Sir Patrick in Melbourne for Special Award

19 Oct 2010

Sir Patrick HoganSir Patrick Hogan is in Melbourne this evening to accept the Kingston Town Greatness Award, at the Tatts Cox Plate Ball.

The award is to be bestowed to Cambridge Stud sire Zabeel (NZ) (Sir Tristram), in recognition of his dominant Record in the Gr.1 WS Cox Plate.

Zabeel (NZ) is the greatest ever sire of Gr.1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) winners.  His four winners comprise: Octagonal (NZ) (1995), Might and Power (NZ) (1998), Savabeel (2004) and Maldivian (NZ) (2008). 

Speaking to NZTM from Melbourne this morning, Sir Patrick Hogan was thrilled at the recognition that Zabeel (NZ) is poised to receive.

“It is a huge honour for him to win any award in Australia and it is great to be recognised by the Moonee Valley Racing Club,” explained Hogan.

“It is very, very special to be recognized in Australia and a huge honour for the NZ-breeding industry, myself and Cambridge Stud.

The Kingston Town Greatness Award is awarded by the Moonee Valley Racing Club to those who have excelled in the Gr.1 WS Cox Plate. The inaugural award (2001) was presented to Bonecrusher (NZ) (Pag-Asa) who defeated (Our) Waverley Star (NZ) (Star Way) in the 1982 edition of the race, regarded by many as its greatest ever. Champion mare Sunline (NZ) (Desert Sun) has also received the award, in recognition of her dominant wins in 1999 and 2000.

Tommy Smith, Bill Collins, Darby Munro, Brent Thomson, Bryan Martin, and Bart Cummings have also received the accolade.

The 2010 award will be added to Zabeel’s extensive collection.  To this end he is twice Champion Australian Sire, twice Champion Australian Sire (AEI), 14 times The Dewar Award (Aust. & NZ figures combined) recipient, and four times Champion New Zealand Sire.

Story courtesy of New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing