At Ellerslie in Auckland, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning multiple champion stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a Group success when 5YO mare Coldplay (Savabeel-Forty Two Below, by O'Reilly) scored by 0.1-length for trainers Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman in the $100,000 Gr2 Rich Hill Mile (1600m), over 5YO gelding Ronchi (Stravinsky-Rose of Tralee, by Sadler's Wells) & 4YO gelding Charles Road (Myboycharlie-Giant's Mystique, by Giant's Causeway). Well fancied in an open affair, Coldplay (carrying the familiar Chittick family's silks) was forced to tough it out after hitting the front at the top of the straight. The hard luck story of the race was Ronchi who, after dropping out a clear last, was strung up in traffic after heads were turned for home, before unleashing a withering run to just miss. Cold Play now has 6 wins & 2 placings from 18 starts for $248,700 earnings.
At Te Rapa in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a Group race success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Royal Success (Savabeel-Royal Show, by Deputy Governor) opened his stakes account with a narrow win in the $70,000 Gr3 J Swap Contractors Sprint (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating stable-mate Chambord & Ronchi. Bred by the late Jim Campin at Chequers Stud, Royal Success was originally sold for $130,000 at the NZB Premier Yearling Sale before being purchased for $250,000 by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis at the 2014 NZB Ready To Run Sale. He improved his record to 6 wins and 3 placings from 12 starts for $120,685 in earnings. From the multiple Listed winner Royal Show, Royal Success is a half-brother to three-time Australian Group winner Folding Gear (Johar).
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a Group success when 4YO filly Coldplay (Savabeel-Forty Two Below, by O'Reilly) scored by a short neck for trainers Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman in the NZ$70,000 Gr3 Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Ronchi (Stravinsky-Rose of Tralee, by Sadler's Wells) & 5YO mare Stylish Attack (Tavistock-Western Invasion, by Best Western). Coldplay improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Eulogy Stakes) and 1 placing from 11 starts for NZ$114,700 earnings. A homebred for Waikato Stud, Coldplay hails from the same female line as stakes winners The Big Chill & Icy Calm, as well as outstanding Australian sprinter and successful sire Rancho Ruler. Waikato Stud will offer a full sister to Coldplay (Lot 170) at the 2017 NZB Premier Sale at Karaka.