Best cross-section of sires ever offered by Cambridge Stud

15 Dec 2011

Sir Patrick Hogan took a great deal of satisfaction from Able One’s wonderful victory in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile-Gr.1 last weekend.  He bred the remarkable nine-year-old at his Cambridge Stud and raised him there before he was sold at Karaka and found his way to Hong Kong for racetrack glory with prize money to date of around HK$37m.


“Our job is to breed and raise world-class thoroughbreds to win major races around the globe,” said Sir Patrick.


“It’s something the New Zealand breeding industry has long been recognised for and I’m extremely proud to be a part of it,” he added.


Sir Patrick Hogan and his famous Cambridge Stud has been the Leading Vendor at the New Zealand National Yearling Sale since 1982; for the last 30 years straight the stud has topped the selling figures.


“The consignment for 2012 has the best cross-section of sires in New Zealand and Australia ever offered by Cambridge Stud,” said Sir Patrick.


“I feel sure they are all sires which will be popular with all buyers,” added Sir Patrick in respect of his 74-strong draft for the Karaka Sale.


The Cambridge Stud consignment for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2012 Karaka Premier Sale includes 27 fillies with sires represented including Commands, High Chaparral, Keeper, O’Reilly, Stravinsky, Street Cry and Zabeel. 


“Zabeel has quickly become the most sought-after broodmare sire around,” said Sir Patrick, referring to the fact that Zabeel currently leads both the Australian and New Zealand Broodmare Sire Premierships.  He is the dam sire this season of the likes of Atlantic Jewel (Australian 1000 Guineas-Gr.1), Southern Speed (Caulfield Cup-Gr.1) and Planet Rock (NZ 1000 Guineas-Gr.1).


Cambridge Stud has 32 colts for the Premier Sale with sires represented to include Dehere, Exceed and Excel, Fastnet Rock, Flying Spur, High Chaparral, Keeper, Lonhro, More Than Ready, O’Reilly, Pentire, Stravinsky, Testa Rossa and Zabeel.


Sir Patrick Hogan, 72, has been working in the breeding industry for 57 years and these days only sells his yearlings at the Karaka Sale.


“Splitting the draft is very difficult from the marketing point of view,” explained Sir Patrick.


“Buyers know when they come to Karaka that every Cambridge Stud yearling is on offer; one place, one sale, and one time.”


Sir Patrick said that he has been approached to sell yearlings before a sale, but has never and would never consider any such offer.


“Buyers need to have the confidence that the very cream of the crop is available to them at Karaka; not picked over in any way, it’s all about perception.”


Able One is just one of the scores of champion racetrack performers to have been bred, raised and sold by Cambridge Stud since during the last four decades.  Future racetrack stars await in the Cambridge Stud barn at the Karaka Sales Centre.