Lot 202 bay colt Savabeel – Vinorules (Commands) $170,000 (draft: Cambridge Stud)
Te Akau has a phenomenal record with the progeny of the all-conquering six-time Champion Sire and Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m) winner Savabeel: Group One winners Probabeel (2), Embellish, Hall of Fame, Shillelagh, Cool Aza Beel, Sword of Osman, along with stakes winners and performers Savy Yong Blonk, Amarelinha, Brando, Prise De Fer, Splurge, Royal Success, and Grazia.
Progeny by Savabeel recently topped $100 million, his 2175 winners, 193 stakes winners including 37 Group One winners.
On the dam side, Vinorules is by Danehill stallion Commands, the sire of reigning dual Horse of the Year and Te Akau star Melody Belle (ex. Meleka Belle, by Iffraaj), who has amassed 12 Group One wins.
Regarded as a stallion that uplifts his progeny, Commands is already beginning to make a name for himself at a broodmare sire.
Te Akau has very good knowledge of the family, with David Ellis having purchased Catalonia (Commands) from Group Three winning grand-dam Valpolicella (Red Ransom). Catalonia won the Wentwood Grange Stakes (Listed, 1100m) by three lengths as a two-year-old before transferring to Australia, where racing as Vilanova he was Group One placed, won $590,000, and raced very well at the top-end.
“He’s the first foal out a young Commands mare and it’s a really good family that we know well,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM.
“The grand-dam Valpolicella was a very talented filly, with great acceleration, and passed on her traits to some really high-class performers.”
She is the dam of Group Two placed Vavasour (Redoute’s Choice), five-time stakes winner, in a total of 11 wins, Celebrity Dream (Thorn Park), dual Group 1 & 2 runner-up Rondinella (Ocean Park), and three-time winner Sahar (Iffraaj).
“He’s really was good value at the price, given the service fee and production costs, and the strength of performers on the dam side,” Ellis said. “We’ve enjoyed so much success with the stallion and he was a must have.
“The family can leave a two-year-old and we think he could get up and running a bit sooner than others.
“He’s a good physical style of horse, has plenty of class and although probably more a Karaka Million 3YO horse we will certainly give him his chance to perform at two as well.”