12/16/2013 12:46PM

Leading Australian sire Zabeel pensioned

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Zabeel, a Group 1 winner and top sire in Australia and New Zealand, has been pensioned from stallion duty, RaceNet reports.

The 27-year-old son of prominent Australia and New Zealand sire Sir Tristram stood his entire stud career at Cambridge Stud in New Zealand, beginning in 1991. Zabeel has sired 20 crops of racing age, and was Australia’s leading sire in 1998 and 1999, as well as New Zealand’s leading sire six times. Additionally, he was New Zealand’s leading broodmare sire in 2012.

Among Zabeel’s group/graded stakes winners are two-time Australian Horse of the Year Might and Power; Octagonal, Australia’s 1996 Horse of the Year and a leading sire; Hong Kong’s 2007 Horse of the Year Subscribe; Australian champions Efficient, Mouawad, and Marlborough; New Zealand champion Jezabeel; and South African champion Greys Inn.

"It’s the end of an era, and what a ride it’s been for Cambridge Stud,” Sir Patrick Hogan of Cambridge Stud told RaceNet. "I could never have imagined what Sir Tristram was able to achieve, and pretty well immediately afterwards came Zabeel to take over the mantle. It’s been an amazing 33-year run.

“He’s been an extraordinary horse with three Melbourne Cup winners and four Cox Plate winners, and as a sire of sires he’s left a horse like Reset, who has produced a VRC Derby winner (Rebel Raider), a Caulfield Cup winner (Fawkner) and a Cox Plate winner (Pinker Pinker).”

On the racetrack, Zabeel’s most notable wins included the Group 1 Australian Guineas, and the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes, Craiglee Stakes, and Moonee Valley Stakes. He was campaigned during his racing career by Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum and trained by Colin Hayes and David Hayes.