High Expectations at Woodside Park

Woodside Park Stud sold the top-priced Helmet at the Magic Millions when its colt from In Expectation made $230,000 on the Gold Coast.

He was purchased by Singapore trainer Michael Freedman for the China Horse Club who bought five yearlings topped by a million-dollar filly by Fastnet Rock.

Woodside Park’s Helmet colt is bred to be an early runner and he looked a precocious type parading on Thursday.  His dam In Expectation (More Than Ready) won a Kembla 2YO Maiden at her final start before retiring to stud.  She is a daughter of LR Dequettville Stakes winner Presumed Innocent (Danehill).

Another six-figure Woodside Park graduate was the Sepoy filly from a half-sister to speed machine Vatican.  She was purchased by Robbie Griffiths on behalf of Princeton Stud for $185,000.

And Mark Kavanagh chipped in with $160,000 for Woodside Park’s Northern Meteor filly from Okaylah.  The dam won at Moonee Valley and was stakes-placed at Flemington.

Woodside Park stallion Written Tycoon had 8 yearlings go under the hammer and they all found new homes at an average of $118,125.  Star Thoroughbreds paid top-price of $175,000 for his colt (ex Spring Selection by FuPeg) and his filly (ex Moonlight Shadow by Flying Spur).

Trainer Lee Curtis was just as happy buying at the bottom end of the scale when he picked up the Written Tycoon brother to G3 Maribyrnong Plate placegetter Andre Roo Hoo.  “I’m very happy to have secured Lot 623 for $75,000,” he said on Saturday night.  “Written Tycoon could serve the stable pony and produce a champ!”

Helmet colt with Woodside Park’s Cait Godfrey
Photo / Sharon Chapman