Sir Patrick Hogan will be honoured in a special presentation at Karaka next Wednesday.
A lifetime of involvement with the National Yearling Sale will be commemorated at Karaka next week as Sir Patrick Hogan presents his final draft under the iconic Cambridge Stud banner.
New Zealand Bloodstock will mark the occasion with a special presentation in honour of Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan before the commencement of selling on Wednesday morning, the final session of the Book 1 catalogue.
Late last year Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan made the momentous decision to sell Cambridge Stud to Auckland couple Brendan and Jo Lindsay. The transaction will be completed in two months’ time, bringing the curtain down on a momentous four decades, three of those as the leading National Sale vendor underpinned by the progeny of champion Cambridge Stud stallions Sir Tristram and his son Zabeel.
When Sir Patrick announced the sale of Cambridge Stud, he said that the end of his landmark National Sale era would be without fuss or drama, but that will to some degree be impossible to avoid given the intense publicity around events of next week.
“I’ll be treating this sale just like any other, everyone on deck doing their job, every yearling presented as well as it possibly can be and at the end of the day the buyers being the judges,” Sir Patrick told The Informant at the time.
“I think it will be a bit gut-wrenching for me, I’ve enjoyed it so much over the years and knowing this will be my last. In years to come I’m sure I’ll still be involved in some way, but instead of me running the show at Barn I, I’ll be able to sit back, hopefully with a nice glass of pinot noir in my hand.
“And no, I won’t be on the lead when Cambridge Stud’s last yearling goes through the ring, those days are over and I don’t want any fanfare.
“But I do think that when that happens, I’ll probably have to go and hide for half an hour.”
The formal part of the Hogan farewell at 10.30am next Wednesday will be led with an address in the sales auditorium from New Zealand Bloodstock Chairman Joe Walls, while it is expected that NZB principal Sir Peter Vela will also be involved.
That and a video segment highlighting Sir Patrick and Lady Justine’s contribution to the National Sale and the overall racing and breeding industry will be screened on Trackside TV’s broadcast coverage as well as being streamed on www.nzb.co.nz, on NZB’s Facebook page and on racing.com in Australia.
All coverage of Karaka Book 1 will be televised live on a SKY pop-up channel, Sky 263, and the full seven-day sale will also be streamed live on www.nzb.co.nz and through the NZB Facebook page. The entire Monday session will also be televised live on racing.com.
A half-hour sales preview show will also be televised before the commencement of selling on each of the four days of Book 1.
Sunday 28th January – coverage from 4:30pm
Monday 29th January – coverage from 10:30am
Tuesday 30th January – coverage from 10:30am
Wednesday 31st January – coverage from 10:30am
Karen Fenton-Ellis, Aidan Rodley, Emily Bosson and racing.com’s Shane Anderson will present the coverage, while Black Caviar’s former trainer Peter Moody will also be providing interviews as a relaxed, roving reporter on the sales complex.