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As the sire of the highly promising two year-old colt Capitalist, as well as the similarly unbeaten Dieters, Woodside Park’s stallion Written Tycoon appears to have two leading chances as we head towards the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

Impressive in his three length victory in the Listed Breeders’ Plate (1000m) in October, the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Capitalist came out last week and was arguably even more dominant with a facile victory in the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m).

With three recent winners of the Group 1 Golden Slipper; Sebring, Pierro and Vancouver all having won the Breeders’ Plate, and Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Unencumbered successful at Wyong two years back, all indications point to the fact that Capitalist could be the real deal.

“He is a real professional as a horse,” co-trainer Peter Snowden said. “He has got talent and where he is at the moment is in great good order.”

“(It was) a good result. He had the perfect run, drew a good gate and he just did everything right.”

“He was a bit too keen on the corner and Blake did the right thing by easing him around their heels to balance up. It was just really a good piece of work.”

Achieving a race record time of 1.3.23, bettering the mark set two years ago by the Newhaven Park consigned Unencumbered, before he went on to claim the Magic Millions Classic at his next start, anyone would be hard pressed getting Blake Shinn off Capitalist.

“He has that x-factor about him and he is a pleasure to deal with,” a delighted Shinn told reporters. “He has a great action and the sky is the limit for him.”

Purchased from Daandine Stud as a yearling, the same vendor as Written Tycoon himself, Capitalist was secured by James Harron Bloodstock for $165,000, the second highest priced colt by his sire at the sale.

While yet to taste stakes success, the Jason McLachlan-trained Dieters, another son of Written Tycoon, will head straight to the Magic Millions 2YO Classic after keeping his unbeaten record intact with victory at Doomben on Saturday.

lot 88 automatic slim lrSecured from the draft of Sledmere Stud at the January sale by leading syndicator Slade Bloodstock for $100,000, the colt (pictured as a yearling) won on debut in October before a break, returning on Saturday to win by a length and a quarter.

It was no surprise to see the colt get up and go early with Sledmere Stud’s Catriona Murphy having always felt he was an extremely high quality colt.

“He was a standout from the moment he arrived on the farm for the sale preparation,” stated Murphy.

“He was a classy, athletic and sharp looking colt that definitely had the get up and go early look about him.”

“He was the pick out of our draft for myself and Royston and we knew he would be well received up at the sales.”

Sledmere Stud were so taken with Dieters as a yearling that they secured his Love Conquers All half-brother when he was offered as a weanling at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

“We purchased the Love Conquers All purely off the back of Dieters as a yearling. There are a lot of the same qualities that we see in both colts at the same stage.”

“The half-brother will be offered at Inglis Classic as Lot 400 and we are very excited to be presenting him as he is such a strapping colt, good scope and a lovely loose athletic walk.”

“He also looks like a horse that will run early and again has a lovely temperament which in our experience is a really big positive in getting these horses to go early and present well at the sales.”

Rob Slade was also extremely taken with the colt at the sale and said the main thing that caught his eye was that “he was an athlete.”

“He wasn’t a big heavy horse but looked a runner, a well-balanced colt and he had a lovely walk being very light on his feet which is something I look for.”

Trainer Jason McLachlan will be looking for his second Magic Millions 2YO Classic win after being involved in the training of Phelan Ready in 2009, with that gelding going on to claim the Golden Slipper two starts later, becoming the most recent winner to claim the juvenile double.

Written TycoonWoodside Park Stud’s Bloodstock and Sales Manager Matt Tillett had plenty to say about Written Tycoon (pictured right) and his success.

“He is a very dominant stallion who can produce stakes horses from very moderately performed/bred mares, so it’s great to see them getting the opportunity to reach their potential in stables, like the Snowden’s and Jason McLachlan’s, stated Tillett.

“He has really grabbed the attention of the commercial breeders in the past couple of years, so his mare quality is definitely improving – the years ahead will be very exciting.”

The current crop of yearlings are the first from Woodside Park Stud as the sire originally stood in Queensland, with Tillett indicating that another to keep an eye on could be Bjorn Baker’s unraced Winning Rupert, a winner of his most recent trial by a length and a quarter over Canny Rocket, and half brother to leading stallion I Am Invincible, by Arrowfield Stud’s Smart Missile.

With a strong draft of seven Written Tycoon yearlings heading to the Magic Millions in January, Tillett was obviously excited about their prospects.

“We luckily have five of the seven Written Tycoon’s in the sale and they are all really nice horses, so I’m sure they will all be really popular, especially if Capitalist or Dieters happen to win the race.”

Dieters Image: Dan Costello

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