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Ryga Park is set in the idyllic location of Mangrove Mountain. Located only an hour north
of Sydney, and an hour south of Newcastle. Well established quality horse agistment and
spelling facility which has been built to the highest of standards. Developed over only a
portion of this approx 90 acre property, it leaves potential for further future expansion.
Enquiries and expressions of interest
Contact John Trautwein
M: 0414 876 479 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.rygapark.com.au
Large 4-5 bedroom and 3 bathroom, family residence with swimming pool and tennis court.
This property can be bought, with or without the Ryga Park business, which is run under management.
SERVICES RYGA PARK OFFERS:
i Racehorse Spelling
i Private Clients Spelling and Agistment
i Post operative care
i Injury recovery
i Broodmares/ foals and weanlings
i Stallions agistment
i Runners Relief Treatments- Revolutionary tendon treatment direct from America can half healing time and
have horses back in work in three months. Also treats ligament injuries, shin soreness and hair line fractures.
RYGA PARK STAGE 1 DEVELOPMENT:
i 10 single paddocks designed for colts and stallions, ranging from 2800m2 to 3200m2 in size with 20m2
shelters in each paddock. Single paddock fencing is PVC post and top rail with three strands electrobraid
including a 5 inch electrobraid standoff. Can hold minimum of 10 horses
i 4 group paddocks ranging from 5-10 acres in size, fencing consists of PVC post and three stands
electrobraid. Can hold a total of 20 horses, 5 horses per group paddock.
i All paddocks come with automatic waterers and irrigation points to irrigate pasture.
i Stable block consisting of 3 stables for injury recovery and post operative care
i 4- 20m2 rubber holding yards with electrobraid standoff
i Truck Turn around
i Farrier and Treatment Bay
i 2 injury recovery paddocks 80m2 in size with shelters
i Rubber Wash Bay
i Own water supply from bore & dams
i Mare foaling paddock with adjoining Mare and foal Stable and tack shed.
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LATEST BALANCE OF TRADE (CONT)
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is crucial to achieving the best results for
your clients. It is one of the huge advantages
of using a Europe-based agent or an
Australian agent who has a proven track
record of buying in Europe. I hate to say it,
but the Australian way of doing business
does not always appeal to potential sellers."
In saying that, Blomeley suggests that most
European owners/trainers are receptive to
enquiry from bloodstock agents acting on
behalf of Australian interests.
"If the approach comes with a fair offer,
most are open to the idea of selling," he
revealed. "But there is a large number of
owners who cannot be enticed by money.
Racing truly is still the 'Sport of Kings' in
Europe. The owners who do sell may tend
to be a bit more dismissive of agents they
Blomeley predicts the level of trade in
proven European performers shouldn't be
expected to subside in either the short- or
long-term future despite the vagaries of
"The demand is still there from private
clients and those well-established as buyers in
this market. With the pound rallying, I think
it is getting harder for syndicators and trainers
to buy a horse mostly sold but still requiring a
few shares to be taken.
"I think results will tell you that this isn't a
fad. Beldale Ball was an imported Melbourne
Cup winner for Robert Sangster in 1980.
[Furthermore] New Zealand, the traditional
source of stayers for Australians, now has a
large proportion of speed sires in its ranks, so
I think their influence on the open-age staying
races may never be as it was."
Blomeley concluded: "The exchange rate will
dictate the prices, but as long as Australians pay
more than the National Hunt buyers in Europe,
there will always be a strong market."
The sustained level of interest shown by
Australian buyers in the tried horse market
has certainly proven to be a fillip for many
participants in the British thoroughbred
industry. When once the vast majority of
older runners filtered in to the jumps racing
code as a natural progression, a newfound
demand for the very same animal is having
benefits on a much wider scale for owners
and trainer alike.
Harry Dunlop, son of the legendary British
trainer John Dunlop and brother to Red
Cadeaux's hugely accomplished conditioner
Ed Dunlop, heads one such outfit to have
prospered from the development.
It was Harry Dunlop who laid the
foundations of Green Moon's multiple Gr1-
winning career, preparing the entire for his
eight starts in England as a 2- and 3-year-
old. Dunlop also proved instrumental in the
recent sale of Sir Patrick Moore to very good
clients of the Chris Waller stable. Runner-
up in last season's Gr3 Newbury Greenham
Stakes as a 3-year-old, Sir Patrick Moore
now races under the name of Weary (Fr) in
Australia in the very familiar black and grey
colours of the popular Grimish family.
Dunlop has no doubt that the sale of
Green Moon has enhanced his training
career and played its part in the more recent
events involving Sir Patrick Moore. He's also
convinced that both deals have proven to be
good business for his training establishment
as well as for those associated with them.
"I think it certainly raised my profile,
especially in the bloodstock market,"
commented the already well-known British
trainer. "Both benefited my owners who
reinvested in yearlings following their sale."
Not only does Dunlop believe that trading
ex-British performers to Australia has become
a major part of his business model, he even
suggests an extension to the frenzied Anglo-
"I would very much like to have some
Australian owners as I feel I can prepare a horse
in readiness for a future [career] in Australia
at the highest level. I would like to buy more
yearlings that would suit this plan. Maybe it
should be something that we promote.
"I think this can only get bigger, as it is
clearly successful. After all, trainers like Gai
Waterhouse and Chris Waller are making it an
important part of their business."
Dunlop makes a salient point.
With the likes of Waterhouse and Waller
now so profoundly committed to finding
top-class stable prospects overseas, by
means of public auction or through private
sale, there's no reason to even consider that
there's going to be a decline in demand in
the foreseeable future.
In addition to this dynamic duo, Team
Williams has long since based a major
proportion of its world-class operation on
the very same approach, while clients of
Peter Moody, Darren Weir, David Hayes,
Tony McEvoy, Michael Moroney, David
Vandyke and a growing number of other
trainers have already reaped rich rewards
from the exercise.
All things considered, a practice that
essentially began as a trickle and helped put
Chris Waller on the map is now much more
of a torrent and shows no signs of abating.
Despite the ubiquity of exciting stayers
that have already made their successful way
down under, perhaps the best is yet to come.
“I hate to say it, but
the Australian way of
doing business does
not always appeal to
– Chris Blomely
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