A winner on debut as a two year old, Cool Aza Beel was unlucky not to win the Listed Fasttrack Stakes at Counties at his second start – bad luck seeing him finish in fourth place.
Targeting the Karaka 2YO Million, he had a mild setback with an elevated temperature, and was forced to race eight days out from the “big event”. He won with ease for Te Akau stable rider Opie Bosson in what looked like a track gallop for the talented juvenile.
Setting him up perfectly in his aim to become Te Akau’s fourth consecutive Karaka 2YO Million winner, he went to Ellerslie with the ‘King of the Karaka Million’ aboard – Opie Bosson – and won with consummate ease, downing race favourite, unbeaten filly Play That Song.
That made it four consecutive Karaka 2YO Million winners for buyer David Ellis, trainer Jamie Richards and stable jockey Opie Bosson.
Cool Aza Beel’s next assignment on 22 February 2020 was on his home track of Matamata where a rain affected track was not to his liking – he did well under those circumstances to finish a bold runner up to stable mate Need I Say More in the $70,000 Group 3 Waikato Stud Matamata Slipper 2YO C&G 1200m in the hands of Michael McNab.
Returning to Ellerslie on Auckland Cup Day on 7 March 2020, Cool Aza Beel again stole the limelight when claiming g the $200,000 Group 1 Sistema Stakes 2YO SW 1600m. He cruised home with Opie Bosson aboard to become Te Akau’s fourth winner in five years – and sixth over all.
Cool Aza Beel was purchased by David Ellis from the Karaka Book 1 Yearling Sale for $150,000. He has raced six times for four wins and two placings – for stakes of $707,560.