New Zealand top breeder Cambridge Stud has been sold by owner Sir Patrick Hogan.
Hogan sold the operation to Kiwi businessman Brendan Lindsay and his wife Jo Lindsay after running the famous breeding ground for more than 40 years. The couple calls Auckland home. They can make the drive south in about two hours, so it is a decidedly convenient purchase.
Hogan told the New Zealand Herald, "It is no secret that there has been huge international interest in Cambridge Stud for some time now.”
Apparently not huge enough to sell it to an international, such as Goldolphin, however, and the announcement that the stud will remain under local supervision might be cheery news in the land of stayers supreme.
"Many different parties have made approaches to us, however Justine (Lady Hogan) and I were determined to wait for both the right time and the right people - that was non-negotiable for us. That right 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."
The Lindsays will take the reins (sorry) in April of 2018 and had this to say in a statement, "No matter where you travel in the world, the Cambridge Stud name is synonymous not only with New Zealand but with unequalled Group I excellence.”
Cambridge Stud has contributed eight Melbourne Cup winners, four Cox Plates, three Caulfield Cups and a Golden Slipper Stakes winner.
Hogan started the breeding business 41 years ago with Sir Tristram as their founding stallion. That stallion was foaled in Ireland in 1971 with some strong U.S. connections, including the immortal Man O’ War that won 20 of his 21 starts and was named the number one Blood-Horse of the Century.
Sir Tristram was one of those stallions who cared little for racing, winning only twice in 19 attempts, but he was Australia’s leading sire six times and sired 45 Group 1 winners and 140 Stakes winners.