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South Australian and six time premiership winner trainer Tony McEvoy is set to close down his historic training base in the heart of the Barossa Valley to pursue new ventures away from the state with the lure of big money too much to refuse

Tony McEvoy to sell Kidalton Park training base

McEvoy is set to close down his Angaston Property with Calvin after a decision to pursue other trainer opportunities was reached.

The South Australian complex was once the base for former Hall of Fame trainer Colin Hayes as well as the launch pad for his sons David and Peter’s training careers. 

The Kidalton Park training base was once famed for housing horse racing talent such as Dulcify, Special, Zabeel, At Talaq, Jeune and Rory’s Jester.

One of the former homes for Lindsay Park Racing, the location for Colin Hayes training complex was inspired by a trip to the UK where the country environment had inspired a new way of thinking and originally set up in 1965.

When the Lindsay Park began to expand in other states, McEvoy and business partner Tony Mitchell, purchased the property from the Hayes family and began training operations in 2010 from the Kidalton Park estate.

During the past 12 years, Tony McEvoy and his now training partner son Calvin have been crowned champion Adelaide trainer in 2011/12, 2012/13, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and they are currently three wins behind Richard and Chantelle Jolly in season 2021/22.

“It has been a wonderful 12 years, but life is all about change, and I look forward to the next chapter,” McEvoy said in a press release.

“Jo and I love the Barossa Valley, but the reality is we need to now find a new home in Ballarat.

“The fantastic opportunities offered by Victorian racing, with its prizemoney and Super VOBIS scheme, are too good to pass up.”

Kidalton Park has been on the market since June 2021 and Mitchell believes the estate will always have prominence in South Australian racing. 

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