Doncaster Bloodstock’s Les Young received the inaugural Bryan Muschialli FBAA Award at a function in the Inglis Newmarket Room on Monday evening.
Young is a worthy recipient for his outstanding service to the Australian bloodstock industry for over 40 years. He was a founding member of Federated Bloodstock Agents Association and FBAA President from 2005 to 2007. He is also a committeeman and acting executive officer of Thoroughbred Breeders NSW.
“Les has been a highly respected adviser to all our members from the beginning,” FBAA President Adrian Hancock said. “His counsel and vast experience is highly regarded by everyone in the industry.”
Young’s expertise was already evident back in the 1970s when he teamed up with legendary entrepreneur Bob Lapointe who gave him financial backing to start Doncaster Bloodstock.
Les bought and managed Lapointe’s horses and their first top-class galloper was November Rain who won the AJC, VRC and QTC Oaks in 1980-81. She was sourced from the Adelaide Yearling Sale and so was G3 AJC Summer Cup winner Port Carling.
Also in that first batch of yearlings was Easy Date. She was retired early because of injury and, on Young's recommendation, was mated with Lunchtime to produce Group 1 racehorse and sire Snippets.
The story of how Young selected champion mare Emancipation out of a paddock has entered into racing folklore. “There was a drought and thousands of flies when I inspected her,” he recalled of the trip out west to Narromine. "She was very immature and gangly with a pretty horrible head but she was very correct with a fluent galloping action.
“When she arrived in Sydney, one wise guy told me he would walk to Bourke if she ever won a race.''
The grey daughter of Bletchingly did much more than that winning 16 stakes races topped by a Group 1 running double in the George Ryder Stakes and Doncaster Hcp.
The FBAA Award recognises former FBAA President and Treasurer Bryan Muschialli.
Muschialli passed away aged 80 in January 2013 after a lifetime in the industry. He pioneered the export of Australian bloodstock to Asia and Middle East and had been a member of Thoroughbred Breeders’ Victoria since 1970. His daughter Tracy Howard is the current FBBA Secretary.
The list of FBAA members can be found here.