May 09, 2018
He may have been the outsider of a five horse field at Sandown on Wednesday but Beaverbrook was able to quickly put his rivals away and win in the style of a short priced favourite.
Settling well along the rails towards the rear of the small field, Beaverbrook was patiently steered by apprentices Fred Kersley who had him out into clear space heading into the straight.
Wearing down the first two from the 300m, Beaverbrook hit the lead with 200m to go, gamely holding off late challenges out wide to salute by a soft 3/4 length.
It was winner number three from just 11 starts for the son of Written Tycoon who still has a bit to learn.
"For a horse who has had a few runs he is still very mentally immature," Kersley reported - and Robbie agreed.
"A lot of our good Written Tycoons have got better with age and with Beaverbrook beig out of a High Chaparral mare I think there is still more to come."
"He has always had a good skill set," he continued, "but he has taken a while to mature. He will get better with time and racing but it was nice to see him do that today - it was good for his confidence and good for us!"
Robbie was at first concerned at the inside draw, noting that Beaverbrook "has always been a bit timid around horses... but as it turned out it all worked out perfectly. He is more confidence once he gets into clear galloping space and once that happened we got to see what he can do."
"It was just a matter of timing his run right," Kersley said, "it was great to see him run on like that, it was a good win."
Beaverbrook returned to a happy group of owners - and he certainly has plenty of them! Whilst there are eight individuals - including Robbie and Shiranee - in the ownership group - there are also nine syndicates that bring in another 67 people!
And that is one of the great things about Australian racing, the opporunity for lots of people to get together and have a fantastic time cheering on their horse regardless of the size of their share.
As Robbie once said at an ownership conference - "when a horse wins and you see a beaming owner so proud, he doesn't say 'I own 2% of that horse' - he says 'that's my horse!'"