[31 January/ Stuff NZ]

Sir Patrick Hogan has taken every opportunity he has been given over the years, and he made the most of the one he was given when he was being honoured for his forty plus years of leadership in the Bloodstock industry with Cambridge Stud. He took the opportunity to inform the audience that he still had several lots to sell and that they should ‘get bidding.’ The offers rolled in, including one for $975,000 for a Tavistock filly out of Special Diamond from the famous Eight Carat family by a Chinese horse club. Mr Hogan founded the Cambridge Stud in the early 1970’s, which has had arguably the largest impact on the thoroughbred industry in this part of the world. Twelve of his yearlings have surpassed the million dollar mark, including one that sold for $3.6 million in 2000. The industry veteran was emotional throughout his short speech, and assured the audience that he will continue to breed horses. Mr Hogan said ‘I’m not going away but I won’t be seen like I have been in the past.’