Above: Lot 788 – Snitzel (AUS) / Shoot the Breeze (AUS)
Yulong’s continued growth in the breeding industry is reflected in the size and quality of their horses on offer at January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Last year they offered 11 yearlings, but this time around 21 will go under the hammer.
Yulong’s chief operating officer, Sam Fairgray, is entitled to predict that the yearlings will be sought after and achieve big results.
“We have got a really nice group of horses,” Fairgray said.
“We have 21 yearlings and they are all basically by proven sires, including a filly by Capitalist and we can sort of say he is well on the way with the way he is going.
“Pedigree wise they stack up very nicely and the physicals match the pedigrees so I’m really looking forward to taking these horses to the Gold Coast because we think they’ll be very popular.”
Fairgray said the draft certainly highlighted a nice group of stallions, including an I Am Invincible colt which is a half-brother to Extreme Choice and is out of Extremely (Hussonet x Going To Extremes).
“There is a Snitzel filly out of a half-sister to I Am Invincible and so forth, so there are some really nice pedigrees,” he said.
Fairgray said the Snitzel x Shoot The Breeze filly, a chestnut, is a standout, while a Pierro colt out of Rockzel (NZ) is a likely type.
“There is also Snitzel filly out of Gregers and she looks a really early type,” he said.
“The half-brother, Yulong Turbo (Written Tycoon) won his first start early in December 2020, and this Snitzel filly is a great mover and is very precocious so someone who is looking to get a horse that can get to the two-year-old race will definitely be considering her.
“There is a So You Think filly out of Faith’s Encore and she is a terrific mover and is out of great quality.”
All the 21 yearlings offered by Yulong are in Book 1 and all from their band of mares, while some were bought while carrying the progeny which will be sold at the Gold Coast.
Fairgray said some of the broodmares were ideally bought with the plan of supporting Yulong’s own stallions in the future years.
“Definitely we’ll have some by Grunt next year which will be heading to the Magic Millions sale,” he said.
“I think we have got a good mix of stallions in the draft and obviously we have got the Australian stallions but we have also got a couple by Savabeel and both are very, very nice horses. He is obviously the champion New Zealand stallion.
“We also have a couple by Frankel (GB) and one each by Kingman (GB) and Siyouni (GB).
“They were conceived in the northern hemisphere and then the mares were brought down to Australia carrying these foals.
“It is quite a diverse lot of pedigrees, but the buying bench is sort of a world-wide and this is something to cover all bases really.”
Yulong owner Yuesheng Zhang purchased the mares overseas and sent them to the three stallions.
Fairgray said they were the leading stallions in Europe and believes the yearlings will be well sought after.
“Frankel is going really well,” he said.
“He had a two-year-old winner in Sydney in early December 2020 and then he had a Stakes winner (Significance, ATC Christmas Cup) at Randwick.”
Frankel also produced Mirage Dancer (Heat Haze) which won the Group 1 ATC Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) at Randwick in October.
Yulong is currently racing Frankel filly Hungry Heart (Harlech), a winner of the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) and she also finished a narrow second in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick in October after coming off two Group 2 seconds.
“Frankel has gone really well and people really should not to be afraid to jump in and buy a Frankel,” Fairgray said.
Fairgray said it was obviously a case of increasing your chances of getting a better a result in the sale ring if you were offering quality yearlings from proven stallions and out of mares by great broodmare sires.
“We have got Fastnet Rock, Hussonet, Street Cry, Dubawi, O’Reilly,” he said.
“So the broodmare sires also help to add in to the mix of the pedigree,’’ he said.
Fairgray said they’d had more inspections at their farm than previously.
He said it was a good indicator that hopefully it will turn into dollars at the sale.
At last year’s sale Yulong had an I Am Invincible x Gold and Diamond filly that made $650,000 and a colt by Not A Single Doubt, out of Extremely, that sold for $600,000.
Yulong is offering an Exceed and Excel filly, out of Cerberus Gal.
“The stallion is very consistent and he has always got a good horse going around,” Fairgray said.
Fairgray said all the yearlings heading to the Gold Coast were obviously going to be sold as Yulong continues its growth as a fully commercial operation.
“We will take them there and hopefully they can all find new homes,” he said.
Fairgray said Yulong now had 220 broodmares on its farm and this year offered two resident stallions – Grunt and Alabama Express.
And most likely next year another three stallions – Tagaloa (Lord Kanaloa x Vasilissa), Lucky Vega (Lope De Vega x Queen x Carthage) and Yulong Prince (Gimmethegreenlight x Congestion Charge) will be added to the Yulong roster.
Fairgray said they would certainly add another stallion to the roster if one came along which they wanted.
He said Yulong would keep adding quality mares to their band to keep improving the mares which would be supported by the five resident stallions.
Asked for his top five lots, Fairgray nominated.
Lot 148: Exceed and Excel x Cerberus Gal filly
Lot 284: I Am Invincible x Extremely colt
Lot 293: So You Think x Faith’s Encore filly
Lot 717: Pierro x Rockzel colt
Lot 788: Snitzel x Shoot the Breeze filly
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