Dream­ing of win­ning colt

Blood­stock agent buys top colt for Hong Kong client

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Cam­bridge Blood­stock agent Stu­art Hale lay awake on the eve of New Zealand Blood­stock’s Ready to Run Sale with a Sav­abeel colt run­ning through his mind and de­cided then and there he was go­ing to buy him.

Hale did just that on Wed­nes­day, go­ing to $500,000 to se­cure lot 84, a Sav­abeel colt out of Group Three win­ner Lady Cha­parral.

“He was the best horse of the sale with the best pedi­gree. He jumped over my bed all night,” Hale said.

“By Sav­abeel out of a Group­win­ning High Cha­parral mare. Where can you go wrong?”

The colt’s new owner, Wong Shing Ngai of Re­gency Sta­bles, lives in Hong Kong and that is where the colt’s fu­ture lies af­ter an ini­tial stint with Cam­bridge trainer Bren­don Hawtin, who was im­pressed with the colt.

“He’s an out­stand­ing colt with a great pedi­gree,” Hawtin said.

“He was the pick of the sale for us.

“We had a bud­get to spend and were will­ing to go a lit­tle bit higher if we had to. We’re just rapt for the owner. He’s had suc­cess with pur­chases in the past and no doubt this will be an­other one.”

Hale said he was given or­ders by his long-stand­ing client to se­cure the best colt of the sale and he be­lieves he has de­liv­ered on that.

“The minute he walked out of the box I said this is the one,” Hale said.

“Mr Wong told me to buy the best colt of the sale and he was the best.

“He had the pedi­gree and he had the look. He vet­ted beau­ti­fully and I think he’s an ex­cit­ing horse.

“He’s got a good at­ti­tude and he’s a real ath­lete. I wasn’t go­ing to leave here with­out buy­ing him.”

Hale said the Sav­abeel colt, pre­pared for the sale by Ohukia Lodge for Waikato Stud’s Garry Chittick, will fol­low a sim­i­lar path to Re­gency Bo Bo, an­other horse Hale bought for Mr Wong at New Zealand Blood­stock’s 2015 Year­ling Sale.

“He’ll stay here and trial. He will do ex­actly the same pro­gramme as Re­gency Bo Bo, a Den­man I paid $400,000 for,” Hale said.

“He’ll go up to Hong Kong as a pri­vate pur­chase grif­fin (Hong Kong's way of rac­ing first­starters and maid­ens to­gether). I think he can be a spe­cial horse.”

Photo / Tr­ish Dunell

Lot 84, a Sav­abeel colt, bought by Stu­art Hale pa­rades at Ready to Run Sale at Karaka.

Photo / Tr­ish Dunell

Blood­stock agent Stu­art Hale at the New Zealand Blood­stock’s Ready to Run Sale at Karaka.

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