Sam Fairgray to step down as general manager of Woodside Park
Sam Fairgray is to step down as general manager of Woodside Park Stud in order to take up a position at Yu Long Park Stud.
Fairgray was appointed as the general manager of the Victoria-based stud in May last year and this month oversaw a successful Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for the operation, with 15 yearlings selling for a total of A$3.97 million (£2.29m/€2.59m).
His new employer, Chinese billionaire Zhang Yuesheng's Yu Long Investments, were also active at the sale purchasing four lots for A$1.35m, and also teamed up with Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Aquis Farm and Ciaron Maher Bloodstock to secure a Snitzel colt for A$1.6m.
Fairgray, who has previously worked at Newgate Stud, Arrowfield Stud and Inglis, will head up Yu Long's breeding and racing operations in Australia.
"I am sad to be leaving Woodside Park but the opportunity to join a global organisation like Yu Long and manage its Australian breeding and racing operations was too good to pass up," said Fairgray.
"I believe Woodside Park is Victoria's number one stud operation and one of the leading operators in the country. It has turned a corner since Mark Rowsthorn took over the reigns and is a real force to be reckoned with in the industry. I look forward to seeing it flourish in the future."
"I'd like to thank Sam for his efforts over the past six months and wish him well in his future endeavours," added Mark Rowsthorn, owner of Woodside Park.
"In his short time at the farm he has imparted a lot of knowledge to our people and his experience has been a real asset to our organisation."
Fairgray will transition out of the business over the coming months and Woodside will advise on news of his replacement in due course.