Yulong Investments

Michael Donohoe – 'A Good Trainer Will Make A Bad Agent Look Very Clever'

   Michael O'Donohoe of BBA Ireland and leading owner Zhang Yuesheng have been making waves off the track in recent weeks after buying a number of high-quality broodmare prospects to visit the Chinese businessman's Group 1-winner Lucky Vega (Ire) at the Irish National Stud.    Zhang Yuesheng also has Royal Ascot heroine Magical Lagoon (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who Donohoe bought from Coolmore for 305,000gns in 2020, to look forward to in Saturday's G1 Juddmonte Irish Oaks at the Curragh.    As well as speaking about Zhang Yuesheng's growing operation in...

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Hotter Than July At Tattersalls

NEWMARKET, UK--The legacy of Sheikh Hamdan still casts a long shadow over the bloodstock world, and the influence of his bloodlines was once more evident at Tattersalls on Wednesday when Rihaam (Ire), a 9-year-old daughter of Dansili (GB) in foal to Dark Angel (Ire), led the first day of the July Sale at a new record price of 540,000gns. With a buying bunch greatly enhanced by the returned freedom of international travel, several records were set at Park Paddocks, which saw the two top prices ever at a July Sale...

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BBA Ireland Buys Txope For €1.2 Million On Behalf Of Yulong At Arqana

Demand for horses-in-training under both codes and breeding stock was at a premium in Deauville, as the Arqana Summer Sale wrapped its two-day stand on Friday. Towering over the proceedings was the €1.2-million purchase Txope (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) (lot 421), who caught the eye of BBA Ireland's Michael Donohoe acting on behalf of Yulong Investments. The daughter of three-time French listed-placed mare Power of The Moon (Ire) (Acclamation {GB) was bred by Haras Voltaire and consigned by trainer Philippe Decouz. Formerly an Ecurie Griezmann colourbearer, the relative of dual group...

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A Lope de Vega Filly For Plying

Plying (Hard Spun), who topped the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale at €825,000 to Yulong Investments/BBA Ireland, foaled a chestnut Lope de Vega (Ire) filly on Thursday morning, BBA Ireland's Michael Donohoe announced via Twitter. The 12-year-old is the dam of G1 Cheveley Park S., G1 Coronation S. and G1 Sussex S. heroine Alcohol Free (Ire) (No Nay Never). "Exciting future ahead for this filly and an outstanding addition to the Yulong broodmare band in time," Donohoe tweeted.

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Yulong Backing Lucky Vega

When a colt retires to stud, a regular theme of the promotional drive to attract mares involves a bullish statement by the owner pledging to support the stallion with their own mares, as well as a commitment to invest in the stallion's progeny at the foal and yearling sales. Yulong Investments' Yuesheng Zhang has hit the ground running with his commitment to his young sire Lucky Vega (Ire), who kicks off his Northern Hemisphere stallion duties at the Irish National Stud early in 2022. Spearheaded by BBA Ireland's Mick Donohoe,...

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Lucky Vega To Stand At Irish National Stud

Group 1-winning 2-year-old and Classic-placed 3-year-old Lucky Vega (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}-Queen Of Carthage, by Cape Cross {Ire}) will stand the Northern Hemisphere season at the Irish National Stud in 2022. He is currently serving his first book at Yulong Stud in Australia. Purchased by Yuesheng Zhang's Yulong Investments for €175,000 at the 2019 Goffs Orby Yearling Sale, Lucky Vega was a debut maiden winner at Naas last June for trainer Jessica Harrington. He won the G1 Phoenix S. in his third start, becoming the only son of Lope...

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Dubawi on Top Again as Arqana Lights Up

DEAUVILLE, France--The second and final session of the select part of the Arqana August Sale lit up in ebullient fashion with two seven-figure yearlings, including the €2.4-million sale topper by Dubawi, a half-sister to Group 2 winner Babylone (Fr) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). Charlie Gordon-Watson made a significant impact on the day's action when acting for an unnamed client and signed for the filly (lot 108) out of Typique (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) shortly after bidding €525,000 for lot 99, a filly by Frankel (GB). The sale leader was consigned by Haras...

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BBA Ireland Receives Surprise Shipment of Masks

On Tuesday, the staff of BBA Ireland received an unexpected but very welcome surprise when a large shipment of face masks arrived from China courtesy of Yuesheng Zhang's Yulong Investments. Zhang, who is developing a worldwide bloodstock empire, has about 60 horses in Ireland between training yards and studs. Wuhan is where much of the racehorse population in China winters, and is also the city where COVID-19 was first reported. With coronavirus cases dropping in Wuhan and restrictions lifting, Zhang decided to turn his focus to his friends abroad in...

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The Slipper Fits Pivotal

As the field takes shape for the world's richest 2-year-old race, the A$3.5-million G1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, a few predictable names will be prominent among the pedigrees of the key contenders: I Am Invincible (Aus) and his late studmate Hinchinbrook (Aus); Danehill and his sons Redoute's Choice (Aus), Fastnet Rock (Aus) and Snitzel (Aus), and Vinery's evergreen shuttler More Than Ready. A somewhat surprising inclusion among these is Pivotal (GB). The Slipper features a pair of runners conceived in Europe-just the second time this...

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Frankel Filly All Heart in Australian G2 Win

Yuesheng Zhang has been in regular attendance at bloodstock sales across the world in recent years and his Yulong Investments operation now has a classy homebred on its books in the form of Hungry Heart (Aus) (Frankel {GB}), the winner of Saturday's G2 Sweet Embrace S. at Randwick for Chris Waller. Making just her second start, the chesnut landed the six-furlong contest by three-quarters of a length under James McDonald and is now being aimed at the G1 Golden Slipper on Mar. 21. "She's obviously pretty talented and good on...

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