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Henry Plumptre to head new Cambridge Stud management team

  • Wed, 06 Dec 2017
  • Dennis Ryan
Henry Plumptre will bring immense international experience to his role as chief executive of Cambridge Stud.

Henry Plumptre will bring immense international experience to his role as chief executive of Cambridge Stud.

The transition of New Zealand’s most famous thoroughbred nursery into the ownership of Auckland couple Brendan and Jo Lindsay has been rounded off with confirmation that renowned international figure Henry Plumptre has been appointed to the role of chief executive.

A week ago the news broke that Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan had competed a deal to hand over ownership of Cambridge Stud to the Lindsays, who will assume control in April 2018. Today they have announced that Plumptre will join the new team overseeing both the stud and the extensive Lindsay Racing string.

The retention of Cambridge Stud under New Zealand ownership in the face of intense overseas interest was applauded by the breeding industry and the addition of such a high-profile figure as Plumptre can only enhance the brand.

English-born Plumptre will bring massive experience to the role, having been involved in international racing and breeding while based in Australia for 30 years. Widden and Arrowfield Studs, larger than life personalities such as Lloyd Williams and John Messara and most recently as Australian manager of Sheikh Mohammed’s global Godolphin operation figure prominently in his brief, and now the new-look Cambridge Stud is set to benefit.

"Henry Plumptre has overseen some exceptional achievements during his career,” said Brendan Lindsay in announcing the appointment. “He has built world-class brands and brings vast international experience to this new role. Jo and I are delighted that he has agreed to be a key component of the new Cambridge Stud team next year.

"Having a man of Henry's calibre at the day-to-day helm of Cambridge Stud is a huge vote of confidence in the future of the stud and his willingness to re-locate to New Zealand with his wife Michelle also speaks volumes about the reputation of our industry.

“We are very proud to confirm that Marcus Corban, who has played such an important role in the success of Cambridge Stud, will be remaining in his current role as general manager.”

Plumptre ended his role with Godolphin earlier this year during a tumultuous period for the world’s largest thoroughbred breeding and racing operation. That also saw the departure of Godolphin Australia trainer and jockey John O’Shea and James McDonald as well as England-based racing manager John Ferguson.

Plumptre then re-established his bloodstock trading agency and in an interview yesterday with, admitted that New Zealand had not been on his agenda until recently.

“It started with a chat while I was spending time with Mark Chittick at Waikato Stud,” Plumptre said. “Soon after I met with Brendan and Jo Lindsay and it went from there.

“I quickly realised they had a vision that I could relate to. Major players I have engaged with over the years have had the same approach – what sets them apart is massive enthusiasm, the desire to build a brand, and that’s something I can be part of.

“When I first came down to Australia, Cambridge Stud had already established itself under Patrick’s guidance and now I feel very lucky to end up there as it enters another exciting stage.

“I will relish being involved in the writing of the next chapters of Cambridge Stud – April cannot come soon enough!”