Karaka Day Two – Te Akau supremo has the final say on record colt

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The second session of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 1 Sale resulted in an aggregate of NZ$31,855,000 for 223 lots sold. The average settled at NZ$142,848 and the median at NZ$100,000, with the clearance rate at 75 per cent

Karaka Day Two: At A Glance

>> Waikato Stud’s glamour colt, Lot 192 by Savabeel from Make A Wish (NZ) $1,400,000 smashes Matamata farm’s Karaka record and that for the sire.

>> Te Akau fills another spot in its stallion syndicate with the session topping Savabeel.

>> Iconic breeder Sir Patrick Hogan made his presence felt in a buying role when he successfully bid NZ$300,000 for Lot 180.

>> Young stallion Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor {IRE}) proved popular; his first crop sold for up to NZ$200,000.

>> Rogersons determined in pursuit of Snitzel filly, securing her for $500,000 from Cambridge Stud.

>> Roger James successfully fills his order for a daughter of Savabeel, purchasing the daughter of Kashmir (NZ).

Ellis slugs it out

David Ellis felt like a prize-fighter at the end of his successful bidding duel to land the sale topper on day two at Karaka.

The Te Akau chief landed the final telling blow at NZ$1.4 million for Lot 192, a handsome son of champion stallion Savabeel and the Pins mare Make A Wish (NZ) presented by Waikato Stud.

The bidding opened at NZ$800,000 and Ellis entered the action at $1.2 million and then closed out the deal.

“I was on the ropes at the end, I might have gone one more,” he said.

The colt has been purchased for a stallion syndicate to be formed among Te Akau’s top clients.

“I was on the ropes at the end, I might have gone one more.” – David Ellis.

“We’ve got seven stallions at stud in New Zealand and Australia and the syndicate bought Equinox last year, who won impressively at Trentham last Saturday,” Ellis said.

“We buy the best. We are proud New Zealanders and want to see the best horses stay in New Zealand and hopefully they are good enough to race in Australia.

“I was hoping to get him for NZ$1 million and he’s probably the best athlete I’ve seen at Karaka for 10 years or more.

Joe Walls with David Ellis at Karaka

“He’s a stunning individual and he was on everybody’s list. He’s the most impressive individual on the complex.”

For Waikato Stud, it represented the best ever result at Karaka, eclipsing the NZ$875,000 for a Savabeel colt in 2018, and principal Mark Chittick had a fair inkling something special was in the wind.

“He’s a stunning individual and he was on everybody’s list. He’s the most impressive individual on the complex.” – David Ellis

“He’s probably the most outstanding horse we’ve ever brought here and the comments we were getting were great,” he said.

“We knew he’d sell well and it was well above expectations. He’d been out of his box well over 150 times and he’s just got the best attitude.

“Te Akau does a wonderful job and it’s a huge thrill to us that he’s staying in New Zealand.

“I’m sure he’ll make us proud on the track. He’s the complete package and with such a big draft here the staff have done a massive job.”

Watch: Lot 192 Savabeel x Make A Wish (NZ)

The colt is a half-brother to Another Dollar (NZ) (Ocean Park {NZ}) and is a grandson of the dual Group 3 winner and Group 1 performer Starcent (NZ) (Centaine).

“Te Akau does a wonderful job and it’s a huge thrill to us that he’s staying in New Zealand.” – Mark Chittick

She produced Ambitious (NZ) (Last Tycoon {IRE}), who ran second in the G1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas and in turn left the G3 Gloaming S. winner and G1 Australian Guineas runner-up Strike The Stars (NZ) (Savabeel).

Ellis also parted with NZ$430,000 for Waikato Stud’s Savabeel colt, Lot 258, out of the O’Reilly (NZ) mare O’Dianne (NZ), who was a 2-year-old winner and ran fourth in the Karaka Million.

It is the family of multiple Group 2 winner Century Kid (NZ) (Centaine).

Ellis had the final say on the colt following a spirited bidding duel with the Godolphin team.

Deep delight

A daughter of Deep Field (Northern Meteor) turned out to be a pinhook special for Hallmark Stud when she made NZ$240,000 to the bid of agent John Foote.

She was offered by Hallmark Stud who bought the filly at the Magic Millions Weanling Sale for $46,000.

