Winning Rupert retired to join Newgate Farm

Winning Rupert retired to join Newgate Farm
By James Thomas 10:27AM 25 JAN 2017

WINNING RUPERT, a Group 2-winning son of Written Tycoon, has been retired from racing and will join the burgeoning stallion roster at Newgate Farm.

The three-year-old colt lost his unbeaten record on his sixth and final start when finishing fourth in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, after which it was revealed he had suffered a bone chip in a fore knee that would require surgery.

The injury initially ruled Winning Rupert out until the spring, but with a deal being struck between his owners and a syndicate which includes Newgate and the China Horse Club his retirement was brought forward.

Trained by Bjorn Baker, Winning Rupert won his first five starts, including the Group 2 Champagne Classic and the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate on his penultimate outing.

Baker paid tribute to his stable star, saying: "From a training point of view he's the fastest horse I've ever put a saddle on. He was just so natural, we never had to use blinkers or urge him in any way to get him to show us speed. He had raw ability in spades. A gifted athlete."

The trainer secured Winning Rupert, who is out of the Show A Heart mare Winaura, from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for A$67,500 (£40,527/€47,361).

Newgate Farm director of stallions and sales Bruce Slade added: "Winning Rupert is a no-brainer. The history of Australia's champion stallions tells us that to pass on elite speed you must possess it yourself first.

"Winning Rupert won five from six and broke two track records. His wins were impressive to the eye and impressive on the clock. We will be supporting him heavily along with many of Australia's leading breeders, with a long-term view."

Winning Rupert becomes the second son of Woodside Park's rags-to-riches sire Written Tycoon to stand at Newgate, joining champion two-year-old Capitalist, as well as the likes of Dissident, Foxwedge and Wandjina.

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