The highest-selling Super VOBIS yearling came late on the opening day of the 2023 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, when Lot 145 – a stunning Written Tycoon filly bred by MAKYBE – was sold for $525,000.
The first foal produced by the Snitzel mare Moldova, the athletic filly was knocked down to Te Akau Racing boss David Ellis, who is hopeful his new purchase will hit the ground running as a 2YO.
The team at MAKYBE, led by owner Tony Santic, were understandably delighted with the result, which surpassed their expectations. Having said that, Stud Manager Joe Murray had been quietly confident the filly would be in high demand, given both her pedigree page and the outstanding reputation of Yulong’s superstar stallion Written Tycoon.
“We thought she’d sell for somewhere between three and four hundred thousand, so to get a result like that was fantastic,” said Murray.
“Written Tycoon has obviously proved himself as a stallion and we’ve always been keen to support him with our mares, this filly is a beautiful type so we’ve had a high opinion of her from the start.
“We raced the mare [Moldova], and she showed huge potential before she suffered a career-ending injury in the paddock as a three-year-old. We were very confident she’d get some Black Type so we were pretty devastated when we had to retire her, but her win as a two-year-old down the Flemington straight was pretty eye-catching so she’d shown enough in her career to suggest she had above average ability.
“She was a really sensible, uncomplicated mare and this filly has shown all the same traits as her mum. We had her out 170 times during the inspections, and despite the heat she paraded beautifully every time. So were pretty confident that she’d sell well, but to get more than half a million was definitely above and beyond our expectations.”
Ellis was equally happy to secure the filly for what he believed was a very fair price, saying: “She’s a stunning type with a pedigree that has a lot of appeal to me.
“She’s out of a Snitzel mare who is out of a General Nediym mare, so there is very little lacking in the pedigree and obviously Written Tycoon has proved himself as a stallion.
“She is just a beautiful filly, and I think she’ll win two-year-old races then go on and be an even better three-year-old. We paid $800,000 last year for a similar filly, so I thought this one was a good buy.”
MAKYBE has one more yearling going through the sale ring this week (Lot 442), a striking filly sired by The Autumn Sun.
“She’s a beautiful walker,” said Murray.
“Obviously The Autumn Sun doesn’t have the reputation of Written Tycoon, so we probably don’t expect her to sell quite as well. But anyone who has taken a look at her couldn’t fail to be impressed by how she moves, so fingers crossed we can get another good result on Thursday.”