Rare offering from Cambridge Stud at Karaka 2012

14 Nov 2011

New Zealand’s number one thoroughbred nursery, Cambridge Stud, will put forward every single available yearling at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2012 Karaka Yearling Sales Series.


Cambridge Stud traditionally keeps a number of its fillies, but that’s not the case at the next Karaka offering explains Sir Patrick Hogan.


“During the last four seasons we’ve retained lots of fillies.  From the latest crop we’ve only kept two fillies and that’s only because injury has prevented them from being put forward for sale.  Every other Cambridge Stud filly will be sold at Karaka so it’s an opportunity for buyers to secure fillies from the very best families.”


Cambridge Stud will put forward 27 fillies at the Karaka Premier Sale and sires represented include Commands, High Chaparral (4), Keeper (3), O’Reilly (3), Stravinsky (5), Street Cry and Zabeel (9).


There is bound to be enormous interest in the fillies by Zabeel.  He’s had a remarkable spring in Australia and New Zealand being the dam sire of Atlantic Jewel (Australian 1000 Guineas-Gr.1), Southern Speed (Caulfield Cup-Gr.1) and Planet Rock (New Zealand 1000 Guineas-Gr.1).  Zabeel leads the Australian Broodmare Sire Premiership.


“We have noticed an increasing amount of Hong Kong buyers purchasing quality fillies; racing them then breeding from them in either Australian or New Zealand,” said Sir Patrick Hogan.


“There won’t be many more Zabeel fillies available in the coming years, so it’s a unique opportunity to secure quality stock,” he said.


An emerging broodmare sire talent is Stravinsky (Nureyev) who is the dam sire this season of the VRC Oaks-Gr.1 winner Mosheen.  Cambridge Stud has five Stravinsky fillies on offer, while there are also four by High Chaparral, the sire of the dual W S Cox Plate winner So You Think and the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Stakes winner Wrote.


Cambridge Stud’s colt line-up for the Karaka Premier Sale numbers 32, with a wonderful selection of the very best sires including Dehere, Exceed and Excel, Fastnet Rock (2), Flying Spur, High Chaparral, Keeper (4), Lonhro, More Than Ready, O’Reilly, Pentire, Stravinsky (6), Testa Rossa and Zabeel (9).


Sir Patrick Hogan says that around 20% of the Cambridge Stud broodmare band is sent out to non Cambridge Stud sires each year.


“Our policy is to maintain around 20 mares to each of our five stallions and send the rest out ? 25 mares went to Australian stallions this year,” he said.


“It’s important to offer buyers variety in the consignment, it’s a policy which has served us extremely well over the past four decades of selling yearlings,” he added.


The Cambridge Stud consignment includes two colts by Coolmore’s boom horse Fastnet Rock.  One is from Nureyev’s Girl, making him a half-brother to King’s Rose, a dual Group Two winner from the Peter Moody stable this season in Australia.  The previous season King’s Rose was prepared by Jason Bridgeman in NZ and was the Champion 3YO Filly with successes including the NZ 1000 Guineas-Gr.1.


Cambridge Stud’s other colt for Karaka is from The Nightingale (Stravinsky), representing the same cross as this season’s VRC Oaks winner, Mosheen.


Cambridge Stud exclusively sells its’ yearlings through New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka Sales Series.  The Hong Kong racetrack stars Able One and Vengeance of Rain were both bred and raised at Cambridge Stud before being sold as yearlings at Karaka.