Retirement not in Sir Patrick’s vocabulary

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Iconic New Zealand breeder Sir Patrick Hogan has been far from idle since the sale of Cambridge Stud earlier this year. He remains heavily involved in the industry with a prized broodmare band and a sizeable racing team of fillies and mares.

“I’ve been very busy, I don’t do retirement,” he said. “I’ve had two knee replacements, but I can still get on the phone. I’ve got about 20 mares that Justine and I own outright or in partnerships which weren’t part of the sale.”

Monarch Lodge base

Sir Patrick’s thoroughbred base in now Monarch Lodge, a 220-acre property in Cambridge. “We’ve got a heap of three and four-year-olds we’re racing, some in partnerships with syndicates, but we will own them 100 per cent when they come back to the stud. There’s somewhere up to 50 of them.”

He has just finished confirming bookings for the bulk of the broodmares and takes a straight-forward approach to finalising his matings. “I do my own and I usually tell my partners what I think and they don’t usually disagree,” Sir Patrick said.

“I do my own [matings] and I usually tell my partners what I think and they don’t usually disagree,” Sir Patrick said.

Commercial viability, instinct and conformation are all part of his criteria. “It’s a mixture of a lot of things to get pedigrees to suit to get good individuals,” Sir Patrick said. “You have to be very conscious of the commercial side of things and be mindful of the popularity of the yearling when they hit the sale ring.

“You have to be very conscious of the commercial side of things and be mindful of the popularity of the yearling when they hit the sale ring.” – Sir Patrick Hogan.

“Justine and I won’t sell under our names again, all the yearlings in future will be sold under a consignor as agent for us. Cambridge Stud will be putting forward three yearlings for us next year, Nick Fairweather (Carlaw Park) will have two and we’ll probably be sending three to Melbourne in March. You won’t see any under P and J Hogan or Monarch Lodge.”

Mares back to Cambridge

Cambridge Stud, now operated by Brendan and Jo Lindsay, has featured in his mating approach with two mares returning there to be served by Tavistock (NZ) (Montjeu {IRE}), including Veearma (NZ) (Darci Brahma {NZ}). Sara Ann (NZ) (Stravinsky {USA), the dam of the G1 Australian Derby winner Tavago (NZ) (Tavistock {NZ}), will be going to stud newcomer Almanzor (FR) (Wootton Bassett {GB), as will The Lady (NZ) (Stravinsky {USA}).

Sir Patrick Hogan pictured with Almanzor at Cambridge Stud

Windsor Park Stud’s Charm Spirit (IRE) (Invincible Spirit {IRE}) and Little Avondale Stud’s Per Incanto (USA) (Street Cry {IRE}) will also be supported while Sir Patrick has locked in a number of mares for Australian matings. “Katy O’Beel will be going to Epaulette at Darley, Cape Blamo will going there to Exosphere and Joy’s Choice, whose Savabeel filly made $900,000 at Karaka earlier this year, will be going to Pierro at Coolmore,” he said.

“Katy O’Beel will be going to Epaulette at Darley, Cape Blamo will going there to Exosphere and Joy’s Choice, whose Savabeel filly made $900,000 at Karaka earlier this year, will be going to Pierro at Coolmore.” – Sir Patrick Hogan.

“Diamant, who is from the Eight Carat family, is booked to Shalaa at Arrowfield and we’re sending Pussy O’Reilly to Written Tycoon.” Tricia’o (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}), whose colt by Tavistock made $700,000 at Karaka this year, has a date with the champion stallion Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice).

Hall of Famer

Inducted into both the Australian and New Zealand Hall of Fames, Sir Patrick has enjoyed a remarkable career and has no intention of taking things any easier. “That’s just not me,” he said. He established Cambridge Stud in 1976 and subsequently claimed the leading vendor honours at Karaka for an astounding 31 consecutive years.

He sold the top price lot at 24 editions of the sales and, aided by his super sires Sir Tristram and Zabeel and legendary mare Eight Carat (GB) (Pieces Of Eight {IRE}), a dozen yearlings from Cambridge Stud drafts bettered the $1 million mark with the top lot being a Zabeel colt that realised $3.6million in 2000. As Don Eduardo, he won the G1 Australian Derby in 2002. “I'm not going away, but I won't be seen like I have been in the past,” Sir Patrick said when his achievements were honoured by New Zealand Bloodstock during the 2018 National Yearling Sale.

Sir Patrick Hogan with his legendary stallion Zabeel

He has been New Zealand’s Breeder of the Year on five occasions, received the Outstanding Contribution to Racing Excellence, was awarded a CBE and later knighted and made a life member of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.