Lot 422 bay filly Savabeel – Glee (O’Reilly) $100,000 (draft: Waikato Stud)
Savabeel out of O’Reilly mares is a proven stakes winning cross, and one that has helped Waikato Stud to the mantle of leading vendor since 2014 at Karaka.
From the family of recent Karaka Million 3YO Classic (Restricted Listed, 1600m) winner Aegon (Sacred Falls), her third dam Head of the River (Shirley Heights) has been a massive producer, including Top Filly in 2YO Australasian Classifications Good Faith (Straight Strike), in turn a great producer herself.
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.
Savabeel/Zabeel/Sir Tristram/Sir Ivor (son, father, grandfather, great-grandfather) are the cornerstone of the New Zealand breeding industry.
When a horse takes the eye in racing and does something special in winning, countless times there will be influence in the pedigree by one of the three Champion Sires mentioned above.
Sir Ivor won the 1968 English Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m), prompting legendary rider Lester Piggott to say he was the best horse he ever rode. Why? Because he had a turn of foot at the end of his races, the ability to accelerate, and that wins races. Carried on through each of his sire sons, it is those quicken powers instilled by blood that sees progeny by these mighty stallions rise continuously to the top.
“She’s a beautiful filly, from a true Waikato Stud family, going back to Daffodil (No Excuse Needed), the AJC Oaks winner and Champion 3YO in New Zealand,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM.
“Her grand-dam Chorus has five to race for five winners. She’s a medium-sized filly with plenty of natural strength. We think she can be up and going as an early two-year-old.”