Written Tycoon’s talented sprinter Music Magnate spearheads a strong Australian challenge for the $(US)1 million Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai this weekend.
Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker targeted the Dubai feature after Music Magnate’s win in the Group 3 Christmas Classic at the end of 2017. He’s joined in the big Dubai sprint by fellow Australian gallopers Illustrious Lad, trained by Peter Gelagotis and Faatinah from the Hayes/Dabernig yard.
Music Magnate won the 2016 Group One Doomben 10,000 for Baker and the trainer admits the previous successes by Australian sprinters in the Al Quoz Sprint was a major reason for his enthusiasm for the race.
Ortensia won the race in 2012 and Buffering was successful in 2016, while in 2010 All Silent was fifth and they are the only Australian horses to tackle the race.
“I spoke to Rob Heathcote (trainer of Buffering) at some length and he assured me it would be a great experience. He pointed out that Buffering was coming to the end of his career and was still able to win it.
“It is a winnable race,” said Bjorn Baker.
Music Magnate is a proven first-up performer having won his last three races fresh-up and Bjorn Baker is counting on trait on the weekend.
“The horse is best when he’s fresh, so we try and pick his marks carefully. He is best on firm ground and we’re virtually assured of that at Meydan.”
Bjorn Baker has had a great run with progeny of top stallion Written Tycoon as he also trained the sire’s brilliant sprinting son Winning Rupert, now at stud at Newhaven Park in the Hunter Valley.
It was therefore natural that Ontrack Thoroughbreds boss Grant Morgan selected Bjorn Baker to train a stunning Written Tycoon colt he purchased at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in Sydney last month.
The colt is out of two-time winning mare Bequia Beauty, the dam of two foals to race and both are winners.
“He is a lovely colt who should run early and Ontrack has had a great association with Bjorn, with Test The World winning six from only 11 starts for the stable so it was a perfect fit with the Written Tycoon colt.
“The Written Tycoon colt is a half to Queen Becki which won at Ballarat yesterday to take her record to three starts for two wins and a third. He’s a big, strong black colt and he shapes like a colt who will run early.
“Bjorn has had amazing success with the progeny of Written Tycoon through Music Magnate and Winning Rupert. With some very big races now being run at Warwick Farm in the $8m Inglis Race Series, I think it’s a big advantage to be trained on the track and this colt looks perfectly placed with Bjorn,” said Grant Morgan.