2015 Christmas Handicap Option for Written Up

Kyneton horseman George Osborne said a wet Adelaide track on Boxing Day would tempt him to run his weekend Moonee Valley Written Up in black-type company for the Christmas Handicap 2015 at Morphettville.

Written Up (centre)

Written Up (centre, pictured at Flemington) could head to Adelaide for a black-type race on Boxing Day if the track is wet for December’s Christmas Handicap. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

A five-year-old son of Written Tycoon, Osborne’s progressive gelding Written Up posted his first victory since success at Moe back in mid-October last year when taking out Saturday’s $80,000 William Hill Handicap (1200m) at the Valley in a last-to-first success.

Ridden a treat by Craig Newitt, the galloper stormed home late in the last to beat home Kievann ($7) by three-quarters of a length with the Peter Moody-trained Belesron ($11) a close third just a neck further back.

Osborne was thrilled with the win that gave him three winners from his past four starters, Written Up joining his recent Werribee winner Shy Frank from last Tuesday and Reine Happy who saluted the following day at Bendigo.

“It was a terrific thing to see,” Osborne, who had informed stewards the horse would be ridden further back in the race, told Racing Ahead on RSN on Monday.

“We’ve been trying to do that from time to time, but we haven’t found the right ingredients.

“I think we found the ideal ingredients on Saturday, with a bit of speed and a track that probably suited getting to the outside, and get him on the back of a horse going forward at the right time.

“Everything fell into place, and he attacked the line really strongly.”

While a winter racing campaign next year is the long term goal for Written Up, who has now won five of his 20 starts for over $417,000 in prize money, Osborne said the weather would determine whether the horse went to Adelaide for a black-type race on Boxing Day this summer – the $100,000 Listed Adelaide Galvanising Christmas Handicap (1400m).

Written Up handled a Good (3) track over the weekend to win his first on that firm a ground in a dozen attempts.

His better form though is definitely on rain-affected courses with the horse boasting an excellent record on Soft going (7-3-1-1) and one win from as many Heavy starts.

“I’m just going to tread water with him,” Osborne said.

“If the heavens did open, there’s a lovely Listed race at Morphettville on Boxing Day, but it’d have to be wet.

“Otherwise we may have one more crack at Moonee Valley on January 2nd, there’s a VOBIS Gold bonus race for older horses.

“Then we’ll probably just put him away until the winter.

“I think the Wangoom, it’s always wet, 1200m, and he’s won at Warrnambool.

“And then probably back to the Topaz at Swan Hill are the two races that suit him.”

The lucrative $150,000 Wangoom Handicap (1200m) runs on the second day of the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival while the $100,000 Golden Topaz (1200m) takes place at Swan Hill in early June.

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