After a narrow win in the $125,000 Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) at Belmont Park on the weekend connections will now aim their veteran galloper Black Tycoon for the Railway Stakes 2013 in November.
Justin Warwick’s rising eight-year-old Blackfriars gelding Black Tycoon posted their ninth win at career start 22 on Saturday when beating home last start Belmont Sprint winner Kerrific by a long neck in the Hyperion Stakes.
In a classy field where the favourite Ranger finished only a further nose away third, the Troy Turner-ridden Black Tycoon has capped off a remarkable turnaround from a known racetrack rascal to a genuine Group 1 chance this coming Perth Summer Racing Carnival.
Set to bypass the $150,000 Listed Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) on September 21, which will be a likely aim for a number of the other Hyperion Stakes runners, Black Tycoon will now be sent for a freshen up before coming back to target the lucrative $1 million Group 1 Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 23.
As is tradition for Railway Stakes types the horse will also be aimed at the other middle-distance major in WA during the summer, the $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 7, last year by the Gary Poletti-trained Luckygray.
It is a controversial decision by Warwick to skip the Kalgoorlie Cup and earlier the $110,000 Listed Boulder Cup (1760m) on September 15 as Black Tycoon is leased by Kalgoorlie-based trainer Rickie Brown with a collection of mining associates.
Warwick however rates the horse, who has bucked his once horror reputation as a rearing horse, too good for those minor cups and has much higher expectations later in the year although it hasn’t been as easy road according to Brown.
“It hasn’t been easy,” Brown said.
“I had a few horses spelling at Auburn Park and he was running around with them.
“I thought he looked a nice type and was told I could have him.
“I went home and spoke to the other miners and asked them if they were interested in leasing him.
“He bucked for the first three weeks and it got to the point where we couldn’t get anybody to ride him. We persevered and got him to settle down.
“He wasn’t impressive at his first two trials and half of the owners were ready to pull out.
“Then he came from last to run second in a maiden and pulled up shin sore as a five-year-old.
“He came back as his old self bucking again, but he did win his maiden by nearly six lengths.”
Warwick meanwhile also rates the recent five length Geraldton Cup champion a better chance in the summer Group 1’s than his Blackfriars mare Rosie Rocket who was third behind Mr Moet and Luckygray in last year’s Railway Stakes.
She went into the summer majors via a similar path to that Warwick is mapping out with Black Tycoon starting with the Hyperion where she dead-heated for second with Grand Nirvana behind Luckygray.
From there she went on to run third behind subsequent Railway winner Mr Moet in the $125,000 Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) back at Belmont Park, a race Warwick also has planned for Black Tycoon this year on July 13.
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