The winners keep coming for Keeper. The Cambridge Stud stallion sired five winners in three countries on Wednesday starting with a Group 2 in New Zealand.
Platinum Princess (5m Keeper – Merle Park by Machiavellian) proved far too tough for her rivals in the G2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton. Trained at Palmerston North by Lisa Latta, she held off Twilight Savings to win by a half length for owners Lincoln Farms and Neville McAlister.
Latta and John Street’s Lincoln Farms are having a gun year highlighted by their win in the $1 million Karaka Million with Fort Lincoln (Charge Forward). Their success has continued into the spring with the three-year-old President Lincoln (O’Reilly) winning the G2 NZB Wellington Guineas.
“Lincoln Farms and I have had a very good run,” commented Latta. “I was confident Platinum Princess would be hard to beat and we are looking to take her to the G1 Captain Cook Stakes.”
Latta will be represented by Capital Diamond (Lucky Unicorn) in the G1 NZB 1000 Guineas this weekend. “All going well, we will also have Fort Lincoln and President Lincoln lining up in the G1 Levin Classic on November 25.”
Bred by Dick Karreman’s The Oaks Stud in Cambridge, Platinum Princess was an $115,000 buy at the 2008 Karaka Select Sale and has now won 7 races and $262,400 in prize money.
Keeper opened the Ascot card in Perth with four length winner Keepers Court. He is now trained by Alan Mathews and was coming off a Northam maiden win last Thursday.
Keepers Court (3c Keeper – Free Court by Pompeii Court) was a $60,000 buy from Janine Dunlop’s Phoenix Park consignment at the 2010 NZB Karaka yearling sale. His dam has now thrown five winners including G1 Queensland Derby winner Court Ruler (Viking Ruler).
Keeper followed up with a winning treble in Hong Kong on Wednesday night.
Cheerful Double (ex Impassion), Bouncer (ex Startling Lady) and Baitiwu (ex Healy Ridge) capped off an outstanding day for Keeper who has now sired 13 Group winners.
Keeper is currently covering his 10th book of mares at Cambridge Stud and he has 11 entries in next week’s Karaka Ready to Run Sale.
The highlights include;
Lot 26 from Bradbury Park is a colt from the Irish bred Zafonic mare Alisara. The dam is a half-sister to G1 winner Alandi (Galileo) and stakes winner Aliyfa (Spinning World).
Lot 210 from Dormello Stud is a colt from the Thorn Park mare Mamma Rose. The dam is a half-sister to G3 winner (Mr) Ubiquitous and hails from the family of the G1 New Zealand Oaks winner Solveig (Imposing).
The New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale takes place at Karaka on Tuesday & Wednesday, 15 & 16 November.
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