Written Tycoon Nicks Prove Dirty

August 17, 2021

As Group 2 Schillaci Stakes winner Dirty Work embarks on his new career at stud for Spendthrift Australia, the story of his sire Written Tycoon – who rose from an overshadowed young sire to become a five-time Champion Victorian Sire and the 2020/21 Australian Champion Sire – is fast becoming folklore.

A Group 2 winner in his own right, Written Tycoon has woven his influence into the local breeding landscape with his sire sons now making their own noise and Australian breeders are clamouring for access to his proven bloodlines. As one of only two sons of Written Tycoon to stand in Victoria, coupled with his speed and athleticism, Dirty Work offers breeders that perfect opportunity.

Written Tycoon

Flying Spur is one such bloodline that has worked well with Written Tycoon. This cross has produced 25 winners from only 31 runners, giving an excellent 80% winners to runners rate and has amassed nearly $5 million in earnings. This nick is proven to deliver at the elite end of the spectrum with an impressive 12% stakes winners to runners rate, the standout performer is G1 Oakleigh Plate winner Booker. Results on this nick are complimented by progeny from Flying Spur’s sire son Casino Prince (ex Lady Capel {Last Tycoon}), while daughters of Magnus (ex Scandinavia) would also be considered a quality match.

The Danehill Dancer (IRE) cross is another that has earnings in the $4 million dollar range. With 12 runners for 10 wins including 3 at black-type level, the nick rates at an elite 25% stakes winners to runners. Descendants of Choisir further enhance the strength of this nick, adding almost another 30 wins to the record.

The impressive results of these three crosses with Written Tycoon bode well for other mares with Danehill and Mr Prospector lines in their pedigree, while it is also worth noting the emergency of a newly successful nick at Group 1 level – Written Tycoon over a Bel Esprit mare, with multiple Group 1 winner Ole Kirk being out of Naturale, a full sister to Black Caviar.

Progeny from the Written Tycoon x Stratum nick have produced an excellent nine winners from 10 runners, with a total of 21 wins between them. Earnings currently tally just under $1 million, and it holds a strong 10% stakes winners to runners rate.

Written Tycoon has also proven a successful nick with More Than Ready bloodlines, with the spotlight on G1 winner Luna Rossa (NZ). Generating a solid 6% stakes winners to runners rate, the progeny have recorded 12 winners from 15 runners to date.

Several other worthy nicks with Written Tycoon have produced a 100% success rate, with all runners claiming victory during their careers. These nicks are Dash For Cash (eight from eight), Octagonal (NZ) (eight from eight) and Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) (six from six), with the latter producing fellow sire son Capitalist.


Dirty Work’s dam Maidel (Ad Valorem {USA}), was a dual winner for the Snowden racing team. She unfortunately passed away in early 2021, leaving behind a foal sired by Written Tycoon’s Capitalist. This 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}).

Dirty Work

At the time of his purchase in 2018, Dirty Work was the second-highest priced yearling son of Written Tycoon, and as one of the most versatile sprinters around, he still holds the Kensington 1100m track record he set in 2019. (1:01.74sec, Nov 2019).

Spendthrift Australia’s focus on champion sirelines is never more evident than with the inclusion of Dirty Work to their stallion roster. His exceptional talent, good looks and elite pedigree provides breeders with confidence as he flies the flag for not only himself, but for his sire and his state.


Dirty Work stands at Spendthrift Australia in 2021 for a service fee of $19,800.