Super Seth stars at Karaka

Lot 146 - Super Seth x Irion (colt) (Photo: New Zealand Bloodstock)

A son of Waikato Stud stallion Super Seth lit up the Karaka ring on Sunday when he sold to Hong Kong interests for $700,000 during the opening session of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale.

Offered as Lot 146 through the Pencarrow Stud draft, Patella Bloodstock’s Mike Kneebone signed the ticket for the colt who is a half-brother to the G2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes winner Zourion and Pearl Of Alsace, who won the G3 Cuddle Stakes and has placed at the elite level.

“We’re really excited as when I first got over to New Zealand last Saturday as soon as I saw him come out of the box I was very keen on him,” Kneebone said.

“I thought he was going to be around that $400,000 to $500,000 mark, but my people were really strong on him and said, if you like him, keep going.”

“I think Super Seth is one of those sires on the rise. He’s had good sales all the way through, all the really good judges have bought them previously and I just think he’s got a really nice line of horses again this year.”

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A Super Seth youngster, Lot 109, presented by Waikato Stud with an abundance of two-year-old and three-year-old form in her pedigree was successfully targeted by David Ellis’ Te Akau operation, who outlaid $190,000 for her.

“She’s a really strong filly by Super Seth, who is certainly making a name for himself with first crop two-year-olds showing some real ability on the racetracks,” Ellis said.

“Super Seth was a colt that had an incredible turn of foot and the mating with such a talented filly in Gold Fever is very exciting.

“Super Seth is putting a lot of strength into his progeny and this filly has oodles of it and bred to be a real two-year-old type.”

She is a son of the Savabeel mare Gold Fever who won the G2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes, as did her half-sister Gold Rush.

Their dam Gold Rocks claimed an edition of the G2 Karrakatta Plate while the G1 Australian Derby winner Major Beel and the G1 Caulfield Guineas winner Golden Mile are also decorated members of this family.

Savabeel youngster a popular colt

A quality son of Savabeel was the subject of spirited bidding at Karaka on Sunday before bloodstock agent Bruce Perry landed the final blow on Lot 117 at $450,000.

The colt is out of the Pins mare Happily and she is a three-quarter sister to the Listed Anniversary Handicap winner Glad and a half-sister to Exuberant, successful in the Listed Wellesley Stakes.

It is a deep pedigree that features the unbeaten champion mare Black Caviar, her Group 1-winning half-brother and sire All Too Hard and the two-time elite level winner and sire Magnus.

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Karaka Millions-winning trainer Stephen Marsh and Dylan Johnson Bloodstock parted with $425,000
for Lot 218, the Savabeel filly out of Maxmara.

She is an unraced daughter of O’Reilly and a sister to the Listed winter Championship Stakes winner Salsa, the dam of the South African black-type winner Diamond King.

Maxmara is also a half-sister to Somepin Anypin, successful in the G3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup, and the family of the G3 Eagle Technology Stakes winner Love Affair.

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A handsome Savabeel colt with a pedigree to match will be on his way to Victoria after top trainer Peter Moody secured Lot 82 for $320,000.

The youngster is out of the Listed Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes winner Flamingo and is a three-quarter brother to the Singapore stakes winner Predator.

The pedigree also features Savabeel’s dual top-flight winner Mo’unga, the G1 Auckland Cup winner Chenille and Seraphic, who was successful in the G3 Rotorua Challenge and finished runner-up in the G1 Air New Zealand Stakes.

Te Akau has enjoyed outstanding success with the progeny of Savabeel and David Ellis signed for two daughters of the champion sire.

He struck first for Lot 159 for $210,000 who is a sister to the multiple Australian winners Jenni Bad Cat and Waikato Flyer with their dam O’Reilly’s daughter Kansas.

She is a sister to the dam of the Listed Caberra Guineas winner Avebury and the G1 Queensland Derby runner-up Paternal.

Ellis later went to $240,000 for Lot 217, who is out of the Fastnet Rock mare Mawzoona and her pedigree page features the unbeaten multiple Group 1 winner Black Caviar and her top-flight winning half-brother and successful sire All Too Hard.

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