Future Caulfield Guineas hopeful Blushing Tycoon will get his first taste at a Group 1 with trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young aiming up at the JJ Atkins Plate at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
After running second at Group 3 level in Adelaide and then winning stoutly at Flemington last start, Busuttin said the potentially valuable Written Tycoon colt had earned an opportunity at the highest level.
Star jockey Jye McNeil has been booked to ride Blushing Tycoon, who arrived in Queensland last Tuesday.
“Blushing Tycoon‘s done nothing wrong,” Busuttin said.
“Stakes-placed in Adelaide, won at Flemington, but will have to lift, will have to improve.
“It looks a nice bunch of two-year-olds up here, the Sires Produce I thought was quite a strong edition so he’ll have to bring his A-game plus more but he certainly deserves a crack at it.”
Extreme Choice colt Tiger Of Malay won the Group 2 Sires Produce last start, holding out Converge and Port Louis in a tight finish.
“He’s probably going to go around at 20-1 in the race but he’s by Written Tycoon, if he happened to get up and win it’s probably a $3-4 million payday as a colt going into the spring,” Busuttin said.
“While we’ve got a high opinion of the horse it certainly doesn’t get any easier going towards a Caulfield Guineas so if he was going to be competitive in those races he’s going to need to be competitive in a race like this.”
Blushing Tycoon showed tremendous grit to win last start after being headed in the straight and racing in tight quarters.
McNeil worked the two-year-old colt on Saturday in Brisbane.
“We couldn’t be happier with how the horse is,” Busuttin said.
“He will need to be at his best but we think he is at his best.”
Meanwhile, Group 1-winning stablemate Mirage Dancer will run for “second prizemoney” in the weight-for-age Group 2 Q22 against boom galloper Zaaki.
“We’re not getting carried away, he’s coming off a disappointing autumn, he’d obviously have to lift and probably running for second prizemoney with Zaaki,” Busuttin said.
“We’re under no illusions of his chances there, if he was at his best I’m sure he could run second or third or something, it’s a $1.2 million (race).
“He‘s a racehorse he may as well be racing but after that we’ve got the Tattersalls Cup the Caloundra Cup, they’re good stake money races over 2400 metres.
“We’re not searching to make him a stallion so he’s going to race the next few months.”
While slightly short of his pet 2400 metre distance, Mirage Dancer is suited first up on dry ground.
“He’s not a horse that needs to be out spelling a long time, he doesn’t enjoy spelling,” Busuttin said.
“He has been kept in work … we’re not protecting him (dodging Zaaki) it’s $200,000 to run second, it’s $100,000 to run third.
“A bit of sunshine on his back and warm climate will probably bring him on for the spring.”
Originally published asBlushing beauty ‘deserves crack’ at Group 1
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