Home to one of Australia’s most desired stallions in Written Tycoon (and three other up-and-comers), Woodside Park now has much to live up to in terms of industry expectations.
And they certainly delivered in spades last week on the Gold Coast finishing among the top buyers of broodmares at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.
In partnership with Written Tycoon shareholder Sheriff Iskander and with the assistance of Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock, Woodside bought 16 quality mares for a total spend of $3.68 million.
Woodside’s James Price said the broodmare investment further cemented Woodside as one of the nation’s leading farms.
“The sale was a wonderful sign of the dedication Woodside Park Stud has to Victoria…and with all mares residing and foaling down at our Tylden property, it reiterates the commitment to the Victorian breeding industry by (Woodside owner) Mark Rowsthorn,” Price said.
“Sheriff Iskander, who is the majority shareholder in Written Tycoon, has not purchased broodmares for many years, but he has decided to re-invest with Woodside Park. We welcome the buying partnership and look forward to many successful breeding seasons ahead,” Price said.
Standout lots were undoubtedly Listed winner and Group 2 placed Hell or Highwater (Not A Single Doubt) bought by Woodside for $600,000 as well as the Stratum mare Diploma in foal to Written Tycoon for $520,000.
Other key Woodside ark/Iskander purchases included:
- Lot 1375 Secret Doubt (Not a Single Doubt) in foal to Written Tycoon (bought for $400,000)
- Lot 1402 Snitzel’s Goddess (Snitzel) in foal to American Pharoah ($340,000)
- Lot 1257 Name Of The Rose (Testa Rossa) in foal to Capitalist ($250,000)
- Lot 900 Bel Selene (Bel Esprit) in foal to Exceed and Excel ($360,000.)
“Although not all the mating plans for the new arrivals have been locked in, it is our intention that Hell Or Highwater will visit Written Tycoon this season,” Price revealed,
“…and based on the 12 mares sold in foal to Written Tycoon for the sale, it shows the quality of mares he is covering with an impressive average of $470,000,” Price said.
“With the level of investment shown by Woodside Park Stud, Mark Rowsthorn and Sheriff Iskander in buying top quality broodmares for our bloodstock portfolio, it gives us strength in the quality and quantity of mares supporting all four of our resident stallions.”