It’s been more than 40 years since a Victorian-based stallion was crown Australia Champion sire – but it’s no surprise that the amazing feat was achieved in such stunning style by Written Tycoon from his stud career in Victoria .
Once again standing in Victoria after spending last year in New South Wales, he tops the list of leading sires based on prizemoney and is nearly $1.5 million in front of the second-placed Not A Single Doubt.
With the season quickly coming to a close, Written Tycoon’s has had over 190 individual winners of close to 400 race, including Ole Kirk, Odeum, Pippie and earnings more than $16.5 million.
The last residing Victorian-based to top the list was the mighty Century in the 1978/79 season.
Now standing at Yulong Stud, Nagambie, the demand for the stallion hasn’t waned even though his service fee has jumped from $77,000 to $165,000.
Yulong’s chief operating officer Sam Fairgray said the demand for the rising 19-year-old had been good following his record-breaking season and the aim is for him to serve approx. 150 mares.
“There has been a great response, and we have been really pleased with the bookings we have for him and we have got plenty of support from Victorian and New South Wales breeders,” he said.
“He’ll cover a really nice book of mares this year.
“The aim was to take 150 mares, and that was including 35 of our own mares, so that’s what we are sort of aiming for at this stage.
“He got 168 mares in foal last year from about 199 mares which I think for a horse of his age was a world record for the number of mares served.”
Fairgray said the quality of mares Written Tycoon served last season and will serve again this season is fantastic.
“I think in the last three or four years, the quality of his mares has quadrupled,” he said.
“He has got some real exciting years ahead of him, and he is such a consistent sire that he can get colts and fillies, sprinters, milers, and he is a very durable sort of stallion.”
Asked about when acquiring Written Tycoon and whether the thought was that the stallion’s time line was obviously limited, Fairgray replied: “Obviously as stallions get older, you need to manage them more closely and we realise that with him and that’s where we are planning to look after him going forward and see how far we can stretch him out.
“The most important thing is him and we’ll look after him.”
Fairgray agreed that with serving around 115 outside mares that it’s a solid return on investment alone, plus the Written Tycoon progeny which will be sold from Yulong’s own broodmares could achieve some astronomical figures.
He said the stallion continues to produce results at the highest level.
“When you see that he topped the Melbourne sale, has had million-dollar yearlings at the other sales and obviously with Capitalist and Winning Rupert going well and so forth and he is obviously a sire of sires now,” Fairgray said.
“His colts are going to be in big demand now at yearling sales because he is a bit of an outcross with so much of the Danehill blood that we have.”
Fairgray said of the 35 mares that Yulong will send to Written Tycoon, several were bought specifically to match the stallion, including 14-time Group 1 winning Melody Belle, which was a $2.6 million purchase at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale.
Greys Glamour, a $1.5 million Yulong buy, was another special purchase for Written Tycoon, In Her Time, which is foal to I Am Invincible, was a $2.2 million Yulong buy.
“There are some very nice mares that he will get,” he said.
Fairgray believes Yulong will offer all of their Written Tycoon’s foals for sale, although he concedes it will be tempting to keep some colts.
“We’ll just see, and we’ll offer them in the marketplace, and we’ll put our reserve them.
“Definitely, it would be nice to have a couple of Written Tycoon colts in the racing team and hopefully one could perform well enough to be a stallion.”
Fairgray said Written Tycoon would live his life out at Yulong when he eventually retires from the stallion barn.
Fairgray said Yulong’s newest stallion Lucky Vega (Lope De Vega x Queen of Carthage) had arrived in Melbourne this week.
Lucky Vega will join another new boy on the block at Yulong, Group 1 Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa (Lord Kanaloa x Vasilissa). They’ll stand along another newcomer, Yulong Prince (Gimmethegreenlight x Congestion Charge), with Alabama Express (Redoute’s Choice x Lago Ovation) and Yulong’s foundation stallion, Grunt (O’Reilly x Ruqqaya).
“Lucky Vega will go into quarantine and will be at the farm in early August, and he has been well received,” Fairgray said.
“Tagaloa has been well received, so we are pleased with how they are coming along, and it’s exciting having the six stallions this year.
“We have a nice make up of stallions, and five of them are Group 1 winners, and the other one is Written Tycoon, who has obviously had multiple Group 1 winners.
“They are all high class thoroughbreds and we are excited to have them.”
Fairgray said it would be nice if Yulong had another one or two new stallions to add their roster next year to keep pace with the farm as it keeps building and developing.