Less than a month after it was announced that Fastnet Rock’s G1-winning son Foxwedge would relocate to Victoria and join Woodside Park Stud’s exciting stallion roster, Saturday saw the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Alassio become the latest stakes winner for her exciting young sire.
Not appreciating the wet track the Saturday prior in the G2 Breeders Stakes (1200m) when still classy enough to finish third behind Champagne Cuddles, connections decided to back the mare up a week later, and were rewarded with immediate success.
A winner of five races from just her nine career starts to date, the 5yo mare travelled in second position throughout before kicking in the home straight with Tim Clark in the saddle to hold off all challengers and record success in the G3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick, defeating Godolphin’s Manicure, with I Am Excited in third.
“We thought the back-up would suit her and being back on a firm surface helps,” Bott told AAP.
“She didn’t quite handle the soft track last week. On the back-up today she was in for the fight and that’s what we wanted to see.
“She has shown she is up to the class now.”
Earlier in the day Foxwedge was represented by a smart debut performer in the shape of the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Charleise who produced an outstanding effort to finish third in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) down the Flemington straight behind Microphone and Talented, both previous winners.
Just over 24 hours after Foxwedge recorded stakes success, barn mate Written Tycoon produced the winner of the $10m Listed (local G1) Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Having finished second to fellow Hong Kong Derby contender Furore in the Classic Mile the start prior, the Frankie Lor-trained Mission Tycoon jump well from the barriers before taking the lead where he maintained his position to record victory and put himself into Derby calculations.
“We didn’t care about the odds. He ran well last time, he ran second,” said winning rider Derek Leung.
“Today I was able to go forward without any pressure. Mission Tycoon switched off and that’s why he was able to finish at the end.”
Like Written Tycoon’s G1 Blue Diamond winner Written By, who finished just over two lengths from the winner in Saturday’s G1 Lightning Stakes, Mission Tycoon was a graduate of the Inglis Premier yearling sale, where in a few weeks’ time, Woodside Park Stud will consign a draft of 21 yearlings led by seven by Champion 2YO Sire Written Tycoon.
With four winners in the past three days, as well as the equal third highest priced yearling sold at last week’s Inglis Classic yearling sale, the 28 yearlings catalogued by Written Tycoon at the Inglis Premier yearling sale are sure to be in high demand.