Not content with standing the sire of the world’s best racehorse, Bel Esprit and Black Caviar, Victorian nursery Eliza Park Stud is set to lay claim to Australia’s newest Champion First Season Sire, Written Tycoon.
The son of former speed machine Iglesia is poised to become the first Victorian based stallion since then Chatswood Stud resident, Flying Spur (1999/00) to be crowned Australia’s champion freshman.
Up until now, Written Tycoon has needed only 9 runners to accumulate his four winners, aided in no small way high stakes earners, Masthead and Written Consent.
“Even from when the first two-year-olds trials were on, his offspring showed plenty of ability and the next stage was to do it on the track and they’ve certainly done that,’’ Eliza Park Stud’s general manager (operations) David Somers said.
“Written Tycoon (below) has covered big books of mares including his first year at stud so we look forward to seeing a lot more of his runners over the next 12 months. He throws a really nice type with plenty of size and plenty of strength,’’ Somers said, “and one thing about him is that as well as getting some very nice winners they are actually good sales horses as well because they’re such nice types.’’
It’s hard getting one of the roster to Champion First Season honours, but Eliza park boasts a realistic chance of doing it all again when the debut progeny of Wanted hit the track in the 2013/14 season.
Wanted is a son of boom sire Fastnet Rock out of a stakeswinning Snippets mare, Fragmentation.
He was also a grand two-year-old himself winning the AJC Kindergarten Stakes before training on to add the Group 1 VRC Newmarket Handicap.
“Wanted got a lovely book of mares in his first year but is getting even better support and better mares this year. We’re looking forward to seeing his foals, he’s got a very good chance.’’
- Shayne O’Cass, Sportsman