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Shadwell Strong On First Day

Lot 22 Savabeel x A Real Princess colt
Lot 22 Savabeel x A Real Princess colt

Last year's leading purchaser, Shadwell Stud Australasia, were strong again on the opening day of this year's sale purchasing five lots for $2,320,000 to propel them second in the leading purchasers table.

The dearest of those purchases was Lot 22, a colt by Savabeel (Zabeel) from the Lime Country Thoroughbreds draft, which Angus Gold of Shadwell Stud purchased for $620,000 and he told ANZ Bloodstock News the colt would be trained by Lindsay Park.

The colt was part of the first draft offered at an Australian sale by Greg and Jo Griffin's Lime County Thoroughbreds operation, since they relocated from New Zealand to Think Big Stud in New South Wales in February.

"He is a very nice Savabeel colt. He's a beautiful big strong horse, bred on a very successful cross and a really powerful horse. I don't know Savabeel as well as some people, but this colt seemed to have a bit more strength and substance to him than some of the ones I've seen," Gold said.

"Both David Hayes and Mike De Kock loved the horse. He seemed to have a very good outlook and I was delighted, particularly in this market, to buy a big strong horse and he will be trained by David Hayes."

The colt is the fifth foal out winning mare A Real Princess (O'Reilly), who of her two foals to race, both have been winners and these are headed by dual Listed winner Kingdoms (High Chaparral).

A Real Princess is a sister to the Hong Kong Listed winner Unique Jewellery (O'Reilly) and half-sister to the 2006 Australasian Oaks (Gr 1, 2000m) winner Marju Snip (Marju) and Group Two winner Do Ra Mi (Savabeel).

Further back, the colt is from the same family as multiple Group One winner Candide (Sound Reason), the dam of Nadeem (Redoute's Choice), who took out the Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) in 2006 and Listed winner Billion Win (Coronation Day). While Candide also produced the dam of Group Three winner Felicienne (Al Maher).

It is a family that Gold is familiar with, having bought Nadeem for $700,000 at the 2005 sale. - ANZ Bloodstock News


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