Written Tycoon is getting pretty good at setting records in the sale ring, and at this years Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale he raised the bar again to equal the highest priced foal ever sold at the Oaklands complex.
Purchased by the partnership of Newgate Farm and China Horse Club for $310,000, the ultra-impressive youngster was consigned as Lot 383 by Bombora Downs.
A well-grown weanling, having been an early August foal, the colt was out of the Commands mare, Many Facets, who is a half-sister to Toorak Handicap winner Shot Of Thunder and Listed winner Celebrity Princess.
Stud representative for Newgate Farm, Henry Field, saw several resemblances in the Many Facets colt with Written Tycoon’s Golden Slipper Stakes winner Capitalist, who they are standing this season.
“He reminded me of Capitalist, as he is a similar shape of horse and I thought he was a clear standout in the sale. He is a mature, powerful colt who is very athletic. We will break him in early, so he is ready to go for the start of the two-year-old season in 2018.” Field said.
“He was one of the best Written Tycoons that I have seen, and hopefully he runs like he looks.”
With the view of retaining the horse to race, the colt will be trained by Peter and Paul Snowden for co-owners SF Bloodstock, Winstar Farm, China Horse Club and Matthew Sandblom’s Horse Ventures.
Sold by Bombora Downs’ Christophe Bruechert, on behalf of the breeder, Lynn Alderson, the colt proved to be extremely popular during inspections.
“We are absolutely stoked, and it was a pleasure to present him. Obviously, people were going to like him on paper, and I knew they would like him, even more, when they saw him,” Bruechert said.
“You don’t often get a lot of feedback from people looking at horses, but they were very open about him being a lovely horse, the nicest horse here.”
“I was reasonably confident that he was a $200,000 horse before we arrived, but my confidence grew after parading him. He was out of his box a lot more than he was in and I knew he was going to achieve a strong result for my client.”
Other Written Tycoons sold in the top ten, included the highest priced filly in the sale, Lot 60 who sold for $235,000 to Victoria’s Kulani Park’s, Reece and Chloe Smith. Out of the Elusive Quality mare, Shabtis, a half sister to Mummify and producer of the talented Group 3 winner, Take Pride.
Lot 135 was the very professional Woodside Park Stud filly from Will Rock, sold to Randwick Bloodstock for $165,000, and Lot 102, the well-balanced Rangal Park Stud, Sweet Home Chicago colt, who was snapped up by New Zealand’s Lyndhurst Farm for $155,000.
The Written Tycoon weanlings have continued their popularity with the buying bench at the foal sales this year, as vendors are producing eye-catching youngsters that are correct, composed and appealing. They show every sign that they will grow into valuable yearlings and successful gallopers.
In total, seven weanlings by Written Tycoon sold in the Select Session for an aggregate of $1,090,000 at an average of $155,714, to be crowned leading stallion at the sale for three or more sold.
Buyers also continued to show confidence in Zoustar, with Burnewang North Pastoral selling a weanling filly by the young gun to Landsdowne Park in New Zealand for $130,000.
“The Zoustar’s have sold very well, showing there is a strong market for the right product,” Burnewang’s Cathy Hains said.
Woodside Park Stud sold their Zoustar weanling from Lady Lightning for $80,000 to Victoria’s Aqua Trained Thoroughbreds. A forward, attractive filly she was a quality reflection of her sire.
The current Woodside Park Stud stallion roster is a representation of the strength of the Victorian breeding industry, demonstrated beautifully by Written Tycoon.
Having sired two weanlings in the top five lots sold, including the sale topper, and with four youngsters inside the top ten, Woodside Park Stud is proud to stand stallions that can achieve the elite level of success through the ring.
Written Tycoon stands for $88,000, alongside his highest rated son Rich Enuff, who stands for $13,750, Zoustar for $44,000, and for the first time Cable Bay, standing in Australia for the first time for $19,800.