This Sunday at Hobart Racecourse the Barry Campbell-trained Grand Tycoon will jump the short-priced 2013 Elwick Stakes favourite, the two-year-old looking to retain their undefeated status.
After blitzing their race debut at Hobart back in November last year with a three length win over 900m the Written Tycoon colt has continued to rise through the ranks winning their subsequent three starts.
Their most recent effort was a good 1.5 length victory over Geegess Velvet in the Alfa Crystal Bowl (1100m) at Launceston on January 16.
They will face a similar field of rivals, including the John Luttrell-trained Wordsmith filly Geegees Velvet, this Sunday when they look to extend their winning streak to five in the $100,000 Listed Elwick 2YO Stakes (1100m).
The race has drawn a final field of eight hopefuls, all but two of which with previous race experience, Grand Tycoon to wear the number one saddlecloth from their ideal barrier three draw with Brendon McCoull, aboard for their quartet of wins to date, in the saddle again.
Their Spreyton-based trainer Campbell is looking forward to Grand Tycoon’s maiden black type assignment and is bullish over their chances of remaining undefeated come Sunday afternoon.
“All is well,” he said.
“He will race well. He tries hard and does everything right. He will put himself in there.
“He is fit and well, a very tough little horse and hasn’t gone backwards from last start.”
As for where Campbell believes the main challenge will come from he has the unraced John Sadler-trained Commands filly Commanding Star from Victoria picked as one to watch from gate eight with ace hoop Glen Boss travelling over for the ride.
“She is the obvious concern because he [John Sadler] is such a good trainer,” Campbell said.
“She is a filly so he is obviously coming down to get some black type with her. He wouldn’t be making the effort to come down if she couldn’t get it.”
Another undefeated youngster in the Elwick Stakes mix along with Grand Tycoon on Sunday who will be looking to score an upset is then the Brendan McShane-trained Spinning Jenny.
Drawn in gate five with Dwayne Dunn to ride the Hard Spun filly has just her second career start this weekend following a successful debut.
With Darren Gauci aboard she won an open two-year-old handicap over 1100m at Launceston on January 2 before running a very close second in a 900m trial at Hobart on the 22nd and will be at good odds on Sunday.
“I like going into a race as the underdog and although she would be better suited at 1200 metres she’s done well since her debut win,” McShane said.
“She’s going to be a horse that gets over more ground as she matures, but she has the services of a very good jockey in Dwayne Dunn.
“He has a top record on young horses.
“You only have to look at his record in the Blue Diamond Stakes in Melbourne.”
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