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The bay son of Sir Tristram from the Nureyev mare Lady Giselle, iconic New Zealand thoroughbred Zabeel has carved out a place in racing history, so it is fitting that he has now been immortalised in bronze.

Cambridge artist Nicola Lewis spent hundreds of hours sculpting the horse, completing the project just weeks before Zabeel died in September 2015.
During his 22 years at stud - from 1991 to 2013 - Zabeel sired more than 1,000 individual winners, producing an unprecedented 106 Group One winners and 44 individual group one winners, with his legacy surpassing even that of his own sire, Sir Tristram.
The finished product is a case of third time lucky for Nicola, who had two major setbacks during the project, which delayed completion by many months. “I was devastated when the first clay sculpture, which took me almost a year to craft, was destroyed by careless handling at the first foundry I employed. Hundreds more hours later, I nervously entrusted the second sculpture to a new foundry, which was also unable to complete the bronze; however this time the clay sculpture was intact.” The third time was the charm, and both Nicola and Sir Patrick are thrilled with the results.

“This bronze can stand alone, or alongside the sculpture of Sir Tristram that my father, renowned artist Rick Lewis, was commissioned to produce in 1984,” Nicola says.

Nicola Jain Collections has released a strictly limited edition of the bronze sculpture. Endorsed by Cambridge Stud’s Sir Patrick Hogan, the bronze is mounted on a black granite base accompanied by an engraved certificate, name badge and book.

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