Fee Increase Pending For Keeper

11 Nov 2007

Cambridge Stud owner Sir Patrick Hogan has confirmed there will be an increase in the service fee for exciting sire Keeper next year following the Group 1 quinella produced by his progeny in the $325,000 New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas at Riccarton on Saturday.


Insouciant (ex Loudenne) and Keepa Cruisin (ex Just Cruisin) provided the important quinella result for Keeper in the 1000 Guineas.


Keeper, a Group 1 winning son of Danehill, stood at a fee of $10,000 plus gst in 2007 and has a full book of mares.


"His fee will rise next year and an announcement on this will be made, along with the other service fees for Cambridge Stud stallions, next autumn," Sir Patrick said.


"Needless to say I'm delighted that Keeper has sired his first Group 1 winner and to quinella a prestigious race like the One Thousand Guineas at Riccarton is a huge result for such a young stallion," Sir Patrick said.


"His progeny had already achieved excellent results from the first two crops to race with Group 2 victories last season by Sender (Sandown Guineas) and Keep The Passion (Royal Stakes)," he said. "Now adding a Group 1 success is the icing on the cake for Keeper."


"He is certainly showing an enormous amount of promise as a sire and is leaving types of horses which perform to their best as they mature," he said.


Keeper's oldest progeny are four-year-olds this season. To date he has achieved 33 individual winners and has a strike rate of 54 per cent winners to runners.


He has been represented by winners in eight individual countries and has eight individual stakes performers.


Insouciant was bred by Peter and Philip Vela of Pencarrow Stud.


Insouciant displayed her abundance of ability on debut when blitzing a more than capable field at Taupo by 5.75 lengths on September 14 - breaking the track record into the bargain. She then finished a creditable fourth after racing greenly and getting into trouble in the Group 3 Highview Stakes at just her second start at Hawkes Bay in late September.

Following that, Insouciant trekked to Taranaki for start number three and again displayed her ample prowess with a strong finish to win by four lengths on 13 October. Her fourth start was in the Kolfinna Memorial 3YO Fillies' Handicap at Trentham at the end of October where she was just nosed out into second by Anna Bek.

Insouciant's dam, the Palace Music mare Loudenne, is also the dam of Group 3 winner Copper Mountain (by Jetball), and has a yearling colt by Johar that Pencarrow Stud will offer at the Karaka Sales in January.

New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready to Run Sale at Karaka next week will feature six two-year-olds by Keeper.