Cambridge trainers Roger James and Robert Wellwood paid $400,000 to secure Lot 121, a Waikato Stud filly by Savabeel out of Kashmir. The O’Reilly mare is a half-sister to Group One performers Sharvasti and Shastri, along with Group Three winner Bhandara.
“I like a lot about the filly obviously,” James told NZ Racing Desk. “I have a long-standing client that wanted a Savabeel filly, and I thought she was clearly the best of them.
“It is the sort of money we thought we would have to pay. I don’t say it’s good value, but hopefully in two years’ time we are saying it’s wonderful value.
“She strikes me as a classic filly. You have got to buy with a chance of getting to a three-year-old classic, and Savabeel has proven he can do it. The pedigree is a filly’s pedigree.
“All round I thought she was a beautifully balanced filly who has every chance of doing the job that we have bought her for.”
Underbidders on the Savabeel filly, Team Rogerson bounced back immediately with Lot 122. Offered by Cambridge Stud, the colt is by Iffraaj out of the multiple Group One winner Katie Lee.
- NZ Racing Desk