Sep 30, 2015

The breeding industry was in mourning last week with the news that Champion New Zealand stallion ZABEEL (pictured below) had passed away in his paddock at Cambridge Stud New Zealand aged 29.

Zabeel was a Group 1-winning son of Sir Tristram and was trained by Colin and later David Hayes for Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Zabeel won seven of his 19 starts including the G1 VRC Australian Guineas and the G2 Craiglee Stakes during a three-season career where he amassed $1.1 million in prizemoney.

As talented as he was on the racetrack, no one would have imagined the legacy which Zabeel would leave in the breeding barn. Zabeel stood at Cambridge Stud from 1991 and amassed an astonishing 44 Group One winners throughout his career. His Group One winners included the Melbourne Cup trio of Might And Power, Jezabeel and Efficient. Might And Power (pictured below) also won the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate, and the latter race was also claimed by the Zabeel progeny Octagonal, Savabeel and Maldivian.

Zabeel was laid to rest alongside his champion sire Sir Tristram at Cambridge Stud. As it stands, Sir Tristram has 45 Group 1 winners to his name, one more than his champion son Zabeel.

It will be interesting to see whether Zabeel can equal or surpass his old man's record over the coming years with his final crop of foals just hitting the racetrack.

JWR is hoping that expensive Zabeel x Star Jasmine filly ZASORCERESS (pictured below as a yearling) can measure up to Group 1 races in the coming years and help Zabeel eclipse his father. Zasorceress was purchased from the Pencarrow Draft at the 2014 Karaka Sale for $320,000 being the highest priced Zabeel filly at the Sale. 

Zasorercess heads to Ballarat today for her second career start. She was excellent on debut (a fast finishing 4th) and has taken good improvement going into today's 3yo fillies race over 1600m.

"She will be having a light spring campaign. We will see how she goes today and then decide whether she has one more run or heads to the paddock. We are not going to see the best of her this spring..she is still a little immature and like all the good Zabeels, she will just keep improving with time".

"She is going to be a serious filly next time in. I have already got one eye on the Autumn carnival so I don't want to bottom her out this spring. Races like the Vinery Stakes and AJC Oaks will be high on the agenda" said Warren.