Zabeel Stallion
Zabeel Stallion


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Sir Tristram - Lady Giselle by Nureyev

Zabeel (NZ), two-time champion sire in Australia and four times in his native New Zealand, has been pensioned from stud duty at Cambridge Stud due to declining fertility, it was announced yesterday.

Cambridge Stud’s Sir Patrick Hogan, who pioneered the stud career of both Zabeel and his champion sire, Sir Tristram, said: “It’s the end of an era, and what a ride it’s been for Cambridge Stud. I could never have imagined what Sir Tristram was able to achieve, and pretty well immediately afterwards came Zabeel to takeover the mantle - it’s been an amazing 33-year run.” Hogan continued, “He is enormously fit, both physically and mentally, and you wouldn’t pick there was anything wrong with him. He had 30 odd mares this season and when he came to the end of serving he hadn’t got any in foal, so he is officially retired. The fertility just hasn’t happened, but he’s a horse that’s not going to go away, and his progeny in New Zealand and Australia will continue to perform for many years to come.”

The 27-year-old is the sire of 100 group winners and 43 individual Group 1 winners, including Horse of the Year and 10-time Group 1 winner Octagonal (NZ), sire of champion racehorse and sire Lonhro (Aus); Vengeance of Rain (NZ), winner of the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic and a multiple Group 1 winner and earnings record holder in Hong Kong; and Might and Power (NZ), who counts victories in the G1 Melbourne Cup, G1 Cox Plate and G1 Caulfield Cup among his seven victories at the highest level. Zabeel was also responsible for Melbourne Cup winners Efficient (NZ) and Jezabeel (NZ), as well as four other Cox Plate winners.

He also excelled as a broodmare sire, siring the dams of 116 black-type winners and 22 individual Group 1 winners, including this year’s standouts Atlantic Jewel (Aus) and It’s A Dundeel (NZ), as well as the likes of Classic winner Darci Brahma (NZ), Cox Plate winner Ocean Park (NZ) and G1 VRC Oaks winner Samantha Miss (Aus).

He earned a pair of Broodmare Sire Championships in both Australia and New Zealand.

Zabeel’s legacy will also be carried on through his sire sons, which currently include Reset (Aus), the sire of G1 VRC Derby winner Rebel Raider (Aus), G1 Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker (Aus) and this year’s G1 Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner (Aus); and Savabeel (Aus), a Cox Plate winner who has sired triple Group 1 winner Sangster (NZ), dual Group 1 winner Scarlett Lady (NZ) and G1 Queensland Derby winner Brambles (NZ).

Zabeel was 15 times the recipient of the Dewar Stallion Trophy throughout his career. This award, presented by the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association, recognizes each year the New Zealand-based stallion whose progeny in both Australia and New Zealand earned the most prize money of the year. Zabeel has claimed that title more times than any other stallion - his own sire, Sir Tristram, is next in line, having received the award nine times.

Zabeel was also a standout on the racetrack. Owned by Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum and trained by Colin Hayes through his first two seasons and David Hayes at four, Zabeel won seven of 19 starts, his most important victory coming in the G1 Australian Guineas. He retired to Cambridge Stud in 1991, where he stood throughout his career. His 2013 fee was NZ$100,000 (US$82,574).

Extracts from Thoroughbred Daily News