Australian Group 3 Honours for Probabeel

Date: 20 Sep 2020

Australian Group 3 Honours for Probabeel

Super mare Probabeel  (4 m Savabeel - Far Fetched, by Pins) registered the fourth win of the day for trainer Jamie Richards in the $160,000 Bill Ritchie Handicap (Gr. 3, 1400m) on Saturday at Royal Randwick, Sydney.

Earlier in the day, Richards had saddled Vamos Bebe (I Am Invincible), Miss Aotearoa (Savabeel) and Savy Yong Blonk (Savabeel), to win on the first day of the Hawkes Bay Spring Carnival at Hastings. 

Winner of the Surround Stakes (Gr. 1, 1400m) on the course in February, Probabeel resumed on 22  August with a slashing run for second in the Group 3 1200 metres, had a quiet trial on 8 September, and the high-class mare was heavily backed ($2.40) to deliver her fourth stakes victory.

Promptly away from barrier two for rider Kerrin McEvoy, Probabeel received a luxurious trip in fourth and presented in the straight with a well-timed run for score emphatically under a hand ride.

On Good4 footing, Probabeel ran the 1400 metres in 1:22.6, last 600m in 34, and following the victory she tightened in the market to $8.00 equal favourite for the $1m Epsom Handicap (Gr. 1, 1600m) on 3 October at Randwick, a race in which stable-mate Te Akau Shark (Rip Van Winkle) finished runner-up last year before his third in the Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m). 

Purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis for $380,000, from the draft of Waikato Stud, at the 2018 Karaka Book 1 Sale, owned by Brendan Lindsay MNZM & Jo Lindsay (Cambridge Stud), Probabeel has won seven of her 17 starts, including six seconds, and NZ$1.92 million in prize money. 

A history making filly in January when becoming the first to win the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (Restricted Listed, 1600m) a year on from the $1m Karaka Million 2YO (Restricted Listed, 1200m), Probabeel joined stable-mate and reigning Horse of the Year Melody Belle (Commands), who became the first winner of the Hawkes Bay Triple Crown earlier in the season.

“Any day you go to Hawkes Bay and win three races and back it up with a Group win in Australia is a big thrill for the stable and for the New Zealand racing industry,” Ellis said. “I'm delighted with the way things are going.

“It was another great day of success for breeders that have horses with us, winning with Vamos Bebe for Trelawney Stud, Miss Aotearoa for Milan Park, Savy Yong Blonk for the Gartshore's, and, of course, Probabeel for Cambridge Stud. These people put their life and soul into horse racing and it's fantastic to be able to reward them with wins.

“In general, it's great to see all the hard work that the team of staff have put in here at the farm, at the stables in Matamata, and Ashley Handley and Craig Thornton with the horses in Sydney, come to fruition and paying off. It's tough through the winter months and these results give all the staff a huge thrill.

“It's great to have the breeders supporting Te Akau Racing. It's a really big help and it tells Karyn and me, Jamie and Mark Walker, that we're doing things right and providing the sort of service and results that our owners want.

“Tony Rider, who had a great day with two winners at Hastings, is an up-and-coming breeder who is going really well and we're having huge success with horses like High Achiever (two from two) and Aromatic that we bought from him and also with the horses we're training for him.

“Brent & Cherry Taylor and Brent's mother, Faith Taylor, gave us Vamos Bebe to train and she won really well again. Everybody knows what a great stud they run. And the Gartshore boys, with Savy Yong Blonk, have been big supporters of ours too. I bought a nice Savabeel filly for them at the Karaka Sale this year, so it's great.

“Brendan & Jo (Lindsay) at Cambridge Stud - to have a mare like Probabeel is an amazing experience, and what they're doing for the New Zealand breeding industry is quite incredible and it's such a proud day for us to win another major race in Australia for them. 

“And what a great chance she's going to be with no re-handicap for the Epsom. Saturday's race was penalty free. She's really coming up well and I think she can be a huge chance in the race.”

Probabeel is the first foal out of the stakes'-performed mare Far Fetched (Pins), a three-quarter sister to Thousand Guineas Prelude (Gr. 2, 1400m) and Manfred Stakes (Gr. 3, 1200m) winner Legless Veuve (Pins), as well as Mannerism Stakes (Gr. 3, 1400m) winner and Telegraph Handicap (Gr. 1, 1200m) runner-up Tootsie (Pins). She is also from the same family as Group 2 winning stallion Ocean Emperor (Zabeel) and dual Group 1 winner Savvy Coup (Savabeel), who was crowned New Zealand  Champion Three-Year-Old in 2017-18.

When winning the Surround Stakes in February, Probabeel became the 18thindividual Group 1 winner for six-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), who has sired a total of 35 Group 1 winners. 

Probabeel is a finalist for Champion 3YO of the Year honours to be announced on 11 October.

Probabeel was strapped by Ashley Handley. 


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