Savabeel/Starvoia 19M

Racing Record

Starts: 16 (10 G&L)
Wins: 4 (2 G&L)
Stakes Money: $604,000

Group and Listed Achievements

1st - $400,000 GROUP 1 Westbury Stud Tarzino Trophy WFA 1400m
1st - A$200,000 GROUP 3 HKJC Stakes SW+P 4YO+M 1400m - Melbourne Cup Day
2nd - $300,000 GROUP 1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes F&M WFA 1600m
2nd - $350,000 GROUP 1 Levin Classic 3YO SW 1600m
2nd - $150,000 GROUP 2 Waikato Stud Foxbridge Plate WFA 1200m
2nd - $150,000 GROUP 2 ATR Eight Carat Classic 3YOF SW 1600m


Skew Wiff guaranteed her future broodmare credentials with an impressive Group 1 victory in September 2023.

Bred and raced by Waikato Stud, this daughter of Savabeel is one with a few tricks up her sleeve, and has required patient and careful handling by both owners and Te Akau's training team.

Whilst not breaking maiden ranks during her 2YO season, she secured her first win with Opie Bosson in the saddle in October 2022. Despite racing ungenerously near the 900m point in her 1200m assignment, she kicked clear at the 200m point to claim the win by 2.5 lengths.

Skew Wiff's obvious potential was on display in the $150,000 ATR Eight Carat Classic 3YOF SW over 1600m on Boxing Day 2022.  Again with stable rider Opie Bosson aboard, despite being awkwardly away, she ran on strongly to finish second to Group 1 winner Legato, with only 1.3 lengths separating them at the line.

The 3YO continued her Winn ing way at her Matamata home track in February 2023, announcing it was only a matter of time before she secured black type honours.  She almost achieved this in March 2023 at Trentham, again with Bosson engaged, in the $350,000 Group 1 Levin Classic 3YO SW 1600m, having to settle for second, when denied by stablemate Romancing the Moon.

Taking on the older mares in the $300,000 Group 1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes WFA F&M 1600m at Pukekohe Park in April 2023, she was again denied the ultimate honour.  Being again awkwardly away (as she can be prone to do), arguably cost her victory with Champion Jockey Michael McNab in the saddle - having to again play bridesmaid.

Her new season kicked off in the $150,000 Group 2 Waikato Stud Foxbridge Plate WFA 1200m at Te Rapa in August 2023 - she was just caught on the line for Opie Bosson, denying her owners victory in the time-honoured race they sponsor by a whisker.

In September 2023 however, Skew Wiff fulfilled her destiny on the first day of the Hawkes bay Carnival.  Taking her place from a handy draw, and with stable rider Opie Bosson back on, the 4YO was superb when demolishing her opposition in one of the best fields the $400,000 Group 1 Westbury Stud Tarzino Trophy WFA 1400m had seen in many years.  She was let go at the 200m, perfectly timed to pounce, and glory was hers.

It was also the first Group 1 scalp for co-trainer Sam Bergerson, only 39 days after taking out his trainer's licence.  In a stunning day for the Te Akau team, it was a clean-sweep of the three stakes' races at Hawkes Bay - to be followed by the scintillating performance in track record time by Imperatriz to win the A$300,000 Group 2 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley over 1000m. 

Skew Wiff transferred to Te Akau's stable at Cranbourne to hunt down Australian black type.  Her first start was somewhat inauspicious, becoming fractious at the start, she was scratched at the barriers. Off to 'finishing school' she went and returned in great fashion to storm home to victory on Melbourne Cup Day 2023 in the A$200,000 Group 3 HKJC Stakes SW+P for mares over 1400m with Te Akau stable rider Opie Bosson aboard.  

Skew Wiff has raced 16 times, recording four wins and six other placings, earning $604,000 in prize money for her owner/breeder Waikato Stud.


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