Yulong continues to expand its ever-growing band of impressive broodmares with the purchase of 13-year-old Baggy Green for $1.7m from a New Zealand dispersal sale last week.

Baggy Green (Galileo x Starspangled) is the dam of four-time Group 1 winner of the New Zealand bred Tofane (Ocean Park) which Yulong purchased for $3.1m from last month’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast.

Trained by Michael Moroney at Flemington, Tofane won eight races and banked $3.6m in prizemoney.

The six-year-old mare finished second, beaten a length, in her last race – the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick in April.

The Australian-bred Baggy Green, a 1600m maiden at Goulburn during her 11-race career, was purchased by Yulong’s Written Tycoon Syndicate which has bought several other mares including Melody Belle ($2.6m) and Greysful Glamour ($1.5m).

Baggy Green, exported to New Zealand on December 16 2018, is in foal to Tofane’s sire, Ocean Park, and was part of the dispersal sale of Valachi Downs’ broodmares and the latest step in the exit from the market of the Kevin and Jo Hickman-owned Matamata stud.

Baggy Green has also produced the Sydney Group 3 winner No Compromise and Benaud, who finished second in the Australian Derby at Randwick to Hitotsu.

The mare, a half-sister to Group 1 winners Youngstar (High Chaparral) and Funstar (Adelaide), has produced five named foals for four winners and has a rising two-year-old sister to Tofane.

Yulong homebred Hungry Heart (Frankel x Harlech) has also been retired from the track and will be covered by the stud’s champion stallion Written Tycoon this breeding season.

The four-year-old mare was Yulong’s first Australian Group 1 winner when she claimed the Vinery Stakes (2000m) which also won her the crown of Australia’s Champion Three-Year-Old Filly in 2021.

Hungry Heart claimed another Group 1, winning the ATC Australian Oaks (2400m), and also won two Group 2s – the Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) and the Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m).

Yulong Investments chief operating officer Sam Fairgray said the purchase of Baggy Green, along with Tofane, was just to add some more nice mares to the broodmare band.

He said Hungry Heart was back at Yulong’s stud and would be ready to be served by Written Tycoon.

“We are yet to decide what we’ll do with Baggy Green,” Fairgray said.

“She can go to any stallion and that’s one of the good things with her.
“We’ll make a decision in the next couple of weeks.”

Fairgray said Yulong had now expanded its broodmare band to 360 and they’d continue to add to it as nice mares continued to come onto the market.

“It’s all about trying to get nice mares to support the stallions,” he said.
Fairgray said that all the Yulong mares would most likely go to the stud’s own stallions – Written Tycoon, Tagaloa, Lucky Vega, Alabama Express and Grunt.

As well as purchasing Tofane, Yulong’s Written Tycoon Syndicate also paid a sale-topping $4m for Away Game Away (Snitzel x Elusive Wonder) at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Yulong was crowned the leading buyer at the sale, acquiring 63 mares for an aggregate of $29.275m.