Timely victory from Patriarca


Savabeel’s daughter Patriarca produced a whirlwind finish to break her maiden at Matamata on Wednesday and provide a further boost for a Karaka-bound relative.

The Mark Walker-trained mare appreciated the step up to 1600 metres at her seventh appearance and thundered home in the closing stages for rider Craig Zackey to score.

Bred and sold by Waikato Stud, Patriarca was a $325,000 purchase for Te Akau’s David Ellis and the Matamata farm will offer a half-brother in its New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale draft.

Lot 52 will go through the ring during the opening session on Sunday and is a son of Super Seth and the unraced O’Reilly mare Baby Shacks, who is a sister to the G2 Makybe Diva S. winner Vigor and the G2 Avondale Guineas winner Joey Massino.

Also a half-sister to the Karaka Million winner Vincent Mangano, Baby Shacks is currently in foal to Per Incanto.

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