Well-bred son of Savabeel triumphs


The well-related Hasabro has produced a steely front-running performance at New Plymouth to add to his family’s proud record.

The Waikato Stud graduate travelled boldly at the head of affairs under rider Sam Spratt and he stayed on tenaciously to score over 1800 metres and continue his impressive run of form this preparation.

“It was a bit of a wait and see on that ground, he’s never raced on a track that wet but he was hard and fit,” trainer Stephen McKee said.

The son of Savabeel has now won two of his last five starts and placed in the other three, including a runner-up finish in the G2 Easter H.

Hasabro was bred by Waikato Stud and Isabelle O’Shea, wife of leading Sydney trainer John, and was purchased at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale by Go Racing for $220,000.

The syndication company previously bought his sister Hasahalo for $110,000 and she subsequently won the G1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas and the G3 Eclipse S.

They are out of the Encosta De Lago mare Halloween, who has also produced the black type-winning sisters All Saints’ Eve and All Hallows’ Eve.

Daughters of Sacred Falls, All Saints’ Eve has been successful four times, including victory in the G3 Tibbie S., from O’Shea’s stable while stablemate All Hallows’ Eve has won three with her highlight so far success in the G3 James HB Carr S.

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