Lot 162 2 br c Savabeel – Saoirse (Iffraaj) $500,000 (draft: Riversley Park)
By five-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), a Cox Plate (Gr. 1, 2040m) winning three-year-old, who became an Australasian sire sensation and closing in on $100 million progeny earnings.
Like NZ Horse of the Year Melody Belle, winner of 10 Group Ones, the colt is the first foal from a young Iffraaj mare, in turn out of a mare by Champion Sire O’Reilly.
Bred and raised by Duncan Fell, and his father Gerald Fell, at Fairdale Stud, Te Akau bought Cool Aza Beel (Savabeel) from their draft at the NZB Book 1 Sale in January, before winning the first two-year-old race of the season with a professional display in the 2YO 800 metres on 7 September at Wanganui.
“He’s an incredibly good-looking and athletic horse,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis. “Typical of the nicest Savabeel’s, not too heavy, tidy and well balanced, a classic Savabeel colt.
“And along with the Pierro colt, my team of Mark Walker, Jamie Richards, and myself thought these two colts were the best two at the sale.
“He’s the best Savabeel in the sale by quite a margin. We loved him as a physical type and loved his breeze-up. He has a deep rich colour, strong, mature, very correct, walked well, and he had everything we looking to buy in a Savabeel colt that could potentially develop into a stallion.
“I love Savabeel as a sire and our stable has had a huge amount of success with his progeny.
“We also really like Iffraaj as a broodmare stallion. Melody Belle was the first foal out of a young Iffraaj mare and so is this colt.
“We thought he was the colt of the sale and we were keen to be strong on him. We’re really pleased to be taking him home and think he can develop into a Diamond Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) horse at Ellerslie, and onto the Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr. 1, 1400m) at Awapuni. We’ll be doing everything in our power to get him into the good races, as we think he’s a colt of the highest quality.”
He carries a lovely balance in his sire lines of Nureyev, sire of sire and a phenomenal influence of equine quality and three-quarter brother to Sadler’s Wells.
“I’ve got two nice paddocks next to where Te Akau Shark is spelling and they’ll have ten days in the paddock and then we’ll get them going.”