Woodside Park Stud is happy with the mix of the 29 yearlings they are selling at next month’s 2020 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction.

After the hype and adulation associated with a record $1.5 million result at the recent Gold Magic Millions Yearling Sale from Victoria’s leading sire for the fourth consecutive year in a row and Woodside’s resident sire, Written Tycoon, there are no signs of slowing down for the Victorian farm. 

The stud’s General Manager – Commercial, James Price said they were well represented by their resident stallion Written Tycoon with eight youngsters and other proven sires like Zoustar whose yearlings are from the last crop he conceived at Woodside Park.

Written Tycoon wins Champion Victorian Sire for the fourth consecutive year at the TBV Awards (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Of the 24 Written Tycoon’s offered in the sale, 10 are being sold by Woodside Park –like at the Magic Millions where the stallion achieved its highest ever yearling price.  Melbourne bloodstock agent Seamus Mills paid the massive money for the Written Tycoon filly, out of Karuta Queen, which was offered by Strawberry Hill Farm in New South Wales.

Price said Written Tycoon had a lot of top liners on the track that Woodside Park hope are running in the two year-old races in the months to come.

“The mare quality he served for this crop is certainly well above any mare he served in his previous years so we feel the best is yet to come for Written Tycoon’s stock,’’ he said.

In the 2018/19 season, when Written Tycoon was awarded the TBV Champion Victorian Sire for the fourth consecutive year, the stallion saw 150 individual race winners from his progeny. As well as another six stakes wins added to the sire’s extensive victory list, from progeny such as Despatch, Tyzone, Booker and Written By.  

Price said there would something in the Woodside draft for everyone to take a liking to. Cable Bay, who stands at Woodside Park, had his first Australian yearlings offered for sale at the Gold Coast Magic Millions and Price said they were happy with the results. “It was terrific,” Price said.

“We have a promising first season horse like Cable Bay and also Rich Enuff who has got two year-old runners now,” Price said.

“But I think what is most critical and really pleasing was that they were all bought and are going to stables of top trainers, such as Anthony Freedman, Danny O’Brien and Mick Price. We have said all along with Cable Bay that we think the best results won’t be the first year.

“It’s our belief that this horse will be a success. Breeders will get financial reward in future years and not just in their first year. When they are going to the best trainers they are going to their best chance, but we are very, very pleased and look forward to how the rest of them sell throughout the sale series.”

Rick Jamieson, of Gilgai Farm, who was influential in shuttling Cable Bay to Australia, has hand-picked and approved each mare sent to the stallion at Woodside Park.

“It is Rick Jamieson and the shareholders’ belief that we can make this horse a successful stallion in that extremely proven stallion category and we believe to do that the mares need to match.”

Price said it was probably only nine months away from Cable Bay’s first Australian progeny hitting the track.

“His service fee overseas reflects what his progeny have done in Europe and it’s hard to sell a stallion’s virtues on what they do in another hemisphere,” Price said.

“Buyers want to really see what they are going to do in Australia and that’s because time and time again we have seen a stallion work in one hemisphere and not the other. Until they work here in Australia, we are not in a position to raise the service fee but hopefully in 2021 when his horses have been incredibly successful here on the track we would hope his service fee would indeed rise.”

Price said the talk about the Rich Enuff stock was still extremely positive and trainers are pleased with what they have been shown but have highlighted the point that they are not push button two year-olds.

“As we know time is a great thing for horses and if we have to be patient now, the trainers and breeders who have supported him will reap the benefits because it’s a little bit like the Written Tycoon’s. If we give them a little bit of time they will be sound, winning horses and not just for one prep but several preps as they turn three and four years-old.”

With the consistent success of everything Woodside both in the ring and on the track, this is one draft not to be missed. 

Woodside’s draft will be located in barn H, stables 1 -30. You can view Woodside’s draft which will be at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale, here