About Us & Services
Tamalee Farm is owned by former bookmaker and Sydney Turf Club chairman Bruce McHugh. The property, consisting of 800 acres near Tamworth, has been used to run cattle for the last 20 years. Recently, McHugh decided to increase his involvement in the breeding industry, largely thanks to his investment in young sire Arlington. Tamalee Farm has been transitioning to a Thoroughbred property, and has seen many upgrades to the facilities on the farm. Approximately half the property is used for cropping, to grow hay and cereals for the horses; while the other half has been divided into large paddocks for horses. Tamalee Farm currently runs 40 of their own broodmares, and has plenty of space to agist broodmares for clients. The land at Tamalee is largely flat red soil with naturally grassed paddocks and safe fencing.
With five key staff, all with years of experience in the Thoroughbred industry, Tamalee Farm offers the full range of typical services from broodmare agistment through to sales preparation. Tamalee Farm recently presented their first official draft this sales season, and was represented by five yearlings at the Inglis Sydney Autumn Yearling Sale.
Farm Manager Ken Blanch says “We believe in early education for our young stock. Not only does it ensure that the horses are sensible and relaxed, this education process also keeps our staff safe.”
The farm has built new facilities to house their stallion, Arlington (Red Ransom – Savannah Success, by Success Express) and is very excited to have him ‘home’ at the farm for the coming season. He spent his first few years at stud at Lincoln Farm who have given him a good start to his stud career. As Blanch says “We hope to continue his good start and see his career take off. Having Arlington on the property will be good for the local community.”
As a new farm to the industry, Tamalee has yet to build a list of graduates. The small initial crop off the farm are 3YOs and include dual winner Desert Marshal (by Lope de Vega). However, owner Bruce McHugh has raced many good horses over the years, as befits his long term interests in the racing industry. Additionally, with only a few mares each season, he has bred several good horses including Ollie Vollie (a city winner of 15 races and $657,190), Little Shrek (city winner of 7 races), Smart Road (Listed winner), and Vain Fury (Listed winner). He also bred and raced, in partnership, the Gr2 winner Tennessee Morn (by Bletchingly) who is the dam of recent Gr1 winner Malaguerra.
Tamalee Farm represents Bruce McHugh’s continued interest in the racing and breeding industry. If you would like any further information on the services Tamalee Farm can offer you, or about our Group 1 performer Arlington, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.