Major Sydney double for stud


Major Beel completed a winning double for Waikato Stud at Warwick Farm on Wednesday afternoon when he remained undefeated this preparation.

The Savabeel three-year-old had successfully resumed at Newcastle and produced another tenacious display to score over 1600 metres for rider Tim Clark.

“We think he is only going to keep improving as we step him up in distance and we’ll keep him on a Derby path and see how he stacks up,” said Adrian Bott, who trains the gelding with Gai Waterhouse.

He was bred at the Matamata farm and Waikato Stud remains in the ownership group of the three-
year-old, as they also do with earlier winner Hollywood Hero.

Major Beel enjoyed a good run close to the pace and he proved too strong for his rivals after striking the front 200 metres off the post for the third win of his eight-start career.

“He wasn’t able to get to the front and Tim Took a sit and he was too tough,” Bott said.

“I certainly felt he was always going to respond and keep fighting.”

Major Beel is the first foal of the unraced O’Reilly mare Gram, who has a juvenile Savabeel filly named Rose Gold and is back in foal to the Champion Sire.

Gram is out of the G2 Karakatta Plate winner Gold Rocks, whose daughters Gold Fever and Gold Rush both won editions of the G2 Matamata Breeders’ S. while Calaverite was the Listed winner of the Gimcrack S. and St Albans S.

Major Beel was purchased out of Waikato Stud’s draft at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale for A$260,000
by Waterhouse, Bott and Kestrel Thoroughbreds.

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