The Story of Top NZ Racehorse Savabeel
Savabeel was voted the leading sire in New Zealand for 2016 at the Industry Awards, which were held in June of the same year. The Awards were held in The Great Room, at the Langham Hotel in Auckland with many of the racing industries main players being present, from jockeys to trainers to owners. A number of horses were nominated for different categories, with Savabeel winning all three stallion earnings categories.
Savabeel As A Racehorse
Savabeel is a son of the great Zabeel, also a New Zealand bred horse, who himself was Stallion of the Year in 2006, and then in consecutive years in 2008 and 2009 and 2010. His racing career was extremely successful, with 14 starts for 3 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third for $2,760,460. In 2004 he won the Cox Plate, which is considered to be the premium weight for age race in Australia. He was the second son of Zabeel to do so, with octagonal winning it in 1994. Savabeel went on to win the Spring Champion Stakes and at Group One level, making him one of the best horses at the time according to his trainer.
Unfortunately, Savabeel had a disappointing Autumn campaign in 2005, in which he only placed once, and was retired to stud. He did, however, uphold the name of his father, the great Zabeel whom he took over from as New Zealand’s champion sire
Savabeel the Sire
Savabeel currently stands at Waikato Stud, which is on the North Island. His covering fee has increased exponentially in the last few years as his progeny are beginning to really prove themselves on the track, and are fast becoming a bettors dream. Savabeel colts and fillies are horses to watch, as they are winning races left, right and centre. Due to this fact many of them are favourites in Group one races, including the likes Of Kawi, Sound Proposition, Pasadena Girl, Diademe, Savaria, Soriano and Lucia Valentina. Although deservingly high odds horses, placing a bet on them may guarantee you a win or a place, but may not make an extreme amount of profit due to their, and their sibling’s successes.
Savabeel is so successful as a sire in fact, that he has achieved $14.3million in global progeny earnings. His progeny have been sold all around the world, not just on the Australasian continent. There are only two active sires in the whole of Australia and New Zealand, which have exceeded his earnings for the 2015 to 2016 season. In total he has 53 stakes winners, 11 of those achieving black type distinction during 2015/16. His progeny run over a range of distances as well, proving that he is a versatile stallion who can produce a range of different thoroughbred types.
Savabeel’s pedigree is greatly sought after, with Sir Tristram as his grandsire and the great Nureyev in his sire line too. All told, Savabeel looks set to remain a champion New Zealand sire for a few years yet, although he is already fifteen years old. Many stallions have gone on into their early twenties, barring accident, still siring winners. He may no longer be thrilling punters on the track, but his offspring look set to do so for years to come.