Above: 2019 Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa to stand at Yulong

If everything goes to plan, it won’t be too long before Yulong offers one of the biggest breeding operations in Victoria.

Already with two stallions on their roster, and Tagaloa set to join Grunt and Alabama Express at the end of his racing career, Yulong plans to offer breeders the choice of up to at least 10 stallions in the coming years.

Chinese billionaire Yuesheng Zhang has invested millions of dollars in his breeding and racing interests in Victoria. He has already made it clear that the huge investment in the industry will continue in the coming years.

The purchase of Grunt, Alabama Express and two year-old colt Tagaloa are just the start of Zhang’s entry into the stallion market.

His two foundation stallions will stand at Zhang’s Yulong Stud which he purchased from caravan king Gerry Ryan who previously operated the 450 acre property near Nagambie, known as Limerick Lane.

Also in Zhang’s horse property portfolio is the 210 acre Yulong Farm, which is set up for his ever increasing band of around 200 broodmares.

Yulong Park the 170-acre agistment property located at Bayles near Pakenham.

And Yulong is chasing further land opportunities near Nagambie.

As well as their recent stallion purchases, Yulong has been prominent at the recent Chairman’s Sale and digital online sale to purchase more broodmares.

Yulong’s chief operating officer Sam Fairgray said the new state of the art stallion facility at Yulong Stud is nearing completion and capable of accommodating up to 14 stallions.

“We have Grunt, Alabama Express and Tagaloa will most likely join our stallion roster either next year or the following year,” Fairgray said.

“We have now got up to 200 broodmares and it’s Mr Zhang’s vision to have a good stallion line-up which we will support with good quality mares.

“Alabama Express will get some really nice mares this year and we have got a couple of nice fillies retiring off the track which he will get.”

Fairgray said the Yulong vision was definitely to become a commercial operation to breed, rear and sell high class racehorses.

And having up to 10 resident stallions is also part of the Yulong vision, in addition to their expanding land capacity.

“We are just trying to do develop the farm with the right steps and stages,” Fairgray said.

Above: A view of the farm

“It will give Victorian breeders an opportunity to access high class stallions with the ability to keep their mares at home without needing to travel interstate.

“Mr Zhang really loves it and he is got a passion for it and he’ll be in it for a long time.

“He was quite adamant about setting up in Victoria and his two daughters are involved in the business who are based in Melbourne.”

At this stage there is no definite line of stallions being sought by Yulong. The focus is getting the stallions they believe will work with the Australian broodmare population.

Fairgray said the time frame for adding to Yulong’s stallion roster will look to be increasing their stallion numbers to five next year, eight the following year and then build it up to around the 10.

“That’s the aim, but it’s not just as easy as just saying that we are going to have that number because obviously you want to have a stallion that is going to be suitable,” he remarked.

“But Mr Zhang is very passionate about it and he knows what he wants to achieve.”

Fairgray said the plan was that all the yearlings from Yulong’s massive band of broodmares would all be offered for sale.

He said Yulong withdrew all of its yearlings from the Australian Easter Yearling Sale which turned into a digital sale because of the coronavirus.

“We are going to take them to round two and we had 14 entered for that first sale. We just withdrew them because people hadn’t had the opportunity to inspect the yearlings.” Fairgray said.

“But hopefully the way things are heading now, people will be able to inspect the yearlings and it will be a live auction up in Sydney.

“With yearlings especially, people need to be able to view them when they are paying large sums of money.

“But we will be definitely offering all the progeny for sale.

“We will still buy a few nice yearling fillies to try to help our broodmare band in years to come.”

The Yulong named horses are well known throughout the racecourses, with Zhang enjoying the racing side of the industry with a large racing team.

Yulong also export horses to China, but Fairgray said that market had obviously slowed down because of the restriction of flights to China, but is confident the market will pick up when air travel restrictions are lifted.

He said the Chinese market was starting to improve and grow.

“Despite the setback, I am confident the Chinese are getting interested in racing and understanding the whole dealing and sale process and racing,” Fairgray said.

“Going forward it is going to be important to us to be able to sell some of the yearlings in China.”

Yulong employs more than 50 people and that number will continue to rise in line with the company’s ever increasing horse population.

Fairgray said he would love to give some of the younger people in Victoria the opportunity to join Yulong so they could learn about the industry and then move on and better themselves at other farms.

It’s not just farms and horses that Yulong have been acquiring. They recently announced the appointment of highly respected stud manager Marcus Corban to a special projects role after spending more than 30 years as general manager of New Zealand’s Cambridge Stud.

While Yulong also have horses in the UK and America, the vision is clearly for success in the Australian and breeding industry before increasing their expansion into other countries.

