Roc De Cambes retires to The Oaks Stud

Japanese G2 winner Roc De Cambes will cover his first book of mares at The Oaks Stud in New Zealand this year.  

Roc De Cambes (5h Red Ransom – Fairy Lights by Fairy King) was bred and raised at The Oaks in Cambridge and was sold to Shadai Stud’s Katsumi Yoshida for $130,000 at the 2006 Inglis Easter yearling sale.

Trained by Noriyuki Hori, he won 4 races from 1800m to 2200m including the Listed Radio Nikkei Sho at Fukushima.  He was also fourth home in the G1 Arima Kinen won by Matsurida Gogh in December 2007.

“I followed Roc de Cambes with great interest and when Mr Yoshida made us the offer to stand him we gratefully accepted,” The Oaks Stud manager Rick Williams said.  “He appeals as a horse capable of leaving early maturing stayers that can target the Oaks and Derbies and then progress to the cups as older horses.”

Roc de Cambes is one of several Red Ransom sires retiring to stud this year following Charge Forward’s great start at Arrowfield.  Others include Duporth (Kitchwin Hills), All American (Arrowfield), Onemorenomore (Vinery) and Red Element (Glenlogan Pk).

The Japanese stakes winner is a half-brother to five winners including G2 Wellington & Hawkes Bay Guineas winner Keyora (Bachelor Duke).  Another half-brother (Our) Roman Chariot (Faltaat) was runner-up to Wahid in the 2006 G1 New Zealand Derby.

His Irish bred dam Fairy Lights is a half-sister to Canadian G2 winner Moon Solitaire (Night Shift), English G3 winner Germano (Generous), French Listed winner Fantastic Bid (Auction Ring) and USA Listed winner Fantastic Don (Sovereign Dancer).

Her second dam Gaily (Sir Gaylord) was a G1 winner of the Irish 1000 Guineas and third dam Spearfish (Fleet Nasrullah) won the G1 Hollywood Oaks.

Roc De Cambes will commence stud duties at a fee of NZ$7,000.  The Oaks Stud roster for 2010 includes Sakhee’s Secret, Bachelor Duke, Spartacus, Keeninsky and Darci Brahma.