The arrivals and departures: what’s changed in the Victorian stallion scene this season?

This is a segment of Keely Mckitterick’s recap on the new stallions to Victoria, those who have moved on, and those with significant fee increases for The Thoroughbred Report Australia New Zealand, featuring Alabama Express, Pierata and Written Tycoon.

Alabama Express and Pierata off to a hot start as Panthalassa joins

Yulong seems to have struck gold with their first-season sires Alabama Express and Pierata. Alabama Express, a Group 1-winning son of Redoute’s Choice, has sired 11 individual winners and six stakes performers.

His progeny include the Listed Champagne S. winner Discretion Rules, the Group 2-placed Shangri La Express, and Alabama Lass. They are joined by the Group 3-placed Karavas and Poster Girl, as well as the Listed-placed Express Yo’self. Alabama Express’s success with his first runners has seen his fee rise from $22,000 (inc GST) to $55,000 (inc GST).

Pierata, a Group 1-winning son of Pierro, has also made a sensational start with his first runners. Since his retirement, Pierata has stood for $44,000 (inc GST), but this season his fee has increased to $66,000 (inc GST).

He is responsible for eight winners and five stakes performers, including his son Coleman, who won the G3 Chairman’s S. and the Listed Debutant S., and was also placed in the G1 Golden Slipper and G1 Sires’ Produce S. Another highlight, Tobeornottobe, won the G3 Thoroughbred Breeders S. and placed in the G3 Blue Diamond Preview (Fillies).

Fearless has shown talent with placed efforts in the G1 Champagne S. and the G3 Canonbury S. Red Sea finished second in the G1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce S., and Wave Breaker was third in the G3 Widden Stud.

New to Yulong this spring is the Japanese-bred Panthalassa (Jpn), standing at a fee of $16,500 (inc GST). A son of the Japanese sensation Lord Kanaloa (Jpn), Panthalassa won seven races across three countries, including the G1 Saudi Cup, the G1 Dubai Turf, and the G1 Nakayama Kinen.

Tycoon private again

This season has brought notable changes to the Victorian stallion scene, with significant arrivals and departures making headlines.

Champion Sire Written Tycoon sired his second G1 Golden Slipper winner this season with his brilliant daughter Lady Of Camelot. In total, Written Tycoon has sired 21 individual 2-year-old winners.

Joining Lady Of Camelot is the sensational Velocious in New Zealand, winner of the G1 Sistema S. and the Listed Karaka 2YO Million. Additionally, the G2 Challenge S. winner Captured By Love and the Yulong-raced Althoff, who won the G3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic, have further highlighted his success. Written Tycoon remains at a private fee.