In partnership with
Leading QLD trainer Robert Heathcote will team up with miRunners and Racing QLD to train the beautiful Written Tycoon x Sponsored, now named Dusty Tycoon.
Robert believes that owners are the most important people in racing, and some he has had from the first year he started training. This is a clear testament to his great communication, regular updates and his very approachable personality that makes owners feel like they are part of the ‘racing family’.
- Prize Money – Over $44million
- Total Wins – 1,353
- Group 1 Wins – 10
- Win Rate 12%
Robert’s first introduction to the world of thoroughbred racing was visiting the many racetracks of England where he worked with his brother, Wayne. He got to witness some of the world’s finest thoroughbreds in action, including the great Danehill.
Robert then decided to move back to Australia to settle down closer to home and start a family, and moved to Brisbane. His brother had a number of horses in training with many of the leading trainers at the time, and Robert soon became his racing manager, working with the trainers and regularly liaising with his brother on their progress.
Initially hesitant to take up the challenge of training racehorses with his limited knowledge, it was a challenge he was willing to face as he threw himself into the training world, absorbing as much information as he could in the early years.
Robert was granted his racehorse trainer’s licence in 1997 and he applied his life skills and commonsense to finish sixth in the Queensland Premiership in his first year with only a small number of racehorses in his stable. Constantly willing to learn and improve his skills, he sought advice from some of the industry greats and experts in order to improve his training philosophy.
Since 1997, Robert has trained over 1,300 winners and has been named Queensland Trainer of the Year a number of times. His Group One winners tally is now an impressive 10, with Buffering, the stable star, having seven alongside his name.
Robert trains miRunners Queensland community thoroughbred Written Tycoon x Sponsored, bought at the 2019 Magic Millions yearlings auctions.
- A precocious filly out of Highgrove Stud, QLD
- Written Tycoon is the sire of champion two-year-olds including the 2016 Golden Slipper winner, Capitalist
- Sponsored is by Redoute’s Choice, who as a broodmare sire is phenomenal and is the leading broodmare sire in Australia
- Redoute’s Choice has produced over 150 Stakes winners and 30 Group One winners including the well-known Snitzel and Stratum.
- The Written Tycoon / Redoute’s Choice cross has produced 11 runners for 11 winners.
- Purchased at Magic Millions (Lot 170) for $176,000 AUD (inc. GST)
You can review the full pedigree page from Written Tycoon X Sponsored Auction listing by clicking here and really understand the details of this match by reading on.
Written Tycoon is the sire of champion two-year-olds including the 2016 Golden Slipper winner, Capitalist, Australia’s Champion 2YO as well as the 2018 Blue Diamond winner, Written By, likely also to be crowned Australian Champion 2YO Colt.
With lifetime runners to winners at 73%, he has amassed progeny earnings in excess of $49 million AUD with 24 stakes winners and 20 stakes placings so far.
His other elite Group One winners include Tycoon Tara, conqueror of the Tatts Tiara Group 1, Music Magnate, the weight-for-age Doomben 10,000 victor Group 1 and Luna Rossa the Group 1 winning top 2YO filly in New Zealand.
Current season stakes winning horses include the Group 2 winner of the Schillaci Stakes & Rubiton Stakes Super Cash, Group 2 One Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Booker as well as Listed winners Grande Rosso, Overplay and Balf’s Choice.
A son of Last Tycoon’s Iglesia and out of a Kenmare (Kalamoun) mare, an element of Written Tycoon’s success must be credited to providing breeders with an outcross that suits the majority of pedigrees. He has achieved success from a diverse range of dam lines, not being restricted to suiting a particular bloodline.
Sponsored is by Redoute’s Choice, who as a broodmare sire is phenomenal and is the leading broodmare sire in Australia. He was crowned a champion first season sire in Australia in 2004 and champion sire in 2006. He has excelled as a sire of two-year-olds with quinellas in the Golden Slipper and the Blue Diamond, along with a trifecta in the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast.
Redoute’s Choice has produced over 150 Stakes winners and 30 Group One winners including the well-known Snitzel and Stratum. Six of his sons have also sired Group One winners including Not A Single Doubt, Stratum and Snitzel.
Cross: The Written Tycoon / Redoute’s Choice cross has produced 11 runners for 11 winners. Two of the winners are stakes horses delivering 18% stakes horses to runners including Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper placed Masthead.
The excitement further builds around the pedigree of this filly, with Redoute’s Choice being by champion international sire Danehill. Danehill was the sire of over 2000 runners, including over 1500 winners. His progeny have won over $375 million AUD in prize money and have included 89 Group 1 winners among his 349 stakes winners. Danehill is the paternal grandsire of Makybe Diva, who won the Melbourne Cup three times and had earnings of over $14.5 million AUD.