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Written by: Emily Power - Source: The Age, November 1, 2014

Reigns to thoroughbred ranch up for grabs

Expressions of interest closed this week for one of Victoria's most prestigious farms - a sprawling, Arizona-ranch style estate - in Victoria's thoroughbred heartland.

The spectacular Shadow Creek on McKenzie Road in Seymour is owned by transport mogul Douglas Kefford, who sold his bus company to Cabcharge Australia for $150 million and is recognised for his charity work.


The estate, which carried price hopes above      $10 million, has a five-bedroom mansion with a lift, framing views of the Strathbogie Ranges. The lavish homestead looms large on the journey up the grand driveway.

The 538-hectare property has fencing, a water system, pastures and yards in impeccable condition, making it suitable for bloodstock.

Mr Kefford has used his enormous rural retreat for growing and trading cattle and a new owner could retain the property as a cattle farm or equine stud.

Agent Sam Triggs, from Inglis Rural Property, said he has received interest from Melbourne-based parties and some inquiries from international prospective buyers, particularly in Asia.

Abercromby's Coast and Country are sharing the listing with Inglis.


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