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Death, Taxes & Savabeel the Only Certainties

Friday, 3rd July 2020

If rival studmasters in Australia, where Snitzel appears all but certain to claim his fourth consecutive General Stallion Premiership, are finding it frustrating, spare a thought for their kiwi counterparts. In 2013 and 2014, Gr1 Cox Plate-winning Zabeel entire Savabeel filled a placing on the New Zealand General Stallion table. Since then, it’s all been one-way traffic, with the Waikato Stud monopolist taking the title in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. With a month left to run during what has been a coronavirus-shortened season, Savabeel leads by half the straight. The ultra consistent heir-apparent to his sire Zabeel, who in turn inherited it from his sire Sir Tristram, Savabeel has become a contender to be added to the quip that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. It’s also been a remarkable run of success for Waikato Stud which, prior to Savabeel’s dominance, were responsible for O’Reilly (Last Tycoon) claiming three New Zealand General Stallion premierships in a row. That’s an unbroken nine year run – quite an achievement by any standards.


Kawi is one of 20 individual Gr1 winners by Savabeel (pic: Trish Dunell)
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