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Red carpet rolled out at Woodside Park

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Tosen Stardom (JPN) (Deep Impact {JPN}) had no problem complementing his rich pedigree with feature race performance in his homeland and even more so in his adopted Australia. It’s therefore no surprise that he has received a rousing reception from breeders on his retirement to Woodside Park Stud.

The covers came off the dual Group 1 winner at the Victorian farm’s recent parade with the popularity of the stallion roster highlighted by the attendance. “We had just over 200 people here, which was very good given it was a wintery day,” said James Price, Woodside’s General Manager Commerical. “Tosen Stardom has let down very well since he joined us about three months ago.

“I think that most people saw that he resembles his sire Deep Impact, whose feats in the breeding barn have been wonderful. Tosen Stardom is going to get some terrific mares and breeders are obviously keen to access that Deep Impact blood.”

“Tosen Stardom is going to get some terrific mares and breeders are obviously keen to access that Deep Impact blood.” – James Price.

A multiple Group 3 winner in his native Japan, Tosen Stardom went to another level under Darren Weir’s guidance to claim top honours in the G1 Toorak H., and in the Emirates S. “He’s got an exceptional race record and to win twice at Group 1 level on Australian tracks is a big tick,” Price said.

Stallion staying put

“Tosen Stardom is not going to shuttle to the Northern Hemisphere, he’s staying here and that’s the assurance breeders need. Northern Farm owns 12 and a-half per cent of him and they will be supporting him with mares as well as other big breeders like Bob Peters, David Moodie and Duncan Grimley. It’s all very positive.”

Woodside Park has also welcomed the first foals of Cable Bay (IRE) (Invincible Spirit {IRE}). “We and the other breeders who have them are tickled pink,” Price said. “They are good-looking foals with scope and we’re really looking forward to see how the first yearlings sell in Europe at the end of the month.”

“They [Cable Bay] are good-looking foals with scope and we’re really looking forward to see how the first yearlings sell in Europe at the end of the month.” – James Price.

The winner of the G2 Dubai Challenge S., Cable Bay’s Northern Hemisphere base is Highclere Stud where he was the most popular first season sire in the United Kingdom in 2016. He covered 152 mares and was also the most popular second season sire the following year with a book of 165.

Good times rolling

“It’s a good time to be at Woodside Park with Victoria’s best stallion here,” said Price, referring to Written Tycoon (Iglesia). Written Tycoon is the sire of the top-flight winners Capitalist, Written By, Tycoon Tara and Luna Rossa. “Then there’s the son of a gun Rich Enuff, whose first foals have been well-received in the sale ring,” Price said.

An explosive sprinter, Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon) won the Listed McKenzie S., the G2 Danehill S., and the G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude. He also finished runner-up in the G1 Caulfield Guineas before his retirement to stud in 2016.