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Written Tycoon sets the standard at Oaklands

With the memories of Southport Tycoon’s Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) win still fresh in the minds of buyers, Written Tycoon re-asserted his dominance as Victoria’s leading sire at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Despite his advancing years, Written Tycoon is showing no signs of slowing down and his offspring continue to produce the goods on the racetrack, with Southport Tycoon’s dominant win coming hot on the hooves of Stakes victories for the likes of Raikoke, Lady Of Camelot and Captured By Love.

Lot 2 Written Tycoon x Talented (Image: Inglis/Yulong)

It was therefore unsurprising that the progeny of Yulong’s flagbearer proved extremely popular across the three days of action at Oaklands Junction. Indeed, within ten minutes of trading on the opening day, Written Tycoon had already made his mark as Lot 2 was sold to Moody Racing for a cool $525,000.

The colt had been well inspected and, according to many astute judges, was the pick of Yulong’s 20-strong opening day draft, which sold for a combined $3.16 million.

Out of the Snitzel mare Talented, who was Stakes-placed and is a daughter of Stakes winner Exceptionally, the colt sparked an early bidding frenzy with Moody and training partner Katherine Coleman eventually outlasting their rivals.

“He is a very nice colt and Yulong have presented a terrific draft here,” said Moody.

“He’s typical of the nice Written Tycoon colts, and he already looks a big, strong horse. There is also a fair bit of Snitzel about him, with his nice size and strength and he looks quick and sharp.”

In a game of give and take, Yulong later shelled out $480,000 for Lot 226, an athletic colt from the Rosemont Stud draft.

Out of Listed winner and Group 1 performer Everyday Lady, whose pedigree page also features Weekend Hussler, the colt is set to join the stable of Tony and Calvin McEvoy – who coincidentally train the Australian Guineas runner-up Veight (sired by Yulong’s stallion Grunt).

Purchasing under the YPL Racing banner, Yulong’s General Manager Vin Cox described the colt as “an earlier type as he’s not a big, heavy horse”.

“We like to be seen to be participating in the sale and supporting clients who have supported us with our stallions, like Rosemont have,” added Cox.

“At the end of the day, it’s not a big industry so we like to look after each other. It’s a good way of going about business, particularly when you find a horse that is well-bred and looks the complete article like this colt does.

“It’s an obvious play to show faith in those who show faith in us.”

Amongst the other Written Tycoon yearlings to fetch premium prices were Lots 325 (a brown colt out of Kamuniak) and 534 (chestnut colt out of So Serene), which were both sold for $350,000 to trainers Shane Nichols and Liam Howley respectively.

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