Alabama Express (Redoute’s Choice – Lago Ovation) ridden by Michael Dee wins the G1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m)  at Caulfield Racecourse. 
© The Image is Everything – Bronwen Healy & Darren Tindale Photography

If everything goes to plan, it won’t be too long before Yulong offers one of the biggest breeding operations in Victoria.

Already with two stallions on their roster, and Tagaloa set to join Grunt and Alabama Express at the end of his racing career, Yulong plans to offer breeders the choice of up to at least 10 stallions in the coming years.

Chinese billionaire Yuesheng Zhang has invested millions of dollars in his breeding and racing interests in Victoria. He has already made it clear that the huge investment in the industry will continue in the coming years.

The purchase of Grunt, Alabama Express and two year-old colt Tagaloa are just the start of Zhang’s entry into the stallion market.

His two foundation stallions will stand their first seasons at Zhang’s Yulong Stud which he purchased from caravan king Gerry Ryan who previously operated the 450 acre property near Nagambie, known as Limerick Lane.

Also in Zhang’s horse property portfolio is the 210 acre Yulong Farm, which is set up for his ever increasing band of around 200 broodmares.

Yulong Park the 170-acre agistment property located at Bayles near Pakenham.

And Yulong is chasing further land opportunities near Nagambie.

As well as their recent stallion purchases, Yulong has been prominent at the recent Chairman’s Sale and digital online sale to purchase more broodmares.

Yulong’s chief operating officer Sam Fairgray said the new state of the art stallion facility at Yulong Stud is nearing completion and capable of accommodating up to 14 stallions.

“We have Grunt, Alabama Express and Tagaloa will most likely join our stallion roster either next year or the following year,” Fairgray said.

“We have now got up to 200 broodmares and it’s Mr Zhang’s vision to have a good stallion line-up which we will support with good quality mares.

“Alabama Express will get some really nice mares this year and we have got a couple of nice fillies retiring off the track which he will get.”

Fairgray said the Yulong vision was definitely to become a commercial operation to breed, rear and sell high class racehorses.

And having up to 10 resident stallions is also part of the Yulong vision, in addition to their expanding land capacity.

“We are just trying to do develop the farm with the right steps and stages,” Fairgray said.

Above: A view of the farm

“It will give Victorian breeders an opportunity to access high class stallions with the ability to keep their mares at home without needing to travel interstate.

“Mr Zhang really loves it and he is got a passion for it and he’ll be in it for a long time.

“He was quite adamant about setting up in Victoria and his two daughters are involved in the business who are based in Melbourne.”

At this stage there is no definite line of stallions being sought by Yulong. The focus is getting the stallions they believe will work with the Australian broodmare population.

Fairgray said the time frame for adding to Yulong’s stallion roster will look to be increasing their stallion numbers to five next year, eight the following year and then build it up to around the 10.

“That’s the aim, but it’s not just as easy as just saying that we are going to have that number because obviously you want to have a stallion that is going to be suitable,” he remarked.

“But Mr Zhang is very passionate about it and he knows what he wants to achieve.”

Fairgray said the plan was that all the yearlings from Yulong’s massive band of broodmares would all be offered for sale.

He said Yulong withdrew all of its yearlings from the Australian Easter Yearling Sale which turned into a digital sale because of the coronavirus.

“We are going to take them to round two and we had 14 entered for that first sale. We just withdrew them because people hadn’t had the opportunity to inspect the yearlings.” Fairgray said.

“But hopefully the way things are heading now, people will be able to inspect the yearlings and it will be a live auction up in Sydney.

“With yearlings especially, people need to be able to view them when they are paying large sums of money.

“But we will be definitely offering all the progeny for sale.

“We will still buy a few nice yearling fillies to try to help our broodmare band in years to come.”

The Yulong named horses are well known throughout the racecourses, with Zhang enjoying the racing side of the industry with a large racing team.

Yulong also export horses to China, but Fairgray said that market had obviously slowed down because of the restriction of flights to China, but is confident the market will pick up when air travel restrictions are lifted.

He said the Chinese market was starting to improve and grow.

“Despite the setback, I am confident the Chinese are getting interested in racing and understanding the whole dealing and sale process and racing,” Fairgray said.

“Going forward it is going to be important to us to be able to sell some of the yearlings in China.”

Yulong employs more than 50 people and that number will continue to rise in line with the company’s ever increasing horse population.

Fairgray said he would love to give some of the younger people in Victoria the opportunity to join Yulong so they could learn about the industry and then move on and better themselves at other farms.

It’s not just farms and horses that Yulong have been acquiring. They recently announced the appointment of highly respected stud manager Marcus Corban to a special projects role after spending more than 30 years as general manager of New Zealand’s Cambridge Stud.

While Yulong also have horses in the UK and America, the vision is clearly for success in the Australian and breeding industry before increasing their expansion into other countries.