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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview June 2010
June 2010 8 NEW ZEALAND SIRES PREVIEW SINCE the arrival of Sir Tristram in 1976, Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan's Cambridge Stud has never been without a first-class source of exactly the horses that are once again in demand, to win the Classics, Cups and major championship races of Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Sir Tristram's crown passed almost immediately after his death in 1997 to his son Zabeel, who won his first stallion premiership in 1995-96, and, in his 20th season at stud, remains unchallenged as New Zealand's flagship sire. Alongside him stand three young stallions with all the attributes required to extend Cambridge Stud's remarkable success into the second and third decades of the 21st century. New in 2010 at a fee of $12,500 plus GST is Tavistock (NZ) (Montjeu-Upstage by Quest for Fame), whose Group One-winning turn of foot and classic pedigree make him an appealing choice for a wide range of mares. After winning in New Zealand, and running sixth in the Manawatu RC Sires' Produce S. Gr. 1 as a two-year- old, Tavistock (who raced as Lord Tavistock in Australia) won and was stakes-placed at three in Melbourne. He struck his best form at four, winning two 1400- metre Group One events, the Hawke's Bay Challenge S. and the Waikato Sprint, with New Zealand Horse of the Year Mufhasa among the placegetters in both races. His winning time at Te Rapa was a blazing 1:21.30. The last of Tavistock's six wins was in the VRC Blamey S. Gr. 2 over 1600 metres in March, defeating Vigor and Dao Dao with his trademark acceleration from the back of the field. At first glance, Tavistock's preference for sprint distances seems unusual, given that his champion sire Montjeu is recognised as a superior source of classic stamina in both hemispheres. However, as Sir Patrick has pointed out, Tavistock's dam is by Quest for Fame, from the speed-oriented Blushing Groom sire-line, and Montjeu has been represented in New Zealand by another brilliant sprinter-miler, Wall Street. Tavistock's female family brings plenty of strength to the genetic party too. His third dam is Mrs Moss, forever associated with Henrietta, Dowager Duchess of Bedford whose Bloomsbury Stud also bred and sold Tavistock. At last count, Mrs Moss was the ancestress of 166 winners of 442 races, including European Group winners Jupiter Island, Precocious, Pushy and Bluebook, and current season Australian stakeswinner Precedence (by Zabeel). The popularity of Lucky Unicorn (AUS) (Redoute's Choice-La Bamba by Last Tycoon) with New Zealand breeders is evident in the New Zealand Stud Book records: he has covered 351 FIRST CLASS FOUNDATIONS Amid the rush of buyers and breeders back to the classic, weight-for-age and staying horses on which New Zealand's fame as a thoroughbred nursery rests, one stud has simply held the course it set almost thirty-five years ago. Story by Susan Archer. KEEPER already a proven sire of stayers NZTM
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