The continued expansion of Eliza Park took another leap forward with the today’s announcement that the stud had added a fifth Victorian property to its portfolio.
The latest acquisition – a dedicated foaling down facility and walk in farm – is based in Northwood Road, Seymour and was formerly known as Newlands Thoroughbreds/Wadham Park.
The new farm will now be known as Eliza Park Northwood and encompasses 470 acres of prime North Eastern Victoria real estate and boasts world class facilities.
“We’re very excited at the opportunity to shift our foaling unit to Eliza Park Northwood as we again expect to foal down some 250 of our clients mares this spring,” Eliza Park CEO Cameron Croucher enthused. “The facilities are ideal and there will be little to no disruption in making the transition.
“Eliza Park Northwood’s close proximity to all the major stud farms will also allow us to walk on clients mares on their behalf and, naturally, we’ll be using our fleet to transport mares to the Kerrie property as well.”
Eliza Park Kerrie will continue to be the hub for stallions, nominations, marketing, administration and a flourishing racing division, while the adjacent property – Eliza Park Nardoo – houses the dry mares and spelling racehorses.
Eliza Park also has two other properties in the North East – Eliza Park Nagambie, dedicated to rearing young horses, and Eliza Park Smithfield, a purpose built farm to house yearlings and weanlings for the operation’s burgeoning sales arm.
“Eliza Park Northwood is an outstanding farm with much of the infrastructure already in place,” Croucher points out. “The manner and speed at which each facet of the organisation is growing, necessitated the move.
“It’s amazing to think that just on a decade ago our stallions covered just 187 mares … 70 of them owned by Eliza Park’s principal, Lee Fleming.
“Last year, our stallions covered 1100 mares.
“The important thing to remember is that Eliza Park’s expansion is purely client driven. It’s paramount that we offer clients a professional and dedicated service for all thoroughbred requirements: adding this property to our portfolio allows specialist facilities for each component of the thoroughbred breeding business.”