After winning the Listed Oakbank Stakes (1100m) by a half-length margin in mid-April, the Tony McEvoy-trained Despatch, a four-year-old son of Written Tycoon backed it up with another black type win of Saturday, recording an impressive win in the G3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville.
Winning his third consecutive race this campaign, Despatch was trapped wide on Saturday and showed plenty of fighting qualities to achieve his sixth win from just 10 career starts.
With the G1 Goodwood Handicap (1200m) just two weeks away, assistant trainer Calvin McEvoy indicated this this is the likely aim for the talented gelding.
“What a good run. He was caught wide which we thought might happen but (jockey) Barend (Vorster) with all of his experience took his medicine and he was really strong late,” McEvoy said.
“There’s a big chance. We thought if he won here today and won well that we’d have to consider giving him a chance at the Goodwood.”
With earnings just shy of $500,000, connections Pipeliner Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Wilrace Pty Ltd and Mr G J Fisher have enjoyed an outstanding run with the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale graduate.
The Woodside Park Stud stallions have also been having a good run in the sale ring with the 2019 Inglis The Chairman’s Sale and Inglis Broodmare And Weanling Sale being conducted.
Woodside Park Stud were delighted to purchase Lot 183 at the Weanling sale, a filly from the first Australian crop of Invincible Spirit’s G1 performer Cable Bay. With his first crop of European runners hitting the ground running, achieving three winners and two second placed performers from just six runners, everything looks extremely positive for his Australian crop which are now weanlings.
“Cable Bay’s 2YOs are excelling in Europe. He’s already fulfilling our belief in him so at this stage we couldn’t have enough of his stock in our paddocks,” James Price, General Manager Commercial.
Mares in foal to Written Tycoon also sold well, averaging $400,000 at the Inglis The Chairman’s Sale, while Woodside Park Stud were also active at the sale, securing two lots in conjunction with Suman Hedge Bloodstock; Lot 18, the G1-winning Savabeel mare Pasadena Girl and Lot 52, Inca Lagoon, the dam of Hong Kong’s 2017/2018 Champion Sprinter Ivictory.
Image sourced from McEvoy Mitchell twitter account.