Sav­abeel tops sea­son stal­lion stand­ings

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DEN­NIS RYAN

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.

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