The first Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong Chinese CEO and stud farm owner, Christoper Lee has never been one to shy away from a challenge. Candid, self-aware and unafraid, the horseman has come into his own over the past year, raising his first yearlings and putting together his first drafts for the upcoming sales season.
Some of the broodmares that A-List Stud has invested in recently include Gr.3 winners Agent Pippa (Demerit), Pecans (Skilled), and New Zealand Oaks placegetter Insurgent (Ishiguru).
And now, eight years after continually buying Thoroughbreds, not only will Lee participate in the top premier Thoroughbred sales but he will start with a bang with his draft going into the Book 1 of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Here are excerpts from the interview with Lee:
Q: Your draft consists of some amazing horses. Could you please tell us more about these highlights of your January Magic Millions of Sales?
A: The three yearlings that A-List Stud will present at the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale consist of three fillies, and all by proven and emerging quality stallions:
Q: What has your past experience been with this sale?
A: This will be our first year selling horses here. I’ve been buying horses here in Australia for more than 8 years. It’s really exciting for me to start a new role in selling horses in sales.
Q: What other sales are you likely to be attending during the yearling sale season?
A: We will have an opportunity to attend the Adelaide Yearling Sale and Easter Yearling Sale.
Q: Keeping the situation of 2020 in mind what kind of changes have you made to your planning and preparation process?
A: I think, each year the first auction is very important, especially the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Covid-19 has influenced the auction, however, I think there is a global need for horses. We will plan to make ourselves well prepared for this sales challenge. Hopefully, we will see a good result at Gold Coast.
Q: Please tell us more about yourself and how you got into horses as well as about your farm and your team.
A: I met a stud farm owner in 2008 who led me to Australia. He had over 3 decades of experience in the Thoroughbred breeding industry. He shared his knowledge and experience with me. In 2011 I got involved in the breeding industry for the first time. I was constantly travelling between Hong Kong and Australia to visit my horses and participate in different auctions to learn & gain experience. In 2019, I took over the brand name of Laceby Lodge Stud located in Victoria. I started rebranding as well as determining our brand positioning. Eventually, I renamed our brand to A-List Stud. A-List was the first horse I owned in Australia.
I have been in this industry for over 10 years. Experience has shown me that horse breeding work is really challenging and tough work. I am very lucky that I am both a stud farm owner and a CEO at the same time.
A-List Stud occupies 102 Acres. We have around 140 horses, including broodmares, foals, and yearlings, etc. Our stud has adopted the Smart Farm system to cope with an intelligent management model. It makes our stud more efficient in operations management and infuses it with innovative elements of technology.
Q: And finally, where do you see innovation and growth within the Thoroughbred industry?
A: We are a Smart Stud. We are adding elements with various aspects, different position, and future development into our business. This includes technology, science, etc. We hope to add value to the quality of our horses through these aspects of the approach.