Lot 114 brown colt Savabeel – Fast Company (Fastnet Rock) $340,000 (draft: Riverrock Farm)
When it comes to elite blood in a pedigree, the cross of Champion Sires Savabeel (Zabeel) and Fastnet Rock (Danehill) lacks for nothing, and the resultant colt is one with maturity, poise, and racing nous.
Top horseman Chad Ormsby (Rivverock Farm) had this to say: “The key to him is his Savabeel competitiveness and grit about him. When set a task he always rises and on the job when he’s working. He pins his ears back and wants to compete.
“He’s strong, good temperament, fresh and well. He was well bought by DC (David Ellis), good buying because it’s hard to get these Savabeel colts.”
By six-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), whose progeny provided a rare double when Te Akau-trained Noverre (Savabeel) won 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1,1600m) and The Perfect Pink (Savabeel) won 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) during recently completed NZ Cup Week at Riccarton.
Savabeel success stories do not end there for Te Akau, having also trained Group 1 winners Probabeel, Amarelinha, Hall of Fame, Savy Yong Blonk, Sword of Osman, Cool Aza Beel, Embellish, and other group winners: Splurge, Prise de Fer, Gold Fever, and Aotea Lad.
Revered Champion stallion Fastnet Rock (Danehill) is extending his influence as a broodmare sire, which seemed inevitable given the feats of his progeny, over 60 group one wins, including the last two NZ Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) winners and two recently runner-up.
“He’s the first foal and we really liked him,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis. “We thought he breezed up with plenty of conviction and see him as an autumn two-year-old and 2000 Guineas type of colt.
“There is plenty of speed in the family, with two-year-old form under his second and third dams. He was standout in our eyes and we were thrilled to get him.”
A 10% share is $34,880 +GST and a 5% share is $17,440 +GST and a 2.5% share is $8,720 +GST – this includes sales’ expenses at cost and full veterinary and xray examinations. There is a small additional cost for transport to Te Akau post sale, endoscope examination and insurance.