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Cambridge's Lucky Unicorn Relocates To WA
Sunspeed studmaster Phil Ibbotson and NZ Cambridge Stud Principal Sir Patrick Hogan have joined forces and will stand 9YO stallion Lucky Unicorn (Redoute's Choice La Bamba, by Last Tycoon) at Westbury Park in Pinjarra, Western Australia, this season. The stakes-winning son of multiple Arrowfield Stud Champion sire Redoute's Choice will stand for a fee of $4,400. An excited Ibbotson commented on the move and the well bred entire's upside to the WA market: "He's off to a good start at Cambridge Stud… He covered 141 mares in his first season and a total of 556 mares in five books – Sir Patrick is adamant there's plenty more winners in the pipeline… And, as part of our association, Sir Patrick will also send four Lucky Unicorn foals across to Perth… They are all from Zabeel mares and will be entered for the 2014 Perth Magic Millions." Lucky Unicorn is already the sire of multiple group-placed NZ filly Capital Diamond (Lucky Unicorn-Diamond Smile, by Zabeel) from his first crop, while in Hong Kong his first runner Flying Unicorn won a Griffin on debut by 4-lengths at Sha Tin. Ibbotson also noted that Lucky Unicorn is likely to nick well with WA's more precocious mare population commenting: "Sir Patrick feels he will click much better with our speedier mares and his runners will also be better suited on top of the ground in Perth instead of the heavier tracks in New Zealand."