Lot 124 b c Savabeel – Corsage (Volksraad) $200,000 (draft: Phoenix Park)
“He’s a lovely example of equine excellence,” said David Ellis.
In recent times, Te Akau has had a phenomenal record with the progeny of Champion sire Savabeel (Zabeel).
Most recently, Woodville Cup winner Wide Awake, group one winners Hall of Fame and Embellish, Splurge, Royal Success, Shillelagh, Grazia, and Sword of Osman to name but a few.
David Ellis and Te Akau know the mare, Corsage, better than most, Ellis having purchased her as a yearling and raced by family and friends.
Corsage (Volksraad), from Spray (Entrepreneur), in turn from the great race mare Seamist (Beaufort Sea), was purchased by Ellis for $25,000. A winner on debut and joint second top filly on the 2008-09 2YO Free Handicaps, Corsage placed in both the Diamond Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) and Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m) as a two-year-old, with stakes placed finishes in the Ray Coupland Stakes (Listed, 1400m), Sunline Vase (Listed, 2100m), and a fourth in the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m), at three. Transferred to Mark Walker in Singapore, she won a further two races and increased her stakes earnings to $270,000.
“This colt is impeccably correct, moves very well, and looks to me like he could come a bit sooner, as Corsage was very good as a two-year-old,” Ellis said.
“We had a bit more to spend on him and were thrilled to get him for the price.”
The pedigree cross in breeding is more than notable in this colt: Northern Dancer and Sir Ivor, a breed shaper, and the sire of Sir Tristram (Sir Ivor).