Run by Australia’s most prominent owner, Lloyd Williams, Macedon Lodge is a piece of the industry that most people would love to be a part of.
It’s produced some of the greatest champions Australia has ever had and come carnival time it’s a given representatives from Macedon Lodge will be somewhere in the mix.
Next month comes the annual opportunity where you can get your own piece of a Macedon lodge graduate.
Nick Williams makes no secret of the fact their team only wants the best horses to win the biggest races.
As a result every year they shed a big number of their team who they feel won’t make the top grade.
“We’re trying to win the business races over the carnival and we try and sift through our horses to see which ones are capable of winning those races,” he said.
These are hardly no name gallopers though, these horses have won and will continue to win good races.
Williams says they almost expect to let go of a future champion every year but it’s a risk they take in keeping their operation going.
“If you want to go to the top Subscribe went on to become the two time best rated middle distance horses in the world (after being sold),” he said.
Just looking at the names you can tell this isn’t a sale of hacks, these horses offer very real value for money.
“We try and sell sound horses with still plenty of petrol in their tank,” he said.
“In our business where we are turning over 60 or 70 horses in a year we want people to come back to us.”
The best thing about these type of sales is that many of these gallopers are good to go instantly.
“You can buy them today and win with them tomorrow, there’s no waiting 18 months or two years to get them to the track,” he said.
“We’re not the be all and end all of judges, I’m sure there’ll be some that go on to go a lot better than we thought they would.”
The sale will take place on March 2nd as part of the Inglis tried horses sale, the day after the Melbourne yearling sale.
While Williams is obviously trying to spruik his own product, it is hard to argue with his reasoning.
“I could never understand how our horses will sell at a substantial discount to yearling sales when frankly you’ve got a better chance of getting a return on investment,” he said.