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WA-owned and trained Perth Cup winner Black Tycoon is being prepared in Victoria this season in Darren Weir’s Warrnambool stables for their Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup 2014 bid.
The Justin Warwick-trained Blackfriars gelding is a rising nine-year-old but the evergreen veteran was in such good form earlier this year connections decided to set them on a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival mission.
A winner of 11 of their 34 starts Black Tycoon, normally based at Myalup which has a population of around 200 people, was last seen crossing a devastatingly close second to Outback Joe in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville in March.
Ridden by three time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver that day they were only a long neck away second from the winner who, with 54kg, carried five kilos less than Black Tycoon (59kg) in the testing two mile feature.
Before that Black Tycoon had enjoyed a strong spring – summer campaign during the Perth Festival of Racing including their tight win over God Has Spoken in the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot on New Year’s Day.
Oliver also rode them in the Perth Cup where the eventual winner came from 11th on the turn for home to take out top honours.
Deciding their best chance for a successful Melbourne raid this spring would be to send the horse to be trained in Victoria, Black Tycoon is now stabled with Weir and his strong new season hopes including Makybe Diva Stakes-bound Puissance De Lune.
They have been working well towards their return but will be stepped up to a punishing sandhill routine to further improve their fitness ahead of the toughest tests of their career.
“The horse is problem-free,” part-owner Trent Brown told The West Australian this week.
“He’s enjoying the beachside environment and has completed a sand-track training section of his campaign.
“It’s now time for him to take on the testing hills.
“Black Tycoon’s having a rock-hard foundation to his carnival preparation.
“His work-outs are close behind those of Puissance De Lune, who went in to training before our horse.”
Yet to race in Victoria, Black Tycoon’s true staying ability and class will be put on the line this campaign as they head towards a run in two of the country’s premier races.
They will be entered for both the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18 as well as the ‘race that stops a nation’ the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington Racecourse on November 4.
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