Savabeel tops season stallion standings
Waikato Stud stallion Savabeel confirmed his place at the top of New Zealand breeding ranks with a clean sweep of all three awards contested in the 2015-16 racing season.
In 2014-15 Savabeel had won the Grosvenor Award for his progeny’s New Zealand stakeearnings as well as the Dewar Award for combined New Zealand and Australian earnings.
In the just ended season he went one better by repeating those wins and adding the Centaine Award for global progeny earnings. No stallion has ever swept the board in this manner and in doing so the son of champion sire Zabeel has underlined his status as not only New Zealand’s highest priced stallion at a fee of $100,000, but also the very best.
Savabeel was retired to Waikato Stud in 2005 at a value of $10 million after winning the prestigious Cox Plate as a three-yearold. His list of siring credits was added to last season by the wonderful Australian racemare Lucia Valentina with Group One wins in the Turnbull Stakes at the Melbourne spring carnival and Sydney’s richest race, the A$4 million the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Taranaki gelding Kawi was a star on the domestic scene with a Group One treble, while local four-year- old Sound Proposition became Savabeel’s eleventh Group One winner in the Easter Stakes at Ellerslie last autumn.
At age 15 Savabeel has well and truly found a place in the top echelon, a tradition established by his senior associate Pins and the late O’Reilly, who set a new standard with his string of achievements at New Zealand’s leading nursery.
Now the younger brigade on the Waikato stallion roster are starting to flex their muscles. The Cox Plate winner Ocean Park and Rock ‘N’ Pop, the classic-winning son of Fastnet Rock, are set to have their first crop two-year-olds on the track this spring, while the first foals are now being born to O’Reilly’s champion miler son Sacred Falls.