Lot 134 ch f Rip Van Winkle – Galway (Savabeel) $100,000 (draft: Surrey Farm)
“Not only have we had plenty of success with progeny from this family, but we also have a lot of respect for it, and Christopher and Susanna Grace breed really good horses with their XX brand,” said David Ellis.
This filly is a first foal from a mare that showed talent when winning twice over 1600 metres, from limited starts.
Her grand-dam, Trocair (Flying Spur), has left five individual winners of 21 races and Galway is sister to Te Akau Racing trained Shillelagh, now a Group One winner in Australia, and recent Spring Classic (Listed, 2000m) winner Grazia, along with Brisbane Cup (Gr. 2, 2400m) winner Tullamore.
“Obviously, we had Shillelagh for Christopher and Susanna before she went to Chris Waller and duly got a Group One win over there (Australia) and Grazia, the sister in our stable, is also doing a great job for their breed,” Ellis said.
“She breezed up really well for Cameron Lammas, travelled up under a hold, and she is a stronger, more forward, sort of filly than some others in the family.”
Her sire, Rip Van Winkle (Galileo), also sired Te Akau Shark, whom Ellis bought for $230,000 at the Ready to Run Sale last year – the winner of his first two starts then finished fast for fourth in the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) on 11 November at Riccarton, and looks a real Derby type.
Rip Van Winkle has also sired some lovely fillies, including Group Two winner Capella, Group Three winner Let Her Rip, and the Group Two placed winner of six from seven starts in Let Me Roar.
Her dam sire Savabeel (Zabeel) needs no introduction: a champion sire in every respect and the leading sire in New Zealand.
The breeding cross also reveals a good quality influence in the shape of Nureyev (Northern Dancer), as the sire of Stravinsky, on the dam side of Rip Van Winkle, and the sire of Lady Giselle, the dam of Zabeel.