Four Win Saturday - Win No.4 Probabeel Grp 3 Perfection

Date: 13 Feb 2022

Four Win Saturday - Win No.4 Probabeel Grp 3 Perfection


Clearly the best horse in the race, reigning New Zealand Horse of the Year Probabeel (5 m Savabeel - Far Fetched, by Pins) resumed winning the $200,000 Lamaro's Hotel Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (Gr. 3, 1200m) on Saturday at Caulfield.

Winner of four Group 1 races in Australia, Probabeel rounded up a similar field to win the corresponding race last year and did so again under the same weight impost (60kg).

Probabeel came from fifth, as she did last year when going into overdrive and clearing her rivals in brilliant fashion, whereas a year older and without the same zip at the 1200 metres it was class and ticker that prevailed.

Of course, having won five of six starts at Caulfield, there was a sense of knowing where the line was.

Ridden by Brett Prebble, who teamed up with her to win the Caulfield Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m) during her spring campaign in Melbourne, Probabeel returned home after the Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m), showed class winning a trial on 12 January at Matamata, and looked magnificent in the preliminary.

On Good4 footing, Probabeel ran 1200 metres in polished 1:09.6, last 600m in 34.4 and, although there were some anxious moments, she repaid the punters $1.70.

Also resuming, having finished boldly when trialling on 12 January at Matamata, stable-mate and 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) winner Kahma Lass (Darci Brahma) ran well for fifth in the hands of Michael Dee.

“It was a really good win by Probabeel,” said trainer Jamie Richards, securing his third stakes' win on the day. “She never really looked like she was going to get there until the last 20 metres, but the track had been playing off nearer the inside and they were scouting wide.

“She struggled to get her momentum up and close off, but when she got to the outside, and got onto her outside leg, she really hit the line strongly.  She's got a very good record fresh-up at 1200 metres, and in that sort of race, under the scale, it really suits her.

“She's open to a lot more improvement and we just wanted to follow the path we did with her last year, and she'll go to the Futurity Stakes, back at Caulfield in a fortnight, in good shape and see if she can win that again too.

“We've entrusted Hunter Durrant, from our stable at Matamata, over there with both Probabeel and Kahma Lass and he's doing a great job.

“I thought Kahma Lass also raced well for fifth, down in the worst of the ground on the inside, and she'll improve for that. She's was pretty big and burly for the fresh-up assignment.

“I was thrilled with way Probabeel was able to win, keeping the flag flying for New Zealand horses in Australia, and Brett Prebble was pretty excited by it too. We're looking forward to the rest of her campaign.”

Purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $380,000 as a yearling at Karaka, from draft of Waikato Stud, Probabeel is owned by Brendan Lindsay MNZM & Jo Lindsay (Cambridge Stud), and is only horse to win the Karaka Million 2YO (Restricted Listed, 1200m) and Karaka Million 3YO Classic (Restricted Listed, 1600m) double. She has won 13 of 29 starts, placed eight times, and topped NZ$4.6 million prize money.

“It's been a great day, with four wins and three of those in black type races,” Ellis said.

“I'm thrilled for Hunter Durrant, who we sent over with the two mares a few weeks ago, and he's as good a young guy as we've ever had in the stable. He's a really level-headed young man and we're so lucky to have him there looking after the horses.

“She's just the best, Probabeel. I know she can act fresh, but I was wondering, being a year older, whether she could get up over 1200 metres. She's a beautiful mare that we love so much because she tries so hard. She's never beaten and from the day I bought her she's continued to flourish and has never let us down.



“I'm so thrilled for Brendan and Jo Lindsay at Cambridge Stud, because I know how much they love this mare and what she means to them. She's going to make a fantastic broodmare and hopefully becomes one of those mares that leaves a legacy for generations.

“What Brendan and Jo do for racing and breeding is quite incredible, both here and in Australia, and we saw the Heritage Centre this morning (Saturday) at Cambridge Stud, before the races at Te Rapa, and it's just world-class.

“We're very lucky to have them and it's such a thrill for Te Akau to reward them with winners.

“Probabeel, when she's in New Zealand, is stabled in the barn run by Nicole Shailer. They don't come any better and more conscientious than her and she'll get an enormous thrill out of the mare winning fresh-up.

“Kahma Lass, I thought she went a super race, too, and don't worry she's up to footing it with some pretty good horses in Australia, as we saw when she won the Weekend Hustler Stakes in the spring.”

Of note, when Probabeel won the Geoffrey Bellmaine a year earlier it was the 25thAustralasian stakes' success for Champion Trainer Jamie Richards, in a record season of 40 stakes' wins and 160 total, while she became the 26ththis season.

Probabeel was strapped by Hunter Durrant.



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