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Punters might have a tough time deciding between three proven favourites ahead of the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington tomorrow.
Trained by Graheme Begg, Written By currently sits on the first line of betting alongside Zousain and Sunlight, but after a handy two week break, Begg’s hopeful is reportedly in tip-top condition ahead of the $1 million race.
“We think he’s absolutely spot on, we can’t have him any better, each run has improved him and tightened him up” Begg told RSN’s Racing Pulse on Friday morning.
The colt out of Written Tycoon has won six of seven career starts, including most recently the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield earlier this month.
“We couldn’t be any happier with him, it’s always been the plan to have him peaking on the day” Begg went on to say.
Written By benefited from a cruisy run in the Blue Sapphire after choosing to sit up on the pace while the rest of the field ran slowly.
Begg’s three-year old has drawn barrier six ahead of the Coolmore, but the trainer admits he has no idea if the gate will help out in any way.
“How do you know with straight racing, who knows, up the middle, to the inside, to the outside, how would you know” Beggs said.
“That’s what Jordan Childs gets paid to do and he can work that out.”
Both Childs and Begg have never won the Coolmore, although they do have some important history on their side. Since the race was first run in 1969, eight Coolmore winners had previously won the Blue Sapphire the start before.
The most recent three-year old to do so was Sepoy in 2011 from barrier eight. However, Sepoy had one minor advantage over Written By: track experience.
Begg’s hopeful has zero experience with the Flemington straight, although he did look promising in a recent jumpout late last month.
“It looked like he handled it very well, he was very comfortable, Jordan (Childs) thought he was looking for a corner when he first went off on him, but Jordan thought he was very strong on that first little jumpout and he was comfortable doing it” Begg said.
As far as the plan goes for the Coolmore, Begg thinks Written By will look to dictate from the front.
“When he won the Blue Diamond he just sat off the speed there, but he was wide, but he wasn’t leading, so if he can come out control the race and try to dictate under his own terms that’ll suit him up nicely.”
Written By is at $4.20 odds with Ladbrokes compared to Sunlight, who is at $4.80, and race-favourite Zousain, who is at $4.00.
Not surprisingly, Begg, like almost everyone else, thinks Chris Waller’s colt out of Zoustar will be the toughest to beat.
“I think probably Zousain, probably going to get a soft run in behind them and have last crack at them, looked very well at the jumpouts the other day, and obviously bringing the right formula to the race coming off a Group 1 second to The Autumn Sun” Begg said when asked on who he thought would be Written By’s biggest challenge.
Fortunately, the stable already has one-up over Waller’s favourite in the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) earlier this year.
“In saying all that, we’ve had one victory over him in the Pago Pago and beat him very comfortably but obviously he’s gone to another level since there, so I think he’s the one to beat”
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