Lot 79 brown colt Savabeel – Magic Dancer (Rip Van Winkle) $800,000 (draft: Waikato Stud)
After a very strong bidding duel, Te Akau principal David Ellis won out to secure what he described as the highest rated colt in Karaka since he bought 2000 Guineas winner, now sire, Xtravagant (Pentire).
The under bidder was the powerful Hawkes Racing, who train at Rosehill, and Flemington, and leading buyer with an $8 million spend at the recently completed Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Mark Chittick (Waikato Stud) said: “He’s been the most outstanding horse in our draft all the way through, from the time he was born on the farm.
“He’s a fantastic type and after a duel between two outstanding judges it’s great that he’s gone to such a good home.
“He’s been our busiest horse during inspections and parades and there really was an enormous amount of interest in him. He’s handled it all really well.
By the ultimate champion stallion, Savabeel (Zabeel), the dam side of the colt features super sire Galileo (Sadler’s Wells), the sire of Rip Van Winkle, with grand-dam Dazzling Belle being by Desert Sun (Green Desert) who sired winner of 13 Group Ones Sunline.
“He’s a beautiful colt and interestingly enough the genetic experts say that the genetic cross is as high as you can ever get,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis. “When you combine that with his athleticism, he’s a colt that could be in the Karaka Million next year. He’s a magnificent specimen.
“He’s a different sort of horse than Probabeel, but you could compare him favourably to Cool Aza Beel and he certainly looks precocious.
“He’s out of some very fast horses on his dam side, all with two-year-old form, and I wasn’t surprised we had to go all out to buy him. My budget this morning was $600,000, but Mark Walker said to me you won’t get him for under $800,000 and he was dead-right.
“He’s a quicker maturing type and you could see him going into the Karaka Million with a couple of races under his belt. His grand-dam won her first five starts in a row as a two-year-old.”