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Written Tycoon colt tops Inglis Classic Sale

Lot 130, a colt by Written Tycoon out of Sylvia's Mother. The colt was sold to TFI / Kia Ora Stud / Annabel Neasham Racing QLD for $550,000.

The progeny of champion Victorian sire Written Tycoon were in demand at the Inglis Classic Sale, as a colt by the Yulong-based sire held court in topping the 800-plus lot auction.

Commanding a price of $550,000, the colt, who is the first foal out of dual Victorian Group 3 winner Sylvia’s Mother, was purchased by TFI along with Kia Ora Stud and Annabel Neasham.

Written Tycoon, the sire of Saturday’s Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes winner Coolangatta, also had a filly sell for $340,000 as the stallion averaged $192,692 from 13 lots sold at Riverside.

Swettenham Stud celebrated a fantastic Classic sale for their roster leader Toronado, whose progeny averaged the second-highest figure (three or more sold) across the Book 1 sale.

Headlined by a $420,000 son out of Art Series, Toronado averaged $206,364 from 11 lots sold, trailing only Extreme Choice by that metric.

The standout Lot 256-offered colt will be destined for Hong Kong, a jurisdiction where Toronado has earned plenty of success in his fledgling stud career to date, with the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s buying agent Craig Rounsefell prepared to go to the lofty figure for the son of Group 3 winner Art Series.

A filly by the stallion also broke the $300,000 mark, as nine yearlings by Toronado sold for six figures.

The Classic sale posted figures slightly down on 12 months ago, as Book 1 saw $56.9 million exchange hands at the Sydney sale, compared with $66.8 million in 2022. Turnover was still ahead of the 2021 edition of the Book 1 sale, which grossed $51.3 million.

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