Sir Pa­trick sells off stud

The Sportsman Weekend - - Sunday Races -

SIR Pa­trick Ho­gan has sold his fa­mous Cam­bridge Stud in New Zealand.

The farm will re­main in lo­cal hands with Auck­land busi­ness­man and rac­ing en­thu­si­ast Bren­dan Lind­say his wife Jo to as­sume con­trol in April.

Ho­gan’s gam­ble on French horse Sir Tris­tram paid off when he brought him to New Zealand where be­gan to set records at the sales and his sons and daugh­ter ex­celled on the track in the 1980s 90s.

He sired 45 in­di­vid­ual Group 1 win­ners with his son Zabeel’s record stand­ing at 46.

The stud’s lat­est ac­qui­si­tion, Tav­i­s­tock, has al­ready sired four in­di­vid­ual Group 1 win­ners.

Ho­gan also owned the mare Eight Carat whose prog­eny in­cluded cham­pion Oc­tag­o­nal from Zabeel’s first crop.

“It is no se­cret that there has been huge in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est in Cam­bridge Stud for some time now,” Ho­gan said.

“Many dif­fer­ent par­ties have made ap­proaches to us, how­ever Jus­tine and I were de­ter­mined to wait for both the right time and the right peo­ple – that was non­nego­tiable for us.

“That time has now come and the right peo­ple have ar­rived. A new chap­ter be­gins for Cam­bridge Stud and is one that we firmly be­lieve was worth wait­ing for.

“Cam­bridge Stud has been our lives for over four decades. We have nur­tured it, been its guardians and proudly seen it evolve into the glob­ally re­spected op­er­a­tion it is to­day.”

Ho­gan, 78, says he has no in­ten­tions to re­tire and has in­ter­ests in more than 40 race­horses.

He will sell his fi­nal Cam­bridge draft at the Karaka year­ling sale early next year.

“In an­swer to the un­doubted ques­tion of my re­tire­ment – an­swer is a firm no, that is not on my agenda,” Ho­gan said.

“We will have our 2018 Karaka draft, the fi­nal one un­der aus­pices, to pre­pare. Af­ter that I have plenty of rac­ing and breed­ing in­ter­ests to keep me firmly in­volved in the in­dus­try – an in­dus­try I will be fully im­mersed in un­til the day die.”

The Lind­says have owned and bred Group 1 win­ners from their bou­tique 200acre farm at Karaka.

“We are very aware of the huge re­spon­si­bil­ity that comes with as­sum­ing the own­er­ship of such a trea­sured and revered op­er­a­tion as Cam­bridge Stud,” Bren­dan Lind­say said.

“Cam­bridge Stud is more than a stud farm – it is a unique Kiwi leg­end. No mat­ter where you travel in the world, the Cam­bridge Stud name is syn­ony­mous not only with New Zealand but with un­equalled Group 1 ex­cel­lence. Eight Mel­bourne Cups, four Cox Plates, three Caulfield Cups and the Golden Slip­per have been as­so­ci­ated with stud.

“We will hon­our legacy that Sir Pa­trick and Lady Ho­gan have en­trusted us with.”

Sir Pa­trick Ho­gan, pic­tured with cham­pion sire Zabeel, has sold Cam­bridge Stud.

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