I’m Incredible Rises to the Occasion in Committee’s Prize
Monday, Aug 19, 2019
I’m Incredible (Lope de Vega) was thrown in at the deep end by trainer Shane Baertschiger in Sunday’s S$175,000 Committee’s Prize (1600m), and the Karaka graduate rose to the occasion in style.
Bought for $260,000 from Curraghmore’s draft at the 2016 Premier Sale, I’m Incredible had won three of his first seven starts in Singapore, most recently a Class 4 victory on July 21. Sunday’s race was a steep rise in class, but I’m Incredible was equal to the task.
Mystic Journey Makes Triumphant Return in P B Lawrence Stakes
Monday, Aug 19, 2019
Last season’s star three-year-old filly Mystic Journey (Needs Further) stepped up to weight-for-age for her four-year-old debut and delivered again, taking an early lead in the New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield WFA Championship for 2019.
The Tasmanian star had a fairytale season in 2018-19, stringing together brilliant victories in the Listed Jim Moloney Stakes (1400m), Group 3 Fillies’ Classic (1600m), Listed Thomas Lyons Stakes (1400m), Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m), and against older horses in the inaugural A$5 million All-Star Mile (1600m).
Star-Studded Start to NZB Caulfield WFA Championship
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019
The 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield WFA Championship is set for an explosive start on Saturday with a star-studded field in the A$200,000 Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m).
Now in its ninth year of New Zealand Bloodstock sponsorship, the Caulfield WFA Championship comprises four races – the P.B. Lawrence Stakes, the Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) on August 31, the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) on September 29, and the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 12.
Star Emperor (NZ) (Red Giant) could have been bought for $10,000 at the 2015 Select Sale at Karaka, and on Sunday he scored a brilliant victory in the S$175,000 Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m) at Kranji.
It was a fourth win from 13 starts for the chestnut gelding, who began his career under the name Stealth Giant. He has now earned the equivalent of more than NZ$210,000 in prize-money – 21 times his reserve at Karaka.
$10,000 Karaka weanling purchase Mr Crowe (NZ) (Alamosa) produced a strong performance to win Sunday’s RM65,000 Dr Lim Ah Soo Memorial Trophy (1400m) at Penang.
Ridden by Brazilian jockey Bernardo Pinhero, the gelding enjoyed a handy run just behind the leaders before looming dangerously on the outside at the top of the straight. He cruised to the lead and went clear in the last 150 metres for an emphatic victory.
The final black-type event of the 2018-19 New Zealand racing season has been completely dominated by graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales.
Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Courtesy Ford Ryder Stakes (1200m) at Otaki was won by Sai Fah (NZ) (Rios), who was bought for just $6,000 at the 2017 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka.
Karaka graduate Inferno (Holy Roman Emperor) extended his unbeaten record to two out of two with a dominant performance in Friday’s S$250,000 Golden Horseshoe (1200m) at Kranji.
Bought for $140,000 from Westbury Stud’s draft during the 2018 Book 1 Sale, Inferno began his career with a stylish two-length victory over the same distance on July 7. Friday’s prestigious juvenile feature was the stage for a highly impressive repeat performance.
Entries Open for 2019 NZB Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs
Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019
Entries are now open for Australasia's leading horses in training sale, New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs, to be held on 20 & 21 November. Breeze Ups will take place at Te Rapa Racecourse on 21 & 22 October.
The 2019 Sale is set to build on its renowned reputation as being the preferred destination for international buyers to secure the best bred, and prepared, juveniles available in Australasia. NZB’s Ready to Run Sale results outperform neighbouring Sales on key measures including aggregate, average, median and clearance and the performance of its graduates is second to none.
Big Night for Karaka Graduates at Hong Kong Awards
Saturday, Jul 13, 2019
Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales claimed four trophies at Hong Kong’s Champion Awards ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Friday night, headed by a second consecutive Horse of the Year honour for the record-breaking champion Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock).
Bought for just $60,000 at the 2014 Select Sale at Karaka, the John Moore-trained gelding was unbeaten throughout 2018-19. He broke a Hong Kong record with eight victories in a season, four of them at Group 1 level including dazzling repeat victories in the Longines Hong Kong Mile (1600m) and FWD Champions Mile (1600m).
The $90,000 purchase price for Sacred Day (NZ) (Azamour) at the Select Sale at Karaka was immediately surpassed as he raced to an impressive victory in the A$160,000 Listed G McMullan Contracting Grafton Cup (2350m) in New South Wales on Thursday.
Trained in New Zealand by Tony Pike for major stable client Raffles Racing, the four-year-old capitalised on a ground-saving ride from Ben Looker. After looming in behind the leaders rounding the home turn, he surged through the inside in the last 300 metres to score by a long neck in a thrilling three-way finish.
