2019's $1,000,000 Karaka Million 2YO winner, Probabeel, plans to shoot for a slice of history here at Ellerslie next Saturday when she lines up in the $1,000,000 Karaka Million 3YO Classic.
If the three-year-old Te Akau Racing-trained mare passes the post first in that race, she will become the first horse to have won both the Karaka Million's 2YO and 3YO $1,000,000 features.
“We had that race picked out for a while, three weeks out from the Karaka Million,” Richards said.
“She’ll improve a lot, and it’s nice to have her back and to win a race in those colours of Brendan and Jo Lindsay.
“She’s really started to thrive – the spring campaign in Sydney brought her on a lot. She didn’t develop a huge amount from age two to three through the winter, but with a bit of sun on her back in Sydney and a good month at the Karaka farm of Cambridge Stud, she’s come on in leaps and bounds.”
Probabeel was bred by Waikato Stud patriarch Garry Chittick and was part of Waikato Stud’s draft at New Zealand Bloodstock's 2018 National Yearling Sale.
She was sold to Te Akau Racing principal, David Ellis, for $380,000.
Probabeel has already given the Lindsays four wins and three placings from 10 starts and more than $769,000 in prize-money, and she could deliver them something even more special here at next Saturday's New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million.
“I purchased Probabeel to syndicate, and two days later Brendan and Jo came and bought her outright, which is great,” Ellis recalled.
“Not only are they having a hell of a lot of fun, but she’s become an immensely valuable filly.
“Probabeel showed she was special when winning her first start at Ellerslie, and after winning three from four she unfortunately struck two heavy tracks when we took her to Sydney as a two-year-old.
“She had a good spell and we kicked her off again at Randwick, and, really, she was pretty unlucky not to win one of the legs of the Princess Series. She was racing against the best fillies in Australia, and showed she was up to them.
“Jamie (Richards) has done a terrific job with her and it’s exciting for Brendan and Jo, and all our team, that she can contest another million-dollar race at the end of January.
"She loves Ellerslie, killed them in the  Karaka Million, and I think she’ll be a top chance.”
Come and see Probabeel gallop here on Monday morning when we're opening our track up for Karaka Million contenders from 7am
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