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Yulong cement themselves as an Australian powerhouse

Updated: May 4, 2023

Second season sire Pierata will stand at Yulong this season (IMG: Yulong)

For a farm which commenced on Australian shores less than ten years ago, there is no doubting that they have well and truly cemented their reputation as one of Australia’s biggest farms.

The farm now boasts seven stallions on their roster, with 2020/21 Australian Champion sire, Written Tycoon standing for a private fee in 2023.

A mouth-watering line-up including Written Tycoon, as well as Pierata, Tagaloa, Alabama Express, Grunt, Lucky Vega and Diatonic provides exceptional value for breeders.

The acquisition of Pierata from Aquis and Diatonic who showed his class against the elite of Japanese racing amplify an exciting flavour of young talent and international dominance to our state.

Sired by Lord Kanaloa, Diatonic is by the same sire as Yulong’s Tagaloa and as a three-time Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed, he will provide breeders bloodlines that are valuable when it comes to selling their progeny at sale time.

“Diatonic has a very unique profile that caught the interest of Mr Zhang and the team at Yulong,” said Sam Fairgray, Chief Operating Officer at Yulong Investments.

“His incredible pedigree, consistent performances in high quality races coupled with the global success of the Japanese thoroughbred was incredibly appealing.”

“Diatonic won the same race as Rich Hill’s talented young sire Satono Aladdin, he’s by the same sire as our Blue Diamond winning stallion Tagaloa, and was bred on the same cross as Japanese superstar Almond Eye. He’s also physically imposing, so we’re delighted to be able to support him with our top mares and offer him to the Australian market.”

Pierata who has been touted as one of ‘Australia’s hottest young sires’, is just shy of six months off his first runners hitting the track. Both a city winner and Group performed as a juvenile, he was Group 1 placed before winning the Group 1 All-Aged Stakes.

Pierata has been well supported with his first season receiving 169 mares and then his second season, receiving 139 mares.

“Few stallions these days have such complete racing campaigns as Pierata, and throughout his career he showed his incredible soundness, brilliance and raw talent – all qualities that put him on track for success as a stallion.

“To acquire him at this point in his career, just months away from his first runners, is incredibly exciting for both Yulong and the Victorian industry. We’ve seen how well-received his first yearlings were at the sales this year.”

“We are delighted to present a diverse roster that combines some of the best global sirelines at value fees that breeders can capitalise on commercially,” said Fairgray.

“The support we show with our own elite broodmare band should give breeders total confidence that our stallions are provided every opportunity to succeed; not just in their first two seasons, but right through the unproven years.”

And there is no doubting that their stallions will receive every opportunity, with a broodmare band which most breeders, could only ever dream of owning.

Yulong have also been very active over the past few years, both domestically and internationally buying blueblood mares to add to their ever-growing broodmare band. At last year’s Tattersalls December sale, they purchased the mare Alcohol Free for $10.6 million (AUD).

The purchase of the mare is the second highest price in European auction history.

At the time, Michael Donohue who purchased the mare on behalf of Mr Zhang, advised that she would enter into training with Gai Waterhouse and the lure of the Australian prizemoney was a big draw card.

At the 2022 Magic Millions National sale, Yulong went home with mares such as Tofane, Away Game and Mac ‘N’ Cheese.

There is no arguing that Yulong will continue to support Victoria with exceptional stallions and the broodmare band to match.

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