Zabeel (NZ) still going strong at 26

Zabeel (NZ) is still as virile as ever despite his advancing years.  Organdy (Our Emblem) was the first mare mated to the Cambridge Stud champion this season and she was scanned in-foal on Thursday.

“That’s pretty good for a 26 year-old stallion,” stud boss Sir Patrick Hogan said.  “There’s not many stallions that are still serving at that age but he’s still going strong.”

Organdy is the dam of G1 Easter Handicap winner Time Keeper (Stravinsky).  “Zabeel has got another nice book ahead of him and he’s still doing the job on the racetrack with Precedence winning at Moonee Valley on Saturday and Zurella winning a G2 at Flemington the week before.”

Zabeel (Sir Tristram) claimed his 15th Dewar Stallion Trophy for the New Zealand stallion with the highest Australasian stakes earnings in 2011-12.

In the past 21 seasons, Zabeel has served 2583 mares at a fertility rate of 84%.  Heading a long list of his star performers are the champion (NZ) gallopers Octagonal, Might And Power, Vengeance Of Rain, Sky Heights, Efficient, Zonda, Mouawad, Greys Inn, Champagne, Fiumicino and Jezabeel.

Among his Group 1 winning sons standing at stud are Savabeel (NZ), Reset, Don Eduardo (NZ) and St Reims (NZ), while he is the broodmare sire of Atlantic Jewel, Samantha Miss, Ocean Park (NZ), Darci Brahma (NZ), Silent Achiever (NZ), Southern Speed (NZ), Headturner and Planet Rock.

Zabeel has sired 42 individual Group 1 winners of 83 Group 1 races while his tally of stakes winners sits at 142.