Enthaar after winning the Premier Signs Doveton Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse on November 27, 2021 in Caulfield, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Not that he needs any publicity, but Written Tycoon gave another subtle reminder of his greatness as a sire when the Ciaron Maher and David Eustice trained Enthaar returned to form with victory in the Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
The three-year-old filly smashed her rivals on debut in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) at Randwick last year and followed up with another Group 3 win in the Chairman’s Stakes at Caulfield, but was unplaced when starting favourite at her next start in the Group 1 Blue Diamond (1200m).
After a 36 week spell, the filly resumed with a third over 1000m at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day but returned to her winning best over the sprint journey at Caulfield to take her record to three wins and a third from five starts.
Asked about the Oakleigh Plate as a target, Maher said in his postrace interview “Possibly. I’d love it if it was 1000 metres but that handicap level as a three-year-old might suit her. And she was quite tractable today. We might be going in the right direction.”
Yulong’s chief operating officer Sam Fairgray said it was great to see Enthaar back in form and winning another Stakes race.
“She was obviously a very promising early two-year-old, winning the Gimcrack and one of the lead-ups to the Blue Diamond and then I think she probably lost her way a little bit,” he said.
“Ciaron has done a fantastic job to get her to relax and get her back winning again.”
Asked if the 19-year-old Written Tycoon needs any more promotion after returning to Victoria after one season in New South Wales before being purchased by Yulong, Fairgray said:
“He just keeps on doing it himself.
“I mean he had that filly and he had the horse, Stageman, that ran second in the Group 1 (Winterbottom Stakes) on Saturday as well. “He is just such a consistent stallion who keeps on getting winners at all distances, all sexes, all ages. He is such a durable stallion.”
After serving 199 mares in New South Wales last year at a service fee of $77,000, the stallion’s fee was raised significantly to $165,000 on his return to Victoria to stand at Yulong.
“He has had a great season and has done really well in the serving barn,” Fairgray said.”
“He will have about 160 mares which is great, so he has been really popular.
“His fertility has been fantastic. He has always had really good fertility and has continued to hold that up which is really good for a horse of his age that he is so fertile.”
Yulong has sent more than 50 of their own mares to Written Tycoon and among them is some real quality.
Support has also come from breeders in Victoria, New South Wales and New Zealand and Fairgray said it was arguably the best book of mares the stallion has ever covered and that comes of the back of his one season in NSW where he also served some top-flight broodmares.
“The quality of crops he has got coming through I think year on year it just seems to get stronger and stronger as people start to take notice of what a great stallion he is,” Fairgray said.
“What he achieved with the low quality mares and that’s how he sort of developed his reputation and now he has got better quality he can certainly go to another level and with his sons at stud now he is really a sort of sire of sires with Capitalist and so forth.”
Fairgray said that Yulong would most likely retain a couple of Written Tycoon’s colts in the hope of producing a well credentialed performer which would hopefully join the Yulong stallion roster.
“But we will assess it at the time,” he said.
A multi-million dollar purchase by Yulong owner Yuesheng Zhang, Written Tycoon’s big service fee and the demand for his progeny when they are offered by the stud will recuperate the massive outlay on the stallion.
“It was a tricky decision to make, but Mr Zhang was very confident in doing it and what it would do for Yulong and it’s fantastic,” Fairgray said.
“It’s worked out well and it’s great.”
Fairgray said the purchase of Written Tycoon was based on several factors, including the fact he served 199 mares in 2020 and his fertility was extremely good – 88.9 per cent – and he was a healthy stallion.
“Stallions can keep breeding until they are 22, 23 and 24,” he said.
“Obviously, there are risks involved with it, and you just try and eliminate your problems, sort of thing, and then you just look at it and say he is still fertile, he is still fit and healthy, and he has got a great book of foals coming through.
“There were lots of positives to say that if you do it, you could actually finish up doing pretty well out of it because with a lot of our young mares as well going to a proven stallion like him you are giving them a great opportunity of producing a Stakes horse in the first couple of foals.”
Top Yulong mares served by Written Tycoon include prolific Group 1 winner Melody Belle (NZ) and Group winner Graceful Greysful Glamour who are both in foal to the stallion.
The Broken Shore, the dam of three-time Group 1 winner Shoals, already has a Written Tycoon colt at foot, is back in foal to the stallion. Victorian bred stallion Ole Kirk’s dam Naturale has also been served by Written Tycoon. And Extremely, the dam of Extreme Choice, is also in foal to the stallion.
“And that’s just a few of them,” Fairgray said.
“We have just managed him through the season and have just made sure he wasn’t overly taxed, and we are getting into December, and he is going to have an easy time in December because he has done so well through September, October and November.”
Fairgray said that they try to limit Written Tycoon to covering a maximum of three mares a day and he’d serve between 15 to 18 mares a week.
He said they had been extremely pleased with the support Yulong’s other five stallions had received from breeders,
Young first season sires Tagaloa and Lucky Vega had been well supported.
“Tagaloa had just over 145 mares booked to him and Lucky Vega about 130, so we are really pleased for those two young horses and Yulong Prince, who is probably a different level of horse, has still got to get an okay number of mares too.
“We have just been lucky that they have been well received in their first year at stud.
“And we are really happy with Alabama Express’ foals that we have got on the ground and they are his first crop. He is certainly stamping his foals and we are thrilled with what he is leaving.”
Fairgray said Grunt had his first yearlings headed to the Magic Millions next year and expects them to be well received.
He said while Yulong was keen to add another stallion to their roster, it was a case of finding the right one to benefit the stud and the breeding industry.
And Fairgray said it was an exciting time to be involved in the breeding industry and definitely agrees this is the best selection of high class stallions Victoria has offered for years.