draft of 2017, Lot 471 sold for $300,000 at the Magic Millions Sales of 2017.

Sunlight is by Zoustar, a speed sire that raced lightly, he only had 9 starts, won 6 races, a dual Group 1 success he is currently shuttling to Tween Hills Stud in Gloustershire UK.

The future for Sunline now is basically set weigh races, she will be weighted out of handicaps from herein.

Sunlight 062 Jack MobileSunlight wins the William Reid


New Found Queen of the Apple Isle

Mystic Journey is the new found Queen of the Apple Isle after giving her rivals a sound beating in the All Star Mile at Flemington on Saturday.

Her Sydney visit has been aborted, she has done enough, let’s leave a bit in the tank, don’t drain it dry.

That’s what Adam Trinder is doing; he is giving her a break while she is bucking her brand off, instead of having to scrap it off.

The aim is the Cox Plate over 2000 metres at weight for age, surely that would be the pinnacle; Winx will be well gone by then.

She most likely won’t race in Tasmania again, obviously; however, exhibition gallops would be more than possible as she campaigns for the Cox Plate.

Mystic Journey has done everything asked of her, she has had enough, there is no more to give at this stage, any thoughts of going to Sydney to take on Winx would be an act of lunacy.

There is nothing to be gained by matching the two together, Adam Trinder has acted wisely, there is nothing to prove.

It’s a good story really, Adam Trinder, a former jumps jockey, who rode with a fair amount of  success, jumps riding is sadly depleted, there had to be an alternative if he wanted to remain in the racing industry.

Mystic Journey will spell until it is time to prepare her for the Cox Plate, she may be boxed during the winter, Adam will know when.

Her win is a great boost to the Tasmanian bloodstock breeding industry, her sire, Needs Further, was represented by 21 lots, 15 were sold for $409,000, the average being $27,266.

Needs Further is by Encosta de Lago, there are two immediate crosses of Northern Dancerin his pedigree, he is a winner at Randwick of the Carbine Stakes at Group 3 level, he won 3 of his 5 starts.

Mystic Journey 077 Jack MobileMystic Journey winning  the All-Star Mile

 Jim Cassidy to Ride Again

Jim, ‘The Pumpa’, Cassidy is considering riding again, and if they are only thoughts that’s alright, unless he is not serious about it.

Few jockeys, if any, have come out retirement and made a success of it, many of the trainers they rode for have retired, there is new brand of trainers.

Jim had his last race ride on Oaks day 2015 at Flemington, four years ago, however, four years ago is a long time to be out of the saddle, he is now 56, you don’t improve with age.

Born in New Zealand he came over to ride Kiwi in the Melbourne Cup, which he duly won in 1983, a lot of water has gone under the bridge since then.

He won the Cups double on Might And Power in 1997, and returned the following year to win the Cox Plate on Might And Power.

Racing has been good to Jim, and if it hasn’t, it is too late now, father time will beat us all.


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