Rising star Winning Rupert extended his unbeaten run to five when easily winning the G3 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The Bjorn Baker trained son of Written Tycoon showed his usual high cruising speed and added another track record to his growing resume in the process. Eased down near the line by rider Jeff Lloyd, he still held a three length margin and his time of 1.15.07s shattered the previous track record held by Cruising Speed.
His large syndicate of owners collected a $500,000 bonus for sweeping the Summer Triple Crown. The excitement machine is scheduled to start next in the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) on January 14.
Winning Rupert (3c Written Tycoon – Winaura by Show A Heart) has now earned $989,500 – not bad in five runs and considering he cost connections just $67,500 at the 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions March Sale.
“He was a bit reluctant to go into the gates so I’ve got something to work on there,” Baker said. “It’s a bit of a relief to win the bonus and hopefully he will come through the race so we can go into the Magic Millions Guineas.”
Woodside Park stallion Written Tycoon heads the Victorian sires’ premiership and will be odds-on to defend his first title if Winning Rupert wins the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas.