Karaka Day Three – Double strike lands quality fillies

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Key figures at the close of business saw the aggregate reach NZ$52,894,500, an average of NZ$139,933 and the median NZ$100,000. The clearance has held close to that of Day 3 in 2018 (79 per cent), settling at 76 per cent. I Am Invincible is the leading sire by average, with three or more sold, with three lots selling at an average of NZ$353,333, followed by Zoustar with four lots at an average of NZ$326,250 and Savabeel with 38 lots at an average of NZ$298,684.

Karaka Day Three: At A Glance

>> Dean Hawthorne’s double strike nets a pair of regally-bred fillies.

>> Major purchase of Savabeel colt completes Te Akau colts’ syndicate.

>> Classic winning owners Ger Beemsterboer and Sarah Green make their presences felt.

>> Striking son of multiple Group 1 winner Sacred Falls hits top mark at $380,000.

>> China Horse Club makes first purchases.

>> Ciaron Maher takes his Karaka tally to 11 as the leading Australian purchaser.

Eye on future broodmares

Cambridge bloodstock agent Dean Hawthorne came out on top after a fast and furious 10 minutes at Karaka with two sizeable purchases on behalf of prominent Victorian breeder and owner Jonathan Munz.

Hawthorne wasn’t to be denied Lot 388 and went to NZ$800,000 for the Pencarrow Stud filly by the dominant Savabeel and was straight back into action to snap up Lot 390, The Oaks Stud’s daughter of Tavistock (NZ).

His first strike is out of Scintillula (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who won the G3 Leopardstown Meld S. and finished runner-up in the G1 Moyglare Stud S. for breeder, owner and trainer Jim Bolger.

Scintillula is a sister to the dual Group 3 winner Cuis Ghaire (Ire) and the black type winner The Major General (Ire).

Lot 388 Savabeel x Scintillula (Ire)

“We picked out a couple of fillies here that will suit our broodmare band,” Hawthorne said.

“The Savabeel is a particularly good one from a very good family. She’s got that Galileo blood and that’s what you’ve got to pay for it.

“We picked out a couple of fillies here that will suit our broodmare band.” - Dean Hawthorne.

“More importantly, she’s got the type to match her pedigree and she vetted well.

“We know the mare is in foal to Zoustar. When you buy from Sir Peter you know they do their pedigrees and I was quite surprised this filly was in the sale.”

The daughter of Tavistock is out of the former top-notch race mare Seachange (NZ) (Cape Cross {Ire}). Her seven Group 1 titles twice earned her New Zealand Horse of the Year crowns.

Three of her four foals to race have won and include the G3 Bendigo Cup runner-up Divan (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}).

It has been a terrific family for stud owner Dick Karreman with Seachange’s half-sister Keepa Cruisin (NZ) (Keeper) a G1 Levin Classic winner.

Te Akau fills orders

David Ellis completed his dream team line-up with the NZ$775,000 purchase of Lot 445, a son of Savabeel from Waikato Stud.

“The colts’ syndicate is full now. I just hope we can win Group 1 races in New Zealand and Australia and then stand them at stud somewhere,” he said.

Lot 445 Savabeel x Suavito (NZ)

The Te Akau syndicate comprises Sunday’s NZ$475,000 Written Tycoon colt and Monday’s headline act, the NZ$1.4 million son of Savabeel.

“I just hope we can win Group 1 races in New Zealand and Australia and then stand them at stud somewhere.” – David Ellis.

“We took Darci Brahma to Australia and won a Group 1 and that was a huge result,” Ellis said. “We syndicated him to stud 10 years ago for NZ$10 million and now the prices have tripled. They are worth a serious amount of money.”

The final member of the syndicate is well-credentialed as he is the first foal of the G1 Futurity S. and G1 Orr S. winner Suavito (NZ) (Thorn Park).

David Ellis

“The mare was really top class and it’s nice to have one out of her in the stable,” Ellis said.

“I knew he would be an expensive horse and he’s a precocious Savabeel. He’ll probably be the first of the syndicate to race.

“I knew he would be an expensive horse and he’s a precocious Savabeel.” – David Ellis.

“He could be an ideal horse for the NZ$1 million race at Ellerslie and then possibly take him over for the Sires’ Produce and Champagne S. at Randwick.”

Two of the three colts are Waikato Stud graduates and Ellis said the Matamata nursery was a great source of quality yearlings.

“It’s a beautiful property and very well run – it’s a great operation.”

Record price

Waikato Stud’s Sacred Falls (NZ) has been popular throughout the sale and he went to a new level during the third day session.

Prominent owner David Archer had to go to NZ$380,000 for Lot 383, the highest price ever paid for one of the two-time G1 Doncaster H. winner’s yearlings.

