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Proclamation and Zafeen on parade at Tattersalls

For those breeders who have not yet had a chance to visit Overbury Stud to see the stallions, Proclamation and Zafeen will be on show in the ring at Tattersalls on Thursday, 7 February at 10am, prior to the February Sale. For closer inspection, they will be stabled in Further Paddocks at the sales complex.

We’ve been thrilled at how well both Champion milers have been supported since retiring to Overbury. Proclamation, now in his second season at stud, covered more dams of Group winners than any stallion in Britain or Ireland standing at the equivalent of £5,000 or less. Zafeen's first book in 2006 included no fewer than 44 two-year-old winners or dams of two-year-old winners – exactly the kind of mares that can help him off to a flying start. His first foals sold in 2007, making up to £78,000 and averaging almost five times his stud fee. With Proclamation standing at £4,000 and Zafeen at £3,000, we believe both represent outstanding value. Not only are they both beautifully bred individuals but, as you can see from our stallion pages on the website, they have the racecourse form to back it up. And as for conformation, you’ll be able to judge this for yourself on Thursday or give us a call to arrange to visit them at home, here at Overbury.

Ability:
Proclamation was an exceptional Champion miler, rated above both Shamardal and Dubawi, either of whom would have been a good Champion in a normal year. His Jersey Stakes win, and his Sussex Stakes triumph – both coming from last to first, circling his opponents with a brilliant swoop of acceleration – were very impressive: Timeform rated him 130, a horse of extremely rare gifts.

Zafeen, too, was rated the best miler of his generation, his St James's Palace Stakes win assessed as even better than Refuse To Bend's 2,000 Guineas and Six Perfections' Breeders' Cup Mile. He was also top class at two, winning the Mill Reef Stakes having run a close second in a lightning fast Prix Morny.  In other words, they are both easily good enough to excel at stud.

Looks and pedigree:
Both are correct, impressive individuals, from different (but equally successful) branches of the Mr Prospector line – which is noted for speed and brilliance. Proclamation hails from one of the Aga Khan's first families, while Zafeen is from a young and especially precocious damline. I'd enjoy welcoming you to Overbury to inspect them.