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NZ$2.2m Saperavi Retired To Stud At Willow Glen
A serious hind leg infection has forced the premature retirement of 3YO colt Saperavi (Stravinsky-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel), the most expensive yearling to be sold at auction for racing in New Zealand, to stud at Willow Glen in South Canterbury for NZ$3,000+GST. Saperavi (a half-bother to 5-time Gr1-winning NZ Champion 2YO & 3YO Darci Brahma) was a NZ$2.2 million yearling purchase by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis at the 2006 NZB National Sale at Karaka. "There's little doubt a lot more would have been seen of Saperavi, but for the fetlock injury he suffered when galloped-on in his final start," noted NZ Thoroughbred Marketing. "What he did achieve in his all too brief career (a win & 2 stakes-placings from just 4 starts) proved that he had ability." The syndicate that owns Saperavi has committed its support when his stud career commences in the spring, with a number of well-credentialed mares booked in.