Lot 626 bay or brown colt Savabeel – Gold Rocks (Oratorio) $500,000 (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.
The colt is a brother to Gold Fever, a filly that David Ellis purchased as a yearling on the Gold Coast. Gold Fever became the sixth Te Akau filly to win the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m), finishing third in both the Sistema Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) and Eclipse Stakes (Gr. 3, 1200m) and became a Champion Two-Year-Old and Horse of the Year finalist.
“I loved the colt and he’s been bought for a new client of Te Akau Stud that wanted a really nice colt,” Ellis said.
“I was always impressed by her sister, Gold Fever, which we bought and trained and it’s the family of horses that have really been able to run. She was a real two-year-old and this colt is also a very precocious young horse.
“The mare has been a great producer and the nick with Savabeel has been extremely successful.
“We’re trying to buy the best horses, the best athletes that we can turn into Group One performers.
“The sort of horse we’re trying to buy is one that can race as a two-year-old. It doesn’t have to be a Karaka Million horse, but we like to see them out in the autumn. But, the one proviso we have is that they have to have the scope to train on at three, four, and five.
“And, remarkably, all our Karaka Million winning horses have continued to get better as they’ve got older. As an example of that, our Horse of the Year Melody Belle won more Group One races (seven) last year than any other horse in the world.”
The colt has a lovely Success Express (Hold Your Peace) influence on each side of his pedigree. Success Express is the dam sire of Savabeel, through dual Group One winner Savannah Success.
Savannah Success was a brilliant filly, winning eight of her fifteen starts. She won a stakes race as a two-year-old over 1200 metres, won a further stakes race, a Group Three, two Group Twos, including the Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm, and the New Zealand Oaks (2400m), and Ansett Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill, both at Group One level.
While on the dam side, Success Express is the dam sire of Oratorio, through Express A Smile.