Efficient: the Melbourne Cup winner is by leading New Zealand sire ZabeelPICTURE: Getty Images
Zabeel closing in on New Zealand sires' record
TOP stallion Zabeel is closing in on the stakes record of his sire Sir Tristram.
Rainbow Styling's victory in the Listed Tattersalls Club Cup at Randwick took Zabeel's individual stakes winners to 124, just six short of Sir Tristram.
Zabeel stands at New Zealand's celebrated Cambridge Stud, which was also the home of his benchmark sire.
Among Zabeel's stakes winners are 39 individual Group 1 winners including champions Octagonal and Might And Power, one of his three Melbourne Cup winners. The others are Jezabeel and Efficient.
Sir Tristram sired 45 individual Group 1 winners, a world record at the time of his death in 1997.
In 2006, Zabeel's stud career was threatened when he suffered fertility problems early in the season but he recovered and is still active.
Cambridge Stud proprietor Sir Patrick Hogan did not race Zabeel but bought him as the heir apparent to Sir Tristram.
Sir Patrick will offer 22 Zabeel yearlings at the Premier sale in New Zealand later this month.
Zabeel's sire sons include the unbeaten Reset, Cox Plate winner Savabeel and Octagonal, who in turn produced Lonhro whose progeny are producing the goods on the racetrack.
Among Lonhro's sons is Denman, winner of the 2009 Group 1 Golden Rose.