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Lucky Unicorn Joins 2007 Cambridge Roster
NZ's Cambridge Stud has purchased Australian stakes-winning 4YO entire Lucky Unicorn (Redoute's Choice-La Bamba, by Last Tycoon) to join its stallion roster for the 2007 breeding season. Following a deal negotiated by Joe Walls & Brent Thomson of NZB, Lucky Unicorn "is being syndicated among a number of leading NZ stud farms & breeders with Cambridge Stud owner Sir Patrick Hogan having the majority share-holding," reported NZ Thoroughbred Marketing. Lucky Unicorn was raced by prominent Hong Kong owner Leung Kai Fai "who has retained an interest in the horse for his stud career & will send a number of his top mares to him this spring". Lucky Unicorn (a $300,000 yearling at the 2004 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) won January's Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) at Sandown in Melbourne & then finished 3rd in February's Gr3 Carlyon Cup (1400m) at Caulfield; overall he has 5 wins (from 1000-1600m) & 4 placings from 15 starts in both HK & Australia for HK$1.6 million (A$270,000) & A$172,500 earnings. Lucky Unicorn's 4-time Gr1-winning Arrowfield Stud sire Redoute's Choice (who already boasts 34 individual stakes-winners, including this month's Gr1 NZ derby winner Redoute's Dancer) won last year's Australian general sires title & is currently leading again this season. And his dam La Bamba is a half-sister to Gr1-winners Masked Party (12 wins) & Festal (8 wins) & is closely related to multiple Gr1-winner & Australian champion 2YO Dracula. Hogan summed up: "Pedigree-wise they don't come much better than Lucky Unicorn. He may not have won the Group races, but I believe he does have a Group-producing pedigree & I am very confident to give this horse every opportunity to prove himself as a successful sire. There will be an enormous amount of mares in Australasia that can be matched up with Lucky Unicorn to achieve a successful result."