Lot 290 b f Savabeel – Joy’s Choice (Redoute’s Choice) $900,000 (draft: Cambridge Stud)
From the family Australian Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) winner Tavago (Tavistock) and multiple stakes winner La Sizeranne (Stravinsky), this is a sensational filly.
Cox Plate winner Savabeel has become a supreme champion. He is a three-time Champion New Zealand Sire, also winning the accolade of Champion New Zealand Sire for Australasian Success three times and twice winning the title of Champion New Zealand Sire for Global Earnings.
Previous success with stallion syndicates and the increasing value of quality thoroughbred fillies has prompted Te Akau principal David Ellis to conceive a Fillies Syndicate.
“I identified this filly when I went to Cambridge Stud a month ago and thought it was ten years since I’d seen a filly of her quality,” Ellis said.
“I wondered how I could get a filly like her in my stable for the boys (Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards) to train. I thought: I’m going to put a fillies syndicate together, similar to the colts, and she is the first filly I’ve bought for the syndicate.
“Fillies like her have huge residual value, regardless of their racetrack performance, and fillies from this family a very hard to find.
“I’ve grown up loving this family and to think that we now train one of the best to come out of it is a huge thrill.
“During the inspections, Jamie shared my love of her and he’s developed an unbelievable eye for a yearling.”
Ellis had to withstand the challenge of four good judges, also keen to secure the filly.
“The competition on the good horses has been very strong at this sale, and often you don’t get the feel of just how strong it is until you’re trying to buy one,” Ellis said.
Ellis suggested that filling the respective syndicates would be done with horses from the current sale.
“With the record of the New Zealand horse, why would you want to go anywhere else? We punch well above our weight in terms of group one wins in Australia, and I want to support the New Zealand breeders,” Ellis said.
“I’m a proud New Zealander and I just hope this leads to them supporting (Te Akau training partners) Jamie and Steve.”