Written Tycoon is like a fine wine as he continues to improve year after year.
Held in the highest regards amongst the most astute thoroughbred judges, by the finest sommeliers, he would be comparable to a Grange.
Having taken out Champion First Season Sire of Australia in 2010/11, he has now been recognised for the second season in a row with the title of Champion Victorian Sire.
Written Tycoon had a break-out season in 2015/2016 with three of his progeny winning Group 1 races not least Golden Slipper winner Capitalist. He was also crowned Champion Australian 2YO Sire.
This past season he proved the previous season wasn’t a fluke. The progeny of the Woodside based sire earned $7.79 million across Australia. This included six individual stakes winners, 139 individual winners and, of course, Group 1 Tatts Tiara winner Tycoon Tara.
Added to that was his overseas success particularly in Hong Kong where he had seven individual winners and progeny earnings of HK$13 million (AU$2.09 million).
A son of Last Tycoon’s Iglesia and out of a Kenmare mare, an element of Written Tycoon’s success must be credited to providing breeders with an outcross that suits the majority of pedigrees.
With the Australian broodmare band being saturated with Danehill blood, he has achieved success from a diverse range of dam lines, not being restricted to suiting a particular nick.
In his early stud career Written Tycoon was well supported with mare numbers but not necessarily quality. Nevertheless he continually upgraded his mares, and by producing outstanding types with each crop of foals, he started to gain admirable attention.
All up, Written Tycoon has had 443 progeny hit the race track for 324 winners, a phenomenal 73.0% winners to runners ratio. Total progeny earnings are now more than $38 million including the big prizes of 19 stakes winners.
This year, Written Tycoon went to a new level writing Victorian sire records in the sales ring.
In January, his Magic Millions Gold Coast yearlings averaged $307,500, an astonishing 22 times his service fee.
Then at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, he became the first Victorian based sire to have a $1 million yearling at any sale in Australia. With his Easter yearlings averaging $610,000, he returned a staggering 44.8 times his service fee.
These exceptional sales results give mare owners the confidence that they have made the right choice financially to breed with Written Tycoon to achieve success in the sales ring and on the racetrack.
With tremendous fertility and libido, Written Tycoon in recent seasons has covered large books of some of the best pedigreed and performed young mares in the country, reversing the trend and triggering commercial breeders in the Hunter Valley to send mares south.
In modern times it is unprecedented for such a successful sire – on both the race track and in the sales ring – to stand (and remain) in Victoria.
But Woodside Park Stud is passionately Victorian owned by Mark Rowsthorn and he is determined that their champion sire remains right here in the southern state.
The sire’s 2017 service fee is $88,000, by far the highest ever demanded of a Victorian based sire. But with the accolades he and his progeny have already achieved, it is hard to argue this is not the right figure.