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Gr1 Star Tavistock Retired To NZ Cambridge Stud
Sir Patrick Hogan confirmed dual Gr1-winning 4YO stallion Tavistock (Montjeu-Upstage, by Quest For Fame) "will not race again & is on his way back to NZ via a stopover in Melbourne" to stand at Hogan's Cambridge Stud later this year, reported NZ Thoroughbred Marketing. Hogan noted: "The previous owners of Tavistock had the right to run the horse in the Gr1 All-Aged Stakes (at Randwick in Sydney) in a couple of weeks, but asked my advice after the unplaced run in the Gr1 T.J.Smith Stakes (at Randwick a week ago). He's a top-of-the-ground horse & the track conditions were right against him. The previous owners were keen to do the best thing by the horse & I'm delighted they have seen fit to retire him now & send him back to Cambridge Stud." At his previous start on March 13, Tavistock (a NZ$85,000 yearling at the 2007 NZB Select Sale at Karaka) won Australia's Gr2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington in Melbourne & overall recorded 6 wins (also including February's Gr1 Waikato Draught Sprint over 1400m at Te Rapa & 2009's NZ Gr1 Mudgway Partsworld Stakes over 1400m at Hastings) & 4 placings (including January's NZ Gr1 Thorndon Mile over 1600m at Trentham & 2008's Listed Vain Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield) from 18 starts for $543,431 earnings. Hogan said a fee for Tavistock will be announced "in the next 2 weeks".