Lot 192 br c Savabeel – Make A Wish (Pins) $1.4 million (draft: Waikato Stud) – part of the Te Akau 2019 Colt Syndicate
A colt by Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m) winning three-year-old Savabeel (Zabeel), a four-time Champion sire, that proved himself to be one of the most versatile stallions in Australasia. His record speaks for itself.
His dam, Make A Wish, by award winning stallion Pins (twice NZ leading sire for global progeny earnings), was an impressive race winner at 1200m and 1300m, from Starcent (Centaine), Joint Third Top Filly in her three-year-old season.
The third foal of Make A Wish, Another Dollar (Ocean Park), was a photo finish second in the Queensland Oaks (Gr. 1, 2400m) and second in The Roses (Gr. 2, 2000m).
“I was hopeful I could buy him for a million dollars, but he is probably the best athlete that I’ve seen at Karaka for ten years, or more,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis.
“He’s an absolutely stunning horse. He was on everyone’s list and you didn’t have to be a genius to work out he was the most impressive athlete on the (sales) complex.”
“We’ve done a stallions syndicate for the last few years and we’ve got seven stallions at stud now, in New Zealand and Australia, and from the syndicate last year Equinox (Exceed and Excel) won his first start very impressively on Saturday at Trentham.”
“We want to buy the best horses because we’re proud New Zealanders and we want to see the best horses that this great country breeds stay in New Zealand, and hopefully they’re good enough to take to Australia and race.”
“Everybody knows that Te Akau has had huge success with the progeny of Savabeel. We’ve trained both his Group One winning colts, Embellish and Hall of Fame, and we’ve won 12 group races with Savabeel’s in our stable in the last two seasons and he’s a stallion that really seems to suit the way we operate.”
“This is a colt I can see being in the major two-year-old races, but he’s certainly going to train on and be a really good 2000 Guineas colt. I can see him being in the million dollar two-year-old race and the million dollar three-year-old race (at Ellerslie).”
Ellis felt in time, he could prove to be a Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m) horse.
“He’ll be owned in the syndicate by very good clients of Te Akau Stud. There are still TWO shares left, to join really top clients,” Ellis said.
“Embellish was as nice a yearling as I’ve ever bought, at that stage, and this colt is certainly right up there. I think Embellish is going to make a fantastic stallion and we’ll certainly be sending good mares to him.”
“He’s also got a pedigree through three generations that I really fancied.”
Waikato Stud boss Mark Chittick, said: “He’s probably one of the most outstanding horses we’ve ever brought to the sale and the comments we were getting suggested he was one of the best horses people had seen at the sales.”
“We didn’t have a reserve because we knew he’d sell well, but he’s exceeded our expectations. There was massive competition from all the big players, and Te Akau they do a wonderful job and they’ve bought a beautiful horse.”
“They bought a horse off us last year (Probabeel) that they won the Karaka Million with, they’re flying with the Savabeel’s and it’s a huge thrill for us, for Savabeel, for New Zealand, and Te Akau.”
“He’s got the best attitude, so like his father, and he’ll make us proud on the racetrack. When he goes and wins the Cox Plate for Te Akau, and New Zealand, we’ll be even prouder.”
“He’s just the complete package. We’ve bought 90 horses up here and my team have done an outstanding job with the whole draft and it’s a massive thrill and a lifetime highlight for us. He was everybody’s pick.”