Lopov (NZ) lands Kalgoorlie Cup

Savabeel has sired his first stakes winner of the season courtesy of LR Kalgoorlie Cup winner Lopov.

A $25,000 graduate of the 2009 NZB Karaka yearling sale, Lopov was initially trained by Danny O’Brien at Flemington before being sold to Western Australia late last year.

Lopov (5g Savabeel – Prickle by Pins) completed the Goldfields feature double for trainer Adam Durrant after Texan (Stratum) won the LR Hannans Hcp last Wednesday.  “All he needed was some extra attention and he gets that back home,” Durrant revealed.  “He thrives on bush work and we’ve been able to get the miles into his legs.”

Lopov gave jockey Dan Staeck his third Kal Cup in the last four years after skipping clear in the straight to defeat stablemate Double Barrel by three lengths.  He also broke Lotilla Bay’s race record clocking 2.21.43s for 2300 metres.

Lopov (NZ) races for a syndicate headed by Perth Racing committeeman Peter Gangemi.  He’s an older brother to G1 Queensland Derby winner Brambles.  They have a 2yo brother with Peter Moody that made $110,000 at the Karaka yearling sale earlier this year.

Waikato Stud resident Savabeel sired 10 stakes winners last season.  Apart from Brambles, his other Group 1 winners in 2011-12 were Sangster (VRC Victoria Derby) and Scarlett Lady (New Zealand Stakes)

– Karl Patterson