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Group 3 Win for Kiss Me Ketut (NZ)

Group 3 Win for Kiss Me Ketut (NZ)
Group 3 Win for Kiss Me Ketut (NZ)

Select Sale graduate Kiss Me Ketut (NZ) (Danroad) scored her first stakes win when she took out Sunday’s A$125,000 Group 3 Armidale Stud Vamos Stakes (1400m) at Launceston.

Ridden by Boris Thornton for trainer Matthew Brown, the six-year-old mare went straight to the front from her inside gate and was never caught, winning the fillies and mares’ feature by half a length.

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South Island Sale Graduate Parthesia (NZ) Captures Tasmanian Oaks

With this year’s South Island Sale now just two months away, a filly purchased at the Sale two years ago for $20,000 scored a timely stakes win in Australia over the weekend.

Parthesia (NZ), a daughter of White Robe Lodge stallion Raise The Flag, won Sunday’s A$100,000 Listed Brooklyn Park Agistment Tasmanian Oaks (2100m) at Launceston to boost her career earnings to A$82,150 – more than four times her purchase price.

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Ready to Run Sale Graduate Gingernuts (NZ) Stars in Avondale Guineas

Ready to Run Sale Graduate Gingernuts (NZ) Stars in Avondale Guineas. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Ready to Run Sale Graduate Gingernuts (NZ) Stars in Avondale Guineas. Photo: Trish Dunell.

He cost only $42,500 at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale, but Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj) has emerged as the latest racetrack star for Karaka’s perennial leading buyers Te Akau Racing with a last-to-first win in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Retina Specialists Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie.

Gingernuts earned more than his purchase price in one fell swoop, and he did it in remarkable style. Racing at stakes level for the first time in his six-start career, the gelding had to jump from the extreme outside draw in the 14-horse field. Making matters worse, he dwelt badly at the start and dropped out to be a distant last.

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Group Three Win For $5,200 Purchase Our King Sway (NZ)

Group Three Win For $5,200 Purchase Our King Sway (NZ). Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.
Group Three Win For $5,200 Purchase Our King Sway (NZ). Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.

Our King Sway (NZ) (Shinko King) cost just $5,200 as a weanling at Karaka, and an impressive win in Saturday’s $80,000 Group 3 Platinum Homes Taranaki Cup (1800m) took his career earnings through the $100,000 barrier.

The gelding, trained and part-owned by Glenn Old in Matamata, came from last with a sustained move around the outside of the field. He faced stiff resistance in the straight, but with Anna Jones in the saddle he ground his way to victory by a long neck.

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Karaka Graduate Residential (NZ) Does it Again in Southland Guineas

Well-bred filly Residential (NZ) (Pins), a graduate of the 2015 Premier Sale, picked up her second consecutive stakes win when she romped to victory in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed ILT Ascot Park Hotel Southland Guineas (1600m) at Ascot Park.

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Sacred Rhythm (NZ) the Latest Stakes-Winning Karaka Graduate

Sacred Rhythm (NZ) the Latest Stakes-Winning Karaka Graduate. Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.
Sacred Rhythm (NZ) the Latest Stakes-Winning Karaka Graduate. Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.

Pentire filly Sacred Rhythm (NZ), who won Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Bob Sharrock Memorial Oaks Prelude (1800m) at New Plymouth, became the latest in a long line of black-type performers to come out of the Karaka sale ring and race in the colours of Raffles Racing.

That list is headed by Group 1 winners such as Sacred Falls (NZ) (O’Reilly), Rock Diva (NZ) (Lucky Unicorn) and Sacred Elixir (NZ) (Pour Moi), all trained for at least some of their career by Tony Pike. Sacred Rhythm also comes from Pike’s Cambridge stable, and after Saturday’s win – her second from three career starts – Pike is considering a shot at either the New Zealand Oaks in March or the Queensland Oaks in June.

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NZB Future Sale Dates

NZB Auction Ring.
NZB Auction Ring.

Karaka graduates won 23 Group 1 races last season and have won the most Group 1 races at The Championships of any sales company.

NZB graduates Lucia Valentina (NZ), Tavago (NZ) and Sofia Rosa (NZ) collectively won over A$4.5 million in prize money at The Championships, yet combined they cost only NZ$185,000. 

