Lot 302 brown filly Savabeel – Splits (O’Reilly) $280,000 (draft: Waikato Stud)
By five-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), a Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m) winning three-year-old, that a night before the sale sired both the Te Akau trained Karaka Million (Restricted Listed, 1200m) winner Cool Aza Beel and $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (Restricted, Listed 1600m) winner Probabeel.
Although unraced, her dam, Splits, is a sister to Te Akau trained Spring Classic (Listed, 2000m) winner Wolfwhistle, and Group One placed and recent impressive winner Tiptronic.
Grand-dam Legs (Pins – River Century, by Centaine) was Joint top filly on the 2005-06 NZ 3YO Free Handicaps. She recorded Group One wins in the New Zealand Oaks (2400m) and Kelt Capital Stakes (2040m), also won the Eulogy Stakes (Gr. 3, 1600m) and finished second in the Desert Gold Stakes (Gr. 3, 1600m) in a career of five wins from twelve starts and stakes of $875,428. At stud, she has left five individual winners of 16 races, including Te Akau trained Scrutinize (Savabeel), an impressive debut winning two-year-old that stakes placed at three.
“We thought she was one of the picks of the Waikato Stud draft,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis. “She is a neater type of filly, from a family we are extremely familiar with, and looks like she’ll come to racing a bit sooner.
“She is all quality, great rich colour, really astute and alert and a natural type of running filly. To me, she’s the type that can race as a two-year-old and certainly has the pedigree to train on to become a 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) filly.
“It’s a family stacked full of black type and we were thrilled to purchase this classy filly.”
Mark Chittick (Waikato Stud) said: “Obviously, it’s one of our great families and she’s a gorgeous filly. It’s a beautiful (pedigree) cross and just a lovely family to buy a filly from.
“She’s got plenty of strength and presence and perhaps an earlier type. Bought by great judge, she’s going to get every opportunity being trained by Jamie (Richards).