Written Tycoon keeps adding another chapter
Woodside Park Stud’s James Prices sees a little bit of the Takeover Target story in the stud’s premier stallion, Written Tycoon.
It’s got nothing to with what the horses individually achieved on the racetrack, but more how they both battled their way to the top from humble beginnings in different facets of the racing game.
Takeover Target was a $1200 purchase at a sale of tried horses that finished winning more than $6 million for cab driver and then part time trainer Joe Janiak.
Written Tycoon was a Group 2 winning horse who started his first two seasons at stud for a fee of $7500 (plus GST) in 2007 and then dipped to $6000 for the next two seasons.
And now for the past two seasons he has stood at Woodside Park for $100,000 (plus GST).
On Saturday he produced Teleplay to win the Group 2 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) at Sandown, while also having two year-old Tilia Rose winning the Max Lees Classic (900m) at her first start.
“It was most pleasing to see Tilia Rose win as she is heading towards the slipper and she measured up really, really well,” Price said.
“Her last 600m time was wonderful for a filly and she just looked incredibly professional.”
Price said Written Tycoon’s current crop of two year-olds are off a $45,000 service fee.
“Written Tycoon had never had a runner that was conceived off a service fee of more than $18,000,” he said.
“So obviously when he went from $18,000 to $45,000, plus GST, that obviously commanded a different type of mare, usually a better type of mare.
“With a jump in the service fee and a jump in the quality of mare and also with 175 two year-olds in this crop that Tilia Rose is in, it could be a very exciting crop this season.”
Price said Written Tycoon’s yearlings which will be in next year’s sales are off his $80,000 (plus GST) service and his current foals and mares being conceived now are off his $100,00-plus service fee.
He said Written Tycoon breeders had been rewarded with the way the stallion had been able to upgrade his mares.
“If we are able to continue to see that, breeders can continue to reap the rewards,” Price said.
“Even though the climb in his service fee, that will be a tremendous result for all concerned.”
Written Tycoon will finish the season with about 150 services. The 17 year-old had his book capped to protect his longevity as his years advance, even though Price said the stallion would not have any problems serving whatever number he was given.
The better quality of mare he is being presented with will hopefully see him rise up the stakes winners list.
And as Price points out, Written Tycoon is the only active stallion in Australia to have sired a Golden Slipper winner and a Blue Diamond colt.
“Yes, he demands $100,000 and it’s up there, but buyers go to the yearling sales and they see a Written Tycoon colt and know they can get a two year-old Group 1 winner and inevitably that’s what we breed for,” Price said.
“With the mindset of a buyer, breeders are going to be well rewarded in the sale ring should they have that product.’’
As well as Tilia Rose’s victory, another Written Tycoon two year-old also won on debut Saturday with Dusty Tycoon scoring over 1000m for Robert Heathcote at the Sunshine Coast.
And while Written Tycoon’s book was capped at 150, it was suggested that those who missed his service should look at his son, Rich Enuff, who also stands at Woodside. He is in his fourth season and this year served his biggest book of mares which reflects the faith breeders have in the look of his current two year-olds.
But Price doesn’t expect Rich Enuff’s progeny to be pre-Christmas two year-olds but more likely to be autumn two year-olds as they head into three year-olds.
“But we are delighted with what we are seeing and hearing at the moment,’’he said.
Price said Written Tycoon in the early days of his stud career was a bit of a battler story with the stallion standing for ‘’cheap as chips” and any mare going to him.
“And now he has risen to $100,00,” he said.
“It’s things like that, such as Takeover Target, which are wonderful for our game where the breeding or racing of horses is where we are all chasing the dream and the dream is achievable but you need a hell of a lot of luck.’’
Yes, a lot of luck.