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Written Tycoon (Inglesia) will stand for a career-high fee of $110,000 (inc GST) this year as he heads up a four-strong Woodside Park Stud stallion roster.
The multiple Group One-producing sire, whose progeny include the Grahame Beggtrained Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Written By, commanded a fee of $88,000 (inc GST) last season and continues his remarkable rise up the stallion ranks, having stood for just $19,800 (inc GST) in 2015.
The 15-year-old will again be joined at the Victorian stud by his highest-rated son Rich Enuff, who will stand for a reduced fee of $12,100 (inc GST), while shuttle sire Cable Bay (Invincible Spirit) will also stand for a reduced fee of $13,200 (inc GST). The pair stood for $13,750 (inc GST) and $19,800 (inc GST) respectively last year. The Woodside Park roster will be completed by the Darren Weir trained dual Group One winner Tosen Stardom (Deep Impact) upon the conclusion of his racing career, and a fee for the Japanese import will be announced at a later date. Woodside Park Stud general manager commercial James Price said the roster boasted broad appeal for breeders. “Woodside’s 2018 stallion roster will have worldwide appeal to broodmare owners with bloodlines from international superstars and colonial speed, with proven champions and promising, exciting young stallions,” Price said. Written Tycoon will be represented by eight yearlings at next week’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and he is currently third in the Australian general sires standings by winners with 116 individual scorers this season. Price said the stallion’s continued success on the track and demand for his progeny at the sales justified his fee increase, while he also pointed out that he is likely to have sired his second champion two-year-old colt in Australia in the space of two years with Written By, following on from 2016 Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Capitalist. “It’s highly likely that Written By will be awarded champion Australian two-year-old colt. This will place Written Tycoon in elite company, joining Redoute’s Choice as one of only two stallions to have sired two champion two-year-old colts in Australia in the last 20 years,” Price said. “Woodside Park Stud is proud to support and grow the Victorian breeding industry, and being passionately Victorian-owned, they believe Written Tycoon will continue to play a pivotal role in the success of the Victorian industry for the rest of his breeding career.”
Written Tycoon’s highest-rated and fastest son Rich Enuff, who won the 2014 Danehill Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) at Flemington in a record time, currently has his first foals on the ground having commenced stud duties in 2016. Price said the stallion possessed the same physical attributes as his father and that he had stamped his first crop. “Other horses to win the Group Two Danehill have been champion Australian stallions, Fastnet Rock and Rory’s Jester, and Rich Enuff saluted in record time, defeating Wandjina and Brazen Beau in the process,” Price said. “His first crop of foals present with size, scope, muscle and very much in the mold of his father Written Tycoon.” Cable Bay is standing the Northern Hemisphere breeding season at Highclere Stud and he will return to Australia later this year having covered a book of 100 mares during his first season at Woodside Park in 2017. Price said that the well-bred son of Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) has been well-supported during his first season in Australia, and he anticipated that his first crop would be well received at future yearling sales. “To demonstrate the support he received, more than 25 per cent of the mares he covered were stakes winners or stakes performers, including a full-sister to All Too Hard, and a half-sister to Black Caviar,” Price said. “By breeding to him in his second season, mare owners can take advantage of this wonderful kick start, as they will be selling his progeny off the back of his exceptionally well-bred first crop hitting the track in their two-year-old season.” Meanwhile, Australian Bloodstock principal Jamie Lovett is looking forward to Tosen Stardom (Deep Impact) commencing his stallion career at Woodside Park.
The seven-year-old won both the Toorak Handicap (Gr 1, 1600m) and the Emirates Stakes (registered as L K S Mackinnon Stakes) (Gr 1, 2000m) during the spring and is due to carry 57.5 kilograms in the Doncaster Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) at Randwick this weekend. “We are looking forward to Tosen Stardom starting his stud career at Woodside Park Stud later this year,” Lovett said. “With his multiple Group One wins and his outstanding pedigree, we have no doubt he will follow in his father, Deep Impact’s footsteps and be a producer of outstanding racehorses, just like he is.”

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