Written Tycoon claims fourth champion sire title
Under the watchful eye of Mark Rowsthorn’s dedicated team, five impressive stallions reside proudly in the paddocks of Victoria’s Woodside Park Stud.
None more so than Written Tycoon. And rightly so. At the recent TBV Victorian Breeders Awards, he was crowned the 2018/19 Champion Victorian Sire, for the fourth consecutive season.
“A beacon for the Victorian industry, Written Tycoon’s appeal extends far beyond as he is one of only a handful of stallions to have sired two colts to win the two richest Group One 2-year-old features on the Australian turf calendar,” Woodside’s General Manager Commercial James Price said.
James is referring to the 2018 Golden Slipper Stakes winner Capitalist, and 2018 Blue Diamond Stakes victor Written By.
“Breed-shapers Redoute’s Choice and Danehill are the only other stallions in the past 25 years to do so,” Price said.
The 2018/19 season was a seriously successful one on the track for Written Tycoon. He had a pair of Group 1 winners in Booker (Oakleigh Plate) and Despatch (The Goodwood) as well as another four individual stakes winners – Written By, Tyzone, Teleplay and Sexy Eyes. His progeny won nearly $10.5 million in earnings, with over 150 winners (255 wins) from 294 runners.
“We couldn’t be prouder of the consistency shown by Written Tycoon for all our loyal breeders and clients,” said James.
“His progeny continues to perform in the city, and in elite group races all around the country.”
The Australian Champion First Season Sire of 2010/2011, Written Tycoon (Iglesia x Party Miss) spent his first eight seasons at stud never standing for a fee greater than $13,750.
His first yearlings were conceived at a higher fee of $19,800 in 2015 and his two subsequent crops were bred at fees of $49,500 and $88,000.
Some of the best Group and Group-producing mares in the country, including Cups Queen Makybe Diva, have visited Written Tycoon in Victoria in recent years, as well as a surge of quality breeders from New South Wales.
In the sales ring, buyers continue to chomp at the bit to secure his progeny. He topped Day three of the 2019 Magic Millions
Gold Coast Yearling Sale when furious bidding saw Shadwell’s Angus Gold and bloodstock agent James Harron secure an outstanding yearling colt for $900,000.
He also topped the second day of the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale when Gilgai Farm’s Written Tycoon x Naturale colt sold for $675,000.
Written Tycoon’s Group 3-winning mare Written Dash highlighted the stallion’s broodmare capabilities, with the second foal from the mare selling at the 2019 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for $1.7 million, the equal third highest price of the sale.
“It’s brilliant to see breeders continuing to reap the rewards from Written Tycoon,” said James.
“These results not only reward breeders and give them confidence of the returns to come, but it ensures Written Tycoon remains one of the most consistent and dependable stallions available.”
A striking chestnut standing just over 16 hands, Written Tycoon won on debut over 1100m at Randwick at age two for trainer Grahame Begg. His next start saw him finish second to Champion 2YO filly Fashions Afield over 1200m, with the likes of subsequent Golden Slipper winner Stratum, Manton and Media in his wake.
He scored his biggest win at his third start when he won the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill, a race won by the likes of fellow stallions Exceed And Excel, Smart Missile and Pierro.
As a three-year-old, Written Tycoon resumed in the Group 2 San Domenico Stakes, coming from back in the field to finish second to Media, with subsequent Oakleigh Plate winner Snitzel in third and Stratum fourth.
He was also second in the Listed Satellite Stakes over 1100m. He retired with two wins and three seconds from 11 starts for earnings of $289,325.
With the level of clientele Written Tycoon continues to attract, combined with ongoing racetrack and sales ring success of his progeny, it certainly makes the strong case for Written Tycoon’s continual rise to greatness.
Written Tycoon stands at Woodside Park in 2019 at a fee of $110,000 (inc GST).
*Excerpts from Breednet, Mirunners and Woodside Park.