Having made Magic Millions history by splashing out $2.6 million on Sunlight’s full-sister, Yulong’s spending spree continued on day three when they spent $950,000 on a Written Tycoon colt.
Lot 477 was the first Super VOBIS-nominated colt by the superstar stallion to go through the ring this week, and the bidding was predictably feverish. Eventually, Yulong’s owner Mr Zhang and COO Sam Fairgray got their wish and purchased the striking son of The Broken Shore, who produced three-time Group 1 winning mare Shoals.
The team at Yulong got a very good look at the colt and identified his early potential, with The Broken Shore giving birth to the foal on the farm before she was served for a second time by Written Tycoon.
From day one, Fairgray and co. liked what they saw and after clapping their eyes on him as a yearling and noticing how much he had improved, there was no doubt in their mind that he would be returning to Nagambie with them.“Written Tycoon is doing a great job as a sire of sires and is obviously from the family of one of the great sires in Redoute’s Choice, so it’s great that we’ve been able to get this colt,” said Fairgray.
“He’ll go into the system, and hopefully we can pick off a Group 1 with him before he ends up in the stallion barn. He’s progressed a lot from when we first saw him as a foal, and I think he’s a colt that will just keep on progressing. He’s got a great temperament and he’s all in proportion, so there’s a lot to like about him.”
Paul Messara of Arrowfield Stud, who bred the colt, also paid tribute to the colt and to Written Tycoon, saying: “He’s a lovely horse and he’s probably the most obvious stallion prospect in the catalogue this year.
“He has all the attributes of being a lovely horse and with a pedigree like that, he really was the obvious one so I think Yulong purchased very well.
“Written Tycoon is a very good sire himself and is very capable of throwing an extremely good son, so hopefully this will be the one that takes that family forward.”
The sale took Written Tycoon’s tally close to $1.75 million from his first three Super VOBIS-nominated lots, with his two SV fillies on the opening day selling for a combined $725,000.
Yulong’s flagbearer has four more Super VOBIS yearlings entering the sales ring, with three colts and a Dorrington Farm-bred filly set to go under the hammer on days four and five.