Te Akau Stable Star Of The Month – Probabeel
23 Feb 2021
Welcome to our Te Akau Stable Star Of The Month where we profile one of our stable stars each month. This month undoubtedly is awarded to our girl Jo – Probabeel.
Probabeel was bred by Garry Chittick at Waikato Stud. Her sire is six-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel) out of a mare named Far Fetched, by Pins (Snippets), Pins twice won the Centaine Award as leading NZ-based sire for global progeny earnings.
Purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $380,000 as a yearling at Karaka, from the draft of Waikato Stud, she was sold days afterwards to Brendan Lindsay MNZM & Jo Lindsay (Cambridge Stud) when they inspected the yearlings at Te Akau Stud. She has now won 10 of her 21 starts, including six seconds, and topped NZ$3 million prize money.
Immensely talented from the outset, Probabeel has registered some extraordinary performances on the race track.
Physically, far from a compact natural running two-year-old, Probabeel was lengthy, sleek, leggy, and filly with plenty of quality and scope. A combination, with an element of class, that enabled her to reach the top as a two-year-old and keep improving to this day, as a four-year-old, with many feeling that she is still to peak in regards to full maturity.
The only winner of both the Karaka Million 2YO (Restricted Listed, 1200m) and Karaka Million 3YO Classic (Restricted Listed, 1600m) at Ellerslie, she has also made her mark in Australia. Competitive with two seconds and a fourth in the Princess Series, for three-year-old fillies at Randwick, Probabeel was back at three to win the Group 1 Surround Stakes over 1400m at Randwick, before stepping in distance to finish second in both the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill.
From the start of the new season, she resumed in tremendous form with a slashing fresh-up run for second in the Group 3 Show County over 1200 metres, scored emphatically under a hand ride in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap over 1400m and recorded a tremendous victory off a wide run when stepping up to 1600m in the iconic Group 1 Epsom Handicap – all at Randwick. She then spelled following a brave run on unsuitable wet ground in the Group 1 Cox Plate.
Once again her return to racing was impeccable, recording a brilliant victory in the Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes over 1200m fresh up on 6 February, a fortnight before recording her third Group 1 win in Australia. Probabeel produced a gigantic effort on 20 February to win the Group 1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield over 1400m from a wide gate, running much of the trip three and even four wide. She now prepares for the weight-for-age A$5 million All-Star Mile on 13 March at Moonee Valley, where she has shortened from $10.00 third elect to $4.00 second favourite with Sportsbet.
Probabeel is widely regarded as one of the best horses currently racing in Australasia.