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Bluebloods : Karaka 2012 Yearling Sale Preview
T THE king of the ring won't be leaving any of the nursery's powder dry when he presents a Premier Sale draft featuring all the pin-up girls this time to complement the poster boys. “Over the past three or four years I’ve kept the fillies to refresh the broodmare band after they’ve finished racing and now I’ve got a huge racing team,” Sir Patrick said. He has 55 horses he either owns or has shares in on his racing books. “ It’s got to the stage where it’s saturated and I need to get the numbers down a bit and until New Zealand racing can at least get minimum stakes of nine or ten thousand dollars it’s going nowhere,” Sir Patrick said. “ I would be better to race 25 in Australia than 55 here and that’s certainly a major reason why I will be offering the whole filly draft. There’s all the Eight Carat family there, and there will be some wonderful opportunities for buyers.” As has become the norm, Cambridge Stud has enjoyed yet another star- studded 12 months with continued racetrack success at the highest level, and Sir Patrick is delighted with all members of his stallion roster. He continues to marvel at the deeds of his champion resident Zabeel (Sir Tristram (IRE)- Lady Giselle (FR) by Nureyev). “ He’s 25 now and when he was 24 we thought we might have to put the retirement flag up, but he did it happily and he got 65 or 70 mares in foal,” he said. “ This year he’s going to get 80 mares and is getting them in foal again and he is just one amazing horse who has defied all the rules.” The son of the great Sir Tristram is also forging a remarkable record in another role. “ He’s probably going to be one of the all time great broodmare sires and he’s just sensational. I know how great he is with Fastnet Rock, but he’s had them by all sorts of other stallions out of Zabeel mares. He’s doing the business and he’s just a champion.” Southern Speed, Atlantic Jewel, Planet Rock, Darci Brahma, Anacheeva, Headturner, Samantha Miss, Faint Perfume, Shootoff, Purple and Sarrera are a selection of his grandsons and grandaughters to succeed at the top. The sire of more than 100 individual stakes winners and 41 at Gr.1 level, he is now second only to his legendary sire’s record tally of 45 for a New Zealand-based stallion. Zabeel is a dual Champion Australian Sire and four times Champion New Zealand Sire. He is also the winner of the Dewar Award (combined Australian and New Zealand earnings) a record 14 times and in 2009-10 he claimed the Centaine Award as the sire whose New Zealand-conceived progeny had accumulated the highest stakes earnings worldwide for the season. Cambridge Stud also welcomed the return this season of the internationally successful Stravinsky (USA) (Nureyev-Fire the Groom by Blushing Groom). “ We’re delighted to have him back of course and he’s another great horse,” Sir Patrick said. Stravinsky was Champion First Season Sire in New Zealand in 2004, Champion Second Season Sire in 2005 and Champion Two Year Old Sire and third on the general list at the end of the 2006 season. His yearlings have sold for up to $NZ2.2m at Karaka. The stock by Keeper (AUS) (Danehill (USA)-Nuwirah (USA) by Pleasant Colony) have unfailingly performed at all levels too, with progeny the calibre of Keep the Peace, Keepa Cruisin, Linky Dink, Insouciant, Midnight Oil and Miss Keepsake emulating their sire’s own Gr.1 -winning exploits. “ Keeper just keeps going on and on with the job and he’s had another terrific year with winners everywhere.” CHAMPION VENDOR HEADS TO FAVOURITE HAUNT Karaka’s champion vendor Sir Patrick Hogan will head to his favourite selling haunt in 2012 with added firepower in the Cambridge Stud arsenal. Stravinsky KARAKA 2012 YEARLING SALE PREVIEW 16 SIR PATRICK HOGAN
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