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Hogan Says Cull Non-Performing Mares
In New Zealand, Cambridge Stud supremo Sir Patrick Hogan triggered significant headlines in the wake of last week's Premier section at the NZB National Yearling Sale series at Karaka by "calling on the industry to upgrade its mares to keep their businesses commercial" reported thoroughbredinternet.com. Hogan bluntly told The New Zealand Herald: "The sale went well for me, but those who didn't go so well need to ask themselves some serious questions. In particular they need to look at their bloodlines. A number of broodmare owners are still relying on older families that were fashionable 15-20 years ago, but which are not in fashion now. If a mare's family is not performing, breeders should be prepared to cull & cull heavily." Hogan (leading Premier Sale vendor for the 25th successive year) noted: "From what I could see, the top end was strong at Karaka; the middle was not too bad, though I wouldn't say over-exciting; & the bottom end was terrible."