As a subscriber to NZB's News Desk, we would like to give you advance notice of upcoming Sale dates:

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Karaka Graduate Volkstok’n’barrell (NZ) Claims Fourth Group 1 Win

Karaka Graduate Volkstok’n’barrell (NZ) Claims Fourth Group 1 Win. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Karaka Graduate Volkstok’n’barrell (NZ) Claims Fourth Group 1 Win. Photo: Trish Dunell.

The $50,000 that Donna Logan paid to buy Volkstok’n’barrell (NZ) (Tavistock) at the 2013 Select Sale at Karaka has been dwarfed by his racetrack accomplishments, including a fourth Group 1 title in Saturday’s $400,000 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa.

Volkstok’n’barrell has now had 26 starts for nine wins, six placings and more than $1.4 million in stakes. His previous Group 1 victories came in the Rosehill Guineas, Haunui Farm WFA Classic and New Zealand Stakes, while he has also placed in the New Zealand Derby, Australian Derby and Zabeel Classic.

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Bonneval (NZ) Claims Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic

Bonneval (NZ) Claims Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Bonneval (NZ) Claims Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic. Photo: Trish Dunell.

The Cambridge stable of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman stole the show in Saturday’s seventh leg of the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series, the $100,000 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m), as Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi) edged out her stablemate Nicoletta (NZ) (Savabeel) to deliver a Baker-Forsman Quinella.

All eyes were on the hot favourite Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) who went into Saturday’s race with an unbeaten seven-from-seven record and a clear lead in the Filly of the Year Series. But the Baker-Forsman pair made it a true staying test and their superior stamina carried the day.

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Volpe Veloce Heads Seventh Leg of NZB Filly of the Year Series

Exciting filly Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) will try to add to her perfect record and strengthen her lead in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series when she contests Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa.

The Graham Richardson-trained runner has won all of her seven starts to date, including the Group 3 LawnMaster Eulogy Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic (1600m). Those victories earned her 14 points in the Filly of the Year Series, which she leads by two points over La Diosa (NZ) (So You Think).

A last-start winner of the $250,000 Listed NZB Insurance Karaka 3YO Mile (1600m), Volpe Veloce will face seven rivals in Saturday’s race. None of them are close enough to Volpe Veloce on the points table to overhaul her if they win, although the Group 3 Wellfield Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) winner Nicoletta (NZ) (Savabeel) has 6 points and could take an equal share of the lead if she wins and Volpe Veloce is unplaced.

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Final Results for Karaka 2017

Lot 10 O'Reilly - Volkrose sold for $825,000 on Day One of the Premier Sale. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Lot 10 O'Reilly - Volkrose sold for $825,000 on Day One of the Premier Sale. Photo: Trish Dunell.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s 91st National Yearling Sales Series concluded on Sunday after six action-packed days of selling.

The increased international presence at Karaka 2017 was a highlight of the Sale Series, with purchasers from nine countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ireland, Great Britain, and Japan securing purchases through the three Sale sessions.

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Stakes Breakthrough for Karaka Graduate Charmont

Charmont takes out the Listed Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes. Photo: Race Images Palmerston North.
Charmont takes out the Listed Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes. Photo: Race Images Palmerston North.

Charmont (High Chaparral), who was passed in at the 2013 Premier Sale, snapped a long line of stakes placings with her first black-type win in Monday’s $50,000 Listed Te Power Rapa Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Tauherenikua.

Charmont is a granddaughter of the Group 1 winner and Melbourne Cup runner-up Champagne (NZ) (Zabeel). Bred by Champagne’s owner Bob Emery, Charmont was offered at Karaka four years ago but fell $10,000 short of her $250,000 reserve.

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Festival Sale Rounds Off Karaka 2017

Lot 1132 Super Easy x Astrogal. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Lot 1132 Super Easy x Astrogal. Photo: Trish Dunell.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Festival Sale concluded the National Yearling Sales Series today with pleasing results in terms of clearance and the day’s top price.

In total 157 horses sold for a clearance rate of 78% with the top price of $90,000 the highest price paid in the session since 2013. The total traded was $2,332,000 (down from $3,020,200 last year) for an average of $14,854 (down from $16,065 last year) and the median dropped from last year’s figure of $12,000 to equal 2015’s figure of $10,000.

