Summer weekends don’t come much better for a sire in Australian racing.
Seven city winners. Three Group winners. Two further black-type placings. And bringing up the 100th individual winner of the season.
That was the weekend of Woodside Park’s much vaunted stallion Written Tycoon.
Promising two-year-old, the Neville Begg bred and son Grahame trained Written By, kicked off the Group treble at Caulfield with victory in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude for Colts and Geldings.
That was followed by the smart 3YO filly Booker winning the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes and the mare Super Cash taking out the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (for the second year in a row).
Meanwhile, Blue Tycoon and Tycoon Sofie won over at Morphettville and Hanwritten saluted in the last at Doomben. Added to that, 2YO Oxford Tycoon ran a bold placing in the Listed Lonhro Plate at Warwick Farm and 3YO How To Fly ran third in the Listed Magic Millions 3YO Classic at Pinjarra.
Finally, at Hobart on its big Cup Day on Sunday, consistent mare Teriki finally broke through for a win (after waiting 15 months). The mare was the 100th individual winner for Written Tycoon this season.
Interestingly, it wasn’t until late March that the sire achieved the century milestone last racing season.
“With 136 for the season last year, and 100 already, considering we are barely into February, he is going to eclipse that,” Woodside Park Stud’s Matt Tillett said.
Tillett was naturally thrilled with Written Tycoon’s brilliant day at Caulfield and the prospects ahead for the three Group winners.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if the studs are not already ringing Graham and Neville about the colt. He is a serious stallion prospect, and they will be trying to get in early before he runs in the Diamond,” Tillett said of the Blue Diamond bound Written By.
He also expects the speedy filly Booker to now line up in the Oakleigh Plate and perhaps become her sire’s fifth Group 1 winner.
“The Oakleigh Plate will be a very hot race. It will be very exciting to see her in it, and if she runs like that again, I think she will be very hard to beat.”
Meanwhile Super Cash’s breeder, South Australian Steve Millar, is a passionate shareholder in Written Tycoon. She is the best of three winners from Millar’s Dash for Cash mare, Super Bucks. Millar will race her yearling full sister, and after having a year off, Super Bucks was unsurprisingly returned to Written Tycoon this past breeding season.
The attention of many trainers, agents, syndicators and other buyers will now turn to the latest Written Tycoon yearling crop.
“There are a massive 47 Written Tycoon yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Premier Sale,” Tillett remarked.
“They are a seriously good group…and we couldn’t be happier with the thirteen of our own. We will present the nicest draft of horses we have ever had the pleasure to sell.”