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PREFERMENT - RAVE REVIEW (by Royal Academy)

PREFERMENT - RAVE REVIEW (by Royal Academy)

By Kristen Manning

Of the legendary Zabeel's sire sons, only the superstar Octagonal won more Gr.1 races than Preferment, the outstanding middle distance horse who retired to Brighthill Farm as the winner of five races - four at Gr.1 level!

A tough, classy and consistent member of the Chris Waller stable was city placed at two, the following season stamping himself as one of the country's best three-year-olds with a dominant VRC Derby victory.

At four he made the rare transition to weight-for-age, winning the Gr.2 Hill Stakes and the Gr.1 Turnbull Stakes in the spring and in the autumn the Gr.1 Australian Cup and the Gr.1 BMW. What a great record he headed to stud with, a prizemoney tally in excess of $3.4 million.

Preferment is one of the great Zabeel's 166 stakes winners and 47 Gr.1 winners. With progeny earnings in excess of a staggering $192 million, he is an all-time great stallion with his best including the great gallopers Octagonal, Mouawad, Might And Power, Jezabeel, Champagne, Vengeance Of Rain, Sky Heights and Efficient.

Testament to Preferment's ability is the fact that he is Zabeel's sixth highest prize money earner.

And it is most encouraging that Zabeel is a proven sire of sires with the likes of Savabeel, Don Eduardo, Colombia, Eighth Wonder, Greys Inn, Octagonal, Reset and Zed all siring Gr.1 winners.

Little wonder that Preferment has proven popular at stud and this filly hails from his first crop whose members are faring well in the sales ring, fetching up to $160,000.

Bred on the same Zabeel/Danehill cross as the big race winners Fawkner, Vengeance Of Rain, Levendi, Verry Elleegant, Shillelagh, Shadow Hero, Super Seth, Atyaab, Arcadia Queen, Regal Power, Aristia, Kementari, Pinot, Pierata, Hasahalo, Hall Of Fame, Pasadena Girl, Exosphere, Bounding, Benfica, Zabrasive, Kolding and Dizelle, Preferment is a full brother to the Gr.3 winner Rezoned from the family of the Group One sprinter Ancient Song.

This filly is a daughter of the lightly raced Rave Review, a two times sprint winner from just eight starts. By the July Cup and Breeders' Cup Mile winner Royal Academy (highly successful sire of 170 stakes winners and dam sire of a further 204 stakes winners; 19 Gr.1 winners including the champion stallion Fastnet Rock), she is already proving her worth at stud with her first foal being the Gr.3 placed multiple city winner Fire Jet... whilst one of her yet to race daughters by Dalghar is showing good promise with the Paul Jenkins stable.

Rave Review is one of nine winners (from 11 to race) for the Quest For Fame mare Wings Of Conquest who produced four black-type performers including the tough dual Gr.3 winner Coup Bloomsbury (12 wins and 21 placings from 66 starts) and the Gr.3 placed Like The Wind who has in turn produced two stakes placed metropolitan winners.

Wings Of Conquest is out of a half-sister to two Gr.1 winners, Nishapour and the outstanding stallion Nassipour whose 26 stakes winners include the star gallopers Let's Elope and Tie The Knot.

This is one of the world's most prolific families, this filly being a descendant of the famed matriarch Mumtaz Mahal... "the flying filly" whose descendants include such turf greats as Nasrullah, Mahmoud, Royal Charger, Shergar, Oh So Sharp, Kalamoun, Habibti and the southern hemisphere's most prolific broodmare of all time in Eight Carat.

With his strains of Mumtaz Mahal's descendants Badruddin, Nasrullah and Mahmoud it is not surprising that Zabeel has excelled with this family and Preferment's dam brings in even further strains via Mahmoud, Royal Charger, Nasrullah, Coeur Volant, Jambo and Nilo.

There are several other notable pedigree patterns with this filly including a 7 X 7 cross of another great mare in Feola via her outstanding grandsons Round Table and Aureole supported by background duplications of the influential mares Selene (ancestress of Sir Tristram), Alcibiades, Queen Mary and Concertina.

With her five strains of the breed-shaping Northern Dancer, this filly has good depth of pedigree and it is worth noting that her grandsires Zabeel and Royal Academy have combined in the pedigrees of 29 stakes winners including seven Gr.1 winners. Zabeel and Quest For Fame also go well together; 17 stakes winners including four Gr.1 winners.

Trainer Paul Jenkins describes this lovely filly as "a nice, scopey Oaks type of filly from a family I know well."