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Cup To Savour For Waikato breeder
Meanwhile, NZ Racing Desk reports that a long-time successful Waikato breeder has direct Northern and Southern Hemisphere links to two Melbourne Cup contenders. The aforementioned Henrietta, Dowager Duchess of Bedford has had close ties with Matamata for many years and formerly owned Bloomsbury Stud where she bred 9YO Melbourne Cup contender Precedence. She is a part-owner of Zabeel's son who will contest his fourth running of the Flemington feature, in which he will be opposed by French galloper Au Revoir. The Andre Fabre-trained stayer was bred by the Duchess' family-owned Bloomsbury Stud in England and originally sold at their dispersal sale as a weanling to Coolmore for £320,000. The son of Singspiel was the top priced weanling sold that year in Europe and the United States. Au Revoir, a three-time winner from 14 starts, and Precedence, both share the Bloomsbury foundation matron Mrs Moss as their third dam. Mrs Moss produced 11 winners from 12 foals to race, including Japan Cup winner Jupiter Island. Successful young sire and Bloomsbury (NZ) graduate Tavistock, who stands at Sir Patrick Hogan's Cambridge Stud, is another direct descendant of Mrs Moss. The Duchess of Bedford was formerly Marchioness of Tavistock, hence the name.