Waikato Stud stallion Tivaci is on the board following the debut success in Australia on Wednesday of his three-year-old son Celevacci (NZ).
Young sinre Tivaci had sired four previous placegetters from a handful of representatives before Celevacci, who had been a lead-up trial winner, was victorious at the first time of asking over 1400m at Belmont in Western Australia for part-owner and trainer Adam Durrant.
“It’s really great news and I’ve been saying all along that Tivaci’s progeny will be typically like him, he won his first race as a spring 3-year-old,” Waikato Stud principal Mark Chittick said.
“I think you will see some real momentum now and there are a lot of good prospects out there.”
The Waikato Stud-bred Celevacci is out of the unraced Savabeel mare Celebrate, who hails from the potent Waikato Stud family of the dual Group 1 winner and Champion Sire O’Reilly.
Durant’s stable representative Jason Miller said Celevacci had showed an abundance of talent, but was still a work in progress.
“He’s showed a lot at home and he’s still a big, gangly boy. That was showing up the straight - he got there a bit early and he was green and did a good job to sustain his finish from the top of the straight to the line.
“He’s bred to run and we had his half-brother Pinzu, who was a top horse for the stable.”
Celevacci was initially purchased off the Gavelhouse online platform as a weanling for $14,000 by Western Australian owner Peter Caporn.
“Peter bought Pinzu off us a few years ago and paid a fair bit of money for him, $330,000, and after the horse had an early issue he was told he wouldn’t race again,” Chittick said.
Pinzu went on to win nine races, with the son of Pins’ career highlight a victory in the Listed Carbine Club of Western Australia Stakes.
Caporn subsequently sold Celevacci to Durrant for A$50,000 as a yearling.
Tivaci recorded his second winner in quick succession, with Mascherata cruising to victory in a 1200-metre Maiden Plate at Scone on Thursday.
Mascherata accelerated sharply approaching the 200 metres and put away her opponents quite comfortably.
The stallion is kicking into gear with his first crop just turned three. Both winners are well
related and both are out of mares by Waikato Stud’s seven-time champion New Zealand sire, Savabeel (Zabeel).
Celevacci is a half-brother to Listed winner Pinzu (Pins) with their granddam, O’Really (Centaine), a half-sister to Waikato Stud’s champion sire O’Reilly (Last Tycoon). Mascherata’s dam Fancy Dress (Savabeel) is a Sydney-winning half-sister to Group 2 winner Sports Illustrated (Fast ‘n’ Famous) and her granddam, the stakes-placed Flemington winner Pin Up (Pins), is a half sister to champion three-year-old Starcraft (Soviet Star).
Tivaci will stand at $12,500 +GST for 2021. -NZ Racing Desk, ANZ Bloodstock News