Woodside Park Stud had plenty to celebrate last weekend. And they will be hoping the success flows into next week’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale where they have a magnificent line-up of young horses.
Results for Woodside included the outstanding win of Written Tycoon’s son, Written By in the Blue Diamond Stakes, the tough fighting victory of Sunlight in the Group 2 Silver Slipper and their future stallion Tosen Stardom looking back to his best and ready to take on the Sydney Carnival.
Written By’s Blue Diamond victory handed his sire his fifth individual Group 1 winner and cemented Written Tycoon as one of the great stallions of recent times.
As Woodside Park Stud’s Matt Tillett points out, “there is nothing more important than Group 1 winners of two-year-old races and Written Tycoon has now won the double, the Blue Diamond and the Golden Slipper.”
“It’s incredible really, he has again proven that he is capable of producing the very best two-year-olds in the country and that his colts are fast and precocious.”
If Grahame Begg sends Written to the prestigious Gold Slipper there is a very talented filly, by the name of Sunlight that he will be meeting head on.
“It would be incredible for Woodside Park Stud if we had Zoustar’s Sunlight and Written Tycoon’s Written By going head to head in the Slipper,” Tillett said.
“The current Two-Year-Old Sire table has Zoustar and Written Tycoon ranked first and second. It’s a brilliant achievement for Woodside Park Stud and for the Victorian breeding industry.
Zoustar’s claim on that top ranking is thanks to the tough, fighting victory of Sunlight in the Group 2 Silver Slipper at Rosehill.
“It was an incredible race, they put about eight lengths on the field. It goes to show what a master trainer Tony McEvoy is, and she is no doubt going to improve,” Tillett said.
The weekend’s results are cherry on the top for the vendors of the 47 Written Tycoon yearlings and 38 Zoustars catalogued in next week’s Inglis Premier Sale not to mention Woodside’s draft which is unsurprisingly dominated by the two sires.
“This yearling crop being offered was Woodside Park Stud’s breakthrough year, when we had Zoustar at $40,000 and Written Tycoon at $18,000. It was the first time the larger, commercial breeders had put faith in us and we are looking forward to them reaping the rewards,” Tillett said.
To top off Saturday at Caulfield, Woodside was thrilled to see their future sire, Tosen Stardom back to his best in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes.
“Everything that could go wrong last start did, but he is now going as well as ever, and it was so exciting to see him back at his peak,” Tillett said.
“He is already proven as one of the best 1400 metre to 2000 metre horses in the country and we would love him to add another Group 1 to his two Group 1 wins from last spring, before he heads to the Woodside stallion barn.”