Juddmonte Farms has today announced the retirement of its senior stallion ZAMINDAR, who will be 20 years old in 2014. A decision was made to retire ZAMINDAR from stud duties due to an age-related decline in his fertility.

ZAMINDAR, a full brother to the 2000 Guineas winner Zafonic, was always held in great esteem. He went some way to living up to the high expectations on the track by proving himself to be one of the best two-year olds of his generation, with a victory in the Group 3 Prix de Cabourg and a narrow defeat in the Group 1 Prix Morny.

Better was to come at stud, for, despite never covering large books (he has less than 700 foals from 13 crops of racing age), ZAMINDAR produced over 50 blacktype performers, headed by the unbeaten champion and Classic winner Zarkava. Other Classic winning fillies sired by ZAMINDAR were Darjina and Zenda, while Coquerelle and Timepiece also won at the highest level. In total, these five fillies won or placed in 26 Group 1 races. As well as class, ZAMINDAR also passed on precocity to his offspring, and three of his fillies won or made the frame in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac.

Stud Manager Simon Mockridge described ZAMINDAR as, “A grand servant, and a pleasure to be around.”

As both his current foal and yearling crops number over 60, there is every reason to expect ZAMINDAR's success will continue in the seasons ahead. 

Date: 11 November 2013