Close Calls For Stock of Keeper

5 Dec 2009

The stock of Cambridge Stud's Keeper have had a frustrating run of seconds in major Group Races during the last month.

The John Sargent-trained
St Germaine (Keeper ex Selenium) was denied Group One victory by just a half-head in the Levin Classic at Otaki on the 27
th of November.  Winner of the Gold Trail Stakes-Gr.3 at Hastings this season, St Germaine was Group One-placed as a juvenile when third in the Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes.  The filly was also second in the Matamata Breeders' Stakes-Gr.2 last season and second this term in the Hawkes Bay Guineas-Gr.2.

Keep the Peace (Keeper ex Peace of Mind) is another to have come agonisingly-close to Group One success of late.  The filly got to within a half-neck of victory in the NZ 1000
Guineas at

, a race won the Cambridge Stud-owned Katie Lee.  Keep the Peace, who is prepared by Shaune Ritchie, looks a great talent having won twice and been twice placed second from just four starts.

Another undoubted talent by Keeper is the Gerald Shand-owned
Finderskeepers (Keeper ex Join the Fun).  The striking bay gelding went down by a short head to Joey Massino in yesterday's Avondale Guineas-Gr.2.  Like Keep the Peace, Finderskeepers has never been out of a place.  His five runs to date have netted two wins and three seconds.  Finderskeepers is prepared by Richard Collett who purchased the horse at last year's NZB Ready to Run Sale.