She is out of La Commedienne (Commands), who was successful on five occasions and is from the family of two-time Group 1 winners Mnemosyne (Encosta de Lago) and Impending (Lonhro).

Lot 140 Deep Field x La Comedienne

Not to be denied

Graeme Rogerson had to dig deeper than he expected to snare Lot 147, but he wasn’t to be denied and was delighted with his NZ$500,000 purchase.

The Tuhikaramea horseman was set on the Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) filly, who was presented by Cambridge Stud.

“I think she’ll be a runner. I paid a bit more so I’ll have to do some overtime, I valued her at NZ$400,000.

“I can always fit a good horse in and I think she’ll make a racehorse.”

Lot 147 Snitzel x Lady Krovanh

The filly is out of the Group 2-placed Lady Krovanh (Dehere {USA}) and she boasts an international pedigree with Fruits Of Love (USA) (Hansel {USA}), who won two editions of the G2 Royal Ascot Hardwicke S., and the G3 Cornwallis S. winner and sire Mujadil (USA) (Storm Bid {CAN}) within the family ranks.

“I can always fit a good horse in and I think she’ll make a racehorse.” – Graeme Rogerson

Rogerson trains with his wife Debbie and his granddaughter Bailey and earlier had gone back to what they know best when they won a hard-fought battle to land Lot 122 for NZ$420,000 with Aquis Farm.

The Iffraaj {GB}) colt offered by Cambridge Stud is a son of the former champion 3-year-old Katie Lee (NZ) (Pins).

The Rogersons prepared her for a slice of New Zealand racing history in 2009 when she became the first horse to complete the Group 1 double of the New Zealand 2000 and 1000 Guineas.

They faced stiff opposition to claim her son and admitted they came close to giving up the fight.

“It was a tough battle and we nearly walked away before we had one more go,” Debbie Rogerson said.

“He’s a lovely athletic colt and hopefully he can get to the Karaka Million.

“It was a tough battle and we nearly walked away before we had one more go.” - Debbie Rogerson.

“We saw him a while ago and then had another couple of good looks at him. He looks like a November 2-year-old type.

“We’ve got a few people interested in him and we’ll get a few more clients involved.”

Katie Lee’s son by Savabeel sold 12 months ago for NZ$1,025,000 to Te Akau and has been named Lethal (NZ) while the Rogersons also train another sibling Sigoramor (Fastnet Rock), who has placed from a handful of starts.

Trainer, Graeme Rogerson

Top Savabeel filly

Cambridge trainer Roger James successfully filled an order when he went to NZ$400,000 for Lot 121, a daughter of Savabeel and Kashmir (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}), who is out of the multiple Group 1 placegetter Vedodara (NZ) (Kreisler {USA}). She was offered by Waikato Stud.

“I like a lot about the filly obviously,” James said. “I have a long-standing client that wanted a Savabeel filly and I thought she was clearly the best of them.

“It is the sort of money we thought we would have to pay.

“I have a long-standing client that wanted a Savabeel filly and I thought she was clearly the best of them.” – Roger James

“I don’t say it’s good value, but hopefully in two years’ time we are saying it’s wonderful value.

“She strikes me as a Classic filly. You have got to buy with a chance of getting to a three-year-old Classic and Savabeel has proven he can do it. The pedigree is a filly’s pedigree.

“All round I thought she was a beautifully balanced filly who has every chance of doing the job that we have bought her for.”

Fond of Tavistock

Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have enjoyed Group 1 success with Tavago (NZ), a son of Tavistock (NZ) and they were back in the market for two more by the son of Montjeu (IRE) at Karaka.

The first they secured , Lot 254, for NZ$230,000 is a colt out of the unraced Not A Jaffa (NZ) (Iffraaj {GB}).

The youngster is a three-quarter brother to multiple Group 1 winner and Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther (NZ), the G3 New Zealand Cup winner Gobstopper (NZ) and the G1 New Zealand Oaks placegetter Milseain (NZ).

They also purchased Lot 305, another Tavistock for NZ$140,000 out of Phoenix Park’s consignment. He is a grandson of the G1 Queensland Oaks and the G1 South Australian Oaks Zacheline (NZ) (Zabeel) {NZ}).

Lot 254 Tavistock (NZ) x Not A Jaffa (NZ)