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Lindsays Deserving of Karaka Millions Luck

Thursday, 16th January 2020

Brendan and Jo Lindsay, principals of Cambridge Stud which they purchased of Si Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan, endured in 2019 what Queen Elizabeth II might term an annus horribilis. The globally famous stallion station, visited by Her Majesty, suffered three unconnected, but no less crushing, deaths of the sires Roaring Lion, Burgundy and Tavistock. As the industry gears up towards the evergreen New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales Series, the Lindsays have an undeniable chance to take home the trophies and rich purses for both the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) and Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1400m) at Ellerslie on the eve of the Karaka Sale. While Not an Option (Not a Single Doubt) and Taroni (Showcasing) are among the combatants in a competitive juvenile affair, 3YO filly Probabeel (Savabeel) is the likely favourite among the sophomore division after the Gr1-performed winner of 2019’s NZB 2YO showpiece scored a soft 1400m victory at Awapuni in early January. Her trainer Jamie Richards enthused, “We had that race picked out for a while, three weeks out from the Karaka Million,” Richards said. “She’ll improve a lot, and it’s nice to have her back and to win a race in those colours of Brendan and Jo Lindsay. Head trainer for Te Akau Racing, whose principal David Ellis purchased Probabeel for $380,000 at the 2019 NZB NYSS before selling her to the Lindsays, Richards revealed, “She’s really started to thrive – the spring campaign in Sydney brought her on a lot. She didn’t develop a huge amount from two to three through the winter, but with a bit of sun on her back in Sydney and a good month at the Karaka farm of Cambridge Stud, she’s come on in leaps and bounds.”

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