100 stakes winners for Kiwi super sire
Champion Kiwi stallion Savabeel notched up 100 stakes winners last month and is already chipping away at his second century.
The Chris Waller-trained Savacool providing the multiple champion sire’s 100th individual stakes winner when winning the Listed Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury.
And Savabeel didn’t take long to notch up Black Type win 101 with the promising Mo’unga racing away with the Listed Dulcify Quality (1500m) at Rosehill last Saturday. On the same day Savabeel’s son The Chosen One signalled a great Melbourne spring campaign by winning first-up from a 22 weeks’ spell over 1700 metres.
Mo’unga (named after All Black Richie Mo’unga) brought up a winning hat-trick following victories over 1400m at Gold Coast in June then Newcastle last month, and he’s now being set for the Group Three Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill on September 26 before the Group One Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on October 10.
Savabeel rules the roost at New Zealand’s leading thoroughbred stud, Waikato Stud on the outskirts of Matamata where he stands for $100,000.
The Cox Plate winning son of Zabeel is in his 16th season at Waikato and he’s been champion New Zealand stallion for the last 13 years.
Waikato Stud is operated by father and son partnership of Garry and Mark Chittick and they acknowledge the significant role played by Savabeel in elevating Waikato Stud to top ranking as the leading vendor at Karaka for six straight years.
Savabeel’s exemplary record of achievement extends to a consistent 70 per cent winners to runners ratio and 10.8 per cent stakes winners to runners ratio – both stats achieved in the 2018/19 season.
Despite Savabeel’s outstanding success, Mark Chittick concedes that the horse’s stud career hasn’t always been plain sailing.
“Obviously, we are all extremely proud of what he has achieved. It’s never been a secret that he was the first NZ$10 million syndicated horse to come to New Zealand,” Chittick said.
“The support we had in purchasing him and getting him syndicated was incredible and all the way through. We’ve all had a great ride with him and continue to do so.
“Being by Zabeel, we knew they were going to be at their best and 3-year-olds and onwards and there was certainly a year when he served well under 100 mares. There was also a year around that stage that we didn’t get a lot of support from the sales company.
“Through that period it was really very tricky and his service went from NZ$30,000 to NZ$20,000, but we always had confidence in Savabeel. There were definitely difficult years, tough times, and I’m very proud that he came out of that.
“Interestingly enough, he’s now up 15 2-year-old stakes winners, which is incredible. He leaves a top 2-year-old and horses that train on with stakes winners over sprint distances up to a Group 1 winner over 3200 metres and leaves fillies and colts,” said Mark Chittick.