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Some of the world's most valuable thoroughbreds have been bred in Cambridge, helping give the area a global reputation for producing champion horses.

The foremost breeder has been Cambridge Stud, owned by Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan.

standardbred cambridge-isiteHaving established the stud in 1975, they stood Sir Tristram whose offspring won more than $65 million and included 45 individual Group One winners.

One of his progeny, Zabeel, has taken over Sir Tristram's mantle as Australasia's leading sire, producing more than 40 Group One winners of his own. Sir Tristram sired three Melbourne Cup winners (Gurners Lane, Empire Rose and Brew) while Zabeel was responsible for two winners (Might and Power and Jezabeel).

Trelawney Stud, founded in 1930, and New Zealand's longest-established commercial stud, has bred three Melbourne Cup winners and provided the early homes for four more. Their seven cup winners are Hi-Jinx, Galilee, Silver Knight, Hiraji, Foxzami, MacDougal and Polo Prince. Arguably the most famous horse bred by Trelawney was Tulloch, considered one of Australia's three greatest racehorses of all time and an inductee to racing's Hall of Fame on both sides of the Tasman.

Windsor Park Stud is one of the country's biggest and incorporates three properties - the main stud farm in Kaipaki Road, the Halidon Hill farm east of Cambridge and Matamata's Mapperley Stud acquired in 1998.

Other prominent studs in the area include Wentworth Grange, Chequers Stud, The Oaks and Linwood Park.

Many professional horse trainers are based in Cambridge, giving them easy access to race tracks in the upper North Island.

Their horses are worked at the Cambridge training track in Racecourse Rd, providing a magnificent spectacle as steam rises off them in the dawn mist. Training facilities include left and right handed tracks, and separate hurdle and steeplechase courses between March and October.

The track also has an equine swimming pool.


Norris Ward McKinnon



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