A 27-year-old Thoroughbred stallion standing in New Zealand has won his pension as announced by Cambridge Stud recently and published by the Paulick Report on Dec. 16. Champion stallion Zabeel has been diagnosed with declining fertility and has earned the green pasture of a pension stud horse.
Zabeel has spent his entire life at Cambridge. That is perhaps the best possible way to spend your life if you are a Thoroughbred. During his breeding career, Zabeel followed his own sire, Sir Tristram, into the breeding shed.
The horse ran in a total of 19 races. He won 7, placed second in one and placed third in four. He earned a total of A$1,138,400.
The stallion Zabeel sired 100 individual group winners. He also has 43 Group I winners. Zabeel has three winning horses of the Melbourne Cup and four of his get are Cox Plate winners.
He stood to 30 mares this season and none is in foal. This fact spelled out that Thoroughbred sire Zabeel would be pensioned.
Sir Patrick Hogan of Cambridge Stud spoke earlier with the media. He tells the press that Zabeel remains both mentally and physically fit. He looks and feels great and it was impossible to tell that his fertility had fallen off.
Hogan says, “It’s the end of an era and what a ride it’s been for Cambridge Stud.”
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