While he has been Champion Victorian Sire for the last five seasons, Written Tycoon has reached new heights in the last year, delivering milestone results both on the track and in the sale ring. He has also quickly become the country’s most exciting emerging sire of sires, further amplifying the appeal of his brilliant sprinting son Dirty Work.
The 2020/21 season to date has been nothing short of remarkable for Written Tycoon, with seventeen stakes- wins from twelve different progeny, including four Group 1 successes.
The Group 1 double of Ole Kirk and Odeum in the Caulfield and Thousand Guineas, plus Dirty Work’s impressive G2 Schillaci Stakes victory have helped boost Written Tycoon to leading active Australian sire on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership.
This season has added another notch to the record of Written Tycoon, emerging as an important source of sireline prowess for further generations. Brilliant son Capitalist has delivered exceptional results with his first crop on the track and breeders are being appropriately rewarded in the sale ring with his second crop yearlings selling for up to $1.05 million.
But despite all his recent successes, the sun has not always shone on Written Tycoon. Written Tycoon was a fast racehorse, winning at Group 2 level over 1200m like his son Dirty Work. However, as a stallion, he had to work his way up to the heights of elite commercial appeal he currently holds.
He started his stud career off with just a $8,250 service fee. That first crop produced 56 winners from 72 runners, with four individual stakes winners. He would be crowned Australia’s Champion First Season Sire 2010/11, Leading Sire of 2-year-olds in 2015/16 as well as Champion Victorian Sire for five consecutive seasons.
Nine seasons later that fee reached $45,000, and has now peaked at $165,0000 for the current season.
This rags to riches story has ensured many small breeders and yearling buyers who believed in the handsome sprinter have been well rewarded for their astute judgement.
In 2015, the year in which James Harron purchased Golden Slipper winner Capitalist from Magic Millions, Written Tycoon had a total of 37 yearlings sold at all Australasian sales for an average of $58,756.
In 2021, he has an average sale price of $332,727 and a $1.2 million dollar yearling, purchased by Spendthrift. His offspring are very much sprinter miler types who are built for speed, which is highly attractive to the modern buyer.
In 2020, Written Tycoon celebrated a rare milestone when he became the first stallion in 44 years to sire the winner of both the G1 Caulfield Guineas (Ole Kirk) and the G1 Thousand Guineas (Odeum). Ole Kirk became his first multiple Group 1-winning son, whilst mare Pippie also added a second Group 1 win to her resume.
Written Tycoon is one of only a few stallions to have sired two colts to win the two richest Group 1 2-year-old features in Australia. Capitalist took out the 2016 Golden Slipper Stakes, while Written By claimed victory in the 2018 Blue Diamond Stakes. Redoute’s Choice and Danehill, breed- shapers in the Australian industry, are the only other stallions in the past 25 years to achieve this feat.
While the stud career of son Capitalist did not start from the same humble beginnings as Written Tycoon, his progeny are showing the same attributes of speed and power, immediately delivering results with his very first runners. His first crop has produced three individual stakes winners headed by a Group 1 winner, he’s leading first season sire and his fee for the 2021 season has justifiably risen to $99,000.
This season, in addition to Dirty Work, Written Tycoon also has exciting first crop son Ole Kirk available to breeders, with the quality dual Group 1-winner standing at Vinery Stud in the Hunter Valley for a fee of $55,000.
Both first season sires were highly attractive yearlings, built in the powerful and balanced mould their sire is renowned for, reflected in sale prices of $675,000 for Ole Kirk and $800,000 for the impeccable physical Dirty Work.
Written Tycoon is a stallion who for so long has been shining the spotlight on the Victorian breeding industry. The impressive and consistent results keep coming and only look to continue to soar as his better-bred progeny step out. With exciting sire sons, including our very own Dirty Work, commencing stud careers of their own, the sireline continues its rapid rise to success.