“It was pleasing to see the Sale end up with 78% clearance and to have buyers from Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore stay on,”

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Impressive Stakes Win for Karaka Graduate Legless Veuve (NZ)

Impressive Stakes Win for Karaka Graduate Legless Veuve (NZ). Photo: Darryl Sherer.
Impressive Stakes Win for Karaka Graduate Legless Veuve (NZ). Photo: Darryl Sherer.

Highly talented Pins filly Legless Veuve (NZ), a graduate of the 2015 Premier Sale, added another stakes win to her CV with an impressive display in Saturday’s A$150,000 Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

Winner of the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) in the spring, the Stuart Webb-trained filly was making her first start in four months in Saturday’s race. With Mark Zahra in the saddle, she raced handy to the speed before scooting to the front in the straight and scoring by a convincing three-quarters of a length.

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Deserved Waikato Guineas win for Wyndspelle (NZ)

Deserved Waikato Guineas win for Wyndspelle (NZ). Photo: Trish Dunell.
Deserved Waikato Guineas win for Wyndspelle (NZ). Photo: Trish Dunell.

Karaka graduate Wyndspelle (NZ) (Iffraaj) is one of the most consistent horses of his generation, and he scored a richly deserved win in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Darci Brahma Waikato Guineas (2000m) at Te Rapa.

Purchased for $75,000 at the 2015 Select Sale, Wyndspelle showed his class early in his career with a stylish maiden win around this time last year. Since then he has taken on the very best in almost every start, running second in the Group 1 Diamond Stakes (1200m), seventh in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), third in the Listed Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m), fifth in the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m), third in the Group 2 Sarten Memorial (1400m), fifth in the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) and fifth in the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m). On almost all of those occasions he produced a flying finish that was just a bit too late.

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Passed Filly Claims Listed Prize

Residential (NZ) Claims Listed Prize. Photo: Wild Range Photography.
Residential (NZ) Claims Listed Prize. Photo: Wild Range Photography.

Pins filly Residential (NZ) failed to meet her reserve when she went through the ring at Karaka two years ago, but on Saturday she became a Listed winner with victory in the $50,000 Living Corporation Dunedin Guineas (1500m).

Bred by Waikato Stud, Residential is out of the stakes-winning mare Metropolitan (NZ) (Elusive City). Her reserve was set at $60,000 when Waikato Stud offered her in the 2015 Premier Sale, but she went unsold.

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Drop in Domestic Spend Hits Select Sale

Waikato Stud's Mark Chittick and Dave O'Leary with Lot 1097. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Waikato Stud's Mark Chittick and Dave O'Leary with Lot 1097. Photo: Trish Dunell.

A clear drop in domestic spend has had a significant impact on this year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Select Sale and was the difference between matching last year’s healthy results.

After a tentative start on Wednesday, clearance strengthened throughout the sale to settle at 76% today with 437 individuals sold over the three days for total receipts of $20,679,500 and an average price of $47,363. The median price remained steady at $40,000, a 16% drop however on last year’s median price of $47,500.

“Our flat domestic racing industry has had a disappointing effect on the Select Sale and the devastating impact it is having is even more evident when looking at the Premier and Select sessions from this week combined.”

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Per Incanto Stars on Day Two of Select

Lot 728 Per Incanto - Grable. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Lot 728 Per Incanto - Grable. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Little Avondale Stud sire Per Incanto starred on day two of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Select Sale with two Victorian-based trainers entering a fierce bidding duel to secure one of his daughters.

Sam Williams of Little Avondale Stud was thrilled with the $300,000 price his filly at Lot 728 reached.

“I was actually really anxious about the Select Sale this year because of the state of our domestic racing industry but then I firmly believed we had our best draft ever on type thanks mainly to the stock of Per Incanto.”

“You have to be bullish about your own stock otherwise who will be and with Per Incanto’s results on the track, and at this year’s sale, all off the back of a $5,000 service fee - that’s just brilliant.”

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Favour Swings to Buyers on Day One of Select Sale

Lot 533 Zacinto x Anya fetched today's equal high price of $180,000. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Lot 533 Zacinto x Anya fetched today's equal high price of $180,000. Photo: Trish Dunell.

