Going from strength to strength with a succession of new Group horses in the 2017-18 season, champion sire Savabeel has claimed his fourth straight New Zealand Sires’ Premiership, his third consecutive Dewar Award (combined Australian and New Zealand progeny earnings) third Centaine Award (combined progeny earnings worldwide) and he is the leading New Zealand based stallion on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership.
Savabeel has proved himself to be one of the most versatile stallions in Australasia with Group One winners at two years over 1200 metres, three years over 1600 – 2400 metres and older horses who have been successful at the highest level over a variety of distances. Sword of Osman, Embellish, Hasahalo, Savvy Coup, Shillelagh and Kawi achieved those feats respectively in the 2017-18 season to take Savabeel’s number of Group One winners to 17.
Savabeel has notched up a total of 76 Stakes winners to date and recent success includes siring the New Zealand Group One Guineas double with Embellish and Hasahalo and his daughter Savvy Coup won the Group One New Zealand Oaks, resulting in Savabeel siring the winners of three of the four main New Zealand Group One Classic races.
Over the course of the past year, Savabeel sired 17 individual Stakes winners including Group One winners Savvy Coup, Hasahalo, Embellish, Sword of Osman, Shillelagh and Kawi as well as Group winners Coldplay, Splurge, Savapinski, Addictive Nature, Royal Success, Preditor and Clarify plus Listed winners Grazia, Santa Catarina, Savaheat and Peaceful.
Savabeel’s class as a racehorse was evident when he defeated 9 Group One winners in taking out the 2004 W.S. Cox Plate and that level of achievement has followed through to both the yearling sales ring and progeny record on the racecourse.
His success shows he is the heir apparent to his own Champion Sire Zabeel who in turn was the heir apparent to Sir Tristram before him. And like his sire and grandsire, his progeny display the toughness and durability to win over all distances, at all ages from two years to eight years and, incredibly, Savabeel has passed Zabeel for the number of Stakes winners sired at the same stage of their careers.
With recent successes, Savabeel is now achieving a Stakes winners-to-runners ratio above 10 per cent and has thus become only the second sire currently standing in Australasia to reach that level of excellence. Savabeel also boasts an enviable winners-from-runners ratio that exceeds 70 per cent.
For the fourth consecutive year, Savabeel was crowned Leading New Zealand based sire at the Karaka Yearling Sale and the 2018 Australasian sales series have seen 82 Savabeel yearlings sell for an average of $259,766 with 80 bringing $100,000 or more – testimony to the type and correctness and an acknowledgement of the progeny success.
Leading buyers have paid up to $1,025,000 to secure yearlings by Savabeel and the demand to purchase his older progeny at the Hong Kong International Sale has also been strong with his three-year-olds selling for up to $770,000. Similarly, his daughters have been highly sought after with Diademe selling for $1.7 million at the 2018 Magic Millions Broodmare Sale and Nurse Kitchen and Soriano fetched $1.7 million and $1.15 million respectively at last year’s Magic Millions Broodmare Sale.