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Zabeel – taken a month before his passing. (photo by TBL)

∞Zabeel: Sire of 46 G.1 winners…it is indeed exhausting to go into his far-reaching achievements: hail the great Zabeel, as conduit breeder and Australasian sire of sires.


Long years back, through a breeding forum, TBL commented to Zabeel’s impact of his female breeding to the double dosage – French sire Sunny Boy (Jock – Fille de Soleil ex- Solario) as assigned, ff 16-a.

The vital ‘yesteryear’ breeding that brings forth, many a quality pedigree.

…how favorable it is: when double maternal infusion (via sire) to the generations going forward, paves the gold.

While opinions today favour high-quality sires – to only maintain the ‘might’ of sire attributes, it follows where familial breeding principle complements and indicates a robust individual. The genetic parcel is firmly packed and ready to open.

It is saying of a Stallion: He, is the SON of his Dam – Zabeel’s sire, Sir Tristram via the regal Selene line, TBL prior discussed and reinforced her through Catalyst – the shimmer of SELENE to the deeper Conduit, of essential Difference – Part one

The sire line Sir Tristram – Sir Ivor – Sir Gaylord – Turn To – Royal Charger to Solario tags many a superior pedigree and notably where Habitat (Sir Gaylord) also forcibly stamps.

– Interestingly Habitat’s dam line through 3rd dam grand-sire Swynford (from Canterbury Pilgrim) Pilgrimmage by The Palmer (f.f. 5-i). Once again, genotype, prototype has its strains defining …. Conduit, of essential Difference – Part one

“With the death of Europe’s finest stallion, Habitat and pensioning off from stud duties the North American wonder, Northern Dancer, New Zealand may now make claim to having the world’s best living, active thoroughbred stallion” Tony Arrold credit reference Give a Man A Horse – by Dianne Haworth

Whilst on Habitat, his broodmare sire Occupy, 2nd dam sire North Star and hello folks, here we are again – North Stars’s sire Sunstar sired by SUNDRIDGE.

Factoring Sundridge traits is phenomenal and TBL painstakingly cites over n’ over…that it ALL WORKS above speed, stamina towards a prototype of horse: the prototype combination of genotype/phenotype which delivers the extraordinaire.

“Champion horses invariably look similar in conformation” – Bart Cummings

Master the prototype by reading Conduits.

Zabeel’s dam Lady Giselle, her 3rd dam by the great DERNA by Sunny Boy. His dam Fille de Soleil → Solario → SUNDRIDGE. The broodmare sire Sansovina (Sywnford etc.) he from the same female family 6-e, as belonging to Selene/Gondolette

Zabeel’s broodmare sire – Nureyev note 2x Hyperion/Selene which impacts so strongly to the very special elite dam, Special: Sadlers Wells. (n.b. Special…. keys to upcoming, exciting sire Tarzino (NZ) which TBL shall explore further & update Back to the Future with Tarzino (NZ)

However, moving on 2020…..the conduit impact. Take note when as broodmare sire the New Zealand’s Waikato stud sire Ocean Park (Thorn Park – ) 4 year old gelding, Kolding (NZ) a G1 winner Epsom Handicap 1600m and the mare Tofane, a G.3 winner.

And Catalyst (as above) at the Oaks stud, Darci Brahma (ex-Grand Echezeaux (Zabeel).

Chase along mares by Lonhro (Octagonal/Zabeel – Shadea same maternal as Catalyst) spinning those conduit factors – 64% winners to runners as broodmare sire.

Raising a glass to the future, there will be many more generations & Zabeel influences to appreciate and admire upon the New Zealand and Australian bloodstock industry.

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