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Bluebloods : Karaka 2010 Yearling Sale Preview
50 LUCKY UNICORN erhaps memory misleads me, but I seem to recall meeting Patrick Hogan -- as he was then -- sometime in the mid-1980s, and hearing him say he would be as happy to stand a couple of $6000 fee stallions, as he was to manage and promote Sir Tristram. It was hard to believe at the time and now, almost thirty years after Sir Tristram's first stallion premiership, and not a year gone by without an award, title or milestone falling the way of Cambridge Stud. Yet there was truth in what Patrick said. He would have stood stallions at whatever level he could, though it's a fair bet that if $6000 was their maximum fee, they would still have served full books of mares, and left profitable yearlings! Of course, Sir Patrick Hogan's life has turned out very differently and today he is the indisputable master of a world-famous stud that has not been without a champion sire in the past three decades. The search for fresh superlatives to describe Zabeel is no less difficult now than it was a decade ago, as he keeps adding major performers and major races to his record. Ultimately, it's the record which provides the most important and durable measure of his quality. For instance, of the 53 current Group One races staged by Australia's five leading metropolitan clubs in Sydney (AJC & STC) and Melbourne (VRC, MRC and MVRC), Zabeel's progeny have won a staggering twenty -seven. Zabeel has been represented by three Group One winners in 2009: Efficient (VRC Turnbull S.) Maldivian (MRC C.F. Orr S.) and Fiumicino (STC The BMW S.); as well as Group 2 winners Zavite, Six O'Clock News and Oracy; Group 3 winners Hume & Zapurple, and HK-3 Packing Winner; and Listed stakeswinners Thimaar and Berlioz. Sir Patrick says, "We're always very proud of Zabeel's achievements. He' renowned as one of the all-time champion sires in Australasia and among that elite group of international stallions who have left more than 100 individual stakes winners. A prolific sire of Cup, Derby and Oaks winners, he's now a sire of sires and his daughters are becoming sensational broodmares. He's making sure that Sir Tristram's dynasty will continue for many generations to come." Keeper's leading performers in 2009 include Gr. 1 Linky Dink, Gr. 3 St Germaine and LR Ms Keeper. Sir Patrick says, "From my point of view it's extremely satisfying to see Keeper step up to the top bracket of sires at stud in New Zealand in the past couple of seasons. "He's the youngest among the top six sires on the New Zealand general sires list (mid-November 2009), and already boasts three individual Group 1 winners -- Linky Dink, Insouciant and Keepa Cruisin. He's leaving top-class racehorses day in, day out, not only in New Zealand, but also Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. As a result of this success his progeny have become very popular with yearling buyers from within New Zealand and all sections of the overseas bench." Stravinsky's winning contingent in 2009 has included Gr. 2 Bird of Fire, Gr. 3 Miss Maren and Listed stakeswinners Kirvinsky & The Lady. "We were absolutely delighted to secure the return of Stravinsky to New Zealand in 2009, and obviously the breeders were too, because his book was completely full within ten days. His progeny have achieved outstanding results in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the Northern Hemisphere with seven Group One winners worldwide. Stravinsky also achieved the highest return on service fee at Karaka 2009." Viking Ruler posted his first Group One winner in 2009, when Court Ruler won the QTC Queensland Derby Gr. 1; and Kroner opened the new season with a victory in the STC Premiere S. Gr. 2. P CAMBRIDGE STUD "Viking Ruler continues to be very well received by breeders and has an attractive line up of yearlings again for Karaka 2010. He has the ability, which all good stallions possess, to put a tremendous amount of quality into his progeny. He's a superbly bred Group One- winning son of Danehill from the Group One- winning Sir Tristram mare, Tristalove, so is a member of the all-conquering Eight Carat family." Lucky Unicorn, a son of champion sire Redoute's Choice from a highly successful Australian family, is the latest stallion to benefit from a Cambridge Stud launch. Sir Patrick says, "Pedigree-wise they don't come much better and I'm very confident he'll follow the tradition of successful Cambridge Stud stallions. There is an enormous amount to look forward to at Karaka with his first crop of yearlings going through the ring. They're strong, well-muscled types of a good size and have attracted very favourable reports from everyone I've spoken to." CAMBRIDGE STUD HIGHLIGHTS 2009: • Zabeel's 13th Dewar Stallion Trophy (awarded to the leading NZ-based sire by combined Australasian earnings) -- four more than his own champion sire Sir Tristram. • Cambridge Stud headed the New Zealand Premier Sale vendor list by aggregate for the 28th time. • Group One wins by Maldivian & Linky Dink, both bred by Sir Patrick & Justine, Lady Hogan. • Memorable victories in the NZ 1000 Guineas Gr. 1 and 2000 Guineas Gr. 1 for Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan with their filly Katie Lee, purchased at the 2008 NZ Premier Sale for $340,000. She was the first filly ever to achieve this historic feat. Sir Patrick concludes, "We appreciate the interest and support of everyone who attends the New Zealand yearling sales, and look forward to welcoming all visitors to the Cambridge Stud barn in January 2010."
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