NZ Draws First Blood with Probabeel in the Futurity Stakes

Mark Smith - Saturday February 20

 The $500,000 Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) turned into a battle of the star mares with New Zealand’s Probabeel defeating the Western Australian Arcadia Queen.

A third Group 1 for Probabeel (image Grant Courtney)

With Damian Lane in the saddle for trainer Jamie Richards, the 4yo daughter of Savabeel powered home to defeat the 5yo Pierro mare by a half-length with the 5yo Shamus Award gelding Mr Quickie two lengths back in third.

It was the third Group 1 for Probabeel after the ATC Epsom Handicap and Surround Stakes whiling advancing her record to ten wins and six seconds with earnings of $2,867,978.

For the 31-year-old Richards it was Group 1 win number 40.

“To sit deep in that quality of field and put pay to them pretty comfortably was a terrific effort,” stable representative Brad Taylor said.

“She’s a grand, fit mare now and Jamie and the whole team at home can be proud of her.

“Ashley, who has travelled over and spent a lot of the last year looking after these horses, does a fantastic job and I’m sure Jamie and Karen will be very proud of her.

“It was a really good turn-of-foot. She showed that here first-up and when she sprinted clear of them it was a nice watch over the last hundred metres.

“(Jamie) is a very good mate to me. I take a lot of inspiration from what he does. He gets up at 1:45am every morning and gets into the office two hours before any staff member turns up. He dedicates his life to it. He probably misses out on a few things that he would like to have done with his mates.

Looking every inch a triple Group 1 winner (image Grant Courtney)“But for days like this he deserves everything he gets, and the success he has is fantastic. He’s been put in a very good position and I’m sure if he was here he’d say a big thank you to David Ellis and Karen. They put a lot of trust in him and he’s delivering the results.”

Probabeel and Arcadia Queen could meet up again in the $5 million All-Star Mile at Moonee Valley on March 13.

Sporting the silks of Brendon and Jo Lindsay's Cambridge Stud, Probabeel was purchased by David Ellis for $380,000 out of the Waikato Stud draft at the 2018 NZB Karaka Yearling Sale.

She is the only foal of the stakes-placed Pins mare Far Fetched who died at the age of seven in 2017.

Far Fetched was a three-quarter sister to Group II MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude and Group III Manfred Stakes winner Legless Veuve and the Group III MRC Mannerism Stakes winner and Group 1 WRC Telegraph Hcp runner-up Tootsie.


Race Result - Lamaro's Sth Melb. Futurity Gr1 1400m

Caulfield Track: Good(4) Time: 1:22.76
T: J W Richards J: Damian Lane 57
4m Savabeel (AUS) x Far Fetched (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $380,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Mr DC Ellis
Arcadia Queen
T: G & A Williams J: W Pike 57
5m Pierro (AUS) x Arcadia (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Mr Quickie
T: P Stokes J: Jamie Kah 59
5g Shamus Award (AUS) x Special Favour (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $115,000
V:Rosemont Stud Gnarwarre Vic
B: Dalziel Racing
T: D R Jolly J: D Oliver 59
5g All Too Hard (AUS) x Penny Banger (AUS) (Zedrich (AUS))
MM National Yearling Sale $6,000
V:Riversdale Scone NSW
B: Grand Syndicates
Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale Platinum Session $120,000
V:Tyreel Stud, Agnes Banks, NSW
B: Heritage Bloodstock
So Si Bon
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: L Nolen 59
7g So You Think (NZ) x Black Minx (NZ) (Lonhro (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $250,000
V:Newgate Farm, Aberdeen
B: R Laing
Streets Of Avalon
T: S P Nichols J: Zac Spain 59
6g Magnus (AUS) x Kamuniak (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe (USA))
Too Close The Sun
T: L Smith J: Declan Bates 59
5g Carlton House (USA) x Old Money (AUS) (Old Spice (AUS))
Ole Kirk
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: K Mc Evoy 55.5
3c Written Tycoon (AUS) x Naturale (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $675,000
V:Gilgai Farm, Nagambie
B: International Thoroughbred Solutions
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: D W Stackhouse 55.5
3g Smart Missile (AUS) x Irish Colleen (NZ) (Shinko King (IRE))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $80,000
V:Haunui Farm
B: Lindsay Park Racing
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