Lot 137 2 c Savabeel – Millililli (Pins) $440,000 (draft: Ohukia Lodge)
A very well bred colt, from a terrific family, he continued winding up throughout his breeze up and flattened out beautifully near the line.
By Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m) winning three-year-old Savabeel (Zabeel), a four-time Champion sire, proving himself to be one of the most versatile stallions in Australasia. Te Akau has trained Savabeel colts Embellish and Hall of Fame to win Group One miles, Group One winning two-year-old Sword of Osman, Group Two winner Gold Fever, Group Three winners Splurge and Royal Success, listed winner Grazia, and a host of other winners by Savabeel.
Like Savabeel, his dam sire, Pins, has made a massive contribution to the New Zealand racing industry. An Australian Guineas (Gr. 1, 2000m) winner, he twice won the Centaine Award of global progeny earnings: siring eight individual Group One winners amongst 75 stakes winners. He also sired Cox Plate winner El Segundo, while as a broodmare sire his daughters have already left over 30 stakes winners.
Dam Millililli is a half-sister to Singapore Champion 2YO Colt, 3YO Miler, and Stayer, now stallion, Onceuponatime (Van Nistelrooy), from the impressive winning race mare Scarlet Runner, a daughter of 2000 Guineas winner and renowned sire Kingdom Bay.
“With a Minister of Racing that is going to ensure significant increases in prize money, we want to buy horses to win big races and this is the type of quality colt that is capable of doing it,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis.
“The colt was bred by Mark Chittick at Waikato Stud, the champion vendors in New Zealand. The mare was the last owned by his late wife Lisa (Chittick) and because of that he and their children have retained an ownership interest, which is fantastic.
“60% of the colt is already sold and we expect the remainder to be snapped up pretty quickly.
“He’s a beautiful colt that was prevented from selling at the yearling sales because of a slight injury and since then he has been beautifully prepared for the Ready to Run Sale and in our opinion a real standout of the sale.
“He’s a colt with immense quality, not too big, a nice mover, and another that looks destined for a Guineas’ campaign as a spring three-year-old and onwards towards the staying classics.”