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Bassett Wins Listed Hareeba Stakes
At Mornington in Victoria, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning sire Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a black-type success when 4YO New Zealand-bred gelding Bassett (Savabeel-Fledgling, by Captain Rio) scored by a short head for trainer Mick Price in the $120,000 Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO mare Prussian Vixen (King of Prussia-Miss Eileen, by Lion Hunter) & fellow 4YO gelding Well Sprung (Star Witness-Sprung, by Grand Slam). This was successive stakes victories for Bassett who improved his record to 5 wins (including the Listed Abell Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr3 VRC Carbine Club Stakes & Gr3 MRC Zeditave Stakes) from 18 starts for $381,900 earnings. Bassett, who was a $60,000 purchase by Peter Moody at the 2014 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Westbury Stud, hails from the family of Gr1 Diamond Stakes winner Fully Fledged, Gr3 winner Cheval Place, and stakes winners Snippet's Girl and Snippet's Show.