Lot 8 brown colt Savabeel – Kaleidoscope (Pins) $240,000 (draft: Rich Hill Stud)
Bred on the same cross as history making filly Probabeel (Savabeel), who a night earlier became the first horse to win the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (Restricted, Listed 1600m) a year on from winning the Karaka Million (Restricted Listed, 1200m).
By five-time Champion Sire Savabeel, dam sire Pins (Snippets) is a well-established broodmare sire with his daughters having left 34 stakes winners.
From the family of Xtravagant (Pentire), bought by David Ellis and trained by Te Akau to win the 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 2000m) in breathtaking fashion by eight and a half lengths. In the process, he ran the mile in a staggering 1:33.59, last 600m in 33.04, to establish a new race record and became the fifth of six 2000 Guineas winners for Te Akau. He now stands at Newhaven Park, N.S.W., in Australia.
At the recently completed Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Ellis was particularly impressed by the first crop Xtravagant yearlings and purchased three.
John Thompson (Rich Hill Stud) said: “He was a very popular colt, obviously, and probably would have made more money later in the sale. He’s very sound and you could imagine him being a Karaka Million horse. He’s got a lot of athleticism and a great first foal.
“He prepped very well for the sale and a good walking horse. We’re very familiar with the family, having raised and sold Xtravagant.
“He’s out of a city winning Pins mare that won six races and from a marvellous family, so he’s got stallion criteria potential in his pedigree. Plus, he’s got a lovely temperament and I wouldn’t be surprised if he can race as a colt.”
“He’s a great type, great colour, and a colt that walked really well,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis. “He’s not too big, very correct, a lovely cross and we love buying first foals.
“He’s from a family that can leave a champion and we thought he was very good value buying. He’s a colt that can race at two and train on to be a 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) colt.”