Drinks on well-bred Savabourbon


Savabourbon was the toast of his ownership group when he showed his true colours at Pukekohe Park on Wednesday afternoon.

The son of Champion Sire Savabeel, who holds a nomination for the G1 New Zealand Derby, raced up to his impressive pedigree to break his maiden in fine fashion over 2100 metres.

Trained by Stephen Marsh and ridden by Kozzi Asano, Savabourbon tracked the pace on the fence and once he was into the clear 200 metres from home he finished strongly to open his winning account.

Bred by Waikato Stud, Savabourbon was originally purchased by Carlaw Park for $95,000 at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Weanling Sale and then secured as a yearling at Karaka by Marsh and Dennis Foster for $200,000.

Head of part-owners the Bourbon Lane partnership, the United States-based Foster is a former pilot and corporate chief executive who has owned thoroughbred farms in Florida and Kentucky since his involvement in the thoroughbred business since 1973. 

Savabourbon is out of the O’Reilly mare Serenade, who is a sister to Listed Hong Kong Derby Trial winner Unique Jewellery and a half-sister to the G1 Australasian Oaks winner Marju Snip and the G2 Kewney S. winner Do Ra Mi.

Serenade is a granddaughter of the dual Group 1 winner Candide, dam of the G1 Blue Diamond S. winner and sire Nadeem.


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