Memorable week for Cambridge Stud

27 Oct 2016

Sir Patrick and Justine, Lady Hogan have just celebrated a memorable week for Cambridge Stud.

The couple bred three of the five stakes winners in New Zealand last Saturday, including Listed Wellesley Stakes winner Gift Of Power, who credited Cambridge Stud shuttle stallion Power with his first southern hemisphere Group One winner.

Keeper mare Bel Sorriso ensured the Cambridge Stud roll continued at Trentham when she bagged the Gr.3 Thompson Handicap banner, while further south the Tavistock pair of Nymphe Monte and Night Nurse, both bred by Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan, provided the quinella of the Listed Spring Classic (2000m).

The stakes success was part of a banner week, which also saw the Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan-bred Tavistock gelding Fire Jet score at Pukekohe last Friday and the Tavistock mare Sweet Melody in the winner's circle at Cranbourne the same, also bred by the couple.

In Singapore, Keeper gelding Let's Talk Now registered another win, while Keeper mare Dream Lover ran second at Woodville on Sunday and Tavistock gelding Travimyfriend filled the same placing at the same meeting.

At Ellerslie last Saturday, Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan's colours were to the fore when talented gallopers Ronchi and Abidewithme hinted that fruitful campaigns were on the way with their placings, while Katie's Lee's Commands daughter Legramor ran an encouraging second at Avondale on Wednesday on debut.

Te Rapa's Monday meeting saw wins to Tavistock gelding Gobstopper, a brother to Hong Kong champion Werther, and Stravinsky gelding Stradivarius, while Tavistock also racked up second placings through Francis Drake and Stylish Attack.

The week of excellent results was accompanied by a trials quinella to two-year-olds by exciting Cambridge Stud first-season sire Burgundy (see the next story) and yet another Group winner for Power in Europe.

Sir Patrick was thrilled with the progress of both stallions.

"We couldn't have hoped for a better start from Power. He's throwing excellent types and now he's getting the right results on the racetrack," the Cambridge Stud boss said.

"The feedback from trainers who have Burgundy two-year-olds in their stable has been extremely heartening too. He will make a very good sire. He's is proving very popular with breeders and the bookings are still coming in which is a good sign. He will serve a nice book this season."

Sir Patrick said Cambridge Stud foalings had now topped 200, so were at the halfway point, while the pregnancy scanning was yielding excellent results, with Tavistock typically leading the way.

Keeper's results from last week was a timely reminder for breeders wanting to bred to a proven stallion, Sir Patrick said.

"He's such a great-value sire. He's produced six Group One winners and he has a steady flow of winners at all levels on a weekly basis. Bel Sorriso's win at Trentham is just another Group win for him. Keeper mares are proving themselves in New Zealand and Australia as never-say-die racehorses."

Cambridge Stud has closed the books of Tavistock and Power for the spring but breeders can still breed to Keeper at $6000 plus GST (live foal guarantee) and Burgundy at $5000 plus GST (live foal guarantee).