First Gr.1 winner for Tavistock on eve of fee announcement

20 Mar 2015

Sir Patrick Hogan celebrated today's Rosehill Guineas-Gr.1 (2000m) on two counts; not only did Volkstok'n'barrell provide his young gun sire Tavistock with his first Group One winner, but just a nose behind was Preferment, a son of Cambridge Stud's Super Sire Zabeel.

The next couple of days will see New Zealand's most famous studmaster put on his thinking cap as to setting the fee for Tavistock for 2015.  Hogan has had feedback in the last week from the Tavistock Syndicate's Management Committee about the appropriate fee and now a Group One victory adds considerably to the mix in the final outcome of where the fee will be set.

Tavistock is New Zealand's Leading Second Season Sire and just this week Cambridge Stud reported on his remarkable Strike Rate of Stakes Peformers to First Crop Runners; the percentage being a staggering 17.39%.

Like so many of the long line of successful Cambridge Stud stallions in the past - and I refer to the likes of Sir Tristram, Zabeel and Stravinsky to name just three - Tavistock's break through Group One win has come in Australia.

Tavistock (Montjeu), a dual Group One winner himself at 1400 metres, has eight Stakes Performers to his credit to date and they've all come from his initial first crop. 

The young stallion has big numbers coming through and judging by his strike-rate of winners & placegetters to date, he looks a serious stallion prospect for Cambridge Stud and the New Zealand breeding industry going forward.

By Adrian Clark (