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.

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