Graeme RogersonGraeme Rogerson (magic millions) Tuesday’s topper was produced by the top racemareSavannah Success (Aus). The colt’s successful brother Savabeel was himself a A$400,000 purchase at the 2003 renewal of this sale by trainer Graeme Rogerson and syndicated by Dean Watt before the pair’s well-publicised and acrimonious parting. Rogerson trained the dual Group 1-winning dam Savannah Success and gave A$1.55 million for Arlington (Aus) (Red Ransom), younger brother of Savabeel, in 2006; that colt has recorded two stakes-placings.

“This was the horse we wanted from the very beginning; I was involved in Savabeel and we liked Arlington, but did not value him as highly,” said Dean Watt. “He is nothing at all like Savabeel; he has thrown directly to the mare - he is a lot like [broodmare sire] Success Express.” Watt added the colt’s page ultimately determined the purchase price.

“The Danehill/Success Express cross has produced Excites (Aus) and Gold Edition (Aus), and they are both Group 1 winners,” Watt said. “Even if this horse never wins a race, he represents outstanding value in a limitless blue-sky market for stallions; this horse is recession-proof, and he is from arguably one of the best working female families in the stud book.”

Dean Watt Dean Watt (dynamicsyndications) While Watt admitted to being sentimental about the colt due to his connection to Savabeel, he added that veterinarian Tim Roberts “took the emotion out,” explaining, “It doesn’t matter how much we love the horse; if Tim doesn’t give him the stamp of approval, we don t bid. Tim has looked at 78 sets of X-rays for us. I am also very confident buying a horse from Gerry Harvey of Baramul Stud. Gerry is a realist; his investment is great for the racing industry, and the horses are raised naturally - they are quality horses with good bone.” Watt said Melbourne-based executive recruitment company owner Bill Vlahos, who was among the purchasers of Pillar of Hercules (Aus) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) for A$1.8 million last spring, would take 25 percent of the colt and a 30-percent share would be syndicated to owners, including Bill Benson’s Emerald Thoroughbreds. Within an hour, Watt further confirmed that Harvey had bought back a 25-percent interest in the colt.

Asked if he thought the colt would be an early two year-old, Watt said he envisaged pointing toward the 1200-meter G1 Golden Slipper or G1 Sires Produce Stakes over 1400 meters. “Savabeel was competitive at two, but outstanding at three,” Watt said. “We thought he would be a smart two-year-old and we trialled him in the first two-year old trials of that season and he ran second. We drove home ready to kick the cat - but it turned out the horse that beat him in the trial was (subsequent two-year-old Triple Crown winner) Dance Hero (Aus).” Graeme Rogerson, who trained Savabeel to a remarkable Cox Plate victory at three, said he did not bid on the colt. “I didn’t like him, to my eye he did not have the same quality as Savabeel and Arlington, but each to his own, and time will tell if I am wrong in my judgment.”

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News