A great weekend for Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan

Able One (NZ)

Able One (NZ)
Jessicabeel (NZ)

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Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan
Cambridge Stud's champion stallion Zabeel recorded his 41st Group One winner when Jessicabeel (ex More Diamonds) won the Group One Sydney Cup last weekend.

And he is now only four winners short of the lifetime tally of 45 Group One winners held by his father Sir Tristram. Already this autumn he has surpassed the number of black type winners his sire had sired, with the earlier successes of Zabrasive, Brother Mak and Jessicabeel.

By all accounts it was a pretty good weekend according to Cambridge Stud's owner Sir Patrick Hogan as he and Justine Lady Hogan not only bred Jessicabeel, but also Able One (Cape Cross-Gardenia), the winner of the Group One Hong Kong Champions Mile.

"We haven't had a big weekend like that for a while, and it just tops off what has been a fantastic season for Zabeel, not only on the race tracks but at the sales too, so there will be plenty more to come. He is improving with age.

"At the yearling sales at Karaka this year the buyers thought that the quality of the draft of Zabeel horses, both in my draft and others, was one of the best they had seen since Zabeel has been in business," he added.

And the statistics certainly support that. Zabeel's aggregate at Karaka was $12,945,000 for the 41 yearlings sold. He was represented by the top lot of the sale in the $2million colt out of Diamond Like (Danehill- Tristalove) and his average was $315.732.

As well, at the Sydney yearling sales, his daughter out of Gin Player was knocked down for a cool $A1.3million, and the ten yearlings that sold there averaged $A315,000.

Zabeel is currently leading the stallion premierships for both the Dewar Award (Australia and New Zealand with over $6million in earnings) and the Centaine Award with in excess of $8million.

Jessicabeel is out of the Straight Strike mare More Diamonds, a winner of two races in Australia. She is owned by Mrs Jan Moody, and her son Peter Moody was instrumental in organising the mating.

"I was approached by Peter Moody about a foal share with Zabeel and the mare More Diamonds who was over here at the time. We bred the filly together and she went to the Premier Sale in 2006 and was purchased by Peter's good friend John O'Shea for $220,000.

"He (O'Shea) has done a wonderful job with the mare and she fully deserved her group one win and I am sure she will carry on."

More Diamonds has since returned to Australia and hasn't yet produced another foal.
Her Van Nistelrooy colt, also bred while she was in New Zealand, has won four races in Hong Kong.

And the news coming out of Hong Kong at the weekend was equally as gratifying for the team at Cambridge Stud.

"We were delighted with the performance of Able One. He is a good horse and has been a great galloper. It was a good performance and a slashing race with a great time for a mile," he enthused.

"It's a pretty good effort to come back as a seven-year-old and win this race again after first winning it in 2007. He is another that Justine and I bred from Gardenia (Danehill-Cladagh), a mare we bred as well, from a mare I purchased at the Ra Ora dispersal sale all those years ago," he added.

Gardenia has also left Florilegium (Cape Cross), a listed winner of five races. Her Lucky Unicorn colt was bought this year at the Premier Yearling Sales by John Chalmers for $46,000. She has a One Cool Cat weanling, but is not currently in foal.

This is the family of A Little Kiss who won a Flight Stakes and a Queensland Oaks at Group One level, and of the Victoria Derby winner Rebel Raider.

- Michelle Saba


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