The exciting daughter of Written Tycoon, sprinter Pippie, claimed her first black-type win in the highly competitive G3 Moet & Chandon Cockram Stakes Stakes at Caulfield over 1200 metres.
Declaring three wins in a row, the John and Chris Meagher-trained Pippie ran her rivals into the ground with an all-the-way win.
Pippie was sold by Eureka Stud for $60,000 at the 2017 Inglis Classic Yearling sale to Meagher Racing, having been impressed straight away by the “quality about her”.
Eureka Stud’s Harry McAlpine was thrilled to see Pippie win in such impressive fashion, with her dam, Coupe Express in residence at their Cambooya farm.
“It has worked out alright, as we purchased the dam, Coupe Express for only $26,000 from James O’Brien’s Lauriston draft at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne August Sale, in foal to Written Tycoon. It was the perfect time to be buying mares in foal to him, as now they are certainly a bit more expensive. She now has that all-important black type update to her pedigree.” McAlpine said.
Pippie is the first foal of the six-time winning Ne Coupez Pas (USA) mare, a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed Timely Truce from the family of dual G2 winner Merry Ruler. Coupe Express has a promising unraced three-year-old filly by Spirit Of Boom also in the Meagher stable named Boom Express.
“They must have already realised that Pippie was going to be a bit special, so they were clever and made sure that they secured her next yearling on offer, paying $110,000 through a partnership with Cornerstone Stud at the Magic Millions in Adelaide.”
“Her yearling filly by Defcon is likely to head to the 2020 Gold Coast Magic Millions in January.”
“Coupe Express has now had a year off, and she will be visiting Spirit of Boom this season. We are looking to have her covered nice and early this week.”
“We can’t take the credit for sending the mare to Written Tycoon with Pippie, but there is a good chance the following year she will be heading down to Victorian for another successful date,” McAlpine said.
While Woodside’s James Price is also in awe of their Champion sire that continually adds high quality, black type winners on his board.
“He is a marvel, as Written Tycoon continues to upgrade his mares. This result with Pippie is another wonderful example of that.”
“However, the most exciting time for Written Tycoon will come in his later years. With his phenomenal efforts so far coming from a modest group of mares, we will now see his two-year-old hitting the track off $45,000 service fees, and then up to $80,000 and $100,000 covers, so the quality youngsters still to come are very exciting indeed.”
“We will be delighted to see Coupe Express return down here to Written Tycoon, and as Pippie looks G1 quality, I would certainly like to be selling a full sibling to a G1 winner at the sales in three years time.”
Now extending her career record to four wins from six starts with earnings of $233,450, co-trainer Chris Meagher is hopeful Pippie will return to Caulfield for the G3 How Now Stakes over 1200m, with future goals the G3 Begonia Belle Stakes (1100m) down the Flemington straight on Derby Day, or even the G1 Moir Stakes.
“The Cockram Stakes was the first time she really had to dig in and is clearly a classy mare,” Meagher enthused. “The How Now will, fingers crossed, give her the three wins at Caulfield, and while there are a lot of rich races in the spring, I genuinely believe Pippie will be even better in the autumn.”
“She’s definitely still maturing, so we’ve got to treat her with kid gloves. On the way home we’ll go to the chemist, find a big bundle of cotton wool, and wrap her up. We think she can get to the big Group 1s in time, but we’re in no hurry.”