Lot 107 brown colt Savabeel – Etiquette (O’Reilly) $640,000 (draft: Ohukia Lodge)
“We thought he was the pick of the Savabeel colts at the sale,” said Te Akau principal David Ellis.
“He is a brother to NZ Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) runner-up Milford. A staying type, he is really dark and rich in colour, good-looking colt, and while we expect to see the best of him as a three-year-old, we would also like to have him perform in the autumn as a later two-year-old.
“He is a product of the leading farm in New Zealand, Waikato Stud, and a real Derby type to my eye.”
By six-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), whose progeny provided a rare double when Te Akau-trained Noverre (Savabeel) won 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1,1600m) and The Perfect Pink (Savabeel) won 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) during recently completed NZ Cup Week at Riccarton.
Savabeel success stories do not end there for Te Akau, having also trained Group 1 winners Probabeel, Amarelinha, Hall of Fame, Savy Yong Blonk, Sword of Osman, Cool Aza Beel, Embellish, and other group winners: Splurge, Prise de Fer, Gold Fever, and Aotea Lad.
Dam Eitquette is a sister to quadruple Group 1 winner Sacred Falls (O’Reilly), who, while successful, unfortunately had his time cut short as a stallion at Waikato Stud, when euthanized after producing four crops.
His winners include 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) winner Aegon, who scored additional Group 2 victories in NZ & Aust., and $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (Restricted Listed, 1600m), and also AJC Doncaster (Gr. 1, 1600m) runner-up Icebath (ex. Fabulist, by Savabeel).
Sacred Falls (O’Reilly) was Champion Three-Year-Old (up to 1600m) and prevailed in 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m), AJC Doncaster (Gr. 1, 1600m) twice, and George Main Stakes (Gr. 1, 1600m), earning $5.1 million.
“There was a lot of competition for this colt and we had to be strong in order to secure him,” Ellis added.