The Robert Heathcote trained Trump once again proved to be one of the best 3yo's in Queensland with a strong victory in Wednesday's Group 3 Gunsynd Classic over 1600 metres at Eagle Farm.
The promising gelding turned around a recent unlucky defeat at Doomben with a surging come from behind effort to win going away defeating roughie Goldslick and favoured pair Brambles and Quintessential.
In winning Trump took his career prize money to almost $200,000.00 from just 13 starts including 4 wins and 3 placing's to date.
The win was a massive boost for Trump's sire Written Tycoon, becoming his first stakes winner after a frustrating run of 8 stakes placegetters from less than 2 crops to race.
Written Tycoon, who stands at Eliza Park Stud Victoria has come out of the blocks running with his progeny to date, annexing Champion First Season Sire of Australia and sitting a close 2nd in Champion 2nd Season Sire honours.
Queenie, the dam of Trump is a dual country winning daughter of former Windsor Park Stud NZ resident Black Minnaloushe (Storm Cat). This is the family of Doomben 10,000 and Coolmore Classic G1 winner Flitter and Group 1 winner Outward Bound.
Trump is the latest success story to emerge from the Robert Heathcote stable in Brisbane. The gelding that had left Sydney after two unplaced efforts as a 2yo has been transformed by Heathcote from a speedy squib into a genuine and tenacious 3yo.
Heathcote, who is once again leading the Brisbane Trainers Premiership, has had a breakout season on the national circuit, snaring his first Group 1 with Woorim and placing in a host of Group races with the outstanding sprinter Buffering (also a big winner today).
The popular Queensland trainer has emerged as one of the very best conditioners in the land with Trump just the latest in a string of talented gallopers racing competitively all over the country.
Trump himself was a $45,000 purchase from the Magic Millions Premier Sale in 2010. The gelding which was sold from the Old Crossing draft was selected by Suman Hedge, General Manager of Iskander Racing.
The connections of Trump include Iskander Racing supremo Sheriff Iskander, Eliza Park proprietor Lee Fleming, Cobbity Lodge and flamboyant part owner of Hay List, Peter Davenport.
Iskander Racing Managing Director Iskander was over the moon after the win.
"This is a very significant victory today for both Trump and his sire Written Tycoon. This horse has the potential to take Written Tycoon to another level" said Iskander
Iskander also believed the victory was vindication of his company's yearling selection process.
"In the last three years we have been more active in purchasing yearlings and the results to date are very encouraging. This horse, particularly being by our sire Written Tycoon is the most pleasing result of all" said Iskander
Iskander was lavish in his praise of trainer Robert Heathcote.
"What can I say about Robert, the man is a dead set genius. He transformed Humma from a hack into a half million dollar stakeswinner and has now performed miracles with Trump. He pretty much declared the horse to us on Friday and as usual he was spot on. We love him and feel so fortunate to be associated with his stable" said Iskander
Trump will press on and now look to run in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate over 2020 metres at Doomben as a possible pre-cursor to the Queensland Derby over 2400 metres in June.
Iskander Racing News May 3rd 2012
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