We were delighted to secure lot 224, a Tavistock colt out of the Zabeel mare Zeranti. Identified as a Classic type, he represented excellent value at NZ$200,000. He is an impeccable physical specimen and a full brother to class three-year-old The Irishman who was recently stakes placed and subsequently sold to Hong Kong. We look forward to having him in our stable. 

Derby colt bred on the magic Tavistock/Zabeel cross and a brother to The
Irishman. Purchased for NZ$200,000 from Cambridge Stud’s Karaka Book 1 draft
to be trained by Peter and Paul Snowden.

The second to last crop of yearlings by proven Derby sire Tavistock were the highest on our list of target horses to buy from the 2021 Karaka Yearling Sale. The addition of this colt to Snowden Racing gives a lovely spread to gain wins in some feature races for quite a few years to come.

Purchased from the leading nursery at Cambridge Stud, this colt is out of the young Zabeel mare Zeranti. She has left one foal to race for one winner; on debut winner The Irishman (3YO) who is a full brother to this colt.

The Irishman has only raced on three occasions and was recently placed second in the Listed Uncle Remus Stakes over 1400 metres. He was set to run in the Karaka 3YO Millions during sale week but was sold just prior for a large offer from Hong Kong where he will continue his career after initially being purchased from this sale in 2019 for NZ$170,000.

This colt’s sire Tavistock has cemented himself as a dominant sire of Classic horses. He has a proven affinity when mated with Zabeel mares with the cross running at 17% stakes-winners/runners for colts. Group One winners bred on the same cross as this colt include 2020 VRC Derby winner Johnny Get Angry, Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther, Champion 3YO Colt in Australia Tarzino and Australasian Oaks winner Toffee Tongue.

Prominent owners Think Big Stud are among the owners who have already signed up to race this colt. So, with limited ownership opportunities remaining,contact Colum ASAP to avoid disappointment.

“When it comes proven matings, you can’t fault the cross of Tavistock over Zabeel mares. The results are truly phenomenal and with a strike rate of 17% stakes-winners/runners for colts, we were determined to secure this colt.”


Colum Mc Cullagh | Racing Manager
Snowden Racing
M: +61 497 214 886