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The loss of Kerry Hoggard is huge, and only outstripped by the legacy he has left – such an astute business mind, a wider intelligence, a passion for breeding and always willing to talk with the smallest players in the game like me, a small breeder up at the Auckland workouts to watch a yearling of mine he bought at the sales step out on to the track for the first time (that was Destination Moon).

His full contribution to the developments at Alexandra Park and to dragging harness racing into the modern era will only be seen a few years down the track. He was part of a team up there that I really admire for their ability to rise above the petty politics of racing and push new, innovative ideas through but with as much buy-in as they can get.

People still gripe about the tough racing at Alexandra Park, but in the end it is setting a standard we should be striving for – good racing, better stakes, and a well run operation that delivers fine entertainment.

Thank you, Kerry, for all you have done to help this industry mature and set its sights higher and wider.

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I was there last Sunday to see Destination Moon’s return to the race track. and a close up second in the workout. Also on course was his owner Kerry Hoggard, who says they are still interested in some of the big 3yo races for this horse. He was very pleased with the workout result, and yes, there is improvement from that. He’s looking well and keen.

Destination Moon heading out to track for workouts

Destination Moon heading out to track for workouts

This is a horse I bred that I have a lot of time for, partly because I think the pedigree match is a good one, but also because he has characteristics of Tintin In America. To be honest, that mare Zenterfold stamps the engine room and temperament of her foals to a large extent, and the sires just sort of line up behind with their own important contributions. That’s why I take a lot of care in choosing the sires. You can add to things or subtract from things. Never was good at maths at school but knew that much!

It is interesting how we focus on sire stamping rather than dam stamping.

The eye catcher of that workout heat was the winner White Nights, a 5yo Real Desire half sister to Lively Nights (7 wins), and both owner by C. Blackwell and trained by John/Josh Dickie. She ran on well from the back with Destination Moon off a relatively slow pace, so it was a sprint home in 28.9 and she tipped him over by a head.

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Destination Moon's first win - with owner Kerry Hoggard and driver Josh Dickie at Alexander park. Photo courtesy Trish Dunell

Destination Moon’s first win – with owner Kerry Hoggard and driver Josh Dickie at Alexander Park. Photo courtesy Trish Dunell

Four starts, for 1 win and 1 place, and racing mainly against older and more experienced horses – very nice debut. The second was to Freespin who went on to win the Thames Cup!

Bad news – “Duncan” is now out with a hairline fracture of his pastern, probably 3 months. So will miss the 2yo Sires Stakes. Darn! (UPDATE as at 30 August 2013 – it appears the injury may not be a hairline fracture after all, and he could be back in work earlier than expected).

Good news – Owner Kerry Hoggard and trainer Steven Reid are positive about full recovery, injury is not uncommon and heals well, especially in young horses. Steven says the time out will allow him time to grow and strengthen up. He likes him a lot and says he has ability to be up with the best of the 3yos when he comes back in.

Destination Moon is a 2yo colt I bred by Grinfromeartoear from Zenterfold more information here and here

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