Eliza Park principal, Lee Fleming, is over the moon at the success of two of the leading guns at his Victorian nursery - soon to be Champion First Season Sire Written Tycoon and perennial champ Bel Esprit.
“Written Tycoon (pictured) is doing an outstanding job,” according to Fleming. “He kicked further ahead on the First Season chart last Saturday when Tykook won at Morphettville and Anelene won her second straight at Launceston last week. What’s more, his filly Prestigious Miss – bred by Eliza Park – won easily in New Zealand yesterday.
(For a replay of the Tykook win at Morphettville, click here)
“It’s worth remembering that Written Tycoon is not an expensive horse, standing for just $6,600 the last two seasons and has only been upped to $11,000 for this spring. I doubt there would be too many Champion First Season Sires of the past who have stood so cheaply!
“Maybe he hasn’t got the brand recognition of some of his peers, but he’s a real look and book stallion AND he’s got the ability to upgrade his mares.
“The stallion is an ideal outcross as there is no Danehill or Danzig in him and that’s one of the reasons why we decided to stand him … that and the fact he’s got Vain and Marscay on his female side and was a very fast 2YO.
“This is a great result for Victorian breeding … the last stallion standing in Victoria to take out a national First Season Sires’ title was over 10 years ago.”
Fleming was also keen to point out the great strides two of Eliza Park’s other stallions are making.
“We’re immensely proud to stand horses like Bel Esprit and Statue of Liberty,” Fleming enthuses. “Bel Esprit is obviously lauded as the sire of the world’s best sprinter in Black Caviar, but it should also be remembered that he’s produced over 100 individual winners this season and has huge numbers coming through the ranks. With only five crops of racing age, he’s about to win his fourth straight Victorian Sires’ title.
“As for Statue of Liberty … well, Hay List is arguably the best male sprinter in the world and in any other era, he’s Horse of the Year for sure!
“We must be doing something right …”