Could Tavistock make it four Derby winners this season?

30 May 2016

So much has been happening for Cambridge Stud and its' stallions in recent days including further significant success for Tavistock; a black type first for Power and fresh Stakes Race performance for Keeper.


* When Titanium (Tavistock ex Zanetta, by Centaine) won Sunday's S$300,000 Stewards Cup-Sgp-2 (1400m) at Kranji in Singapore, he became the 8th individual black type winner for his sire.

A member of Tavistock's first crop, Titanium has been on the sire's black type performer list for a while having been placed second in February last year in the Three Rings Trophy-Sgp-3 (1400m).

Last month the four-year-old was second in the Moonbeam Vase-Sgp-3 (1800m).  Formerly with Michael Freedman and now with young trainer James Peters, Titanium has now won 6 of his 16 starts and A$454,488 in prize money.

Bred by Sir Patrick and Justine, Lady Hogan, Titanium was born and raised at Cambridge Stud before being sold at the 2013 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Select Sale.

On the agenda for Titanium going forward is the S$1,150,000 Emirates Singapore Derby-Sgp-1 (2000m) on Sunday, 10 July.  Should he win the prestigious race and third leg of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge, he would become the fourth individual Derby winner for Tavistock this season, following in the footsteps of Tarzino (Victoria Derby), Tavago (Australian Derby) and Werther (Hong Kong Derby).

* Tavistock had another winner at Kranji on Sunday, namely Storm Trooper (ex Shock, by Keeper) who won for Te Akau Racing Stable and Mark Walker.

* On the local front, at Ellerslie, Fire Jet (ex Rave Review, by Royal Academy) won his second race from seven starts for Peter Williams and Paul Richards.


* Fast-emerging sire Power (Oasis Dream), who shuttles each year to Cambridge Stud, has landed his first Stakes Winner in the Northern Hemisphere.  Peace Envoy - who was the sire's very first winner - added to his record when taking out the Rochestown Stakes-LR (6 furlongs) in Ireland on Sunday.  Trained by Aidan O'Brien, Peace Envoy is from the Dansili mare Hoh My Darling and has now had three starts fo two wins and a second.

* On the same day in Rome La Force (Power ex La Miraculeuse, by Samum) became Power's fourth individual winner.

* currently has Power as a 7-1 third favourite (behind Helmet & Frankel) for the title of Leading First-Season Sire by number of Individual winners (UK & Ireland Only).


* Quantum (Keeper ex Gina May, by Pentire) became his sire's latest Stakes Performer when running second, beaten by a nose, in the Graeme Thomson Great Northern Foal Stakes-LR (1400m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.  Trained by Brendon Hawtin, the juvenile had previously been fourth in the ARC Champagne Stakes-LR (1600m).

* On the same day, at Trentham Gardens, Bel Sorriso (Keeper ex Balbeel, by Zabeel) won her sixth race when scoring a 4.8 lengths victory in the WRC Magness Benrow Gold Cup (2100m).

* Keeper is currently the sire of 6 Group One winners, 4 Group Two winners, 6 Group Three winners and 16 Listed Race winners.


* Weekend winners Titanium and Bel Sorriso were both bred and raised at Cambridge Stud.

* It's been a spectacular season for horses bred or co-bred by Sir Patrick and Justine, Lady Hogan with the following Group One winners

 * Tarzino (Victoria Derby-Gr.1 and Rosehill Guineas-Gr.1)

 * Tavago (Australian Derby-Gr.1)

 * Preferment (VRC Turnbull Stakes-Gr.1, VRC Australian Cup-Gr.1 and ATC BMW Stakes-Gr.1)

* Another Group One performer this season bred at Cambridge Stud is

 * Abidewithme (2nd NZ Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes-Gr.1)