The first Australian yearlings of Cable Bay are among a draft of 11 yearlings to go under the hammer for Woodside Park Stud at this month’s Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.
Woodside Park’s resident stallion, Written Tycoon, is also well represented with three colts and one filly, while Cable Bay has two fillies in the draft.
The stud’s General Manager James Price said the draft was a good representation of proven stallions, as well as young and exciting stallions.
“Obviously our resident stallion, Written Tycoon, heads the draft with some lovely colts and fillies and we are delighted to be offering the first progeny of Cable Bay at this sale and we have got two very smart fillies,” he said.
“And then we have got a few proven sires like Exceed and Excel, Zoustar and Pierro in the draft as well.”
Price said the Rowsthorn family have typically supported their own stallions, particularly Written Tycoon, and more recently his son, Rich Enuff.
“Mark Rowsthorn as principal of the business wants to, as you have seen in the last couple of years, invest quite heavily in mares so we are seeing those mares and what they are in foal to now coming through,” Price said.
“It is our aim to continue to support our own stallions but to also to diversify by what we offer at the sales by sending our mares to outside proven stallions as the quality and the number of the mares’ portfolio grows.
“We have to diversify in our stallion selection and we just can’t stick to our own.”
Cable Bay has just stood his third season at Woodside Park and has impressed the breeding industry with the types he has produced.
Price said he was different to most first season stallions as his first crop have run in Europe and he finished by being leading first season sire on winners in the UK and Ireland and also on black type horses and prize money.
“Whilst we haven’t seen his stock here yet on the track, he is proving successful in Europe already and I think the biggest key, and what we have never seen before in a stallion, is that all of Cable Bay’s mares have been selected and approved by Rick Jamieson of Gilgai Farm.
“Rick is arguably, on statistics, the best breeder in the country.
“What trainers are going to go to the sales and see are good physical specimens but what they really need to remember is that his yearlings they will see in front of him have been matched to the stallion which has been approved by arguably the best breeder there is.
“There is no need to go wondering whether this is a match and is this mare suited to Cable Bay because it is and it has been accepted.’’
Price said the Jamieson influence and Cable Bay’s European performances were an exciting combination for owners and trainers.
“His stock is already running in Europe and they are good types and it’s a unique, exciting experience for Cable Bay followers,” Price said.
“Cable Bay has just completed his third and most successful season with us and Rick still approves the mares.”
Cable Bay, who is a Group 2 winning speedster by Invincible Spirit, served 105 mares this season.
He said the support for Cable Bay was a strong as it was in his first season because Price says he is throwing good physical types which the Australian market is seeing in his weanlings and yearlings at the sales, plus his success on the track in Europe.
Jamieson, who bred Black Caviar, All Too Hard, Jameka, The Quarterback and Lucky Bubbles at his Gilgai Farm at Nagambie, hand picks mares that have the correct pedigree pattern for Cable Bay.
It was Jamieson who was responsible for securing the shuttling rights for Cable Bay.
Woodside Park Stud now has 75 mares and some of those are in partnership but Price said the plan was to continue to invest in quality mares and would follow the rule of selling at the bottom and adding at the top.
Woodside Park’s chestnut colt by Written Tycoon, out of Star Via Strada (USA) is the one in their draft that Price believes will be in strong demand.
“He is the spitting image of his father and he just got the balance and probably his father’s head and is very much in his dad’s mould,” Price said.
“And the same can be said about the Written Tycoon and ghe Factor of Safety chestnut filly.”
Price said every yearling they are taking to the Gold Coast has their strengths.
The stud sold 100 percent of last year’s draft and Price said not bringing any home was always the first aim.
“Buyers can have a look at our draft and have confidence that they are for sale and I think the yearlings we are taking this time are a notch above last year’s,” Price said.
“It’s a very even draft and I think people will really like what they see and there is something there for everyone.
“There are proven stallions, unproven stallions and promising stallions and the physical nature of the horses certainly appeal.”
Rich Enuff, who stands alongside his famous father, Written Tycoon, will also have a colt, out of Balsamico, go under the hammer. He has just finished his fourth season where the support for him was just as good as the first three.
Price said while the breeding season had finished, the next season for them is the sales and starts with the Magic Millions.
“It’s a fantastic and wonderful industry but in terms of the grassroots level – the staff – there is really only the month of July where they can get a bit of peace but the rest of the time it’s pretty much flat stick but it’s good fun at the same time.”
But all agree successful results at the sales always makes it worthwhile.
WOODSIDE PARK STUD’S DRAFT
Lot 115 – Black filly: Cable Bay (IRE)/Balmodena
Lot 116 – Bay colt: Rich Enuff/Balsamico
Lot 127 – Bay colt: Exceed and Excel/Bel Selene
Lot 293 – Chestnut filly: Written Tycoon/ Factor of Safety
Lot 369 – Bay colt: Zoustar/Hautvillers
Lot 665 – Black colt: Pierro/Racy
Lot 725 – Bay colt: Written Tycoon/Sarzameen (FR)
Lot 742 – Filly: Written Tycoon / Secret Doubt
Lot 807 – Bay filly: Written Tycoon/Star Via Strada (USA)
Lot 857 – Bay colt: Vancouver/Tennessee (NZ)
Lot 875 – Bay filly: Cable Bay/Tiz My View