Hume on Highway to Brisbane Cup

Zabeel followed up Zabeelionaire’s G1 South Australian Derby last week with a G3 courtesy of Hume in the Chairman’s Stakes (2000m) at Doomben.

Hume (8g Zabeel – Lolette) has lost none of his zest for racing despite looking down the barrel of his ninth birthday. The Brian Smith trained gelding finished powerfully to score by three-quarters-of-a-length from fellow Zabeel gelding Ironstein. It was his first win since the 2009 G3 Tatt’s Cup at Eagle Farm.

Bred by Tim Bodle, Hamilton Stud and Tesio Bloodstock Services, Hume was purchased by Rogerson Bloodstock from Whakanui Stud at NZB’s 2005 Karaka Premier Sale for $400,000.

Hume was later sold for $22,000 as part of the Team Williams reduction sale in January 2011.

Smith says he will delay a decision on whether Hume will tackle the G2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 9. “I’m just go glad the owners have been very patient with him,” Smith said. “I’ve never lost faith in him and I begged his owners to give him another go.”

Zabeel has had a successful week in Australia with his three-year-old son Zabeelionaire (NZ) winning the G1 South Australian Derby last Saturday. He is also the sire of G1 winner Lights of Heaven who ran a brilliant second to Shez Sinsational in the G2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) last weekend on the Gold Coast.

Zabeel (Sir Tristram) is the damsire of five G1 winners this season alone including outstanding fillies Atlantic Jewel and Silent Achiever. He heads both the NZ and Australian Broodmare sires’ premierships this season.