Lot 301 b c Savabeel – Katie Lee (Pins) $1,025,000 (draft: Cambridge Stud)
In recent times, Te Akau has had a phenomenal record with the progeny of Cox Plate winner Savabeel (Zabeel). Mated with Katie Lee, the first horse in history to win both the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) and 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m), it should make for an exciting outcome.
Having purchased the Snitzel – Floria (Savabeel) colt for the Te Akau 2018 Breeding Syndicate earlier in the session, this stunning colt became the second.
“We’ve had so much success in the last ten years buying these colts that the (breeding) syndicate filled in 48 hours,” said David Ellis.
“It’s quite incredible. We sent an email to our owners, telling them what we were going to do. Within a day it was 90 percent full and in 48 hours it was completely overflowing.
“The syndicate is made up of genuine racing people that love racing horses, and love the thrill of trying to get a stallion.”
Ellis was under no illusions as to the athletic prowess and toughness of Katie Lee.
“My stable jockey Opie Bosson told me just how good Katie Lee was,” Ellis said. “He won the 1000 and 2000 Guineas on her. He said her first foal, a Fastnet Rock colt (Fastdane Rocky), was one of the best horses he’d ridden. He won a trial on him by seven lengths and the colt then had a tragic accident.
“I know a bit more about some of the other foals, and we’re really looking forward to having a Savabeel colt out of that family at Te Akau Racing.
“Interestingly enough, the two group one winning colts by Savabeel (Embellish and Hall of Fame), I bought them both and Te Akau has trained both of them. So, obviously Steve (Autridge) and Jamie (Richards) have a really good understanding of the Savabeel’s and how best to train them.
“We seem to be able to keep them as colts and I think we’ll be able to keep him a colt.”
Ellis said he saw the colt as a type to win the Sires’ Produce (Gr. 1, 1400m) and be a great colt for the 2000 Guineas – a race which Te Akau has won six times, most recently with Embellish in November last year at Riccarton.