This year’s Ontrack Racing New Zealand Horse and Wine Tour will have a different feel when the tour coach pulls in to the famed thoroughbred nursery Cambridge Stud.
2018 will be the 12th New Zealand tour and Cambridge Stud, with its magnificent gardens and poignant tributes to champion stallions Sir Tristram and Zabeel, is always a highlight.
That link was broken with Sir Patrick Hogan selling his famed farm for $660 million and offering his last yearling under the Cambridge banner when a Tavistock colt fetched $240,000 at last week’s Inglis Sale in Sydney.
“Sir Patrick has been at the forefront of breeding in Australasia after building Cambridge Stud from scratch 42 years ago,” said Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“The visit to Cambridge Stud is always a highlight of our New Zealand tour and on every visit, Sir Patrick has made himself available. For many years he took our tour party around the stud himself, but in more recent years he has greeted the party and handed the guided tour to younger staff members.
“For someone who has been so successful, it was always fantastic the way he took time out of his busy schedule to make sure the Ontrack tour members were personally welcomed on to the Cambridge property.
“This year will be the first time Sir Patrick doesn’t greet the Ontrack coach, but I’m sure we will still get a warm welcome at Cambridge with Henry Plumptre taking over as Chief Executive at the stud.
“Ontrack had extensive dealings with Henry when he ran Darley’s Australian operation, including negotiating the sale of our champion sprinter Brazen Beau to Sheik Mohammed.
“Henry’s a very experienced and well regarded operator and Ontrack found him to be excellent to deal with so it will be fantastic to renew that friendship when we take another party to tour the impressive stud farms of New Zealand from November 22-27,” said Grant Morgan.