New Zealand Stallion Premiership update: Savabeel on track to reclaim throne

As the Australian Sires and Broodmare Sires Premierships were examined by TTR AusNZ on Monday, now the attention turns to New Zealand to gauge the current standings with less than three months left in the racing season. We delved into the scene to assess the dynamics shaping up in the Kiwi racing landscape.

Champions don’t stay down for long, as evidenced in the recent shift in the New Zealand Premiership. Last year saw Rich Hill Stud’s Proisir overthrew the eight-time Champion Sire Savabeel from Waikato Stud. However, a year later, Savabeel has reclaimed his throne, with Proisir in second place.

In New Zealand, this season Savabeel boasts 90 runners, 39 winners, and 66 race victories, including seven stakes winners. Leading the charge is the standout filly Orchestral (NZ), who clinched the prestigious G1 New Zealand Derby.

With this stellar performance, Savabeel is poised to secure his ninth New Zealand General Sires Premiership. He dominates all categories in the Leading New Zealand General Sires for the 2023/24 season, including earnings, winners, wins, stakes winners, and stakes wins.

Notably, the late Tavistock (NZ), who passed away in 2019, holds third place, while the late Zacinto (GB) sits at seventh, with his star son Crocetti (NZ) contributing NZ$735,250 to his position. Another intriguing development is the ascent of Cambridge Stud’s Almanzor (Fr), who surged from 26th place last year to sixth in the 2023/24 season.

RankStallionRnsWnrsSwEarnings
1Savabeel90397NZ$4,671,326
2Proisir88303NZ$2,508,930
3Tavistock67336NZ$2,306,570
4Per Incanto100331NZ$2,100,685
5El Roca91332NZ$1,955,647
6Almanzor75315NZ$1,946,097
7Zacinto59281NZ$1,886,921
8Iffraaj83332NZ$1,806,939
9Burgundy59262NZ$1,661,275
10Contributer42183NZ$1,581,185
Table: New Zealand General Sires table for 2023/24 season

Waikato boys lead Broodmare Sires
The late Waikato Stud stallions O’Reilly (NZ) and Pins are currently holding the top two spots on the Leading New Zealand Broodmare Sires for the 2023/24 season. However, it appears unlikely that Pins will surpass O’Reilly, whose total prizemoney for the season stands at $7,752,270, compared to Pins’ $2,940,549.

Since 2022, O’Reilly has maintained an unchallenged position at the top of the New Zealand Broodmare Sires table. His standout performer this season has been Orchestral (NZ) (Savabeel), contributing to his impressive record of 75 individual winners and 14 stakes races victories.

Another notable development is the rising influence of Savabeel as a broodmare sire, surpassing even his own Champion sire Zabeel (NZ) to claim fourth position.

RankStallionRnsWnrsSwEarnings
1O’Reilly1717514NZ$7,752,270
2Pins129554NZ$2,940,549
3High Chaparral72313NZ$2,745,654
4Savabeel137535NZ$2,695,455
5Zabeel120461NZ$2,195,192
6Redoute’s Choice57254NZ$1,922,917
7Snitzel18103NZ$1,803,195
8Volksraad87292NZ$1,674,900
9Towkay44172NZ$1,624,720
10Darci Brahma71272NZ$1,621,742

Table: New Zealand Broodmare Sires table for 2023/24 season

U S Navy Flag doubles the dose

U S Navy Flag (USA) is poised to clinch the Leading New Zealand Second-Season Sire title after earning last year’s recognition as the Champion First-Season Sire. The son of War Front (USA), stationed at The Oaks Stud, has maintained his momentum this season, notably with The Pendragon (NZ) securing victory in the G2 Auckland Guineas.

The late O'Reilly (NZ) Image courtesy of Waikato Stud

Following closely behind is Ace High from Rich Hill Stud, whose star performer, Molly Bloom (NZ), claimed victory in the prestigious G1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas. Rounding out the top three is Embellish (NZ) from Cambridge Stud, a son of Savabeel, adding further depth to the competition.

RankStallionRnsWnrsSwEarnings
1U S Navy Flag40112NZ$1,108,610
2Ace High25112NZ$939,375
3Embellish34120NZ$629,950
4Ardrossan2360NZ$$393,795
5Saxon Warrior721NZ$$260,995
6Staphanos3180NZ$$224,987
7Eminent2960NZ$$220,670
8Justify431NZ$$142,220
9The Autumn Sun511NZ$$129,440
10Santos320NZ$117,190

Table: New Zealand Second-Season Sires table for 2023/24 season

Super Seth poised for local victory

Waikato Stud’s promising stallion, Super Seth, celebrated a significant milestone as he sired his second stakes winner, Super Photon (NZ), on Saturday. This early success has him positioned to claim for New Zealand’s Champion First Season Sire title.

Super Seth | Standing at Waikato Stud, NZ

Despite facing stiff competition from Australian-based sires such as Cosmic ForcePierata, and Alabama Express. Super Seth currently leads the pack with NZ$98,310 ahead of his closest rival. However, Cosmic Force, Pierata and Alabama Express face a tight battle with only NZ$8700 separating the three.

RankStallionRnsWnrsSwEarnings
1Super Seth831NZ$218,135
2Cosmic Force110NZ$119,825
3Pierata210NZ$117,025
4Alabama Express221NZ$113,925
5Dubious200NZ$35,975
6Ferrando800NZ$22,235
7Zousain110NZ$13,285
8Ten Sovereigns300NZ$13,125
9Castelvecchio100NZ$7750
10Magna Grecia200NZ$57000
Table: New Zealand 2YO Sires table for 2023/24 season

This article was written by Keely Mckitterick for TTR AusNZ.

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