Decorated Great Southern thoroughbred nursery Mungrup Stud announces shock closure

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Playing God with Mungrup Stud’s Stephanie Mitchell and Ann Croucher after a highly-successful Magic Millions Perth yearling sale this year.
Camera IconPlaying God with Mungrup Stud’s Stephanie Mitchell and Ann Croucher after a highly-successful Magic Millions Perth yearling sale this year. Credit: Laurie Benson

In a massive blow to the WA racing industry, Narrikup’s Mungrup Stud will shut down.

This morning’s announcement comes “with great sadness” just months after a bumper Magic Millions Perth yearling sale.

Mungrup Stud, one of the largest in the State, finished as WA’s top vendor by sales, selling more than 30 horses for a gross amount that totalled $1,825,500 at a sale rate of 86 per cent.

In a statement on Thursday morning Mungrup Stud said a decision to close their business of more than 40 years came after “a need by the partners to move on, in different directions”.

See the statement below from Mungrup Stud:

In determining the best course of action for all – family, dedicated and loyal staff, clients, business associates, general supporters and themselves – Gray and Jan Williamson have announced today, with great sadness, that the business they have developed over 40 years will be wound up over the next three months.

Jan and Gray would like to extend their deepest thanks to everyone who has supported and been involved in the stud over the years. They would also like to especially thank daughters Ann and Claire and Ann’s husband Tom who, with our loyal and dedicated staff, have helped make Mungrup what it is today.

Jan and Gray Williamson in 2015.
Camera IconJan and Gray Williamson in 2015. Credit: Matt Jelonek

There have been so many wonderful moments in the span of Mungrup’s operation. From the humble beginnings of a $700 stallion and a blind broodmare, to producing the winners of 2 Railways Stakes, 4 Karrakatta plates, 5 Perth Magic Millions 2yo winners, 6 WA Guineas winners – very few black type races in WA have escaped being won by a Mungrup horse. It is something we all can be very proud of.

Highlights in more recent times include watching Kay Cee (by our sire Playing God) win the GR1 Kingston Town, Watch Me Dance (by our sire I’m All The Talk) win the GR2 Sire’s Produce and being top vendor at the Perth 2020 Yearling Sale.

The team at Mungrup will continue with all the care and attention to your horses and will be in contact to walk you through the steps going forward.

A dispersal sale of all the Mungrup stock will be held in the near future.

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