Dancer highballs in Underwood Cup

New Zealand’s hot young sire Savabeel continued his successful run across the Tasman on Saturday with his son Zara Dancer (NZ) proving too good in the $100,000 Listed Frank Underwood Cup (1900m).

Zara Dancer (5g Savabeel – Blanchard by Kaapstad) was allowed to stride to the front and was full of running at the turn.  He maintained the margin all the way down the straight.

The victory was Zara Dancer’s first this preparation after contesting the G2 Chelmsford Stakes, G1 George Main Stakes and G3 Craven Plate this season.  Trained by Jim & Greg Lee, he has won 4 of his 22 starts including his first at black-type level on Saturday.

Savabeel is having a strong season in Australia headlined by G1 VRC Derby winning son and Karaka graduate Sangster (NZ).

Now the sire of 12 stakes winners and 8 of those black-type results have been on Australian tracks, where the son of Zabeel boasts a winners to runners ratio of 65%.

Bred by Graeme Rogerson and Windsor Park Stud, Zara Dancer raced in New Zealand where he had 15 starts for three wins and four placings under trainer Bruce Wallace before being taken to Australia.

The son of Savabeel was purchased by Wallace Thoroughbreds from Windsor Park Stud at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2008 Karaka Premier Sale for $200,000.