By Brad Gray
Kim Waugh has been training for owner Jimmy Yee, whose horses all have the Oxford prefix, for nearly two decades but Waugh is hopeful that Oxford Tycoon could be his best yet.
The two-year-old will debut in the Thoroughbred Breeders NSW Lonhro Plate (1100m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday after impressing in two barrier trials.
Oxford Tycoon's latest trial at Gosford - Jan 31
“He has always shown good potential. Everything we have asked him to do he has done and he just keeps improving. He is a lovely horse. I couldn’t be happier with him at the moment,” Waugh beamed.
“He was very green in his first trial and since then he has gone ahead. He proved that in his second trial and every time he gallops he gets sharper and better.”
Blake Shinn, who will be plotting Oxford Tycoon’s downfall in the race aboard Satin Slipper, gave a glowing report of the son of Written Tycoon after riding him in his second trial at Gosford.
“Blake really liked him. He said he is push button, very professional and pings the lids. You can give him a dig before he’ll come back and relax so he was really positive,” said Waugh.
Waugh’s association with Yee all started with a horse called Magic Feather, who made his debut in 1999 before winning five races in town, and since then Magic Feather's bloodline, through his dam Mother Duck, has thrown regular winners.
“(Yee) deserves a good horse. He’s had some nice horses – Oxford Poet he has had great fun with but it would be nice to see him get one at that next level up,” Waugh said.
Meanwhile, Waugh is plotting a path towards next month’s Provincial Championship qualifiers with four-year-olds Uptown Lad and Manhattan Mist.
“Uptown Lad will run in the Hawkesbury qualifier (on March 10) while Manhattan Mist will be run at the Wyong one (on March 3). There are a couple more sitting there but I want to see how they go in the next few weeks but they are the two I’ve really set for it,” Waugh revealed.
Waugh's stable stalwart His Majesty will also be welcomed back to the stable shortly with surgery to remove a chip from his fetlock keeping the eight-year-old grey sidelined for an extended period.
Oxford Tycoon is currently $4.40 with TAB Fixed Odds behind Satin Slipper at $3.50.