Four-time Group 1 winner Preferment to join Brighthill roster
The son of Zabeel landed the Victorian Derby and The BMW
New Zealand breeders have gained access to a new son of champion sire Zabeel in the shape of four-time Group 1 hero Preferment, who has been secured to stand at Brighthill Farm.
"We'd been on the look-out for a stallion since Azamour died, but we were determined to sit it out if necessary to find the right one," said Brighthill Farm owner-manager Nick King.
"Preferment fits all our criteria - he was a spectacular racehorse and it's highly likely that he's the last Derby-winning son of the great Zabeel. He's a very tidy, athletic type and being a four-time Group 1 winner says it all. He was a champion Australian stayer and his record, combined with his pedigree, speaks for itself."
Trained by Chris Waller throughout his 29-race career, Preferment broke his maiden in the 2014 running of the Group 1 Victorian Derby during a three-year-old campaign that also included a runner-up effort in the Rosehill Guineas.
At four he went on to claim the Group 2 Hill Stakes before recording further top-level successes in the Turnbull Stakes, the Australian Cup and The BMW.
Waller picked up the son of Zabeel from the Cambridge Stud draft at the 2013 Premier Sale at Karaka for NZ$190,000. Out of the winning Flying Spur mare Better Alternative, Preferment is a brother to Group 3 scorer Rezoned and features Group 2 winner Ancient Song in his pedigree.
Zabeel, who died at the age of 29 at Cambridge Stud in 2015, has exerted a significant impact on the southern hemisphere breed, with the likes of Cox Plate hero Savabeel, Melbourne Cup scorers Might And Power, Efficent and Jezabeel among a host of his top-class performers.
Preferment will stand at a fee of NZ$12,500, with shares also available in the farm's new recruit.