Star Turn for Zabeel in Queensland Cup

Turner Bayou became the 147th black-type winner by Zabeel when he took out the LR Queensland Cup (3200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Zabeel is putting a gap on his own sire Sir Tristram who was represented by 140 stakes winners.  But Sir Tristram is still ahead 45 to 43 on the Group 1 list.

Turner Bayou (4g Zabeel – Classy Choice by Redoute’s Choice) continued the excellent Queensland winter carnival for the Cambridge Stud champion.  Zabeel filly Gondokoro provided the highlight in the G1 Queensland Oaks.

“He’s still a big raw horse who is learning what it’s all about,” trainer Patrick Payne said.  “I was confident because the wet track made it more of a staying contest and that’s his go.”

Payne said the gelding will be spelled and then aimed at the 2014 Adelaide Cup.

Bred by Monovale Holdings, Turner Bayou is from a winning half-sister to G1 winning mare Devil Moon.  He was purchased for $160,000 at the 2010 NZB Ready To Run 2YO Sale and has now earned prizemoney of $230,800.

Zabeel is rising 27 and will serve a select group of mares at Cambridge Stud this year.