"Te Akau Lockdown Love"

Date: 12 Apr 2020

Welcome to Day 13 of our feature - as our world around us changes indelibly, we want to bring some smiles and sunshine every day - yes a small distraction but it does everyone good to be able to smile when times are tough.

His name is "Sammy" and is a very cute, unassuming character who just likes to get on with the business at hand. He's got the best nature, is fairly unflappable and wonderful to do anything with.

"Sammy" of course is known to racing fans as Cool Aza Beel and it turned out to be a very appropriate racing name as he is - cool as a cucumber, or a 'beel'.

What a season our two year old boy has had - he flew the flag early by winning the first juvenile race of the season - who could have known what was to come.

What was to come was two year old glory including Te Akau's fourth consecutive Karaka 2YO Million honours followed by the Group 1 Sistema trophy too.

He would have to be favourite for the Champion 2YO of the Year title - where he would join other Te Akau winners Maroofity, Darci Brahma, Warhorse, War Affair, Melody Belle, Avantage and Yourdeel.

In his six starts - his owners have celebrated four wins, a Group 3 second and and unlucky fourth where he should have won - that all adds up to $707,560 in prize money!

Sammy's great story is not dissimilar to his fellow Karaka Million winner or Group 1, 2 and 3 winner Sword of Osman - as we got down to the very final shares to sell for the Karaka 2019 yearlings we bought, the final shares in Sammy were very slow to sell.

Just like Avantage - shows you, last to sell is certainly NOT least!

We had to capture him enjoying the Easter sun at Te Akau Stud - having his well earned break.

In January at Ellerslie, Cool Aza Beel  (2 c Savabeel - Cool ‘N' Sassy, by Testa Rossa) became the fourth consecutive $1m Karaka Million 2YO (Restricted Listed, 1200m) winner for Te Akau.

Following in the footsteps of Melody Belle (Commands), Avantage (Fastnet Rock), and Probabeel (Savabeel), the colt purchased by David Ellis for $150,000 at the 2019 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Fairdale Stud, had looked good prior to winning the first two-year-old race of the season, in September at Wanganui, and trainer Jamie Richards had him peaking again for the Karaka Million.

Freshened after winning the KM, he finished second on testing ground to stable-mate Need I Say More (No Nay Never) in the Waikato Stud Slipper (Gr. 3, 1200m) on 22 February at Matamata, before returning to his favourite course (Ellerslie) for victory in the Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) on Auckland Cup Day (7 March).

After which, Jamie Richards said: “He's a pretty special colt. He might have been half a run short at Matamata, and the ground had to be taken into consideration as well, but Opie (Bosson) gave him every possible chance and we couldn't have had him any better today.”



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