After two solid days of selling in New Zealand Bloodstock’s Premier Sale, buyers found securing the Lots they wanted an easier task on day one of the three-day Select Sale.

Total turnover in the opening session amounted to $6.8 million from 139 Lots sold for an average price of $48,975. Clearance currently sits at 66% while the median settled at $40,000.

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Outstanding Results in NZB Insurance Pearl Series for Karaka Graduates

The New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Pearl Series has become an enormously popular and richly rewarding initiative in New Zealand racing, and results show that the National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka is a terrific source of quality contenders for the lucrative bonuses.

The New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association Pearl Series is a bonus scheme for New Zealand-bred fillies and mares, offering bonuses of almost $2.6 million and prizemoney of nearly $2.8 million. The scheme includes 215 individual races for fillies and mares over three seasons' racing, with bonuses for each race of up to $20,000. The Series has been designed to benefit owners, trainers and breeders of fillies and mares running in New Zealand and are available in all regions of the country. All bonuses are cumulative, so a horse can win multiple bonuses throughout her racing career.

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High Praise for International Premier Sale

The 'Voice of Karaka' Joe Walls raises the gavel for the final time.
The 'Voice of Karaka' raises his gavel for the final time.

This year’s edition of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Premier Sale held steady off the back of last year’s record-smashing Sale.

After 17% increases in median and average last year this year saw the average settle at $172,803, down 2%, while the aggregate rose 5% to $58,407,500 ($2,720,000 more than last year’s figure).  

Clearance equalled last year’s figure of 78% with 338 horses sold and Managing Director Andrew Seabrook confident vendors and buyers alike should be pleased with the overall results.

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International Investment Highlight of Premier Sale Day One

Lot 10 O'Reilly - Volkrose sold for $825,000 on Day One of the Premier Sale. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Lot 10 O'Reilly - Volkrose sold for $825,000 on Day One of the Premier Sale. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Some of the bloodstock industry’s biggest names descended on New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka Sales Centre today.

The international buying bench provided the bulk of the investment in today’s Premier offering, accounting for 69% of the day’s spend ($20,817,500) and highlighting the high esteem the New Zealand product is held in on the world stage.

In total $30.3 million was traded for 169 Lots, up 8% on last year’s day one aggregate with the clearance rate currently sitting level with last year’s at 76%.

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$57,500 Purchase Melody Belle Wins Karaka Million

Melody Belle Wins Karaka Million. Photo: Auckland Racing Club.
Melody Belle Wins Karaka Million. Photo: Auckland Racing Club.

Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands), purchased for $57,500 by perennial leading buyer David Ellis at Karaka last year, won ten times that amount in just over a minute when she scored an outstanding win in the 10th Karaka Million at Ellerslie today.

Ridden by Opie Bosson for trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards and owners the Fortuna Melody Belle Syndicate, the filly sat in fourth place before bursting to the lead soon after the field turned for home. Hasahalo (NZ) (Savabeel) and Felton Road (NZ) (Pins) tried hard to run her down, but she was out of reach and won by a length and a quarter.

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Volpe Veloce Remains Unbeaten in Thrilling Karaka 3YO Mile

Volpe Veloce Remains Unbeaten in Thrilling Karaka 3YO Mile
Volpe Veloce Remains Unbeaten in Thrilling Karaka 3YO Mile. Photo: Auckand Racing Club.

The NZB Insurance Karaka 3YO Mile was billed as an epic, mouth-watering showdown and it lived up to expectations as Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) extended her unbeaten record to seven out of seven with a thrilling win.

The eight-horse field featured two Group 1 winners (Sacred Elixir and Heroic Valour), a Group 1 placegetter (Jon Snow) and two Group 2 winners (Swissta and Volpe Veloce).

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Chenille Wins the Windsor Park Stud Karaka Stayers Cup

Chenille Wins the Windsor Park Stud Karaka Stayers Cup. Photo: Auckland Racing Club.
Chenille Wins the Windsor Park Stud Karaka Stayers Cup. Photo: Auckland Racing Club.

Quality staying mare Chenille (NZ) (Pentire) bounced back to top form with a determined win in the $100,000 Windsor Park Stud Karaka Stayers Cup at the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting today.

