Super Savabeel on top again


Savabeel’s pulling power was again evident during the opening session of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale at Karaka on Wednesday.

His Waikato Stud-bred son, Lot 166, was the highlight offering when he sold to trainer Andrew Forsman for $575,000 to top proceedings.

The colt was offered at the National Yearling Sale in January and was knocked down to Ohukia Lodge for $160,000 and proved a smart piece of business when reoffered this afternoon by Jamie Beatson’s operation.

“I thought he was the standout horse of the sale. He came here in really good order and I thought he breezed-up really well,” Forsman said.

“He was a quality colt. I like the way he moved and everything about him, plus he has got a great pedigree with the Savabeel–O’Reilly cross and a good family.” 

The colt is out of the unraced Maxmara, who is a half-sister to the G3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup winner Somepin Anypin and the family of the G3 Eagle Technology S. winner Love Affair.

“We have had a few good Savabeels through the stable, including The Chosen One and Mr Maestro. He is clearly a good sire and I think this guy has all the good qualities I have seen in the good Savabeels we have trained,” Forsman said.

Waikato Stud and Ohukia Lodge enjoy a close and successful association with the latter offering five two-year-olds through its draft today on behalf of the Matamata nursery.

Again, it was a son of Savabeel from a potent female family who led the way with Lot 115 the target of spirited bidding before he was knocked down to multiple Group 1-winning trainer Peter Moody and Wylie Dalziel Bloodstock for $250,000.

The two-year-old is out of the Rip Van Winkle mare Honour and she is a three-quarter sister to Te Akau Shark, successful in the G1 Chipping Norton S. and the G1 Waikato Sprint.

She is also a half-sister to the G1 Easter H. winner and dual top-flight placegetter Pondarosa Miss, whose brother Ecuador was a three-timer Listed winner and placed three times at Group 1 level.

Go Racing syndication company’s Albert Bosma parted with $180,000 to secure Lot 61, a son of Tivaci out of the dual Group 1-winning Savabeel mare Costume.

The youngster is a brother to the winner and black type performer Outfit with their dam a half-sister to the Listed Soliloquy S. winner Masquerade.

It is also the family of the G3 Taranaki Breeders’ S. winner Kisses and the Listed Eagle Farm S. winner Anna Carina.

Waikato Stud’s son of Tivaci, Lot 85, also had widespread admirers before he was sold to Lindsay Gough Racing, of Queensland, for $120,000.

He is out of the Savabeel mare Fancy Dress, who was successful on four occasions, and is a half-sister to the G2 Cal Isuzu S. winner Sports Illustrated.

The colt is from the family of the multiple Group 1 winner and successful sire Starcraft, who sadly passed away recently.

Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have enjoyed great success with the progeny of Savabeel, most notably their triple Group 1 winner Sangster, and they will be hoping that trend continues with Lot 65. 

The Cranbourne training duo went to $100,000 for the colt out of the Pins mare Daisy Chain, who is a daughter of Waikato Stud’s three-time Group 1 winner Daffodil.

The pedigree page also features farm graduate Atishu, successful in the G2 Matriarch S. during the Melbourne spring carnival, and the G1 Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. winner Good Faith.

A Tivaci colt, Lot 162, completed business when the half-brother to Savabeel’s seven-time Group 1 winner Kawi was secured by Karen Nicholson for $55,000. His dam is the unraced Volksraad mare Magic Time.

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