The leading vendor by aggregate title at the Inglis Premier Sale changed hands for the fourth time in four years with Woodside Park Stud taking out top ranking for 2018.
Woodside Park Stud were confident going into the sale that they had a strong draft which could compete among the best and their goal was achieved at Oaklands Junction with total sales of $4.15 million across Boook 1 which was $500,000 in front of Supreme Thoroughbreds.
It wasn’t the only sales table they topped, with their two outstanding stallions, Zoustar and Written Tycoon numbering one-two as the leading sires by aggregate. All of these yearlings are eligible to race in the inaugural $1 million Showdown 2YO race in 2019.
Woodside’s Matt Tillett was full of praise for the stud’s team and thrilled that all the hard work and effort that has been put into the horses back at the farm has paid dividends.
‘It’s almost a couple of years from when these matings are decided, from conception to the sales ring. It’s a long process, but we can now reap the rewards. It’s a brilliant result and it’s great for the Woodside brand,” Tillett said.
‘Our draft was nearly twice as big as last year, and our inspections were through the roof. The most popular lots were doing over 150 parades a day.
‘We had over 40 buyers on farm before the sale to inspect the draft, which took the pressure off when we arrived at the complex. We will focus more on those in future years, as we continue to present big, strong drafts at Inglis Premier.”
With 32 lots sold, Written Tycoon averaged almost $140,000 off an $18,000 service fee (in 2015) which was a fantastic result for all the breeders and vendors that supported him in the past.
It was also a brilliant sale for Northern Meteor’s brilliant son, Zoustar, the current leading first season sire in Australia by earnings. He was the leading sire by aggregate with a lot average of over $167,000 across 29 lots sold.
“His (Zoustar’s) number one fan, Tony McEvoy was bidding very strongly on the stallion’s progeny, buying the cream of our draft. We know the success Tony is having with Sunlight, currently the leading Golden Slipper Stakes contender.
“He likes the breed, the type and is backing that with his bidding. He has been by far the strongest active trainer, and he bought three of our top five lots for the sale.”
“Other leading trainers and top syndicators were also jumping on board the Zoustars, including Gai Waterhouse, which is a nice endorsement, and Lloyd Kennewell, who was strong on the nicest fillies in the sale.”
Next year Woodside Park Stud expects to back even bigger and better, ready to defend the title of Leading Vendor by Aggregate.