With the passing of any Stallion, the industry soon bemoans that loss as a collective force. Although ZEBEDEE, did not fulfill on the promise of a plethora of Stakes winning 2yo’s in his first crop like he did in Europe, he has certainly started to deliver with his second crop of youngsters.
ECUMENICAL by Zebedee and from Amalgamate (by Zenno Rob Roy) delivered his sire with his 1st Southern Hemisphere Stakes Winner in the Listed Dequettville Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville on Saturday the 4th April. Trained by the ever-young Mick Huxtable, the grey filly looked beaten as the field of youngsters charge into the home straight. However, the further the race went the bigger her stride became and the win by .3 lengths to the $380,000 Zoustar filly was retrospectively very soft.
“Geez that Mick Huxtable can get them to win, when it counts!” enthused Sam Hayes “Furthermore, I am delighted for Perry Gunner and David Wagner that bred ECUMENICAL. They have always supported Cornerstone and this is just rewards for their passion and investment.”
Sadly, Cornerstone said goodbye to their beautiful, grey stallion ZEBEDEE on Thursday 17th October and has been laid to rest alongside HUSSONET in the grounds of iconic Stud.
“Although he didn’t replicate his Northern Hemisphere exploits as a source of precocious speed, I can categorically say his statistics probably paint the Stallion in a much healthy light when compared to some other 2nd season stallions“. Sam said retrospectively.
As a point of interest, with ZEBEDEE siring a 2yo Stakes winner this season he moves ahead of DEEP FIELD, SPIRIT OF BOOM and ZOUSTAR, who have all failed to produce a Stake winning son or daughter from their ’17 crop that averaged $103,000, $95,000 and $261,000 in 2019. ZEBEDEE averaged $25,000 and with 13 individual winners is one ahead of PUISSANCE DE LUNE and two ahead of SIDESTEP in the 2nd Season Sire Tables by winners.
ZEBEDEE, an 11yo son of INVINCIBLE SPIRIT leaves behind a legacy of 300 individual winners and 10 Stakes Winners that include Coolmore’s exciting 2nd season sire IVAWOOD that arose from a 1st NH crop of 32 individual 2yo winners.
“I am extremely grateful for the support that ZEBEDEE received from breeders both here in South Australia and also across the country since his arrival in 2015 from Tally Ho Stud in Ireland” said Sam Hayes. “Zebedee was a beautiful stallion, with a wonderful character and placid demeanour. He was a farm favourite and his early departure has certainly been felt by those that worked alongside him on a daily basis.”