Lot 445 b or br c Savabeel – Suavito (Thorn Park) $775,000 (draft: Waikato Stud)
“He is the third of three colts I’ve bought for the Colts Syndicate,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis, joining Lot 100 by Written Tycoon and Lot 192 by Savabeel.
“We now hope we win group races in New Zealand and Australia, and then stand them at stud.”
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, dual Group One winner Sauvito was renowned for her tough and determined qualities which saw her score at the highest level: both weight-for-age events over 1400m at Caulfield, in the Futurity Stakes (Gr. 1, 1400m) and the C F Orr Stakes (Gr. 1, 1400m). She won additional group races in the Blamey Stakes (Gr. 2, 1600m), Matriarch Stakes (Gr. 2, 2000m) and Tesio Stakes (Gr. 3, 1600m).
“That mare (Sauvito) was really top-class and it’s nice to have one out of her in our stable,” Ellis said.
Second dam Queen Cha Cha (High Chaparral) has left four individual winners of 20 races including the winners of seven group races.
The colt in inbred to high-quality stallion Nureyev (Northern Dancer), through the dam side of Zabeel and sire line of Thorn Park.
“He’s a precocious Savabeel, probably the first of the syndicate to race and an ideal horse for the million dollar race (Karaka Million) at Ellerslie,” Ellis said. “He’s the sort of horse we could look to take over to Australia for the Sires’ Produce and Champagne Stakes at Randwick.
“It’s a hell of a bonus for my owners to be able to race for a million dollars within twelve months and again here as a three-year-old, and the races in Australia are also worth a million. And with our (NZ) general stake money going up soon, it’s all going to help and it will be a huge help for Te Akau Racing, absolutely.”
Ellis made comment on the enormous benefit of Group One success in Australia.
“When we took Darci Brahma over to win a Group One as a two-year-old in Australia it was a huge result, because, firstly, it guaranteed him Champion Two-Year-Old status and, secondly, to win a Group One with a well bred colt enabled us to syndicate him at stud for $10 million.
“Prices have doubled or trebled since then, so these well bred colts, if you can win Group One races with them then they’re worth a serious amount of money. And that’s why the under-bidder was Aquis, who are also looking to buy good colts, win Group One races, and stand them at stud.”
Reflecting on the way the colt presented at Waikato Stud, Ellis said: “It’s such a beautiful property, well run, and they seem to have the ability to buy stallions that mate very well with the bloodlines that they’ve got in their broodmares and those for their clients. It’s such a good operation.”