Exciting Stayer - SOCIAL ELEMENT

Exciting stayer SOCIAL ELEMENT (Savabeel/Pare) showed that a NZ suffix is essential for great stayers when he won convincingly at Warwick Farm over 2200m. Thank you to Bloodstock Agent Phill Cataldo who we purchased the horse in partnership with at the Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs at Karaka.

Social Element as a yearling at Karaka
Social Element as a yearling at Karaka

Social Element was an experiment purchase. Adrian Bott flew to Karaka in 2015 and he had a brief from my husband Rob to buy a stayer on weight.

Rob had researched that successful stayers are lighter than heavier. My Caulfield Stakes winner Descarado (NZ) came into the stable weighing 459kg, and Social Element weighed in at 468kg when he first arrived. They were both lightly framed, almost slight in structure.

The Ready to Run sale is by far New Zealand’s best sale (similar to Magic Millions) as it puts precocious stayers under the spot light. They are handled and broken in at a much earlier age.

After Social Element's six mediocre trials, I used to tease Adrian and say, “You must have been drunk when you bought this one.” However, now I have to eat my words and I am only so pleased to do so. Adrian did a superb job in selecting this stayer. He followed my husband Rob’s rules intrinsically and he came away with a very exciting horse. Social Element is nominated for this year’s The Metropolitan and it would seem a far cry for a horse who could not even win a trial, even after four attempts, to being talked about racing in a Group 1 handicap.

This is the wonderful thing about staying races. Some of the best stayers in the world are literally on our doorstep, just across the Tasman.


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