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Savabeel Dominates Sires' Awards Again
Waikato Stud's star stallion Savabeel (Zabeel) has made a clean sweep of New Zealand's three stallion categories for the 2016-17 season, reports NZ Racing Desk. For the second straight year the stallion has won the Grosvenor Award for New Zealand stakes earnings, the Dewar Stallion Trophy for Australasian earnings, and the Centaine Award for global earnings. Savabeel has emulated former barn mate O'Reilly as a two-time winner of all three titles, after O'Reilly's domination in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. "Sensational, obviously,” said Waikato Stud's Mark Chittick, when asked to describe Savabeel's season. “The two big things for us were the number of stakes winners - 19, which was massive - and across multiple countries, and the other thing with those stakes winners was the range of ages and distances.” Up to July 30, Savabeel's progeny had earned $11,549,111 globally, nearly $3 million clear of nearest Centaine Award rival Darci Brahma. In the Dewar Trophy, Savabeel's progeny banked $7,594,461 in Australasia, putting the stallion more than $3.1 million ahead of nearest rival Iffraaj, while the Grosvenor Award standings for New Zealand earnings had Savabeel more than $1 million clear of Iffraaj. "That's the big thing this year - his dominance in each of those categories," Chittick said.