Above: Lot 65 Written Tycoon x Gretna filly
After Woodside Park has celebrated the success of the 2021 Inglis Classic lots, where they offered one of top lots of the sale. A Written Tycoon filly out of Ariaz who was knocked down by James Harron Bloodstock/Freedman Brothers who went to $380,000 to secure the filly. As we look ahead to Melbourne Premier, Woodside Park are offering a strong draft of fourteen through the sale. The fillies are leading the draft with eight on offer ‘They are an even group of yearlings who are athletic, good moving types which we expect to present well when buyers see them.’ Remarked James Price CEO of Woodside Park.
Woodside Park are offering three Written Tycoon fillies in the draft and there is expectation following the recent success of the sire that they will be popular with buyers. The first Written Tycoon is Lot 65 out of the Snitzel mare Gretna who is half-sister to Stakes placed and Melbourne Premier graduate Snogging. Lot 346 is another daughter of Written Tycoon also out of a Snitzel mare, Snitzel’s Goddess who is a three-quarter sister to Stakes winner Snickerdoodledandy. The final filly is Lot 367 by the stakes placed Street Boss mare Star Via Strada. ‘The highlights on pedigree are the Written Tycoon fillies we have to present. They are all chestnut fillies with a resemblance to Pippie which can only be a positive.’
This is the first year we will see yearlings by Woodside Park’s sire, Tosen Stardom who has two colts in their draft (Lot 391 and Lot 728). ‘We also look forward to introducing the market to Tosen Stardom and we have two in our draft. They are both good actioned colts with plenty of size and scope. Lot 728 out of the mare Tie me Up is an absolute spit of his father which will be an attraction to many buyers. The colt has a huge girth, stands over plenty of ground with a good hindquarter.’
Rich Enuff has been an incredibly exciting sire with the likes of Dosh making her start in the Blue Diamond Stakes and this support has been filtered to the sales where impressive results were achieved at the Classic sale. James Price has noted their Rich Enuff colt as a highlight of their draft. ‘We also present a lovely Rich Enuff colt who achieved some tremendous results at the Classic sale – a filly sold for $180,000 and a colt for $200,000. I would expect buyers to be attracted to this colt and believe he is a highlight in our draft. He is a big strong impressive colt with a good stride and can’t be faulted.’
Woodside Park are offering three yearlings by their new and exciting sire Cable Bay with two fillies in the first session and one colt the second session. ‘Cable Bay’s oldest yearlings are two-year-olds and the ones on the track have performed very well. Although they haven’t quite hit the winner’s circle, trainers are still talking very positively. The Cable Bay’s we will be taking to the Melbourne sale this year are two lovely fillies in the first session (Lot 232 and Lot 544) who have been very well received and a very well-put together colt (Lot 632) out of the fast Choisir mare in the second session.’
Another stand-out yearling that Woodside will be offering is Lot 236, a Sebring filly out of the Group 1 winner Pasadena Girl who is a past graduate of Melbourne Premier purchased by Peter Moody. ‘Although not an overly tall filly, she has a lovely action. She will have plenty of residual value and believe she will appeal to buyers.’
James Price remarks that despite the challenges of COVID they are confident heading to the Melbourne Premier sale with a strong uptake in farm inspections. ‘Our farm inspections have been very strong and we predict a very busy week leading into the sale. The sales this year have not been without setbacks of COVID but sales conducted this year so far have seen some extraordinary results.’
James explains the way the industry has coped with the last year is a testament to the participants, racing authorities and those involved who have been supportive through-out this difficult time and aided the longevity of the industry. ‘This industry never ceases to surprise or amaze us even with curve balls that are thrown our way. This past year has shown how incredibly resilient the industry has been. The extent vendors go to with photos and videography gives buyers confidence despite not being at the sale. The breeding industry need to be incredibly grateful to the racing authorities that they have managed their way through COVID and have racing continue through-out 2020. It has meant that owners, trainers and syndicators have all managed to have cash flow which has allowed them to come to the sales and purchase more horses.’
The VOBIS scheme has always been a demand for buyers at the Melbourne sale who will specifically source VOBIS nominated horses, James explains the strong support for the scheme seen through-out other sales. ‘During the Classic sale Victorian buyers were definitely picking out VOBIS nominated horses. There is no doubt that there is a demand from buyers and owners to have horses that are eligible for the scheme. For the Melbourne Sale there is no doubt that buyers will be purchasing horses with the potential to win extra prizemoney the scheme offers.’
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