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Fairdale Celebrates NZB RTR Session Topper

Thursday, 21st November 2019

It was a red-letter day for Fairdale Stud principal Duncan Fell at Karaka on Wednesday. The Palmerston North breeder offered Lot 162, a Savabeel colt out of Iffraaj mare Saoirse, through Sam Beatson's Riversley Park draft and he was thrilled with the $500,000 result. Purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis, Fell had offered the colt as a yearling at Karaka earlier this year where he failed to meet his $200,000 reserve, reports NZ Racing Desk. Fell thought a lot of the colt and decided to target him towards New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready To Run Sale. "He was an outstanding yearling," Fell said. "There were a lot of Savabeels in the sale and I thought that he might have just been sneaking under the radar. "I absolutely loved him as a type and knew that he would make a really nice ready to run horse, so I was prepared to back my judgment and thankfully it has paid off." Fell said it is one of the biggest days in Fairdale Stud's history and unquestionably the biggest in his tenure at the head of the family-owned farm. The Savabeel colt was one of three yearlings Fell offered at Karaka in January and all have been purchased by Ellis.

Savabeel-Saoirse colt

The $500,000 Savabeel-Saoirse colt (pic: Trish Dunell)
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