Above: Written Tycoon
Australia’s hottest stallion, Written Tycoon, is just completing his book of around 170 elite mares in the Hunter Valley, but he may yet return to Victoria to again stand at Woodside Park Stud next spring.
Woodside’s chief executive James Price said on Friday that the agreement to stand the in-demand stallion at Arrowfield Stud for 2020 was a one-season deal only, but a decision on whether he returns to Victoria next season is still to be made as the 18-year-old’s progeny continue to set new standards on the racetrack.
Price said the lure of an upgraded book of mares at Arrowfield was an opportunity too good to miss for the ageing stallion this season, but that did not necessarily mean he would remain in NSW into the future.
“No, I don’t think he has to be in the Hunter Valley,” Price said on Friday.
“He’s showing this season that he’s most definitely top three in the country and currently No.1 for Stakes winners, and I am firmly of the opinion that if you are at the top of your game, it doesn’t matter where you stand.
“He’ll get the best book and the breeders will support him, so for a stallion, if you are at the top of your game, you don’t need to stand in the Hunter Valley.
“The agreement we made with Arrowfield at the beginning of the year when it was announced was that he would stand there for the 2020 season (but) was a one-off arrangement, with decisions on where he will be in 2021 still to be made.
“His book at Arrowfield has been exceptional. He covered the likes of Shoals and her dam The Broken Shore just to name a couple, so the book he’s received has been wonderful.
“He’s still covering at the moment but he’s probably touching the 170 (coverings) mark so for a horse of his age, he’s done an incredible job.”
Seemingly every week there is a new Stakes winner by the stallion after an amazing Spring Carnival where he sired both Group 1 Guineas winners in Melbourne.
“He sits on top of the sires’ premiership for Stakes winners and he’s already exceeded his best year so far in terms of Stakes winners with the likes of Group 1 horses Ole Kirk, Odeum and older horses such as Oakleigh Plate and Moir Stakes winner Pippie,” Price said.
“We look to the autumn and he’s got the Golden Slipper Stakes favourite Enthaar, who seems to have the world at her feet based on her first run in the Gimcrack.
“Then there are the likes of Written Miss, Written Beauty and Vowmaster for the Waller team.
“Usually these stallions have one that rolls off the tongue, but I think there are a dozen (names) that roll off the tongue when talking about Written Tycoon.
“So, bring on 2021.”
Article courtesy of Racing.com