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January 10, 2018 Embellish winning the Gr.1 NZ 2000 Guineas Race Images South


Cambridge Stud’s new owners have already made a significant move into the stallion market.

Brendan and Jo Lindsay, who take over the iconic nursery in April, have purchased a 50 per cent interest in the Group One winner Embellish.

The Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained Savabeel colt’s stallion profile was given a major boost in November when he triumphed in the Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.

Te Akau principal David Ellis confirmed Embellish will be raced by current owners the Te Akau 2016 Breeding Syndicate with the Lindsays before his retirement to Cambridge Stud.

“He is a magnificent colt and was an absolute stand-out from the day I first set eyes on him during my pre-Karaka inspections that year,” Ellis said.

“I was determined to buy him and at the time he was the highest priced lot ever sold by Waikato Stud. That's no surprise as he was a magnificent individual that I could see evolving into a top class racehorse, and he certainly has.”

A brother to the Group One winner Diademe, Embellish was purchased by Ellis for $775,000 at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale. His pedigree also features the dual Group One sprint winner Sacred Star.

He will make his next appearance in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on January 27. He is currently the $3.80 favourite for the race.

“It's so important to keep quality horses like Embellish in New Zealand and for people to see them perform at the highest level on the racetrack and then to have them stand at stud,” Ellis said.

“This is something that I have been committed to in recent years and we are proud to see two stallions at Cambridge Stud (Burgundy the other) that I have purchased and that Te Akau has trained.

“It is exciting to have this joint venture with Brendan and Jo Lindsay, who are already making a massive contribution to our industry and will continue to do so in the years ahead through their ownership of Cambridge Stud.” – NZ Racing Desk.

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