Those across the border have been quick to lay claims on super stallion Written Tycoon and his son Ole Kirk who has emerged as the country’s most exciting stallion prospect after completing back-to-back Group 1 victories.
And another of Written Tycoon’s son, Dirty Work, scored a Group 2 win at Caulfield last Saturday by winning the Schillaci Stakes.
As well as the Group victories of Ole Kirk and Dirty Work, Written Tycoon filly Odeum also won the Group 1 Thousand Guineas On Saturday.
While Written Tycoon is on loan from Victoria’s Woodside Park to Arrowfield in the Hunter Valley, his most recent rush of Group victories have obviously come from his days at Tylden.
The call by some to claim Ole Kirk as a Sydney horse can best be described as ambitious.
As co-trainer Wayne Hawkes pointed out, Ole Kirk was sired in Victoria, foaled down in Victoria, sold in Victoria and broken-in and educated in Victoria. So he is a Victorian for Team Hawkes which has stables in Sydney and Flemington.
Ole Kirk also had his first two starts in Victoria, winning the Listed Talindert Stakes at Flemington in February this year at his first race.
Stablemate North Pacific, by Victorian stallion Brazen Beau, is another exiting stallion prospect and is also Victorian bred and sold.
While it’s obvious Ole Kirk, who has been assigned to the paddock after his Group 1 win last Saturday, is already the subject of massive offers from the Hunter Valley, Dirty Work, also trained by Team Hawkes, is raced by Spendthrift Australia and is expected to stand at their Victorian stud next year.
While Dirty Work is a four-year-old, both Ole Kirk and North Pacific are three-year-old colts.
Woodside Park’s chief executive James Price said he remarked to someone on Friday to imagine if Dirty Work, Odeum and Ole Kirk could salute at Caulfield.
“To actually do it, you try to find words to describe for it,” Price said.
“You could say amazing, wow, special but you need a dictionary to find the right word because you look at the Guineas and it hadn’t been won by the same sire since 1976.
“And you just think wow.”
And Price said another lovely thing about the wins was that it came from mares conceived in Victoria.
“We have to go back decades to Showdown and horses like that that stood in Victoria to have the dominance that Written Tycoon has begun this season with and it’s wonderful.”
Price said that while Written Tycoon wasn’t at the farm, the ownership hasn’t changed and they are still heavily involved in him as they ever have been.
He said Arrowfield was doing a wonderful job this season in standing him and no decision had been made on the Written Tycoon’s future for next season.
“As we have said no decisions are going to be made until the end of the season,” Price said.
“Nothing has been discussed and let’s get through this season and hopefully we can see some more Group 1 winners, particularly we look at the likes of Enthaar and the excitement of her performance two weekends ago was very special.”
Price said he expected Written Tycoon, which for the past two years had stood at his highest fee of $110,000, would serve about 160 mares this season at his reduced fee of $77,000.
He said he would get a level of quality of broodmares that he hasn’t seen before, including Black Caviar, Shoals and her dam The Broken Shore.
“The Hunter Valley breeders who haven’t supported him before they are salivating at Written Tycoon standing at their backdoor,” he said.
“And I am sure they are salivating certainly at the service fee he is standing at this season on the back of his results. In hindsight he could have stood for a lot more but we’ll see what happens next year.”
Price said who could have foreseen Written Tycoon having three Group 1 winners – including Pippie in the AJ Moir Stakes – and being on top of the premiership by almost $2 million.
He said two-year’s like Enthaar, a Group 3 winner of the Gimcrack Stakes, were off the back of his $80,000 service fee which obviously commanded a better quality of mare.
“And the following two years were $100,000 (pus GST) each – $100,000 for the yearlings and $100,000 for the foals dropping down.”
Price said the crops should become much better and that’s why he has always said the best is still to come from Written Tycoon.
Arrowfield was quick to put pen to paper, saying Written Tycoon began Caulfield’s premier day with season prizemoney of $3.2 million and five stakes victories, including Ole Kirk’s Golden Rose and Pippie’s Moir Stakes at Group 1 level.
“Then Dirty Work, Odeum and Ole Kirk got down to business. By day’s end Written Tycoon had added two of Australian racing’s most coveted prizes, the Caulfield and Thousand Guineas, plus the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes, to his record, and his progeny earnings had increased to $5.3 million,” Arrowfield’s press release read.
“That gives him a clear $1.9 million lead on both the General Sires’ and 3YO Sires’ Premierships and cements his place among Australia’s elite stallions.”
Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara said: “It’s been a brilliant day for Written Tycoon and it’s a real privilege for Arrowfield to have him on our 2020 roster.
“The results he’s compiling this season are very well-deserved by the stallion, his syndicate, Woodside Park Stud, and all the breeders who have supported him.
“We knew Written Tycoon had served a large book of quality mares in 2016 which gave him a solid platform for the next stage of his career, but it’s fair to say the speed of his progress has exceeded our expectations!
“He’s now receiving a whole new level of support in the Hunter Valley, including around 40 Arrowfield mares, among them Champion 3YO Filly Shoals and her dam The Broken Shore.”
“Written Tycoon is the first stallion since Sovereign Edition, whose daughters Surround & Savoir triumphed in 1976, to sire the winners of both Guineas in the same year.”
And Arrowfield pointed out that Ole Kirk became the second colt, after The Autumn Sun in 2018, to complete the Golden Rose-Caulfield Guineas double.
With the phenomenal results of Written Tycoon and the best yet to come.
It is no surprise that our friends north of the border are proud to have Written Tycoon standing in their state for the 2020 breeding season.