One to Watch - Sandown
Tara Madgwick - Wednesday July 11

Champion New Zealand sire Savabeel gave us the 'One to Watch' on Wednesday with a sensational win for the three-quarter brother in-blood to triple Group I winner Sangster.

SavabeelA phone call from Lindsay Park co-trainer David Hayes has led to exciting times for Kiwi owner breeders Peter Grieve and Barry Thomas.

The pair co-own and bred exciting three-year-old Gold Mag who took his unbeaten tally to two at Sandown on Wednesday.

The Savabeel gelding showed a tremendous turn of foot to sail past his opposition to score by five-lengths under jockey Craig Williams.

"He showed a great turn of foot and changed stride in the straight and was three-wide all the way," Grieve said. "I'm very happy with the win."

Gold Mag only had the one unplaced trial in New Zealand for trainer Finbarr Leahy before Grieve fielded a call from David Hayes.

"His trial in New Zealand was quite a good trial," Grieves said. "David Hayes rang me out of the blue and told me he had heard I had quite a nice horse and that he'd like to train him for me.

"I thought with that sort of initiative I'll give him a go."

It is a decision that Grieve has not regretted, with Gold Mag winning by a similar margin on debut at Bendigo in June, followed by Wednesday's impressive victory.

"They (trainers) are pretty excited. He's still got youth on his side, so we'll take him along slowly," he said.

"We'll just ease up on him now and bring him out in a couple of months time. He'll be a handy horse in 13 to 14 months."

Grieve, a 75-year-old former trainer, is excited to once again have a quality horse on his hands, but Gold Mag still has a way to go to top his list.

"It's good to have a nice horse on my hands again after 50 years in racing," he said.

"I've been keen on racing all my life. I had my first winner in 1969 and had a horse or two before that. I trained my first winner at Wellington in 1970, so I have been playing around with horses for a long time.

"I had a share in Omnicorp when he won the VRC Derby, but breeding, owning and training Braless to win the (New Zealand) One Thousand Guineas has probably been the highlight. Uncle Remus beat us by half a head in the (New Zealand) Two Thousand Guineas."

Meanwhile, Grieve said he is just as rapt for his breeding and owning partner Barry Thomas, who was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to tourism and business in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours.

"He sponsors the New Zealand Trotting and galloping Cups," Grieve said. "He's put a fair bit into racing.

"I met him through a review committee we were in, it was of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing as a matter of fact. We got matey and began racing a few together."

That has resulted in the pair breeding Gold Mag and Grieve hopes his future success can pay for his dam Chapinta to return to his sire this season.

"We've got a rising two-year-old by Swiss Ace that is being broken in at the moment," he said.

"We lost a Swiss Ace filly foal this year, but that can't be helped. She is in-foal to Zed, I'm trying to breed a Melbourne Cup horse.

"We'd probably be wise to go back to Savabeel (this coming season), we might be able to afford it by then." – NZ Racing Desk

Le Pine Funerals (Bm64) 1200m
Sandown-Lakeside Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:12.81
1
5.0
Gold Mag
T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: Craig Williams 59.5
3g Savabeel (AUS) x Chapinta (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
2
5.0
Signature Street
T: D K Weir J: Ethan Brown 57.5
3g Street Boss (USA) x Signed And Sealed (AUS) (King Charlemagne (USA))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Rushton Park, Tatura
B: Darren Weir Racing $40,000
3
6.5
McGarrett
T: T J Hughes Jnr J: Lachlan King 56.5
3g Magnus (AUS) x Dux Of The Class (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
4
6.7
El Magnificence
T: P G Carey J: R McLeod 59.5
3g Magnus (AUS) x Eliza Dream (AUS) (Desert Sun (GB))
5
6.8
Lagerfeld
T: C Maher J: Liam Riordan 57.5
3g Denman (AUS) x Coco Kerringle (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Bell River Thoroughbreds Wellington NSW
B: Ciaron Maher Racing $120,000
6
8.0
Yankee Toff
T: Ms M Cunningham J: J Lorensini 58.5
3g Toorak Toff (AUS) x Star Maid (AUS) (Made Of Gold (USA))
7
8.1
Golden Key
T: M Ellerton and S Zahra J: Ms S Thornton 58
3g Pins (AUS) x Mink (NZ) (Scaredee Cat (NZ))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Ric Wylie Bloodstock $40,000
8
8.5
Sugar Baby
T: G Eurell J: Jye McNeil 57
3f Turffontein (AUS) x Heart's Hope (AUS) (Mookta (AUS))
9
8.9
Milord
T: D K Weir J: John Allen 59.5
3g Master Of Design (AUS) x Magic Milady (AUS) (Starcraft (NZ))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $85,000
V:Mill Park Stud, Meningie, SA
B: Sam Pritchard-Gordon Racing $85,000
10
9.0
Outback Warrior
T: M D Moroney J: Jordan Childs 59.5
3g Toorak Toff (AUS) x Medici Madonna (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale $62,500
V:Wingara Thoroughbreds, Kilmore, Vic
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock $62,500
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $45,000
V:Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock $45,000
11
9.8
Burgonet
T: M Ellerton and S Zahra J: Chris Symons 59
3c Helmet (AUS) x Scottish Queen (NZ) (Falkirk (NZ))
12
9.9
Mutual Respect
T: A W Noonan J: M Aitken 56.5
3g Trusting (AUS) x Readyor (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Magic Millions As Agent $50,000
13
10.3
Too Hard To Handle
T: Kate Goodrich J: Jarrod Fry 58.5
3g Hard Spun (USA) x Littlemissattitude (AUS) (Magic Albert (AUS))
14
11.0
Fully Maxed
T: S P Nichols J: Zac Spain 58.5
3g Reward For Effort (AUS) x Out Of Credit (AUS) (Alert (ARG))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale Ses 2 $60,000
V:Phoenix Broodmare Farm, Euroa
B: Shane Nichols Racing $60,000