Dittman's sell Keep The Peace for a million

New Zealand-trained Group One winner Keep The Peace has been sold to American interests but will remain under the care of Cambridge trainer Shaun Ritchie for an autumn campaign in Australia.

Former champion jockey Mick Dittman, his son Luke and close friend Paul Bellingham have raced Keep The Peace, who has won five of her 13 starts including last season's G1 NZ Oaks at Trentham.

Ritchie said the Dittmans and their fellow owners will continue to race Keep The Pace in partnership with an American breeder who now owns the controlling interest in the mare.

Under the sale agreement Keep The Peace will stay with Ritchie for the remainder of her racing career.

The deal was brokered by a Queensland bloodstock agent and is reported to be worth more than $NZ1 million.

'”Nothing will change. She will race here and she will stay in the stable,” Ritchie told the Waikato TImes.

'I know the new owner is keen to get international black-type with her and they have promised me that she'll stay under my care till she finishes racing.'

Ritchie said he will be setting Keep The Pace for the Gr I Waikato Sprint at Te Rapa in February and the Gr I Otaki Classic before a Sydney autumn campaign.

This season Keep The Peace beat subsequent GI Emirates Stakes winner Wall Street in the GI Mudgway Partsworld Stakes at Hastings before placings in the GI Windsor Park Plate and GI Spring Classic.

She then went to Melbourne for one spring carnival start for a third the G2 Matriarch Stakes at Flemington.