03/20/2013 1:20PM

Australian stud farm Eliza Park for sale

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Eliza Park, one of Australia’s top breeding operations, has been put on the market to be sold.

The Eastern Australian operation comprises six properties in Victoria and Queensland. Those properties, along with shares and standing rights to 14 stallions, will be sold by public tender through bloodstock auction company William Inglis. Expressions of interest will be called before a closing tender date of April 26.

“We are delighted to be offering the Eliza Park property and stallion interests for sale,” said Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster. “Eliza Park has been at the forefront of the breeding industry in Victoria for many years and is well placed for future growth with a highly competent team and an excellent portfolio of property and commercial stallions on offer.”

Among the stallions under the Eliza Park umbrella is Bel Esprit, sire of undefeated champion Black Caviar. Bel Esprit is among ten stallions standing in Victoria. Group 2 winner Written Tycoon is one of four horses standing at the Queensland location.

In addition to the breeding operation, the Eliza Park Kerrie location in Victoria also features the farm’s racing division, which includes two training tracks.

“As a third generation breeder, Eliza Park is the culmination of a lifelong ambition, although when starting out I never imagined it would grow to what it is now,” said Lee Fleming, Eliza Park’s principal. “It is with somewhat mixed emotions that I’ve made the decision to offer the stud for tender.

“I’m immensely proud of Eliza Park’s diversity, its continued growth and its position as one of the nation’s top Thoroughbred operations, but this has been in the planning for some time,” he added. “With all the pieces now in place and the stallions going so well, it really is the optimum time to put Eliza Park on the market and represents a tremendous opportunity for investors.”