Oakleigh Plate the Main Target for Written By

January 24, 2019

Oakleigh Plate the Main Target for Written By

Trainer Graheme Begg thinks Written By is well on his way to this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

The three-year old colt by Written Tycoon enjoyed plenty of success in 2018 winning three Group 3 races as well as the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield, and has since been spelled in preparation for this year’s Autumn Carnival.

Written By, above, is one of the early favourites for this year’s Oakleigh Plate.

Begg told Sky Racing on Thursday that we should expect to see Written By in next week’s Group 3 W.J. Adams Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield, a track he is a perfect four-from-four on.

“The Oakleigh Plate is his main target, that’s our first target race” Begg said.

“He’ll kick off Saturday week in the Adams at this stage, that gives us three weeks into the Oakleigh Plate. He’s got a great record at Caulfield, he’s four-for-four at Caulfield so we thought it was a great opportunity to keep him at Caulfield running in these early races.”

Having already earned close to $2 million, the lightly-raced Written By ($7.00) is among the favourites to win this year’s Oakleigh Plate alongside Zousain ($7.00), Pierata ($7.00) and Nature Strip ($5.00).

After enjoying a jumpout last week, Begg thinks his hopeful is also in good nick as he prepares to return to the races.

“He was very sharp out of the gate, got rolling along, not that we forced him too much, but he did it himself

“He’s certainly thickened out, he didn’t get a long time out, he only had four weeks in the paddock, he didn’t get a lot of down time to really let down, he held quite a good bit of residual fitness, he’s come up quite quickly.”

As for the road ahead, the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on March 9 could be on the cards before a possible return back to Sydney later in the year.

“He’s nominated for the Newmarket, we’ll just play it by ear. There’s options to go to Sydney, possibly the Galaxy, we’re just going to weigh it up as we go through our preparation,”  Begg said.

Full Oakleigh Plate odds can be seen below.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Magic Millions Classic Favouri...

Ballarat Cup 2019 Results: Kiw...

Ballarat Cup 2019 Results: Kiwia Goes Back-to-Back

Trainer Archie Alexander was over the moon with the surprise 2019 Ballarat Cup...

The Gong 2019 Results: Mister ...

The Gong 2019 Results: Mister Sea Wolf Wins for Waller

Master Sydney-based horseman Chris Waller continued his brilliant spring...

2019 The Gong Odds Update: Luv...

2019 The Gong Odds Update: Luvaluva Firming Favourite

After battling for top spot in The Gong 2019 betting earlier in the week, the...

2019 Ballarat Cup Betting Upda...

2019 Ballarat Cup Betting Update: Dr Drill Firming Favourite

The rails-drawn Dr Drill remains the punters’ pick in Ballarat Cup 2019...

Horse Racing Today

2020 Victory Stakes Results: S...

Gunsynd Classic 2020 Results: ...

Gunsynd Classic 2020 Results: Winner Supergiant Targets Rough Habit

Gold Coast trainer Michael Costa celebrated his first Group victory at Eagle...

Champagne Classic Winner Rothf...

Champagne Classic Winner Rothfire Firms in J.J. Atkins Betting

Rob Heathcote’s well-tried two-year-old Rothfire is onto the Group 1 J.J....

2020 Victory Stakes Day Scratc...

2020 Victory Stakes Day Scratchings: Eagle Farm Track Report

A much-altered Victory Stakes Day 2020 program runs at Eagle Farm Racecourse...

2020 The Goodwood Results: Tre...

2020 The Goodwood Results: Trekking Beats Gytrash in the Final Stride

The Godolphin-raced Trekking celebrated a second career Group 1 getting up in...

Race Results

2020 Victory Stakes Results: Stradbroke Handicap Next for Victorem

Gunsynd Classic 2020 Results: Winner Supergiant Targets Rough Habit

Champagne Classic Winner Rothfire Firms in J.J. Atkins Betting

2020 The Goodwood Results: Trekking Beats Gytrash in the Final Stride

2020 Dark Jewel Classic Results: Irithea Scores Deserving Win

Race Previews

Ballistic Boy Shoots To Top of 2020 Rough Habit Plate Field & Odds

Stradbroke Handicap 2020 Barriers: Favourite Dawn Passage Draws Outside

2020 JJ Atkins Field & Betting: Favourite Rothfire Draws Wide

Trekking Leads Capacity 2020 Stradbroke Handicap Field

Fred Best Classic 2020 Betting Update: Hightail Scratched for Stradbroke

Fields & Form

Ballistic Boy Shoots To Top of 2020 Rough Habit Plate Field & Odds

Stradbroke Handicap 2020 Barriers: Favourite Dawn Passage Draws Outside

2020 JJ Atkins Field & Betting: Favourite Rothfire Draws Wide

Trekking Leads Capacity 2020 Stradbroke Handicap Field

Fred Best Classic 2020 Betting Update: Hightail Scratched for Stradbroke