Former Godolphin Australia managing director Henry Plumptre has been appointed chief executive of New Zealand’s famous Cambridge Stud.
Plumptre will take over when new owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay assume control of the stud from Sir Patrick Hogan in April.
He will oversee both the stud and the Lindsay Racing team.
“Henry Plumptre has overseen some exceptional achievements during his career,” Brendan Lindsay said.
“He has built world-class brands and brings vast international experience to this new role. Jo and I are delighted that he has agreed to be a key component of the new Cambridge Stud team next year.
“Having a man of Henry’s calibre at the day-to-day helm of Cambridge Stud is a huge vote of confidence in the future of the stud and his willingness to re-locate to New Zealand with his wife Michelle also speaks volumes about the reputation of our industry.”
Lindsay said Marcus Corban would remain in his role as general manager.
Hogan confirmed the sale of Cambridge to the New Zealand couple last week after fielding offers from overseas.
Plumptre said the opportunity to join the stud was one he relished.
“To oversee the future success of Cambridge Stud is a once in a lifetime opportunity and is one that I simply could not turn down,” he said.
“I have been involved in many international thoroughbred operations and there is no doubt in my mind that this role will be very rewarding. New Zealand may be small in size however its thoroughbred industry is magnificent in stature and Cambridge Stud has always been a pivotal part of that prominence.
“I will relish being involved in the writing of the next chapters of Cambridge Stud. April cannot come soon enough!”
Plumptre resigned his position at Godolphin after an inquiry into the non-reporting of a case of strangles in the stable which was then under former trainer John O’Shea.