Yulong Investments Sam Fairgray is upbeat about the select group of yearlings that Yulong is presenting at this year’s Magic Millions sales.
“We have brought a nice draft of nine horses here, largely by proven stallions. There are yearlings by Frankel, I Am Invincible, Invincible Spirit, a Sebring and a More Than Ready,” Sam Fairgray said.
“Although the Frankel’s will not be early two-year-old types, now, with the structure of Magic Millions, if they are nice horses, buyers will buy them.”
“Going forward, we will have a large number of yearlings each year to offer the marketplace. Magic Millions is the launching pad and next year our draft will be bigger again.”
“Mr Zhang is very much wanting Yulong to be a global business and recognising stallions worldwide and using them to improve our broodmares by giving them every opportunity to go to a proven stallion.”
“I think it will be a strong sale. There seems to be plenty of people here looking and, being the first sale of the year, the syndicators love to be able to get some horses on their books so they can start to sell pieces off. There is also more and more international interest in this sale and the quality of horses has gone up.”
Your 2019 draft is your debut on the coast – how do you describe your yearlings?
We have a select draft of nine which includes three yearlings conceived in the northern hemisphere and born in Australia, a Frankel colt and filly and Invincible Spirit filly. Our first ever draft at Magic Millions draft will present very well on the Gold Coast.
What type of yearling do you feel suits this sale?
The mindset has changed. Buyers will purchase the good types regardless, they do not have to be a precocious type. The prize-money on offer across the Magic Millions races is brilliant and great in Australia, thus making the Magic Millions less focused on two-year-old types.
Which is your stand out colt?
Lot 706, our Frankel colt from Kahara River, is a lovely big, strong, good-moving colt. He will catch the eye of many good judges. Frankel is running at 27 per cent stakes performers to runners.
Which filly is a stand out?
Lot 434 is the I Am Invincible filly from Cajou. Her sire has become one of the leading stallions in Australia and has had a huge start to this season with his two-year-old fillies. This filly is very athletic and attractive with a great attitude. She will be very popular.
Which lot do you feel has improved most since the beginning of the prep?
Lot 71, a Dissident filly from Rockzel. She is the first foal of a Zabeel mare. She has always had the size and quality, but we have really seen her develop through the last four to five months and will continue on the upward trend.
How do you think the sale statistics will compare to the 2018 season?
I think the sale will maintain its strength of previous years. The prizemoney on offer here in Australia is great and we are seeing continued international interest at our sales.
Which of the first season sires have impressed you so far?
At the weanling sales I was impressed by the Exopsheres. They were similar types across the board and had good size, substance and bone. Super One also had some nice weanlings, so it will be interesting to see how they have progressed. He was a very good two-year-old and his progeny have his physical attributes.