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Good Times for Savabeel

Wednesday, 15th November 2017

New Zealand's champion sire Savabeel (Zabeel) has continued to scale new heights as a sire in recent weeks, with his progeny boosting his tally of individual Group 1 winners to fourteen, reports NZ Racing Desk. Shillelagh kicked things off for Waikato Stud's Cox Plate-winning stallion on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival wining Gr1 Kennedy Mile (1600m) for owners and breeders Christopher and Susanna Grace. A week later $775,000 Karaka graduate Embellish sealed his future as a prospective stallion prospect winning the New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton. While on the same day the Waikato-bred Savapinski continued her ascent through the mare ranks with an impressive win in the Gr2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington. The 4YOs victory helped extend Savabeel's strike rate to 6.3 per cent Group winners to runners and an incredible 10.1 per cent Stakes winners to runners. "Saturday was hugely satisfying for us, it was quite an emotional day as well," said Waikato Stud principal Mark Chittick. "Off the back of last season and the amount of stakes winners he had, it stamps him as one of the best stallions out there and with the best stallions that have stood in New Zealand." Savabeel stands at Waikato Stud for a service fee of $100,000 + GST and will be represented at next week's New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale by five lots.

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