Daily News Archive
Daily News Subscription
Sydney Home For Karaka Sale Topper
The progeny of resident Waikato Stud stallion Savabeel were in hot demand once again on the second day of the Ready to Run Sale at Karaka yesterday as the visiting Australian buying bench made their presence felt in dramatic fashion, reports NZ Racing Desk. Topping the sale was the Savabeel colt from the O'Reilly mare Bling, which is a full-brother to Gr1 Cal Isuzu Stakes-winning mare Diademe from the family of Gr2 QTC Sires' Produce Stakes winner Star Of The Knight and dual Gr3-winning Kiwi mare Starcent. The 2YO, catalogued as Lot 264, was purchased by Warwick Farm trainer Bryce Heys who saw off strong competition to secure him for NZ$460,000 from the draft of Diamond Lodge. Heys admitted he had identified the colt as a horse of special interest as soon as he spotted him in the sale catalogue. "We worked through the catalogue as soon as it came out and he was one we had on the short list fairly quickly," he said. "He just fits the profile of this sale so well as the horses sourced from it are highly regarded in our market and he is from a sire that is producing the results week after week." He added, "I flew in on Tuesday and managed to inspect him that evening and that confirmed he was our main target as he really is a quality individual," he said. The colt, who breezed up effortlessly in 10.70 seconds, will immediately head across the Tasman to his new home at Heys' Ellerslie Lodge at Warwick Farm in Sydney.