Dirty Work: Fast, Strong & Sexy

June 1, 2021

As the progeny of champion sire Written Tycoon begin to stamp their mark on the Australian breeding industry, Spendthrift Australia has ensured Victoria will not miss out on the action, confirming Group 2 winner Dirty Work is set to become only the second son to stand in the state.

It was his dominant win in the 2020 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield that sealed the deal for the Victorian-based stud farm.

“He’s a stallion now,” said co-trainer Wayne Hawkes. “He’s certainly got a home at stud now. He’s a belter of a horse.”

Coming off two good runs in extremely strong sprints – a third place in the G3 Concorde Stakes behind Gytrash and Nature Strip and an unlucky fourth in the G2 The Shorts, a length and a half behind Classique Legend – Dirty Work was forced back and wide in the small field but came with a late sprint to overhaul the field.

“That’s the most important part of the equation. We brought him to Melbourne and got an elite sprint win on his resume.” Spendthrift Australia’s General Manager Garry Cuddy said.

“Written Tycoon this season is a fireworks display. From his own progeny flying on the track, to that of his son Capitalist, we are delighted to be adding arguably his best looking sire son to the Spendthrift Australia roster.”

Bred by Victoria’s Rifa Mustang and going through the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale ring as Lot 218, Spendthrift’s $800,000 winning bid for the gorgeous Dirty Work made him the second-highest price ever for a yearling son of Written Tycoon at the time.

His dam, Maidel (Ad Valorem {USA}), was a dual winner for the Snowden racing team. She unfortunately passed away earlier this year leaving behind a foal sired by Written Tycoon’s emerging sire son Capitalist.

Dirty Work’s family has also produced Australian stakes winners Meidung (Bernardini {USA}), Banish (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}), Pinwheel (Lonhro) and West Point (Danehill {USA}), as well as Hong Kong Champion Sprinter Charming City (Chief’s Crown {USA}).

“We can’t go to the sale and buy ugly yearlings,” Cuddy said. “We have to show them off as stallion prospects at the end of the day. The first time we looked at him, he stood out, and we kept on going back to look at him.

“That opinion of his good looks isn’t held by us alone. Dirty Work has been pick of the yard for almost every single start in his career, so he certainly captured the eye of two astute judges in Lizzie Jelfs and Jayne Ivil.”

Finishing third in his first ever trial behind Dubious and Yes Yes Yes, Dirty Work placed on debut and then, at just his third start, contested and finished third in the G3 Vain Stakes, won by multiple Group 1 winner Bivouac.

Racing well in strong company, he found winning form at the end of his 3-year-old autumn campaign, with three straight victories, including the Listed Ortensia Stakes at Rosehill Gardens.

Delivering a sizzling 1:01.74 sec, Dirty Work is still the current 1100m Kensington track record holder from his phenomeonal performance in November 2019. In the spring of 2020, he was beaten less than a length, finishing third in the fastest 1200m time (1:08.76) ever run on the Moonee Valley StrathAyr surface in the G1 Manikato Stakes.

“He’s a horse that has always been an amazing physical athlete and has always shown ability.” Cuddy said.

“He just took a bit of time and the Written Tycoons can do that. But he’s sensationally fast and incredibly powerful, which is a super combination for a stallion.”

A consistent performer renowned for running scintillating times in elite sprint races, it was the 2021 G1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield that proved the greatest source of frustration for Dirty Work supporters as he delivered yet another brilliant but desperately unlucky performance.

He was set an impossible task with too much ground to make up, and despite running the fastest last 800m in 43.43 sec and 600m in 33.07 sec, the quickest 600m to 400m split in 10.91 sec and the second quickest 400m to 200m split in 10.82 sec, he finished half a length off the winner.

Effective from 1000m to 1200m and always running against quality competition, the ability of Dirty Work to sit both on and off the speed made him one of the most versatile sprinters around. A stunning individual, a son of the super sire Written Tycoon and an elite performer, Dirty Work is ready to step into his next role on the Spendthrift Australia roster.