Tycoon’s Southern Consolation Was Grande

Grande Rosso (Racing Photos)

It’s probably fair to say that Woodside Park’s Matt Tillett and Redbank North’s Dimity Middleton were pretty focussed on what was happening within the confines of the Gold Coast racecourse last Saturday afternoon, rather than other world events.

Tillett was trackside to cheer on Written Tycoon colt, Winning Rupert, in the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m), while Middleton opted for the relative comfort of watching her home-bred, Eckstein, a couple of hundred metres away on a TV screen at the Magic Millions sales complex.

Unfortunately for both, it was to be Flying Jess’s day in the sun with Eckstein running third, while odds on favourite, Winning Rupert, could only manage fourth.

However, redemption – of sorts – arrived just minutes later with Grande Rosso capturing the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) at Flemington: a Written Tycoon 5YO sold by Redbank North at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Woodside Park stands Written Tycoon at its Victorian base and Tillett didn’t spend too much time dwelling on Winning Rupert’s ‘loss’: “He clearly didn’t get the 1400m, but he’s clearly a very good horse as his five from five leading into the race indicates.

“Written Tycoon has had a fantastic week up here. Heading into Saturday he really was the talk of the sale and he’s ended up averaging $307,500 for eight lots sold, including $650,000 for the colt out of Pearl Goddess.

“That places him sixth overall (by sire averages) and he was, by a long way, the leading Victorian-based stallion on the Gold Coast.

“What’s more, shortly after Grande Rosso’s win at Flemington, another Written Tycoon in Robust Momentum won in Hong Kong, so I actually think it was a fantastic day.

“Grande Rosso has shown promise from very early on in the piece and congratulations to connections and the team at Lindsay Park.”

Middleton was also mightily pleased with Grande Rosso’s breakthrough at stakes level.

“He was an outstanding yearling … rockstar looks!,” Middleton points out. “Very, very strong and he sold according to type. I’m glad he’s now matched up those looks with stakes success.

(At $220,000, Grande Rosso was the equal highest priced Written Tycoon yearling sold in 2013).
“Grande Rosso is out the Gilgai Farm bred, Rory’s Jester mare, Jestemma and she’s owned by Rob Manwaring, whose farm is just a couple of properties up the road from us. Rob foals down his horses at Redbank North and gets us to sell his yearlings too.

“Rob kept a share in Grande Rosso and, naturally enough, he’s very happy with the result. We have just sold, on Rob’s behalf, a Bernardini half brother to Grande Rosso for $100,000 on the Gold Coast and the mare has a cracking Helmet filly she produced last spring. Even better still, especially with all that’s happening with Written Tycoon, Jestemma is carrying a full brother or sister to Grande Rosso.”

Grande Rosso has now raced on 24 occasions for six wins, six placings and $317,010 in stakes.

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