The colt is a son of the Savabeel mare Savodara (NZ), a three-quarter sister to the dual Group 3 winner Bhandara (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}).

Savodara is also a half-sister to the G1 Avondale Gold Cup winner Sharvasti (NZ) (Montjeu {Ire}) and the G3 Hawke’s Bay Guineas winner Shastri (NZ) (Stravinsky {USA}).

Karaka success

Karaka has been a happy hunting ground for Ger Beemsterboer and Sarah Green, who operate under their Barneswood Farm banner, and they struck twice in the early stages of the third session of Book 1.

They went to NZ$220,000 to secure a So You Think (NZ) filly, Lot 331, out of Jamieson Park’s draft and topped that with a successful NZ$525,000 attack on a Savabeel filly, Lot 362, from Waikato Stud.

Beemsterboer and Green have previously sourced the G1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas winners Planet Rock (Fastnet Rock) and Media Sensation (I Am Invincible) from Karaka.

“There was some stiff competition for her and we’re happy to get her.” - Sarah Green.

They will again have Classic aspirations for their latest purchases which will as usual be prepared at Byerley Park by Peter and Dawn Williams.

The So You Think filly is a daughter of the winning Redoute’s Choice mare Rare Delight, a sister to the Listed La Trice Classic winner Tranquility, and the family of Umrun (Umatilla). He claimed two editions of the G1 Toorak H.

Bidding on the Savabeel filly opened at NZ$400,000 and the Beemsterboer-Green combination weren’t to be denied with the youngster signed for by trainer Peter Williams.

“Peter does all the pre-sale inspections and goes all around the farms and makes a list. " - Sarah Green.

“There was some stiff competition for her and we’re happy to get her,” Sarah Green said. “We had a bit more in reserve so it was very good.

“Peter does all the pre-sale inspections and goes all around the farms and makes a list. We all get to the sales and then have another look over them.”

The Savabeel filly is out of the unraced O’Reilly (NZ) mare Rush (NZ), a sister to the G3 Thoroughbred Club S. winner Splashing Out (NZ).

She has been an excellent producer and is the mother of the Group 2 winners Splurge (NZ) (Savabeel), Shopaholic (NZ) (Pins) and her brother Packing Pins (NZ) has been successful at Group 3 level.

"She's got a pedigree, is a lovely walker and a nice type." - Peter Williams.

Rush is also a three-quarter sister to Savabeel’s associate sire and four-time Group 1 winner Sacred Falls (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}).

“I saw her on Sunday and she’s an attractive filly,” Williams said. “She’s got a pedigree, is a lovely walker and a nice type.

“I trained her grandmother (Iguazu) and her daughter (Iguazu’s Girl) and I’ve always wanted to associate with the family. They have all been nice horses.”

Iguazu (NZ) (Carolingian) won 12 races, including the G3 Manawatu Classic and the G3 White Robe Lodge H. and was successful half a dozen times at Listed level.

Club at the double

The powerful China Horse Club was in on the action with their first two purchases of the sale, within minutes of each other.

Their first was a filly, Lot 516, by Savabeel from Beltana Stud’s consignment at NZ$185,000 signed for with trainer Michael Freedman.

She is a half-sister to the G1 Newmarket H. winner and sire Shamexpress (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) with their dam Volksrose (NZ) (Volksraad {NZ}) a half-sister to the G3 White Robe Lodge H. winner O’Reilly Rose (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}).

Lot 516 Savabeel x Volkrose (NZ)

Two lots later the same combination were in for a Shamexpress colt for NZ$75,000 out of the draft of Windsor Park Stud.

His dam Waltz In The Park (NZ) (Thorn Park) is a sister to the G2 Matamata Breeders’ S. winner Te Akau Rose (NZ) and the family of the unbeaten Australian stakes winner Brutal (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}).

Victorian trainer active

Ciaron Maher has been busy at the sale and he took his tally to 11 purchases and with Aquis Farm went to NZ$270,000 for a Fastnet Rock colt.

Offered by Curraghmore, Lot 422 is a son of Soubrettes (NZ) (High Chaparral {Ire}), who was sparingly-raced and fashioned a tidy record with victory in the G3 Stewards H. and a placing in the G1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ S.

During day three of the Book 1 session Maher, who trains with David Eustace, also paid NZ$100,000 for Westbury Stud’s colt, Lot 396, by Redwood (GB) (High Chaparral {Ire}) out of Sesenta (Encosta de Lago).

She is a daughter of the G1 Arrowfield Stud S. winner Sixty Seconds (NZ) (Centaine) and the family of fellow top-flight winners Xtravagant (NZ) (Pentire {GB}), Legs (NZ) (Pins) and Guyno (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}).