With the release of Woodside Park Stud’s stallion fees still to come, the phone lines are already running hot with queries and Saturday’s victory of Written Tycoon’s daughter Booker in the G1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield, is surely going to see the that level of breeder intrigue only further increase!
A previous G2 and G3 winner as well as a very narrow fourth in last year’s Oakleigh Plate behind Russian Revolution, Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra made the decision to start the Mill Park Stud-bred Booker first-up in the sprint, and with lightweight jockey Dean Yendall giving the mare a cosy run just off the speed, she was able to charge at the leader when a gap presented itself to record a memorable win.
“She’s a quality mare and this is her time to shine. She’s had a faultless preparation this time around,” stated Ellerton post-race.
Booker, one of six G1 winners for her sire, joins last season’s G1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Written By as a graduate of the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. Commencing this coming Sunday, Written Tycoon will be represented by 27 yearlings at the Inglis Premier including seven as part of the Woodside Park Stud’s draft, while his G2-winning son Rich Enuff will be represented by seven lots in total, three from the Woodside Park Stud’s draft.
Another weekend result that has further highlighted the 20-strong draft was the outstanding performance on Lankan Star in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m). Trained by David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, the two-year-old daughter of Nicconi sprouted wings late to finish a half-length second behind Lyre, giving her full-sister, who will be offered as Lot 117 a significant pedigree boost.
A trip to Sydney could be on the cards for Lankan Star if she pulls up well from her dazzling G1 effort, with plenty of black type races available for the juveniles in the lead up to the G1 Golden Slipper followed by the G1 Sires’ and Champagne Stakes.
To view Woodside Park Stud’s 2019 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale draft, click here.