The Seymour district has long been Victoria’s thoroughbred heartland, with some of Australia’s most prominent breeding operations calling the region home.
Now there is a new player in town.
Yulong Investments has announced plans to further enhance its ever-increasing profile, with a property just south of Nagambie central to the operation.
Earlier this year Yulong, which is owned and managed by China’s Zhang Yue Sheng, purchased Limerick Lane off prominent owner and breeder Gerry Ryan.
It complements Yulong’s original base, at Bayles in Melbourne’s south-east, which remains the spelling and pre-training facility.
If it has its way, Yulong’s new base will become one of the biggest in the country.
‘‘Being based in the heart of thoroughbred country, the famous nursery will cater for our growing band of broodmares, as well as being home of weanling and yearling preparations,’’ Yulong’s chief operating officer Sam Fairgray said.
‘‘We will ideally further expand our Victorian landholding to around 1000 acres so that we can utilise and develop breeding barn facilities to stand commercial stallions in the future.’’
The Yulong name has become increasingly prominent in form guides in recent years with its green and white colours having won scores of races, most recently with Holy Command at Geelong on Sunday.
Yulong has been a major player at recent broodmare sales and at the recent Inglis offering paid $1.35million for Group 2 winner Gypsy Diamond, which is in foal to gun sire I Am Invincible. Yulong also paid $800000 for Gypsy Diamond’s dam Gypsy Tucker, which is in-foal to Snitzel.
Last year Yulong paid $1.75million for classy sprinter Gregers and the year before that acquired Extremely, the dam of Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice.
‘‘By purchasing these mares, we have set the tone for the quality and standard that we wish to achieve,’’ Fairgray said.
‘‘Yulong wants to be a leader in the thoroughbred industry, not only in Victoria but nationally.
‘‘With the high number of commercial mares that head up to the Hunter Valley (from Victoria), we ideally want to be able to stand stallions that are worthy of those high-end mares and keep them here in Victoria to breed.’’
— Brad Bishop