Above: Lot 226 Shalaa x Our Daisy colt
A colt by emerging sire Shalaa looms as Yulong’s most sought after yearling among the 25 the breeding and racing operation is offering at the Inglis Premier Sale.
Yulong boss Sam Fairgray said the colt – Lot 226 – had the looks and pedigree to be highly pursued by buyers.
“He is a lovely colt, a lot of quality and moves well and Shalaa was obviously the sire of the Magic Millions winner (Shaquero) and has been very popular at the yearling sales,” Fairgray said.
“This colt I’m sure will be really, really popular at the sales.”
The Shalaa colt is out of Our Daisy (Commands x Wooden Melody), a winner of three races. This is her second foal.
Another yearling Fairgray has high on his list is Lot 145, a Zoustar filly which is the first foal of a Sebring mare, Longmu.
“She is a lovely, big strong first foal with a good shoulder and hip on her and there is a lot of strength there,” Fairgray said.
“And she’ll be a popular filly.”
A Written Tycoon filly – Lot 340 – out of Sky Princess (Street Sense x Versailles Pike) is described by Fairgray as sharp looking and ready to get up and go early.
“And at the moment Written Tycoon can do no wrong and he loves mares that have Mr Prospector in the pedigree,” he said.
“She is a really neat quality filly.”
The filly’s dam, Sky Princess won six races.
And Lot 347 is a Sebring filly out of Exceed and Excel mare, So Serene (Radharcnafarraige)
Fairgray said she is an athletic, quality filly that was quite feminine but also had a lot of strength about which would make her extremely popular, especially being from Sebring’s last crop.
Lot 449 is a chestnut filly by Snitzel out of Zaina Rizeena (Shamardal x Sweet Lilly), a winner as a two-year-old over 1500m in Great Britain.
“She looks like she will be very early and looks sharps,” Fairgray said.
“She is a typical Snitzel type of filly and she’ll be one for someone who is looking for an early two-year-old. She has got the temperament and looks like a filly that will go very quick.”
Yulong’s Lot 538 is a Capitalist colt out of Casino Club (Casino Prince x Volted In) and Fairgray says he has plenty of size and scope about him.
“Capitalist is setting the tracks on fire already sort of thing and he’ll be a colt that will be super popular,” Fairgray said.
And Yulong also has a colt by French stallion Siyouni (Pivotal x Sichilla) as Lot 524.
“He is a big strong colt who is by a very successful sire that has only had a few performers here in Australia but a couple of them have run in the Golden Slipper,” Fairgray said.
“So it shows the quality of horses he can get and with the size and strength of this colt, he’ll be very popular with people who are in inspecting.”
Siyouni stands in France.
Fairgray said Yulong owner Yuesheng Zhang wanted to support the stallion with a couple of mares, including the colt’s dam Bouquet de Flores (Street Cry x Floristry) which he had in Ireland, and they were served in France and then brought to Australia where they were foaled down.
He said Yulong’s draft was interesting with a mix of proven and up and coming stallions.
“We have got Fastnet Rock, Written Tycoon, Snitzel, Sebring, and Zoustar and then we’ve got Pariah, Preferment and Russian Revolution among the sires,” Fairgray said.
“So there is a really good mix and we’ve also got a couple of colts by Savabeel (Lots 107 and 238) and he is obviously a fantastic stallion and if someone is looking for a nice three-year-old, these colts are definitely worthwhile having a look at.
“We have got a filly by Frankel (Lot 568) and she is the first foal out of a Scat Daddy mare (Daddys Poppit) and she is only medium sized by with the Frankels they come in all shapes and sizes and although she is not big, she is a well put together filly.”
A filly by Merchant Navy, who will have his first yearlings at the sales this year, is represented by Yulong at Lot 245.
The filly is the first foal out of the unraced Street Cry mare Petulance (USA) and is a big strong type who Fairgray believes will impress potential buyers.
Fairgray said Yulong’s broodmare band had increased year on year as have the numbers of foals on the ground.
“Our drafts at all the sales will be increasing and obviously Melbourne is our home base and we are happy to support Inglis with some really nice yearlings,” he said.
“We have got about 230 broodmares and will be foaling down 200 mares this year and will continue to buy some more nice mares to add into our broodmare band to support the stallions that will be retiring to stud this year.”
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