Savabeel’s (Zabeel – Savannah Success, by Success Express) brilliant son Sangster notched his third Group 1 win with an amazing performance in Wednesday’s Auckland Cup (3200m) at Ellerslie.
Sangster won the Victoria Derby (2500m) as a three-year-old but his career looked to have stalled as he went winless throughout 2012 and his first three runs of 2013 before the gelding roared back into top form with his impressive win in the Group 1 Darci Brahma International (2000m) at Te Rapa.
The four-year-old followed that effort with a comfortable two-length success over 2400 metres in the Group 2 Avondale Cup but the gelding went to another level over the two miles of the Auckland Cup.
Jockey Opie Bosson gave Sangster a comfortable trip for the first 2600 metres before easing his mount off the rail approaching the home turn.
Sangster shot three lengths clear at the 400 metres before holding his opposition comfortably in the straight to score by 2-1/4 lengths over El Soldado ( Colombia – Zo’Al, by Norman Pentaquad) and Chaparrone (High Chaparral – Quarry, by Sky Chase).
“Too smooth, it was just too smooth,” Sangster’s trainer Trent Busuttin told The Informant. “Barrier draws win races and Opie gave him a perfect trip.
“I don’t normally get nervous but with all the expectation I felt a bit of the pressure.”
Meanwhile, emerging mare Diademe (Savabeel – Bling, by O’Reilly) completed a terrific day for Savabeel with her dominant on-pace win in the Group 3 Westbury Classic (1400m).
Diademe, a $NZ50,000 purchase at the 2010 Karaka Premier Yearling Sale, became the 23rd stakes winner for Savabeel after working across from a wide gate to lead throughout to score by 1-1/4 lengths over multiple Group 1 winner Final Touch (Kashani – My Lydia, by Umatilla) and Fleur De Lune (Stravinsky – Kapsjoy, by Kaapstad) to force trainer Murray Baker to think about a trip to Australia for the winner of four of her eight starts.
“She is still in the Doncaster, but she would have to run well in the next couple to think about that,” he said.
“The Group 1 Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha (April 6th) looks to be a good option for her, she is just a very strong wilful horse and she likes to be there.
“I wouldn’t like to be married to her because she is one tough cookie.”