Zabeel, Danehill look a truly exciting pedigree duplication

Racingdom could be soon be confronted with a dynamic new breeding nick involving the outstanding sires Danehill and Zabeel.

Zabeel (Sir Tristram—Lady Giselle, by Nureyev) has dominated the New Zealand thoroughbred stallion premiership for the past few years from his Cambridge Stud base.

Danehill (Danzig—Razyana, by His Majesty) shuttles between the Coolmore Stud headquarters in Ireland and New South Wales. Apart from two terms when headed by Zabeel, Danehill has a firm grip on the Australian premiership.

The two stallion greats have a very strong compatibility where their respective bloodlines are concerned. Danehill’s great equine power is the fact that he carries all-conquering Northern Dancer and his half sister Spring Adieu.

These days pedigrees are tending to become cluttered with Northern Dancer lines. In many instances this factor can downgrade racing performances and can lead to plodding colts.

But Danehill can contain this irregularity with his Spring Adieu presence. Zabeel has a Northern Dancer son Nureyev in his family tree and this blends splendidly with Danehill’s genetic constitution.

The Zabeel-Danehill cross also embraces five Mahmoud lines, seven Selene factors (she’s Hyperion’s dam) and Plucky Liege (four times).

There are all-male Nearco lines in the nick but this is a minority factor and well back in the notation. It presents no problem in linebreeding lore.

At this stage both Zabeel and Danehill are only in their formative years as dam sires and their nick doesn’t appear to have many representatives as yet.

Wait for just a few years and some miracle performers carrying the duplication could be headline grabbers.

What’s brought about this interest in the potential carried by Zabeel meeting Danehill in pedigrees?

A Danehill mare, five-year-old Emerald Dream (ex Theme Song by Sackford from Cotehele House) is having a great run in New Zealand. Recently she scored her fourth consecutive win for the season in the listed weight-for-age 1600m Great Northern Challenge Stakes at Ellerslie. She is in foal to Zabeel.

Australian bred, she was a Sydney Easter yearling purchase in the Coolmore consignment. She was subsequently bought privately by the Carter brothers All Black Mark and John and their sister Rachael from Auckland.

Emerald Dream is beautifully related, being a sister to Danewin, the Australian champion three-year-old for 1994-1995.

Her dam unraced Cotehele House reads equally well being a half sister to the all-conquering Octagonal, Mouawad and Kaapstad. This means she claims the international broodmare of the year Eight Carat (Pieces Of Eight-Klairessa, by Klairon) as her grandam.

The Zabeel-Emerald Dream union carries the one-and-only, the all-conquering triumvirate involving Royal Charger (twice), his sister Tessa Gillian and additional lines involving Nasrullah, who is a half brother to their dam Sun Princess.

In addition there are all those attributes from a Zabeel/Danehill mating mentioned earlier.

There is one all-male duplication with Turn-Turn carried through sons in the Emerald Dream foal in the fifth and sixth removes. A few years ago the purists in the game would seriously view this as a risk.

That’s not the case as the Turn-to factor would be swamped by other desirable duplications in the union.

The Carters have experienced a most encouraging innings on the racetrack with their charge, who has annexed over $110,000 in earnings from six wins and 10 placings from 21 appearances.

The successful trainer is Murray Baker, who has made a most exciting transfer from his old Woodville base to Cambridge last season. A former first class cricketer and publican, he has taken no time to return to racing’s big time.

Emerald Dream may have made an impact as a racemare but the income as a breeding propostition looks even more exciting. Her Zabeel foal, boasting Danehill as the damsire, and with the great Tessa Gillian tail female line could be a million dollar proposition, all things being equal.