Cambridge makes mark at Khorchin

Three Kiwis, including a Cambridge couple, combined to win the inaugural New Zealand Bloodstock Cup at Korchin in Inner Mongolia yesterday.

Taking the honours in the $NZ102,000 race was Da Qian Shi Jie, a son of Cambridge Stud sire Keeper bred by Don Edwards and Margaret Fife, who is the nominations manager at Cambridge Stud..

First cousins Sam and Alysha Collett were among the contingent on invited jockeys riding at the meeting and it was the latter who celebrated success in the feature event, which was restricted to Karaka sale guaduates and is a joint venture between NZ Bloodstock and Lang Lin, Chairman of the Inner Mongoilian Rider Horse Industry.

Twelve months earlier Edwards and Fife also celebrated success at the official opening of the Khorchin racecourse as the breeders of another son of Keeper who was a runaway winner of one of the juvenile 1000-metre events.

Da Qian Shi Je was entered for last year’s Festival Sale at Karaka but withdrawn. He is from the Blues Traveller mare Pearla , dam of the winners Theruler, Odin, Rubee) and Blue Wagon.