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Double delight for Cambridge Stud early on Day One at Karaka

Double delight for Cambridge Stud early on Day One at Karaka

The undoubted quality of the famous Cambridge Stud bloodlines were to the fore again at Karaka as the Stud enjoyed a high-priced double strike during the early stages of this year’s premier session at the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling sale series.

The Cambridge draft provided Lot 36, a bay filly from the first crop of resident stallion Cape Blanco out of the Danehill mare Love Diamonds. The mare is a daughter of blueblood producer Tristalove with this filly’s extended pedigree on the catalogue page reading like a who’s who of Australasian racing.

That attracted plenty of international interest however when the dust settled it was local trainer Debbie Rogerson who emerged with a winning bid of $450,000.

Rogerson stood firm as she fought off bids from around the sales ring and maintained a simple philosophy throughout.

“You buy the ones you really want and this was one we really wanted,” she commented after the bidding closed in her favour.

“She is such a beautiful walking filly and you can see the quality on the page so there is a lot of residual value there no matter what she achieves on the track.

“We have already sold 80% of her so the remaining shares won’t take long to fill.”

Included in those offering to take a share in the filly are several members of the syndicate who race Listed Wellesley Stakes winner Maritimo who started favourite in Sunday’s Karaka Million at Ellerslie.

Tristalove also featured heavily in the pedigree of Lot 37, a bay colt by More Than Ready from Gr. 2 Waikato Gold Cup winner Lovetrista. A multiple Group One winner herself, Tristalove is the dam of multiple stakes performers including Viking Ruler, Kempinsky and Diamond Like.

International interest was once again high with Melbourne conditioner Peter Moody winning the bidding war with an offer of $470,000.

“I saw him on Wednesday and really liked him so he was on the radar for today and we managed to pick him off,” said Moody.

“Obviously the family is a major selling point and he’s by a stallion that has been delivering for a number of years.

“I probably paid overs for him but that’s what you do to get these good colts. We’ll take him home now and I’m pretty sure we will have plenty interested in being part of a syndicate with him.” – NZ Racing Desk

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