Mongolian Khan remains in Cambridge

Mr Lang Lin and his pride and joy Mongolian Khan. (Photo: Wally O’Hearn).

Mr Lang Lin and his pride and joy Mongolian Khan. (Photo: Wally O’Hearn).

It’s appropriate that reigning NZ Horse Of The Year Mongolian Khan should start the next stage of his career from Cambridge, the region responsible for developing him into a superstar.

Under the astute guidance of Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Mongolian Khan won eight of his 17 starts, including three Group Ones, and earned more than $4 million in prizemoney.

Retired after a brief Sydney autumn campaign this year, Mongolian Khan will now begin his career as a stallion standing at the internationally recognised Windsor Park Stud.

Windsor Park Stud has joined forces with the Mongolian Khan’s owners, the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry (NZ) Ltd to stand the Australian-bred rising five-year-old son of Holy Roman Emperor in the upcoming season.

Mongolian Khan is the first horse to complete a Group One sweep of the New Zealand and Australian Derbys and the Caulfield Cup.

“Windsor Park is delighted to have purchased 50 percent of the champion racehorse Mongolian Khan from the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse group, who will retain the other half,” said Windsor Park Stud’s Rodney Schick.

“We have enjoyed great success standing Derby winners like High Chaparral and Montjeu at Windsor Park and with his race performance and pedigree we think Mongolian Khan ticks all the right boxes.

“He’s a high class racehorse with a lovely pedigree and a real fit for Windsor Park. It’s huge for both Windsor Park and the New Zealand industry to retain a horse of Mongolian Khan’s ability in New Zealand.”

Mongolian Khan was a champion three-year-old with his exploits earning him the New Zealand Horse of the Year title, as well as Champion Three-Year-Old and Champion Stayer at last year’s NZ Thoroughbred Racing Awards.

His achievements were part of a stellar season for the Cambridge training centre and at the Cambridge Jockey Club’s annual function he was rewarded with awards for each of his three Group One wins as well as being named Champion Three-Year-Old and Cambridge Horse Of The Year.

Following his Caulfield Cup victory last October, he was accorded a Timeform Rating of 126 with only Winx achieving a higher rating in the 2016 four-year-old category.

“With his speed and ability to run fast sectionals Mongolian Khan ranks with the best racehorses I have trained, as his outstanding record would suggest,” said Baker. “He’s got the looks and was a very sound racehorse who was blessed with a great action.”

Mongolian Khan provided numerous highlights during his racing career for Rider Horse chairman and CEO Lang Lin and he will be rewarded with loyal support from the Chinese businessman and passionate racing enthusiast.

“The really exciting thing is he (Mr Lang Lin) is looking to buy at least 10 K1 mares within the next few months to support him,” said Schick. “The investment that the Rider (Horse) group has made into New Zealand is unbelievable.”

A half-brother to the Gr. 1 Wellington Cup winner Young Centaur, Mongolian Khan is from Centaine’s daughter Centafit and will stand at $10,000 plus GST. “I think he will be very competitive at that fee,” said Schick.