Sir Patrick Hogan led the last Zabeel yearling through the sale ring to a standing ovation at Karaka on Monday.
The legendary Cambridge Stud stallion is responsible for ten $1 million yearlings at Karaka including the then record-priced $3.60 million colt Don Eduardo in 2000.
As the Zabeel – Organdy colt entered the auditorium, there were scenes reminiscent of the day Don Eduardo entered the record books. Parading as Lot 102, he was eventually knocked down for $160,000 to Marcus Corban Bloodstock.
“He is a lovely horse and responded beautifully,” Hogan said. “Once I was in the ring, it all came flooding back and felt very natural.
“It brought back lots of memories from when I used to lead each and every lot through the ring at Trentham and Karaka. Today was all about Zabeel and his success and it was a great chance to honour him.”
Zabeel (Sir Tristram) is 28 and was pensioned last year. He was mated with 7 mares in 2013 but none of them tested positive.