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Savabeel Continues To Set Standard
Waikato Stud's champion sire Savabeel has set a new benchmark for stallion excellence during the 2017-18 season, reports NZ Racing Desk. At next month's New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Awards, Waikato Stud's Mark Chittick will accept the Grosvenor Award, Dewar Stallion Trophy and Centaine Award, a Savabeel clean sweep of all three New Zealand stallion awards for an unprecedented third straight season. The son of deceased multiple champion sire Zabeel sired 6 Group 1 winners during the 2017-18 season, namely Kawi (Captain Cook Stakes), Shillelagh (Cantala Stakes), Embellish (NZ 2,000 Guineas), Hasahalo (1000 Guineas), Sword Of Osman (Sistema Stakes) and Savvy Coup (New Zealand Oaks), boosting his career tally of top-flight winners to 17. "It's been another cracking season. His success, earned in so many countries, at the highest level was huge," Chittick said. "The obvious highlight, which he gave us the opportunity to do, was breeding the 1000 and 2000 Guineas double and we got a lot of satisfaction from Savvy Coup winning the New Zealand Oaks. They were all out of young mares too." Chittick added: "That's the fortunate position we are in with Savabeel. He is always giving mares a great opportunity and continually upgrading families." Chittick marvelled at Savabeel's strike rate. "The unwritten rule is anything above five per cent of stakes winners to runners and you have a successful stallion. I think he's one of only three in Australasia at 10 per cent or higher, which is freakish really." Chittick said the rising 17YO would have his book of mares restricted in the future. "We've restricted his book to outsiders. Syndicate members' mares make up 100 of his book so we've only taken about 20 or 30 outside mares this season and that's a decision we've made to look after him as he gets older and add longevity to his stud career," Chittick said.