It was a case of love at first sight for Victorian bloodstock agent and TBV Member Sheamus Mills when he laid eyes on a chestnut filly on the Gold Coast last week.
Sheamus has been in the bloodstock game for 15 years and estimates he has inspected around 30,000 yearlings, but none have appealed to him as much as the Written Tycoon filly, out of Karuta Queen.
Mills is man who believes that anything is possible in the racing game and he instantly decided he would do everything in his power to purchase the filly, when she went through the ring on the second day of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
He knew he’d have to pay big money and the price tag of less than $1 million swirled around in his head as he contacted several of his private clients to ask if they be interested in taking a slice of the filly out of the stakes winning mare who has already has already produced a stakes winner – Eawase.
Come auction day, Mills couldn’t keep his hand down and parted with $1.5 million when he finally fended off the powerful Godolphin to win the filly.
“I bought her because I think she is the best yearling I have ever seen in my life,” Mills said.
“I have been in this game for a fair while now and I have bought fast ones and slow ones and I have not seen one like her.
“I score everything on a sale complex and I gave some other horses an A-plus which is in line with previous A-pluses I suppose I have seen in previous sales, and I didn’t know what to write for her because she was, in my opinion, lengths above those horses.
“I had to come up with a new score which was A triple-plus and it was the first time I wanted to give a horse that score and I have not seen a horse handle the sale like that horse.”
Mills said the horse would have been paraded a hundred times but walked into the ring the same as she did the first time he inspected her a week ago.
He wanted to buy the filly when he first saw her but realistically thought it might not be possible but when some of his clients saw her for the first time on sale day, Mills said they soon realised why he had been spruiking her.
“They all just fell in love with her and could see what I had mentioned to them,” Mills said.
“I have seen some nice fillies in the past but this one was next level and when they spotted her, they just wanted her, but we certainly didn’t expect to spend that money when she walked into the ring.
“But I had never seen anything like her, and a rush of blood or whatever you want to call it, but I decided to buy her and said to them you are going to have her for 10, 12, 14 or 20 years and she can race for you and she can breed for you.
“If black cats get black kittens and her foals are like her and walk like her, then they’ll be walking through the ring at five, six, seven or eight hundred thousand dollars.”
Mills said the price they group had originally decided to stop at was less than $1 million, but he points out the conversation with his group of buyers on whether he could buy or find one better continued as the bidding war raged.
His answer was no but admits the $1.5 million was the final time his hand was going up.
Mills said it was pleasing the filly was by a Victorian stallion and from a mare who has had five foals – all fillies – and is currently in foal to Zoustar, with tests revealing she is carrying another filly.
When it was put to Mills that the $1.5 million-dollar filly had broken multiple records, Sheamus had no idea that his bidding war had caused such a stir on so many fronts.
The filly was the highest priced lot for any of Written Tycoon’s progeny ever sold. The filly also was the top lot for any filly of the sale and was also the highest priced filly since 2018.
At this stage Mills hasn’t decided on a trainer and the group is currently working out on how much of the $1.5 million they will each take in the filly which was sold by Strawberry Hill Stud.