First yearlings selling in 2021 for Cambridge Stud stallion
by Grant Morgan
Almanzor (FR) has big shoes to fill when attempting to match the deeds of Cambridge Stud stallions of the past.
Sir Tristram (IRE) and son Zabeel (NZ) broke all records between them when in residence under previous Cambridge owner, Sir Patrick Hogan.
Now with new ownership and management, Cambridge is looking to regain its foothold in the Australasian stallion market with Almanzor leading the charge.
Still New Zealand owned by Brendan and Jo Lindsay, the Cambridge team is now headed by former Godolphin Australia boss Henry Plumptre.
With his first Southern hemisphere yearlings selling in 2021, Almanzor has been well touted by many as being a big chance to make it in the South, and also the North.
Alamanzor is a son of Wootton Bassett (GB), a name not all that familiar to Kiwi or Aussie racing enthusiasts. It may pay to take notice of him now.
Wootton Bassett was recently acquired by Coolmore and will stand the coming Northern Hemisphere season in Ireland at a fee of 100,000 pounds (more than 190,000 in Kiwi dollars).
Named after the UK township near the Lambourn training centre, Wootton Bassett the sire has achieved massive results off low service fees in nine seasons at his former French home of Haras d’Etreham in Normandy.
A son of former Kiwi shuttler Ifraaj, Wootton Bassett started at 6,000 euros and rose to 40,000 euros at his peak in France.
Wootton Bassett is the sire of 14 stakes winners and 12 more stakes performers including Group 1 winners Audarya, Wooded and his principal performer, Almanzor.
Almanzor was champion 3yo colt in Europe in 2016 with Group 1 victories in the Prix du Jockey Club (2100m) at Chantilly, Irish Champion Stakes (2000m) at Leopardstown and the Champion Stakes (2000m) at Ascot.
In all Almanzor won 8 races from 11 starts, which included 3 victories at two headed by the Listed Grand Criterium de Bordeaux (1600m).
Standing at 16.1 ½ hand high, Almanzor is certainly an imposing individual who oozes quality.
Some of New Zealand’s best mares have been sent to Almanzor and the majority of these will be available at Australasian sales rings in 2021.
No doubt he will be most heavily represented in the New Zealand Bloodstock ring at Karaka, with the company’s annual yearling sale set to be staged from 24-28 January, 2021.
Almanzor stands at Cambridge Stud in 2020 for NZ $30,000.