Ridden by Leith Innes, the five-year-old sprinted out of midfield in the straight and clawed her way past Team Pete (NZ) (St. Petersburg). She withstood a fierce challenge from her own stablemate Sacred Shot (NZ) (Savabeel) and scored by a neck.

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Music Magnate (NZ) Makes Stylish Return in G2 Expressway

Music Magnate (NZ) Makes Stylish Return in G1 Expressway. Photo: Equine Images.
Music Magnate (NZ) Makes Stylish Return in G2 Expressway. Photo: Equine Images.

Group 1-winning Karaka graduate Music Magnate (NZ) (Written Tycoon) returned to racing in style on Saturday with a polished win in the A$200,000 Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill.

Music Magnate is an outstanding Karaka success story, and trainer Bjorn Baker acknowledged the good timing of Saturday’s win with the 2017 National Yearling Sales Series about to get underway.

"Those sales are this week so hopefully we can get another few cheap buys that go on to succeed as well as this guy has," said Baker.

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Petagna makes Filly of the Year Series Splash Again

Nicoletta picks up 6 points in the NZB Filly of the Year. Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.
Nicoletta (NZ) picks up 6 points in the NZB Filly of the Year Series. Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.

Last year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Sofia Rosa (NZ) (Makfi) carried the colours of Lib Petagna’s JML Bloodstock, and the prominent owner has now also made a splash in the 2016-17 edition of the Series.

Nicoletta (NZ) (Savabeel) earned 6 points and moved into equal fifth place on the points table when she won the $70,000 Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.

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Dual Karaka Graduate Maybe Miami (NZ) Wins Timaru Stakes

Dual Karaka Graduate Maybe Miami (NZ) Wins Timaru Stakes. Photo: Race Images South.
Dual Karaka Graduate Maybe Miami (NZ) Wins Timaru Stakes. Photo: Race Images South.

Maybe Miami (NZ), a two-time visitor to the Karaka sales complex, pushed his prize-money earnings to the brink of $150,000 with a win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Speight’s Timaru Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton.

The son of Iffraaj was bred by Berkley Stud’s Alan Jones and Edwina Morris, who offered him at the 2013 Select Sale, where he fetched $31,000. He was re-offered by Regal Farm at the Ready to Run Sale later that year, selling to owner Barry Thomas for $20,000.

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Begin Your Winning Journey at Karaka 2017

On Monday the hammer will fall on the first of over 1300 of the finest thoroughbreds on offer.

Last season the Carnivals, the Cups, the Derbies, the Classics and the Miles were all impacted by the kiwis, further enhancing a reputation for delivering results in the races that count. The primary source of these gutsy athletes with their hearts of gold is Karaka.

Gr1 75p Karaka graduates won 23 Group 1 races last season and have won the most Group 1 races at the Championships of any sales company
Twenty 75p Last season a massive 20 Group 1 races were won by 15 individual G1 winning graduates of NZB’s National Yearling Sales Series
25P 75p Last season in Australia, New Zealand thoroughbreds won 25% of the G1 races, yet they make up only 5.4% of the racehorse population
34P 75p The past five seasons has seen 34% of all Group 1 races for three-year-olds in Australia at 2000m and above won by New Zealand-bred horses
38P 75p Last season NZ bred or sold horses won 38% of G1 races during the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup carnival
33P 75p 33% of Group 1 filly races in Australia in the past six seasons have been won by NZ bred or sold fillies
Four 75p Four of the last five Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the richest weight for age race in Australia, have been won by NZ thoroughbreds – 2016 Lucia Valentina, 2015 Criterion, 2014 Dundeel, 2012 More Joyous
No1 75p Last season both of Australia’s big derbies were won by NZB graduates – Tarzino Victoria Derby, Tavago Australian Derby
Two 75p Last season both of the big Asian derbies were won by kiwi thoroughbreds – Werther Hong Kong Derby, Well Done Singapore Derby
No1 75p Kiwi thoroughbreds dominated up the Singapore Racing Awards collecting nine of the eleven racehorse categories including Debt Collector who was crowned Horse of the Year
Seven 75p The coveted Group 1 Hong Kong Mile has been won by NZ bred or sold horses seven times since 2000
Three75p Kiwi fillies have won the last three Australian Oaks -  2016 Sofia Rosa, 2015 Gust of Wind, 2014 Rising Romance

The team at NZB keenly await your arrival at Karaka where first-class thoroughbreds are presented alongside our unique brand of hospitality and service. See you at Karaka 2017.

