Ontrack’s New Zealand Horse and Wine Tour ended this week and the trip over the ditch proved an eye opener for everyone on the tour.
The six day tour takes in some of the best scenery and thoroughbred studs that New Zealand has to offer.
Ontrack’s Grant Morgan is used to watch tour members bedazzled by what New Zealand puts on show, but this year it was his turn to be amazed.
“This year was the first time in 13 years we went to the famous Cambridge Stud without Sir Patrick Hogan in charge.
“To be honest we were not sure what to expect, but the experience was truly jaw dropping.
“Our very good friend Henry Plumptre is now managing Cambridge Stud and, as always, Henry was a fantastic host but the new owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay proved to be amazing hosts.
“Brendan and Jo are in the middle of a mind boggling programme to reinvigorate Cambridge Stud
“They were able to find time in a busy schedule to host our party and their graciousness and sheer passion for the industry had everyone on the tour amazed.
“They also extended an invitation to visit a racing stable they have established at Karaka south of Auckland and that visit was simply breath takings.
“Brendan and Jo have turned a greenfield site into an absolutely incredible setup and with their private trainer Lance Noble they look poised to have a major impact on the racing and breeding industry in New Zealand and Australia.
“To be honest, heading to New Zealand we were wondering what the future looked like with the changing of the guard at Cambridge Stud.
“After spending time with Jo and Brendan and their team there’s no doubt that Cambridge Stud couldn’t be in better hands,” said Grant Morgan.