Wellington Cup a first for Zabeel

Six O’Clock News (NZ) continued a remarkable form turnaround with a big win in the G2 Wellington Cup (2400m) at Trentham on Saturday.

The Zabeel gelding had gone nearly two years without saluting the judge before breaking the drought in the Trentham Stakes on January 21.  He buttered up within seven days to win the Cup running away by a length from 2011 Wellington Cup winner Spiro (Pyrus).

Six O’Clock News is trained by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young and the victory continued the stable’s top season having won last year’s G1 Victoria Derby with Karaka graduate Sangster (Savabeel).

Bred by the Bax family and Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan, Six O’Clock News was purchased by Stuart Hale from Blandford Lodge at NZ Bloodstock’s 2006 Ready to Run Sale for $110,000. The seven-year-old has won 8 of his 50 starts for over $520,000 in stakes.

Six O’Clock News gave Zabeel his first win in the Wellington Cup.  He is sire of 41 individual Group 1 winners and the dam-sire of 16 Group 1 winners.  The Cambridge Stud champion currently leads the NZ and Australian broodmare premiership.  He has 32 entries at Karaka 2012.