Grylls helps keep Sav­abeel roll at the top of standings

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DEN­NIS RYAN

The abil­ity to ride at a light weight is an in­valu­able ad­van­tage for any jockey and again worked wonders last week­end for Mata­mata-based Craig Grylls.

On Satur­day at Eller­slie Craig gladly got his weight down to ride tal­ented race­mare Cold­play at 53.5 kilo­grams in the $70,000 Ea­gle Tech­nol­ogy Stakes and did the busi­ness with a well-timed finishing ef­fort.

That took Craig’s for the sea­son thus far to 28 wins and fourth equal spot on the jock­eys’ premier­ship. The bonus is the num­ber of fea­ture races he has won over the past three months, with his four ma­jors – the best by any jockey of late – headed by the Gr. 1 Li­va­mol Clas­sic on Wil­lie Cazals.

Cold­play races in the colours of Waikato Stud, where she was bred and reared on be­half of long­stand­ing Auck­land client Gary Wal­lace, who brought Garry Chittick into the part­ner­ship for the pur­poses of rac­ing the fouryear-old.

Now the winner of four of her 11 starts and more than $100,000 in stakes, Cold­play is do­ing her bit to keep her sire Sav­abeel at the top of stal­lion standings. On Fri­day at Otaki one of his three-year-old prog­eny, Lin­coln Blue, be­came his 55th in­di­vid­ual stakes winner when he took the Gr. 3 Welling­ton Stakes.

Sav­abeel has not sur­pris­ingly been one of the coun­try’s most pop­u­lar stal­lions in re­cent years and has no less than 65 lots listed in the Premier cat­a­logue of the Na­tional Year­ling Sales in Jan­uary.

The classy bunch in­cludes a sis­ter to Cold­play and a brother to Lin­coln Blue and his Queens­land Derby-win­ning brother Bram­bles, as well as the prog­eny of top class race­mares Daf­fodil, I Do, An­nie Hig­gins, Banchee, Guisep­pina, Kekova, Plat­inum Princess, The Glitzy One, The Jewel, Thy and Vil­li­fye.

Other keenly sought year­lings by Sav­abeel in­clude Bland­ford Lodge’s brother to the mighty race­mare Lu­cia Valentina.

The 2017 Na­tional Year­ling Sale will also be the last hur­rah for Waikato Stud’s de­ceased cham­pion stal­lion O’Reilly. His 43-strong Premier of­fer­ing in­cludes broth­ers to the cham­pion gal­lop­ers Sa­cred Falls and Sham­ex­press.

Craig Grylls con­tin­ues his big sea­son with vic­tory in the Ea­gle Tech­nol­ogy Stakes on Sav­abeel mare Cold­play.

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