For the new kids on the block, Yulong’s results have spoken for themselves. Owned by astute business man, Mr Yuesheng Zhang, the day-to-day management of the farm is under the guidance of Chief Operating Officer, Sam Fairgray.
The year started off to strong start for Yulong when the draft they presented at the Gold Coast Magic Millions sale, saw the Victorian-based operation with an average result per lot just slightly north of $340,000 from 8 lots sold through the ring. This result saw the Nagambie based farm, take out the top Victorian vendor based on average per lot.
Fresh from these big results at the recent Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Yulong Stud is confident of further success at next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. The operation will offer 14 yearlings at the sale Melbourne Premier sale.
Sam Fairgray, described Yulong as having a nice even draft of yearlings headed to Oaklands Junction.
“We are really pleased with the way they are coming together,” he said.
Asked to name what he sees as possibly Yulong’s top lots, Fairgray nominated a Zoustar colt out of Aunty Betty and a Teofilo (IRE) colt out of Andes. He said the pair of colts would be well inspected.
The Aunty Betty colt was purchased by Yulong at the Magic Millions Weanling Sale for $210,000.
And Andes was bought by Yulong when she was carrying the Teofilo colt.
A two year-old gelding – Hot Relation – out of Aunty Betty ran second, beaten less than half a length on debut in the Listed Elwick Stakes at Launceston last week. Hot Relation is by Sizzling.
“It’s a little update for the pedigree as well,” Fairgray said.
He said a colt by Manhattan Rain was a great type and was from a good Godolphin family – Xanthippe (Street Cry).
“He will be very popular as well,” Fairgray said.
“There is a good cross section of stallions in our draft. The Real Impact (JPN) filly (Faith’s Encore) is really nice.”
Yulong is also offering a Written Tycoon colt out of Yulong Baby (Commands) which won five races for Yulong owner Yuesheng Zhang.
“Yulong Baby is a mare that Mr Zhang bought and raced and this is the first foal out of her and the colt looks sharp and it will be interesting to see how he goes,” Fairgray said.
“The other Written Tycoon colt is the second foal out of Gregers and we had to keep the first foal which is a full sister named Future Force and she has shown a lot of promise with the Snowden’s and she actually won a jump out at Flemington last Friday.
“This colt is a big horse and he’ll probably take a little bit of time to mature. Obviously Gregers was a great race mare and it looks likes the full sibling has good ability and fingers crossed the filly can come out prior to the sale.”
Gregers won two Group races – the Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) and the WW Cockram Stakes (1200m) – and is now in foal to Lonhro and has a Snitzel filly at foot.
Fairgray said he was pleased with Yulong’s results at the Magic Millions with the top price of $650,000 for a filly by I Am Invincible out of Gold and Diamonds (NZ). Extreme Choice’s full sister (Not a Single Doubt/Extremely) sold for $600,000.
“We averaged something like $340,000 and it’s great to be able to take a nice little, select number of horses up there and do well,’’ Fairgray said.
“Going forward, the numbers of brood mares and the stock is only going to get better. Numbers wise we could finish up with bigger numbers at the bigger sales.
“Although Mr Zhang likes to race, we like to offer everything at the sales if we can. Obviously some we might have to keep for different reasons with injuries and or x-rays or so forth but the idea is to offer everything in the sale ring.”
Yulong stood their first stallion – multiple Group winner Grunt – last year and Fairgray said he got 160 mares in foal and served 178 mares, which was fantastic for a first season sire.
“His fertility was 90 per cent which for our first stallion was a really great thing,” Fairgray said.
“Victorian breeders have supported him well so it has been a great start for us.’’
Yulong’s draft will be located in barn F, stables 24-37.
You can view Yulong’s draft which will be at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale, here.