Press Report is arguably the best two year-old maiden in the nation but trainer Lee Curtis is confident she will break her duck before the end of the season.
The Written Tycoon filly was a brilliant barrier trial winner on Monday and she will race first-up over 1200 metres at Rosehill on July 19. “She won that trial by 5 lengths – it was unbelievable,” Curtis said. “She put it all together and there are exciting times ahead.”
Press Report (2f Written Tycoon – Grenada by Dolphin Street) was runner-up to Darley filly Memorial on debut and then beat all bar Mossfun in the G2 Silver Slipper. She followed up with an unlucky fourth in the G2 Sweet Embrace Stakes at Randwick and connections decided against paying a late entry fee for the G1 Golden Slipper.
Curtis has Group 1 plans for Press Report if she goes as well as expected on Saturday week. She is scheduled to race second-up in the LR Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick on August 9 followed by the G2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 23 and the G1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 13.
Connections have already paid a late entry fee for the $1 million Golden Rose.
Press Report was bred in Victoria by Michael Shannon under his Mileshan Nominees banner and is raced by a syndicate comprising Shane Braddick, Allan Brooks, Cherie Durnberger-Smith, Roger, Lorraine & Anthony Ford, Con Hadjiparaskevas, Allan & Rick Henson.
Written Tycoon has sired the winners of 8 juvenile races this season – the best among Victorian based sires ahead of Domesday (7) and Kaphero (6). His unbeaten filly Novel Dancer is being set for 3yo filly features in Melbourne by trainer Shea Eden.
Written Tycoon is based at Woodside Park Stud and will stand for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee this year.