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Savabill Wins NZ Matamata Slipper
Waikato Stud-based multiple Gr1-winning stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a NZ juvenile black-type success (& 5th individual stakes-winner) when favoured gelding Savabill (Savabeel-Illuminate, by Desert Sun) scored a 1-length victory in the NZ$50,000 Listed Matamata Slipper (1200m) for 2YO colts & geldings at Matamata. Savabill (ridden by Hayden Tinsley for trainer John Sargent) defeated fellow gelding Karrdo (Volksraad-Maidjeu, by Montjeu) & the colt Bespoke (Pins-Velvet And Satin, by Carnegie). Savabill (passed-in for NZ$40,000 when consigned by Esker Lodge at the 2010 NZ Bloodstock Select Sale at Karaka) now has 3 wins & a placing (in last month's Gr3 Eclipse Stakes over 1200m at Ellerslie) from 6 starts for NZ$80,275 earnings.