Merlo Downs Stud

Merlo Downs 2015 Stallion Roster:

El Nino

Jeff Marlow grew up on his parents cattle property at Thangool, where his grandfather Lou Marlow was an expert horseman, with a reputation for his skills in breeding, rearing and breaking stock horses, and he had a special bond with them.

His passion for horses later expanded to thoroughbreds.

About Merlo Downs Stud Jeff Marlow Stallions Breeding Thoroughbreds Racing Industry Marlow Hatton Vale Queensland Australia

Merlo Downs Stud manager Jeff Marlow took out his trainer's licence in 1980 under the tuition of his mentor, Jim Unwin, whose lifetime spent with horses equipped him with a deep well of knowledge and experience to impart. Jeff also gained valuable knowledge from the experience of trainer, Jack Clayton. Jeff always preferred to breed and train his own horses, a part time passion, which has now become a full time occupation.

Jeff and Lea and their three children moved to Rockhampton in 2004 where they established their breeding operation on their 100 acre property at Alton Downs, where they spent 10 years, raising their three children, and many more thoroughbreds.

The family have recently taken the big step of re-locating to the South East of Queensland to a property at Minden, centrally located between Ipswich and Gatton, where they continue to stand Group 1 winner, CHANGEINTHEWEATHER and EL NINO.

Jeff strongly believes in putting “wheels” under your equine competitor, and it all starts with early nutrition, and ample sized paddocks to stretch out in, to promote strengthening of bones and tendons.

Historically, his home bred race horses have raced on, winning races up to 9 years of age. With the establishment of Stud operations, Jeff's ambition is to provide Breeders with quality Stallions, with the genetic potential to produce top class racehorses.
The  Merlo Downs Stallions for 2015 have all the ingredients necessary in a stallion - SPEED, RACE PERFORMANCE, CONFORMATION, PEDIGREE, and PROVEN SIRES with great Winners to Runners statistics of 68.8% and 70% respectively and STAKES winning progeny.