Stakes-winning Synchronize (NZ) for Sale on Gavelhouse Plus
16 October 2023
Gavelhouse Plus is offering buyers a special opportunity to enhance their broodmare bands with a speedy and well-bred daughter of super-sire Savabeel.
Te Akau Racing’s black-type winner Synchronize (NZ) is now for sale on Gavelhouse Plus, with bidding closing from 7pm (NZT) on Wednesday October 18.
One of 135 individual stakes winners by Waikato Stud’s eight-time champion New Zealand sire Savabeel, Synchronize is out of the blue-blooded O’Reilly mare Splits (NZ).
Herself unraced, Splits is a full-sister to the black-type winner Wolfwhistle (NZ) (O’Reilly), a blood sister to dual Group One winner Tiptronic (NZ) (O’Reilly), a three-quarter-sister to Australian Group One winner Guyno (NZ) (O’Reilly), and a half-sister to the Group Two placegetter Scrutinize (NZ) (Savabeel).
Both Wolfwhistle and Scrutinize were highly successful yearling purchases by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis, who returned to the same high-quality family again at Karaka 2020 and secured Synchronize for $280,000.
Synchronize had 14 starts for four wins, and she made an immediate impression with smart victories in two of her first three starts.
Her black-type highlight came as a four-year-old last season, where she produced a dazzling late burst to come from nowhere and win the Listed Hallmark Stud Handicap (1200m) at Pukekohe on Boxing Day. That race was run in a slick 1:08.97, with Synchronize clocking 32.67 for her last 600 metres.
“She was an absolutely stunning yearling and had a beautiful pedigree, coming from a family that we’ve had a lot of success with previously,” Ellis said.
“We thought she was one of the picks of the Waikato Stud draft when we bought her – a very neat type of filly, and she’s all quality and rich in colour.
“She had an incredible turn of foot, which she showed in the Hallmark Stud Handicap on Boxing Day where she broke 33 seconds for her last 600 metres.
“And you just can’t beat these Savabeel mares, and especially the ones who have performed at black-type level – I think they’re going to be worth a fortune in years to come.”
Synchronize’s Boxing Day heroics made a big impression on her rider, Craig Zackey.
“I was in a good position until the bend came and then it got a little bit rough,” he said. “I got pushed out the back, but the more I was riding her patiently, the more she just started to climb against the bit. When she got through a tight gap, she just exploded.”