TBNSW Breeders Update Autumn 2018 - Page 15



NSW Breeders thank the Inglis Family / Vale Don Storey
Life Membership presented
to Mr Leslie Young
The Thoroughbred Breeders NSW committee took Mr Les Young
by surprise directly after the presentation to Inglis.
Derby, Queensland Derby, Grand Prix Stakes), Colour
Page (VATC Sandown Cup, VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes,
STC Rosehill Cup and Diamond Shower (VRC Oaks,
Wakeful Stakes, AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes).
(L to R) Derek Field, Les Young, Peter Orton & Paddy Power
In the 1960s Sydney-born Les Young entered the NSW
Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association seeking advice
that in turn, half a century later he would be the one
dispersing it. The now 74 year old has dedicated his life
to the thoroughbred. In 2010, he was appointed acting
executive officer of NSW Breeders, due to a sudden
resignation of the previous executive officer, which soon
became a 7 year stint until December 2017, when the
office was relocated to Scone on the closure of Inglis
Newmarket Sales complex at Randwick.
In 1971 Les took over production of the thoroughbred
section of Country Life newspaper, from Brian Russell.
In the early 1970s he established a bloodstock agency,
and in association with Peter Nicole, a luminary in
breeding knowledge, and Winchcombe Carson, a
Sydney based major wool broking and stock and
station business, launched into the public horse selling
business, concentrating on private sales, syndication
of stallions and public sales of quarter horses before
moving on to thoroughbreds. Initiating the Breeders’
Guide, a feature that ran in the Sportsman and writing
for them for 38 years (1979-2017) a segment entitled
Breeding World.
In 1979, a partnership with Bob Lapointe, of Doncaster
Bloodstock Services saw the securing of a long list of
good horses including Emancipation 19 wins, six Gr.1),
Magic Flute (eight wins included the AJC Doncaster,
VATC 1000 Guineas), Handy Proverb (cost $7000, Victoria
NSW BREEDERS’ UPDATE Autumn 2018
The Lapointe-Young association impact initially emerged
when they went shopping with a modest budget at
1979 Adelaide yearling sale. Investing $41,000, they
purchased five yearlings. Two were November Rain
($12,000, won VRC Oaks, AJC Oaks, QTC Queensland
Oaks, AJC St Leger, VRC Wakeful Stakes) and Port
Carling ($12,500, seven Sydney wins, AJC Summer Cup).
Another, Easy Date, a $4500 Grand Chaudiere (CAN) filly,
ran only three times, but showed ability with a provincial
win at two. She was mated to Lunchtime for Bob Lapointe
and Bob Logan, but much to their later regret was sold
in foal at Scone for $5000. The foal became Snippets.
Les handled the syndication of Golden Slipper winner
Marscay for sire duties at Widden Stud for owners Geoff
and Beryl White, purchasing Marscay’s Widden-bred
AJC Australian Oaks winner and producer Circles of
Gold for $50,000 for Frank Tagg. At Sydney Summer
Yearling Sale, he spent $12,000 buying the late Ross
Cribb a Blazing Saddles filly named of Heat of the
Moment the Champion Australasian 3YO Filly 1985-86.
Success from a small band of broodmares, besides
Integra including among their progeny Integra’s
Bletchingly half-brother Bletchencore (a Sydney
sprinter and sire of winners to Gr.1), stakes winning
Zephyr Zip siblings Zephyrz (won Magic Millions 2YO
Classic) and Cloudlet (eight wins included four in Sydney
and Gosford Slipper -Gr.2) and Sea Swell, winner of the
Sandown Guineas Gr. 2.
Long serving contributions to industry as a foundation
member and vice president of NSW Racehorse Owners’
Association, seven years on RIPAC (Racing Industry
Participants Advisory Committee) representing
breeders, foundation member of Equine Advisory
Committee for Federal Government’s Rural Industries
Research and Development Corporation in equine
research projects, and as a past president and life member
of the Federation of Bloodstock Agents of Australia.
Les has been a member of the NSW Thoroughbred
Breeders Association for nearly 59 years and for his
contribution to the Breeding Industry we are honoured
to award Les Life Membership.
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