It’s been an exciting week for the Woodside Park Stud stallions both in the sale ring and on the racetrack, with the progeny of Written Tycoon, Cable Bay and Foxwedge all showing up.
With 16 yearlings selling last week at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale at an average of $326,875, over 6.6 times his services fee at time of conception, Written Tycoon experienced a super exciting hour period during day two of the sale when the Mill Park Stud sold Lot 308, a colt out of the Redoute’s Choice mare The Good Wife from the family of four time G1 winner Divine Madonna was knocked down to Orbis Bloodstock for $750,000.
Chris Watson’s Mill Park Stud backed it up with Lot 326, the chestnut colt out of the General Nediym mare Victory Cry selling for $900,000 to Tony McEvoy Racing and the China Horse Club. A half-sister to the Listed winner Guard Of Honour and the unbeaten Foxwedge filly Run Fox Run, McEvoy was effusive in his praise for the colt, “I’m excited to have him. I think he could be a stallion this colt. He looks like he’ll make my job easy.”
Three lots later Milburn Creek sold Lot 329, a colt out of the Listed-winning Hussonet mare Walk With Attitude to the China Horse Club and Newgate Farm for $675,000, while from a broodmare perspective, Written Tycoon was only represented by one yearling in the sale, and that was the Tyreel Stud sold Lot 337, an Exceed And Excel colt out of the G3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes winner Written Dash that was knocked down to Aquis Farm for $1.7 million, adding another level of appeal to using Written Tycoon for the upcoming breeding season.
A few days later, another of the Woodside Park Stud stallion roster was in the news.
Achieving victory with your first three runners as a sire is an absolutely outstanding achievement, and Woodside Park Stud’s Cable Bay went oh so close, achieving the very next best thing.
His first runner Electric Lady was successful last when breaking the juvenile track record at Lingfield. Then on Friday, 2yo filly Separate finished a head second at Newbury against the colts before Visayas highlighted her class with a stunning seven length win in Rome to give her sire two wins and a narrow second from his first three runners, and that’s all with the season only having started just over a week ago.
On Saturday at Royal Randwick we saw a potential stakes winner of the future with 2yo Foxwedge filly Villami who finished a solid third in the G2 Percy Sykes Stakes, defeating numerous stakes performers including this season’s G1 Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi. With only three runs under her belt, the filly still appears to have plenty of improvement in her and we look forward to the Spring where she can live up to the thoughts of trainer Gerald Ryan who stated after her debut win back in February that, “She’s a very good filly. Eight months ago I thought she was the best two year-old filly I’ve had since Melito and Snitzerland and nothing I’ve seen since then has changed my mind.”