Karaka 2017 Schedule

NZB’s Yearling Sales Series catalogues are available on the free iPad application, can be collected from the Karaka Sales Centre or viewed online at www.nzb.co.nz


Final Field for $1m Karaka Million

A full field of 14 plus one emergency has been confirmed for the 10th Karaka Million, to be held at the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting Ellerslie on Sunday 29 January.

New Zealand’s equal richest race, the Karaka Million (1200m) is held on the eve of the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales Series commencing at Karaka and consists of graduates from Karaka 2016.

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High-Class Field for $250,000 NZB Insurance Karaka 3YO Mile

A star-studded field of nine three-year-olds has been attracted for the $250,000 NZB Insurance 3YO Mile (1600m), which will be held at the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting at Ellerslie on Sunday.

The race will be contested by horses purchased at Karaka 2015 and nominated for the Karaka Million Series.

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Field of 12 for $100,000 Karaka Stayers Cup

A field of 12 horses has been assembled for the $100,000 Windsor Park Stud Karaka Stayers Cup (2200m) during the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting at Ellerslie on Sunday.

Added to New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka Million Series in 2014, the Karaka Stayers Cup is open to all Karaka Yearling Sale graduates, whether they have been entered in the Karaka Million Series or not. However, the race will become eligible to only horses entered in the Series from 2018.

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Top Studs Vie for Vendor Honours at Karaka 2017

The Outdoor Parade Ring at Karaka
The Outdoor Parade Ring at Karaka

The 2017 National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka is shaping up to be an exciting clash for vendor supremacy between three powerhouses of the New Zealand breeding industry.

Leading vendor honours were once exclusively the domain of Cambridge Stud and then more recently Waikato Stud, but this year those two are set to be joined by Curraghmore in a three-way battle. All three vendors will hit Karaka with drafts brimming with both quantity and quality.

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Millions of Reasons to Purchase at Karaka 2017

Significantly boosting the appeal of all Karaka 2017 yearlings is the lucrative Karaka Million Series, which all graduates of the Sales Series are eligible to be entered for.

The Karaka Million Series is bigger and better than ever with an enhancement to the Karaka Million 3YO Classic that sees a huge increase in stakes money to $1 million.

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Group 1 Glory for $5,500 Purchase

Group 1 Glory for $5,500 Purchase. Photo: Trish Dunnel.
Group 1 Glory for $5,500 Purchase. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Signify (NZ) (Perfectly Ready), who cost just $5,500 at the 2013 South Island Sale, upstaged a star-studded field of sprinters for a career-defining victory in the Group 1 $250,000 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham on Saturday.

Ridden by Racha Cuneen, the five-year-old gelding stormed down the outside of the track and caught last-start Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m) winner Start Wondering (NZ) (Eighth Wonder) right on the finish line to win by  a nose.

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Outstanding Results Bring Buyers Back to Karaka

Indoor parade ring at Karaka.
Indoor parade ring at Karaka.

The National Yearling Sales Series is a proven formula for racetrack success for a number of trainers, syndicators and bloodstock agents, bringing them back to the Karaka Sales Centre year after year.

One of the most prominent of those is Te Akau Racing, the New Zealand syndication powerhouse managed by David Ellis and ably helmed by premiership-winning trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards.

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Karaka Graduates Shine in Singapore Awards

NZB Graduates Debt Collector (NZ) and Well Done (NZ) hit the line at the Sgp-1 Kranji Mile.
NZB Graduates Debt Collector (NZ) and Well Done (NZ) hit the line at the Sgp-1 Kranji Mile.

The 2016 Singapore Racing Awards, held at Fullerton Hotel on Tuesday night, featured an outstanding haul for Karaka graduates including five awards for the superstar Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park).

The Cliff Brown-trained Debt Collector won Champion Three-Year-Old, Champion Miler, Most Improved Horse, Social Media Horse of the Year and the most coveted award of all, Horse of the Year.

