zabeel vs danehill
zabeel vs danehill

Zabeel vs Danehill

(Photos : NZ Bloodstock / Summerhill Sires Brochure)

STATISTICS TELL A THOUSAND STORIES

We know this is an Aussie story, and holds little currency in South Africa. But this story has “moment”, and is well worth publishing.

Statistics tell a thousand stories, says Adrian Clark. It’s been well publicised that Zabeel clocked up his 40th individual Group One winner a couple of weekends back when Zabrasive (NZ) won the Darley Rosehill Guineas. So how does Zabeel’s record compare with the greatest stallion to have stood in the Southern Hemisphere in the last two decades, Danehill?

How do they measure up?

ACCOLADE

ZABEEL

DANEHILL

Group One winners

in Australia and New Zealand

37

41

Australian Horse of the Year title holders

3

Might and Power x2

Octagonal

Nil

Australian Stallion Premierships

2

9

W S Cox Plate Winners

4

Maldivian

Savabeel

Dane Ripper

Golden Slipper Winners

Nil

5

Ha Ha

Catbird

Merlene

Flying Spur

Danzera

Melbourne Cup Winners

3

Efficient

Jezabeel

Might and Power

Nil

EDITOR’S NOTE :

What’s clear, is that Danehill holds all the cards at the shorter trips, while Zabeel is the undisputed leader at a distance. But 9 Championships for Danehill, against 2 for Zabeel, is what really separates them. And Danehill was not around quite as long. His was an unfinished story.