Savabeel Blueblood Wins G3 Desert Gold
Media Release - Saturday January 18

A copybook ride by Opie Bosson paved the way for promising filly Showbeel to add a valuable black type success to her career record when she took out the first feature race at Trentham on Saturday, the Group III New Zealand Bloodstock Desert Gold Stakes (1600m).

Showbeel - Race ImagesThe Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained three-year-old had finished well back at her last start when trapped wide throughout in the Gr.2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

There was no such bad luck this time for the Savabeel filly as Bosson took advantage of an inside barrier draw to position Showbeel in the trail behind a muddling pace in the early stages of the contest.

On a day where the results in the early races favoured runners handy to the pace, Bosson made his move shortly after entering the home straight as he angled Showbeel into the clear and dashed to the lead.

Well favoured contenders Loire and Jennifer Eccles were making good ground out wide in the closing stages but Showbeel held too big an advantage as she went to the line just over a length in front of the pair.

“She was good as she jumped and put herself in the race,” Bosson said.

“She travelled beautifully and I had a lapful of horse turning in. Every time I gave her a click, she gave me that little bit more.

“She relaxed beautifully and I don’t think there is any worry with her running over 2000m.”

Co-trainer Andrew Forsman was pleased to see the filly get some luck after having plenty of excuses at her last start.

“It was a very good run and she has always shown us this sort of quality,” he said.

Showbeel is the 96th stakes-winner for Savabeel“She just hasn’t had a lot of luck as the draw cost her last time.

“From a good barrier today and with a good ride she showed her class.

“She is a filly on the way up.

“We’ll take her home now and head towards the Sir Tristram (Gr.2, 2000m) and then the Oaks (Gr.1, 2400m).”

Forsman was referring to the Gr.2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa on February 8 while the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) will be raced at Trentham on March 14.

A daughter of Galileo mare Showileo, Showbeel is the granddaughter of multiple Group One winning mare Showella. She was a $215,000 purchase by Baker Racing from the Book 1 draft of Waikato Stud at the 2018 National Yearling Sale and is the 96th stakes-winner for champion sire Savabeel.

The victory moved Showbeel into fifth place on the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year table on 7.5 points which Loire and Jennifer Eccles hold the joint lead on 16.5 points. NZ Racing Desk

Desert Gold Stakes Gr3 1600m
Trentham Track: Dead(4) Time: 1:36.91
T: M Baker & A Forsman J: O P Bosson 56.5
3f Savabeel (AUS) x Showileo (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $215,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Baker Racing
T: A W Pike J: M J Mc Nab 56.5
3f Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Syrah (NZ) (Traditionally (USA))
Jennifer Eccles
T: S F Ritchie J: S R Weatherley 56.5
3f Rip Van Winkle (IRE) x Platinum Elle (NZ) (Elnadim (USA))
Belle Plaisir
T: Ms L Tanner J: J Parkes 56.5
3f Proisir (AUS) x Eden (AUS) (Zeditave (AUS))
NZB Karaka - Book 2 $32,000
V:Fairdale Stud
B: Mr LC Hickman
Queen Kamada
T: Ms A Herbert J: T D Thornton 56.5
3f Rip Van Winkle (IRE) x Shanro (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
T: F J Auret J: L J Allpress 56.5
3f Krupt (AUS) x In The Clover (AUS) (Bureaucracy (NZ))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale Book 2 $16,000
V:Redbank North/Huntworth Stud Harden NSW
B: Beamish Bloodstock
Starring Role
T: G J Old J: J J Fawcett 56.5
3f Showcasing (GB) x Donelmi (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
T: M & M Pitman J: Ryan Maloney 56.5
3f Uncle Mo (USA) x Zubara (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
MM National Yearling Sale $7,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Michael Pitman
T: M Baker & A Forsman J: M Cameron 56.5
3f Charm Spirit (IRE) x Prix Du Sang (AUS) (Red Ransom (USA))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $180,000
V:Windsor Park Stud
B: Mr MW Bayly
Grand De Flora
T: R James & R Wellwood J: R T Elliot 56.5
3f Savabeel (AUS) x Daffodil (NZ) (No Excuse Needed (GB))
Kellys Inspiration
T: Ms L Latta J: R J Hannam 56.5
3f Burgundy (NZ) x Inspire (NZ) (Shinko King (IRE))
T: Daniel Miller J: R Hutchings 56.5
3f Rock 'n' Pop (AUS) x Little Glo (NZ) (Howbaddouwantit (USA))
T: J G Bary J: S T Collett 56.5
3f Dalghar (FR) x Al Sareeh (NZ) (Al Akbar (AUS))
Porotene Charm
T: Ms T Keegan J: R J Myers 56.5
3f Jimmy Choux (NZ) x Porotene Bella (NZ) (Al Akbar (AUS))
Ivory Madonna
T: S S Carey J: L T Hemi 56.5
3f Jimmy Choux (NZ) x Infinite Way (NZ) (Traditionally (USA))