McEvoy Mitchell selling famed Kildalton Farm
South Australia’s premier and highly respected thoroughbred training enterprise McEvoy – Mitchell Racing (MMR) are offering their renowned training, spelling and horse education facility at Murbko, South Australia to market.
Kildalton Farm has a rich history of success, after its establishment by champion trainer, the late Colin Hayes. It was acquired as a complementary piece to Kildalton Park (MMR’s training facility in Angaston, and also formerly part of Colin Hayes’s Lindsay Park). Kildalton Farm comprises 108 acres of perfectly maintained and irrigated lush paddocks with 600 metres of river Murray frontage, and with a lease in place for an adjacent 12 acre property linked to the irrigation network.
The meticulously designed and maintained property includes two horse breaking/education yards, a mechanical walker, 1200m sand track, 3km trotting trail, twelve undercover stables, tack room, nutrition and fodder storage and a two-bay wash area. Yarding and paddocks are designed to enable the separation of horses by maturity. Fencing has been replaced across the southern end of the holding at a cost of $750,000 with top of the range horse rail technology.
The property is watered by an extensive irrigation network generated from impressive river pumping, filtration and holding tank infrastructure. Upgraded in May 2021 by leading pump specialists Envirotech Water Solutions, the system worth $500k achieves optimum efficiency, and will do so for many years. Site use approval for 1000 megalitres attaches to the property and is currently acquired from the open water market. Water is readily used for warm and cooler variety lucerne, cocksfoot, prairie grass and ground lawns. In its current design, the property will comfortably hold 60 racehorses, mares and foals and has the capacity for 90 horses.
A prestigious c1900 four-bedroom stone homestead with river outlook and recently renovated bathroom is an ideal owner or managers residence. Located closer to the entrance of the property is also a spacious open plan-living four-bedroom cottage, currently providing permanent accommodation for MMR team members. Additional sleeping quarters accommodating four are also available for support staff adjacent the stables.
Tony McEvoy on behalf of MMR commented “that to offer the farm for sale was a particularly hard decision.” “Our team refers to it as the ‘horse resort’ and I have a very strong emotional connection with the property’ – we know it keeps their minds and bodies (the horses) fresh and happy and allows them to learn and rejuvenate faster – it has been a huge part of our success.”
“Our team will continue training out of our Angaston facility. We are committed to our loyal clients and the future of racing in South Australia, but we are also focussed on ensuring our new venture in Ballarat, is successful. If another trainer, pre-trainer, breaker, breeder or even investor acquires the property, we would certainly be interested in continuing to spell and educate our horses at the farm, if that were in line with the new owner’s plans.”
The property has a lot to offer potential investors with 600 metres of river frontage, three titles and the possibility for tourism related development (STCA). Holiday homes line the river and water-skiing is an activity of choice most months of the year.
Adam Chilcott and Wayne Kleemann of Elders Rural Sales were honored to be involved in the sale process. “We intend to donate $5000 to the National Jockeys Trust, upon a successful sale.”
The sale process will consider offers prior to, and up until 28 July 2021.
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