Woodside Park Stud’s Champion stallion, Written Tycoon has claimed another record, selling his highest priced yearling ever through a sales ring.
Offered as Lot 434, the flashy chestnut filly out of 2YO sprint sensation Karuta Queen wowed the buyers, selling for $1.5 million on day two of the catalogue to Victorian based bloodstock agent, Sheamus Mills.

Deservedly the highest priced filly presented at this year’s Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast, she is the highest priced filly sold since 2018.

Woodside’s General Manager Commercial, James Price was delighted with the result and thrilled that Written Tycoon is still rewarding breeders at the highest level.

“We are now seeing those exceptional strong female families coming through in his crops. This filly represents the quality that Written Tycoon is producing and will continue to produce. With the outstanding mares he is now covering, it is an exciting time, as incredibly the best is yet to come,” Price said.

Sheamus Mills was certain that the John Singleton-bred, Strawberry Hill Stud-sold filly was the best yearling he had ever seen, and after some extremely competitive bidding, he went well past the $900,000 figure he had placed on her, owning the final bid $1.5 million to secure her.

“People use these superlatives about the best horses in the sale which is a lot of sales talk. But she’s as good a yearling as I have ever seen. Not just a filly and not just at this sale, she really is as good a yearling as I’ve seen,” Mills said.
“She is outstanding. I just couldn’t fault her. I generally judge horses up to A-plus and I had to invent a new category on my scale. If I had to give something an A+++, that’s her.”

The fifth foal out of Karuta Queen, all of them fillies, she is a full-sister to the unraced two- year-old Pocket Goddess with Lindsay Park Racing, and a half-sister to the stakes winner Eawase (Sebring) and the promising three- year-old Oh Please Diana (Deep Field).

“It’s an outstanding sale and she was a magnificent filly, a real queen. I’ve been selling horses for a long time, but you very rarely get a filly who looks like that,” Singleton’s racing manager Duncan Grimley said.  “She paraded beautifully the whole sale, never turned a hair. Everyone looked at her and inspected her, and the good judges were back four and five times,” Grimley said.

While Glenlogan Park also offered a standout filly by the Victorian Champion. Lot 380, the filly out of the Listed winner, Hijack Hussy was snapped up by Aquis Farm for $800,000.
Bred by Jan Clark’s Queensland based Daandine Stud she hails from the family of Group 1 winners Wandjina, Dracula and Inspiration.

Written Tycoon had another smart juvenile make an impression last week, Marnix made an impressive winning career debut over 1250 metres at Geelong on Friday. The performance raised enough eyebrows to add the G1 Blue Diamond to the colt’s agenda. Marnix was the Godolphin’s sole purchase at the 2019 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. His full brother is set to go through the ring at Melbourne Premier next month, Lot 138.

Written Tycoon will be in high demand in the upcoming yearling sales with 14 lots at Inglis Classic Yearling Sale and 25 lots on offer at Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, with 10 of those offered through Woodside Park Stud’s draft.