Yulong Stud is proud to announce the 2021 service fees for its six stallions, with four new stallions added to the roster, including the exceptional Written Tycoon.
Currently the leading active sire on the Australian General Sires’ premiership, Written Tycoon adds proven star quality to an exciting young roster and will stand the 2021 season for $165,000 inc GST.
The first sire since Redoute’s Choice and Danehill in the last 25 years to sire two colts to win the two richest Group 1 2-year-old features in Australia with Capitalist and Written By, Written Tycoon is having his career-best season to date. In November he became the first stallion in 44 years to sire the winners of both the G1 Caulfield Guineas with Ole Kirk and the G1 Thousand Guineas with Odeum.
Written Tycoon’s yearlings have also been hot commodities in the sale ring, averaging over $300,00 and selling for up to $1.2 million. Australia’s leading first season in 2010-2011, and leading sire of two-year-olds in 2015-16, Written Tycoon has sired a total of 625 winners from 842 runners to date.
“With his racetrack performances and what he has been able to achieve in the sales ring, Written Tycoon has justified his positioning among the leading stallions in Australia,” Yulong Chief Operating Officer, Sam Fairgray, said.
Fairgray said the presence of a stallion of Written Tycoon’s calibre on the Nagambie-based farm was a big boost to the entire Yulong team and had lifted the roster to a new level.
“It’s fantastic to have a horse of his quality here at the farm and there is certainly a lot of excitement here. We are really looking forward to the breeding season with him,” he said.
Tagaloa has been retired from the track as a Group 1-winning 2-year-old and Group-winning 3-year-old after brilliant victories in the 2020 G1 Blue Diamond Stakes and 2021 G3 CS Hayes Stakes.
Tagaloa will stand at $33,000 inc GST and is positioned to cover a strong book of mares.
“With such a high calibre of race performance, pedigree and great looks, he’s a fantastic addition to the roster. He is going to give breeders the opportunity to get a good return in the sale ring,” Fairgay said.
“Yulong has an exceptional broodmare band and Tagaloa will be well supported to ensure he has every opportunity to get started on the right note.”
Tagaloa will become the first son of Japanese horse of the year and top young sire Lord Kanaloa (Jpn) to stand in Australia. Lord Kanaloa was runner-up to Deep Impact (Jpn) on the Japanese Sires table in 2020 and is in the same position so far in 2021.
G1 Phoneix Stakes winner Lucky Vega (Ire) will be the first son of Lope de Vega to stand in Australia. Most recently a superb third in the G1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, Lucky Vega will debut on the Yulong roster this year at a fee of $22,000 inc GST.
With the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas confirmed by Fairgray to be the race most likely next on Lucky Vega’s agenda, he backed him to make an impression when he arrives in Australia ahead of the 2021 breeding season.
“He’s a super-looking horse, with a lot of strength and quality about him and a beautiful head. We are really excited to have a horse of his calibre join the roster this year,” he said.
“Lope De Vega has been a fantastic sire and to be able to have a G1-winning 2-year-old son coming to Australia to stud is fantastic. He’ll be popular with that sireline, as we have seen it excel down here.”
G1 Cantala S. winner and successful at elite level in South Africa, Yulong Prince (SAf) is Yulong’s fourth new addition to the roster and he will stand his first season at $9,900 inc GST.
“He’s a very good looking horse and we have priced him so every breeder has the opportunity to access him,” Fairgray said.
“On type alone he is an attractive proposition. However, he’s also a dual international Group 1 winner with a unique pedigree that is full of quality, and he has proven to be an elite racehorse.”
Yulong’s foundation stallion Grunt (NZ) stands his third season at $13,750 inc GST, while Alabama Express stands his second season at $24,750 inc GST after covering an elite debut book of mares in 2020.
“Of the six stallions we are standing, we have five Group 1 winners on the track and the other one is Written Tycoon, who has left multiple Group 1 winners himself,” Fairgray said.
“We have a diverse roster, with stallions at multiple price points and at different stages in their career. We look forward to welcoming breeders to Yulong to check them out in person.”