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Sir Patrick Discusses His Final Cambridge Draft
On the eve of Karaka where the final draft of Cambridge Stud yearlings will sell under Sir Patrick Hogan's direction, the man that has built the iconic New Zealand thoroughbred nursery into a world-class bloodstock operation discusses the draft and also his time at the helm, reports NZ Racing Desk. "There's a huge amount of sentiment attached to it," Sir Patrick said of his 2018 draft that will be offered at New Zealand Bloodstock's Karaka sales complex beginning Sunday (28 January). "I keep on telling myself 'don't get upset when that last yearling goes through the ring'. I keep telling myself I'll be fine but I'm not trusting myself." Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan's Cambridge Stud will consign 56 yearlings in the Book 1 session and 11 in Book 2. A superb group of Tavistock yearlings produced from the best quality mares the son of Montjeu has served yet forms the foundation of Cambridge Stud's draft, though Sir Patrick has a high opinion of two Savabeel youngsters - a colt out of his star racemare Katie Lee (Lot 301) and a filly out of Joy's Choice (Lot 290). "We think the Katie Lee colt will be among the best colts in the sale," Sir Patrick said. "And we've got some outstanding fillies. The Tavistock filly out of Diamond Like could go close to topping the fillies and I've got a good opinion of the Savabeel ex Joy's Choice filly." Standing a succession of world-class stallions, most notably Sir Tristram and Zabeel, has ensured Cambridge Stud has become synonymous worldwide for bloodstock excellence, but it has been Sir Patrick's passion and drive for success that has seen it prosper since its inception in 1976. "Over the 40-odd years, it's been an amazing journey and an amazing ride and we've had some success along the way," Sir Patrick said. And while Sir Patrick can boast of many outstanding achievements, such as seeing champion stallions Sir Tristram & Zabeel, and legendary broodmare Eight Carat, inducted in the NZ Racing Hall of Fame, he credits marrying Lady Justine as his greatest achievement. "She's the one who has kept my feet on the ground," he said. "A man can marry the right woman and a man can marry the wrong woman - I certainly married the right woman. She's number one - above all the achievements with the horse and happy times I've had. I couldn't have done it without her."