After a decade, the famous Collingrove brand is back in the sales ring and ready for business at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Many in the horse racing industry will have fond memories of the famous Collingrove Stud which was established by two of racing’s royalty – the late Robert Sangster and the late Colin Hayes.
Sangster’s son, Adam, is the principal of Swettenham Stud and was keen to move the preparation of yearlings off his Nagambie property so he could concentrate on the core business of stallions and breeding.
The Collingrove name has been reborn after 10 years and operates as a separate entity by Daniel Brash, who has used Michael Christian’s Longford Thoroughbred Stud to prepare his first draft of yearlings with support from Swettenham Stud and other clients.
Brash said he was thrilled to see the Collingrove name back in the sales catalogue. “I am thrilled to be entrusted to be preparing and selling yearlings for Adam Sangster at Swettenham as well as some of their clients and Kia Ora Stud, who I have a great relationship with.”
“Adam really wanted to move away from yearling preparation for the sake of his staff and his farm and I have always wanted to have my own consignment of yearlings. We had a discussion and after aligning our goals and values, I decided to start my own business under the Collingrove name with Adam’s blessing. It’s a great opportunity to use a prestigious and established name and something that I have not taken lightly.” Said Brash, oozing with excitement at the with his new brand being launched.
It’s been in the pipeline for over a year now, talking it through and sorting things out and we are very happy to relaunch Collingrove Stud into the yearling sales at Melbourne Premier in 2020.”
Brash also prepared the yearlings for Michael Christian at Longford Thoroughbred Farm for the sale and hopes they sell just as well as his own through Collingrove. Christian’s yearlings are in his own Longford draft.
Collingrove will offer a draft of 17 at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction and has a number of standout horses that have already proven very popular with parades, including a number of yearlings by Swettenham Stud’s Toronado.
“Toronado is certainly flying, he had four winners last week and had his star filly Still A Star gain her fourth consecutive stakes win in the Tasmanian Oaks on the weekend.”
“The stallion covered a record number of mares in Victoria last year, 197, and that was the most of any stallion in Victoria. I would say the quality of the mares he covers will continue to rise.” Said Brash of the stallion that he know so well.
Following in the High Chaparral line, Collingrove is also offering two by So You Think (NZ) – out of Dorabella (NZ) and Le Societe as well as a very nice son of Tivaci, yet another son of High Chaparral.
A Deep Field filly is also coming down from Kia Ora and Brash said she has a massive pedigree.
“She is out of a Group 1 international family and she is Lot 6 so we are excited to see our first lot go through and we are very excited to see what she makes,” Brash said.
“Buyers have been getting her out of her box based on her pedigree, and keeping her out based on her being an exceptional type.”
Brash said Collingrove would continue to grow over the coming years and he is particularly excited about what is to come in his new business.
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