Karaka 2020 – Lot 454 Savabeel (AUS) – Bayrock (AUS), Bay Colt



Lot 454 bay colt Savabeel – Bayrock (Fastnet Rock) $875,000 (draft: Windsor Park)

A magnificent colt with a stallion pedigree, the last two progeny from the mare have sold for $1.7m, after the sister sold for $825,000 at the 2019 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

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, his dam, Bayrock, is a sister to the explosive dual Group One winner and exciting young stallion Merchant Navy.

Rodney Schick (Windsor Park) said: “The (sister) filly made similar money last year at the Gold Coast and both been outstanding types, but he’s one of the nicest colts we’ve ever bought here to the sales.

“We’re very happy that DC (David Ellis) bought the horse and that he’s going to get every chance being trained by Jamie (Richards) at Te Akau. John O’Shea was the under bidder and we know he’s such a good trainer in Australia.

“Te Akau has had such great success with the Savabeel’s and what a great stallion he’s been for New Zealand, and for the sale again this year. It’s a terrific result.

“He’s a high-quality animal and one of the nicest colts we’ve had here. Back when had the High Chaparral’s here we sold some really good colts by him, but this bloke is real quality. He’s thrown to both Savabeel and Fastnet Rock on type and he’s just so athletic. Added to that, he’s got an absolutely unflappable temperament which is really important and he’s a great colt.

“Hopefully he can go on and race like Merchant Navy and become a stallion.”

“To be able to buy a colt of this sort of quality is incredible, it really is,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis. “He’s from a wonderful family and we thought he was one of the colts of the sale.

“On these really top colts, I want them for Te Akau Racing. And, I also want them for New Zealand racing and I want them to stand at New Zealand Studs.

“If we’re going to take New Zealand racing to the next level, then we need top performing horses at stud and the only avenue we’ve got is to buy them at the yearling sales and nurture them through. If they become Group One winning colts they’re worth 10, 20, 30, 40 million dollars. And, that’s what I hope this colt is worth.

“We have a fantastic clientele at Te Akau, with so much support from our loyal owners and so many new owners wanting to get involved. It’s fantastic, really, and Karyn and I are so proud of all our staff and the whole business.

“We’re very welcoming to anyone who wants to visit the farm and inspect the horses we’ve bought this year at Karaka, which we’ll be doing everyday for the next month, and at the end of the day we just hope that people can get involved in a winning racehorse.

“This colt has a beautiful pedigree. By Savabeel, out of a Fastnet Rock mare and it’s hard to beat. It’s hard to get this sort of value for such a beautiful animal, a real athlete, and he’ll be part of the stallion syndicate, for sure.”