Written By can bounce back from his first-up defeat when he runs down the straight for the second time in his short career in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
The three-year-old's trainer Grahame Begg decided to enter last year's Blue Diamond Stakes winner in the group 1 sprint after seeing the field's make-up.
Not only is the Lightning Stakes field likely to be smaller than the Oakleigh Plate run at Caulfield next week, but the entry of two-year-old Jedastar with lightweight jockey Chris Caserta on board means the pace will be on from the moment the 11-horse field jumps from the gate.
Written By winning last year’s Blue Diamond Stakes.Credit:AAP
"We gave ourselves the option to go this way if we wanted to go this way," Begg said.
Begg said there were reasons for last-start favourite Written By being beaten for the first time in four first-up starts at Caulfield in the W.J. Adams Stakes when the Ciaron Maher-David Eustace trained Bons Away snuck up on the inside to steal the win.
"A lot of people don't give Bons Away enough credit. He has not been far away against quality opposition," Begg said.
Jockey Jordan Childs was left in front facing a headwind and having made the assessment the inside was slower going, he was left red-faced when Bons Away railed through to win.
This time he will be able to get the sit behind Jedastar.
Begg said the horse was maturing to the point where she was more likely to benefit from the run and her fourth place behind Sunlight up the straight in the Coolmore Stakes on Derby Day gave him confidence the three-year-old would find the sprint no trouble.
However he is also aware of the quality of the opposition with Osborne Bulls, Graff, Sunlight and Lean Mean Machine (the latter both beat him in the Coolmore).
With 11 group 1s under his belt, Begg doesn't get nervous about such races any more. But he admits the bounce in his step his a bit bigger when he arrives at the track with Written By.
"I always get a little bit of anticipation put it that way," Begg said.
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