For his second consecutive start, the Logan McGill-trained Written Choice, a Woodside Park sold yearling son of Written Tycoon, showed sustained speed to capture another heat of the Ladbrokes 55 Seconds Challenge at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
Recording 54.77 for the 955m in Heat 3 of the challenge, a time that bettered six winners from the past eight years of the challenge, the victory really highlighted the class he is showing of late.
Having never finished further back that fourth from his eight career starts, headlined by four wins, trainer Logan McGill is doing an outstanding job with the 4yo.
While all the attention was on Winx at Moonee Valley on Saturday, part-owner Peter Tighe’s Magic Bloodstock silks were also seen in action at Royal Randwick when the Written Tycoon mare Sexy Eyes recorded a three and a quarter length victory, her third from just 10 starts, for Chris Waller and Tommy Berry.
Back on Friday, Grahame Begg’s G1-winning colt Written By showed all was on track for this Saturday’s stallion-making $1 million G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington with a jump out victory down the straight.
“I’ve been planning this gallop since the Golden Slipper and we always knew it was going to be around now so it’s good to get it done,” Begg said.
“He’s just trimmed up nicely and gradually come down from 510 kg when he came in. I’d say he’ll be around 490 by the time the race comes around.
“He’ll have his final gallop next Wednesday.”
On Saturday in the UK, we saw the final G1 race of the British flat season, with victory going the way of the Bob Scarborough-bred Magna Grecia, while on Sunday in France the final G1 of their season was also held, won by the lightly raced Saeed bin Suroor-trained Royal Meeting, with both races captured by sons of Invincible Spirit.
The Sunday prior, Deep Impact achieved his 38th individual G1 winner when his son Fierement won the G1 Kikua Sho (Japanese St Leger), while the well-bred Schon Glanz, a half-sister to Champion Japanese 2 and 3YO Soul Stirring, became the 122nd black type winner for Deep Impact by winning the G3 Artemis Stakes (1600m) and Tokyo on Saturday.
Cable Bay and Tosen Stardom, sons of Invincible Spirit and Deep Impact respectively, continue to cover outstanding books of mares and with their world class sires continuing to perform, it sheds further light onto their sons who are standing at the farm this season at fees of $13,200 (inc. GST) and $19,250 (inc. GST).