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Efficient: one of 41 Group 1 winners by leading Australasian sire Zabeel

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Zabeel lands New Zealand Centaine Award

AUSTRALASIAN champion sire Zabeel has been announced as the winner of the Centaine Award for the 2009/10 season.

The Centaine Award is based on the sire whose New Zealand-conceived progeny accumulate the highest stakes earnings worldwide in a season. Progeny of Zabeel stalwart earned NZ$10,161,878 (£4,652,283/€5,602,349) in stakes earnings during the past season, placing the Cambridge Stud stalwart NZ$76,337 ahead of last year's winner O'Reilly.

Patrick Hogan of Cambridge Stud told New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing: "Zabeel's shareholders and I are delighted that his name will be on The Centaine Award.

"He does not have a lot of time left and he deserves to be on the Award, through the sheer fact that he has been distinguished on so many other awards in Australia and New Zealand."

Zabeel, a 24-year-old son of Sir Tristram, has sired 41 Group 1 winners worldwide during his stud career to date including former European shuttlers Octagonal and Reset. Not only has he been tiwce champion sire in Australia and four times in New Zealand, but he has also won the Dewar Award (combined Australian/New Zealand earnings) a record 14 times.

He will stand the 2010/11 season for NZ$100,000 (£45,787/€55,117).

Irish shuttler High Chaparral finished fifth on the list on NZ$7,124,129 (£3,260,591/€3,924,065) while his Coolmore stud-mate Montjeu wound up in eighth on NZ$5,468,687 (£2,502,924/€3,012,225).





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