Historic Queensland Stud On The Market

Queensland’s historic Wattle Brae Stud will be sold at auction on June 7.

Neorealism to stand in Queensland
Neorealism to stand in Queensland Picture: HKJC

The historic nursery has been placed on the market after more than a century under the ownership of the Turkington family.

Long-time studmaster Gary Turkington and his wife Phoebe have decided to sell their property but will retain a parcel of land where they will keep a select band of broodmares.

The stud is the oldest family-owned thoroughbred operation in Queensland and has recently been standing the stallion Mahisara.

Turkington said he had made the tough decision to downsize his breeding interests despite being offered other stallions.

“If I wanted to buy another stallion it is a commitment to another four or five years and that is why I have had to make a decision because if I got another stallion this year I am sort of locked in,” Turkington said.

“If I am not going to make that commitment then I am better off selling and hopefully someone will buy it to do that.”

Turkington has been selling off a number of Wattle Brae owned mares. He plans to operate on a small level with a view to sending yearlings to select sales.

Wattle Brae Stud at Pilton on the Darling Downs covers 405 hectares and has been under the Turkington family ownership since 1910.

The infrastructure includes stables, a spelling complex, three homes and workers’ quarters.

* Japanese star Neorealism,  a G1 winner in Hong Kong, will stand at stud in Queensland this spring.

The winner of the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at SHa Tin has been acquired by Oaklands Stud.

Also a G2 winner in Japan, Neorealism is by the Sunday Silecne stallion Neo Universe and won eight of his 23 lifetime starts for trainer Noriyuki Hori.

He is a three quarter brother to dual G1 winning stallion Real Impact from the top producing Meadowlake mare Tokio Reality.

A syndicate of Japanese breeders have retained interests in Neorealism.

The introductory service fee for Neorealism in 2019 is $9900 (inc GST).

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