Sir Patrick Hogan, the powerhouse behind the world-leading Cambridge Stud thoroughbred horse breeding operation, has died.
What Happened to Sir Patrick Hogan?
Hogan, who had been in ill health for some time, has been widely hailed as the most influential personality in New Zealand racing for four decades.
Cambridge Stud Posted the News on Social Media
The news of Sir Patrick Hogan’s passing leaves all of us with a great sense of sadness. We consider it an honor to be allowed to continue the name Cambridge Stud that Sir Patrick and Justine, Lady Hogan developed into an NZ icon for over 40 years.
The news of Sir Patrick Hogan's passing leaves all of us with a great sense of sadness.
We consider it an honour to be allowed to continue the name Cambridge Stud that Sir Patrick and Justine, Lady Hogan developed into an NZ icon for over 40 years.
Brendan & Jo Lindsay pic.twitter.com/rMYHLctGtw
— Cambridge Stud (@CambridgeStud) January 6, 2023
Sir Patrick’s Cause of Death
Kiwi horse racing and thoroughbred breeding icon Sir Patrick Hogan has died, aged 83. Sir Patrick was survived by his wife Justine and their two daughters. The cause of death is yet to be confirmed.
In order to learn more about Sir Patrick’s death, we are attempting to get in touch with his friends and family. This section will be updated as soon as we learn any new information regarding the tragic event that brought many people to tears.
Who was Sir Patrick Hogan?
Sir Patrick Born 23 October 1939, the son of an Irish immigrant, Sir Patrick had dropped out of school by the time he was 15 to work on the family’s Waikato farm.
The 83-year-old was considered one of the world’s finest horse breeders and stud masters.
In the 1960s, he joined his father and brother at the Fen Court Stud to work in the horse breeding sector. The business suffered a setback when five of the horses died within a year.
In the early 1970s, the brothers decided to separate, with Sir Patrick borrowing money to purchase acreage that would later become the Cambridge Stud. In 1975, he bought a gruff Irish horse sight unseen but with potential in his bloodline, despite all advice and with borrowed money, he made his fame and fortune.
Sir Tristram didn’t amount to much on the racetrack, but he sired a record number of winners. Affectionately known as ‘Paddy’, the stallion held a special place in Sir Patrick’s heart and transformed him from a battler to a multi-millionaire.
Sir Tristam died in 1997 aged 26, his place as leading stallion filled by his son, the equally-famous Zabeel.
Sir Patrick horse-trading
Patrick was a fierce competitor who treated the horse trade as a brash marketer. He was the first to issue horse guarantees, and he once had to pay out on a $1 million yearling.
Cambridge Stud had been the biggest vendor in the national yearling sales for 26 years by 2007, and its owner had multiple times been voted New Zealand Breeder of the Year.
He was knighted in 1999 for his contributions to thoroughbred breeding and racing, and in 2005 he became the first horse breeder to be inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
The following year, the New Zealand racing industry made him its inaugural inductee into its Hall of Fame. In January 2015 Sir Patrick was at the Karaka yearling sales, where he paraded the last of the offspring from one of New Zealand’s most successful stallions, Zabeel.
Leading Vendor in the Market
Sir Patrick led the colt around the ring in front of a packed pavilion, according to Bloodstock NZ sales manager Danny Roulston. According to Peter Vela, owner of Pencarrow Stud in Waikato, he had a significant impact.
He stated that the fact that Sir Patrick was the main dealer at the National Yearling . The Sales for roughly 30 years demonstrated his success and influence.
Former Racing Minister Winston Peters described Sir Patrick as a true racing giant . He took huge risks to become a world specialist in racehorse breeding.
Following an unsuccessful buying tour to the United States and Europe, Hogan went home and chose to purchase Sir Tristram, an Irish-bred horse that finished 11th in the 1974 Kentucky Derby, sight unseen for $160,000.
New Zealand Bloodstock and the entire thoroughbred industry mourn the loss of legendary breeder Sir Patrick Hogan. We would like to express our sincere condolences to Lady Justine and the Hogan family. Sir Patrick was a true icon of our industry and his legacy will last forever. pic.twitter.com/milgFYeq4c
— New Zealand Bloodstock (@KarakaChat) January 6, 2023
Sir Patrick Hogan Wife
In 1962, Sir Patrick Hogan married Justine Alice Heath, the daughter of William and Phyllis Heath. They have had two daughters.
Sir Patrick Hogan Net Worth
Sir Patrick Hogan and his wife, Lady Justine, sold Cambridge Stud in 2017, they were worth $175 million, according to the National Business Review’s annual rich list, but their true value to New Zealand racing was inestimable.