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Iconic Cambridge Stud Sold

Cambridge Stud, the show place of the New Zealand thoroughbred breeding industry, has been sold.

Fortunately the iconic property will remain in New Zealand hands, as it has for more than three decades.

It is no secret that there has been huge international interest since murmurs that the property was on the market.

The new owners, Brendan Lindsay and is wife Jo, are already committed to the horse industry, with a property at Karaka, where they have a small training operation.

Sir Patrick Hogan is a member of both the Australian and New Zealand halls of fame; he is the undisputed king of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Industry.

Cambridge Stud is more than a stud farm, it is a legend where ever you travel, particularly in the horse industry, the brand stands out, synonymous with quality, this is where the finest thoroughbreds in the southern hemisphere have been bred.

Eight Melbourne Cup winners, three Caulfield Cups successes, four Cox Plates and a Golden Slipper, records are set to be broken, however, that one may stand the test of time.

The new owners, Brendan Lindsay and his wife Jo, will settle into Cambridge in April, whether there is be a dispersal of stock is yet to be announced.


Records at Tattersalls

Records were shattered at Tattersalls when dual Group winning mare, Marsha, was knocked down for a cool 6,000,000 guineas, to the bid of M V Magnier.

During a remarkable session that reached 45,665,000 guineas for the 175 lots sold, which broke the turnover record for any one day at a European auction, set in 2007.

Marsha was among the leading sprinters, winning at Group 1 level, the Nunthorpe Stakes and the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp, for her owners, Elite Racing, and her trainer, Sir Mark Prescott.

The four year old mare is by Acclamation, out of the Listed winning mare Marlinka, from the illustrious family of Soviet Song.


Ballarat great race track – but that’s all

Ballarat has an excellent racing surface that can cater for maximum field sizes, however, sadly facilities are very antiqued and are badly in need for some immediate attention.

Coming in from Kennedy’s Road, the sign, members car park, was openly displayed, except was there no one to direct you.

It soon developed into a bun fight, the most disorganised affair, one parking attendant said, “This way”, his mate said the opposite, it soon became an issue of rafferty’s rules of very man for himself.

The car parking was atrocious and the foot traffic was no better, with patrons having to walk over gravel paving laid when Jim Scobie set up training at Ballarat, more than a hundred years ago, nothing has changed and possibly never will.


Starting Times of races too Late

Surely it is time that common sense has to prevail when it comes to the late starting times, particularly at advertised twilight fixtures, exceeding 200 kilometres from the G P O.

All race meetings in the country should be able to run their last race at a sensible hour of 4.30 p m, it gives everyone a chance of getting home at a reasonable hour, instead of midnight.

There are two country twilight fixtures coming up soon, one at Warrnambool and the other at Benalla, if you draw the short straw that is the last race, you will be home about supper time.

It doesn’t seem to bother the committee persons of the race club; they will be curled up in bed before the last winner hits the hay.


Busy Seasons In Ireland

Coolmore’ dominance in the National Hunt stallion market is illustrated in the recently published journal by Weatherbys Return of Mares, their roster accounted for the six busiest sires, in Britian and Ireland, in the past covering season.

The jumps squad, belonging to the lads, spread between the Grange and Castle Hyde studs, in County Cork and Beaches Stud in County Waterford, had almost accounted for five of the six most active sires in 2016, and remarkable nine of the top ten in 2015.

In the strongest demand all of this year, as was the case 12 months earlier when he returned to his native Ireland, having commenced his stud career In France, was the Irish Derby hero, Soldier Of Fortune.

He actually increased and managed his already prodigious book size at Beeches Stud in the space of a year, from 304 to 352 in 2017.

For the second year in succession Grange Stud’s resident sire, Getaway had to bow his head    to Soldier Of Fortune in terms of popularity.

The son of Monsun, whose young crops yielded five point to pointers (steeplechasers), fetched six figure prices at a boutique sale in the 2016-17 jumps season, received 284 mares.

Beeches Stud’s resident sire, Mahler, another son Galileo, is in third position on the table of busiest sires, with his son, Sutton Place, a three time graded winner over hurdles, doing most to encourage the breeders who sent him 262 mares.

Westener and Champs Elysees, sons of Danehill, who stands at Castle Hyde, covered books 250 and 248 mares in 2017, with Walk In The Park, the Grange Stud source of the exceptional Douvan, rounding out the top six for Coolmore, with 228 appointments in the breeding shed.

Breeders evidently could not get enough of Frankel, after his first crop of two year olds ran breeders sent him 195 mares, the greatest patronage of any British based sire this season.

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