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Karaka 2017 to Showcase the Cream of the Australasian Sire Crop

2016 Premier Sale Topper - Lot 455, Frankel x Our Echezeaux
2016 Premier Sale Topper - Lot 455, Frankel x Our Echezeaux

All of the biggest names in New Zealand and Australia’s sire ranks will be represented in force at the upcoming 2017 National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka.

Waikato Stud stallion Savabeel had a boomer of a Sale in 2016, amassing an aggregate of $11.545 million in the Premier session alone. Last season’s champion sire in terms of domestic, Australasian and worldwide earnings, and the leading sire again so far in 2016-17, Savabeel will again be represented by an impressive crop of 64 yearlings in the Premier catalogue.

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Up And Coming Sires Out In Force at Karaka 2017

One of the most exciting aspects of the upcoming National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka is the strong representation of talented young sires who are rapidly making names for themselves with outstanding racetrack results.

New Zealand’s two-year-old racing so far this season has been headlined by the spectacular debuts of first-crop sires Power and Burgundy.

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Freshman Sires Make National Yearling Sales Series Debut

Karaka 2017 will showcase the first yearling crops of 18 exciting new sires from throughout Australasia.

Camelot retired to Coolmore Stud as one of the Irish powerhouse’s finest racetrack flag-bearers, winning six of his 10 starts including the Group 1 English Derby, Irish Derby, English 2000 Guineas and Racing Post Trophy. He commands a service fee of 35,000 euros in Ireland, and he formerly shuttled to Coolmore’s Australian base.

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Padraig (NZ) and Felton Road (NZ) Book Karaka Million Spots

The Karaka Million dream remains alive for the connections of Padraig (NZ) (Power) and Felton Road (NZ) (Pins), who both clinched a spot in the field for the $1m feature with impressive wins on Saturday.

With victory in the $30,000 Wellington Provedoring 2YO (1200m) at Trentham, Padraig surged up from 39th to fifth on the Karaka Million order of entry. Third in his only previous start, Padraig had earned only $850 in prize-money and Saturday’s race was a must-win.

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Group 1 Triumph for Karaka Graduate Hall Of Fame (NZ)

Group 1 Triumph for Karaka Graduate Hall Of Fame (NZ). Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.
Group 1 Triumph for Karaka Graduate Hall Of Fame (NZ). Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.

Ready to Run Sale graduate Hall Of Fame (NZ) (Savabeel) has delivered another Group 1 triumph for perennial leading Karaka buyers Te Akau Racing, claiming Saturday’s $225,000 Randwick Meats Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham with an outstanding performance.

Te Akau’s David Ellis has become a powerhouse on the Karaka buyers’ bench, leading away among local and international buyers alike. Many of his purchases have gone on to Group 1 success, from King’s Chapel (King Of Kings) and Darci Brahma (NZ) (Danehill) in the early 2000s right through to more recent purchases Xtravagant (NZ) (Pentire) and Heroic Valour (Fastnet Rock).

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New Zealand Chinese Jockey Club to Launch at Karaka Million

NZB managing director Andrew Seabrook presenting to Chinese investors on the eve of the 2016 Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs.
NZB managing director Andrew Seabrook presenting to Chinese investors on the eve of the 2016 Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs.

In exciting news announced today, a group of private investors have established the New Zealand Chinese Jockey Club to cater for the high level of interest in racehorse ownership by the Chinese community, both here in New Zealand and internationally.

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Quality Pedigrees Abound at Karaka 2017

Full-brother to G1 winner Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel) to be offered at Karaka 2017.
Full-brother to G1 winner Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel) to be offered at Karaka 2017.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2017 National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka has impressive depth with a large quantity of siblings and progeny of Group 1 winners.

For the second consecutive year, the National Yearling Sales Series will present a full-sibling to the winner of one of Australia’s richest and most prestigious races. Last year it was a full-brother to the Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance (NZ) (Pentire). In 2017 it will be a full-brother to Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel), who was a dominant winner of the A$4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney in April. That was her third Group 1 win, having previously claimed the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and Turnbull Stakes (2000m). The star mare’s full-brother will be offered by Blandford Lodge and will go through the ring as Lot 429.

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