Breeders’ Stakes thanks to the locals

The Breeders’ Stakes at the Cambridge Jockey Club’s meeting at Te Rapa is always a popular event, but there will be even more local interest this year.

The Group Three 1200-metre event for three-year-olds on Saturday week will this year be known as the Cambridge Jockey Club Breeders’ Stakes and the group in sponsors’ room will be larger than usual.

The Breeders’ Stakes lost its original sponsor, but a team of locals came to the rescue.

“Some of the local Cambridge trainers, track users and associates got together and put in the sponsorship,” said club president George Simon. “It’s been a great response at the last minute.

“Often trainers support midweek maiden races but not anything of this magnitude. It’s great the way they banded together and came to the party.”

Local training establishments and trainers to answer the call for help were Baker Racing Stables, Chris Wood Racing Stables, Frank and Shaune Ritchie, Fred and Lindsay Cornege, Marsh Racing Stables, Roger James, Earl Harrison and Annette Whiteman, Pike Racing and Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young. Bruce Sherwin, Wayne Green and Liz Smith also joined the support team to ensure the Breeders’ Stakes goes ahead as planned.

Stephen Marsh is one of the trainers with a strong chance of winning back more than his share of sponsorship as he has his stable star Ruud Awakening set to run in the feature.