New Zealand Bloodstock has begun constructing a new hotel conveniently located at Karaka, 30 minutes’ drive south of Auckland City and 20 minutes from Auckland Airport.
The first and only hotel to be situated in the Papakura-Franklin area, invited guests today witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony for the project where local MP Hon. Judith Collins cut the ribbon to signify the commencement of the construction project due for completion in January 2021.
Karaka graduate Kolding (NZ) (Ocean Park) has brilliantly passed his first black-type test, recording a fourth consecutive win with an outstanding performance in Saturday’s A$350,000 Group 2 Ascot Green Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Eagle Farm.
Bought for $170,000 at the 2017 Premier Sale, Kolding went into the three-year-old feature with four wins to his name from 10 career starts. He had won all of his last three appearances in handicap races in Sydney.
Flaunting (NZ) Leads Home Karaka Trifecta in Castletown
Sunday, Jun 2, 2019
Graduates of the Karaka 2018 Sale finished first, second and third in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed John Turkington Forestry Ltd Castletown Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui, headed by the talented and gutsy filly Flaunting (NZ) (Showcasing).
Bought for $40,000 during the Book 2 session of last year’s Sale, the lightly raced Flaunting boosted her earnings to $49,500 on Saturday – along with a valuable first piece of black-type for her pedigree page.
Entries for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2020 National Yearling Sales Series are now open with the Sale taking place next summer at the Karaka Sales Centre from 26 January until 2 February.
With an established reputation for producing world-class thoroughbreds, graduates of the National Yearling Sales Series have claimed 24 Group One races this season alone. From 1200 metres to 2400 metres, the alumni have exhibited their diverse power to dominate fields in New Zealand, Australia, and Hong Kong.
A horse who could have been bought for $55,000 as a yearling at Karaka produced a high-class sprinting display to win Sunday’s HK$3.25 million Group 3 Sha Tin Vase (1200m) in Hong Kong.
Carrying a testing weight of 60 kilograms, Little Giant (NZ) (Swiss Ace) settled in sixth place among a nine-horse field before exploding into contention in the home straight. He took the lead inside the last 200 metres and went to the finish line three-quarters of a length in front, clocking 1:08.82 for the 1200 metres.
Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have trained two Karaka yearling purchases in the white, red and green colours of the Zame family, and both of them are now black-type winners.
The $65,000 Select Sale purchase Jon Snow(NZ) (Iffraaj) won more than $2 million in a career that was headed by Group 1 glory in the Australian Derby (2400m), and on Saturday the $60,000 Book 2 buy Rhaegar(Pluck) took his first step along that black-type path in the $50,000 Listed Piazza d’Oro Auckland Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie.
Front-running Forsa Eclipse (NZ) Dominates at Selangor
Monday, May 20, 2019
$110,000 Ready to Run Sale purchase Forsa Eclipse (NZ) (Showcasing) produced a dominant front-running performance to win Sunday’s RM100,000 Malaysia Listed 3YO Championship (Heat 2) (1200m) at Selangor.
The three-year-old broke sharply from the starting gate and was sent to a clear lead by jockey Ruzaini bin Supien.
The 2019 Karaka May Sale has been boosted by a number of black-type race results since the catalogue went to print.
The catalogue features more than a dozen horses who are closely related to recent Group 1 performers.
Lot 5, an Ocean Park colt on account of Little Avondale Stud, comes from the same family as Bella Martini (Stratum), who was third in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide earlier this month. Another close relative, Volcanic Ash (Magnus), recently won the Listed Tunku Gold Cup (1200m).
The catalogue for the 2019 Karaka May Sale has been bolstered by three supplementary entries – a weanling and two broodmares to be offered at the end of each session they are catalogued in.
Westbury Stud have added a fifth weanling to their May Sale draft in Lot 241– a filly from the first crop of their Victoria Derby-winning stallion Tarzino. The filly is out of Cabal (NZ) (Carnegie), a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner Second Coming (NZ) (Oak Ridge). Cabal is the dam of four winners from five foals to race.
$60,000 Premier Sale graduate Purple Sector (NZ) (Pins) took his career to a new level with a dominant performance in Saturday’s A$140,000 Group 3 National Road Safety Week Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at Doomben.
The John Thompson-trained colt had already proven himself in elite three-year-old company, running second in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) and third in the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) and Listed Dulcify Quality (1600m). He also finished fourth in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m).
New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale features the usual big names on the stallion scene, headed by the undisputed current champion Savabeel.
The Waikato Stud resident has won four consecutive New Zealand sires’ premierships, and he has an unassailable lead again this season with $3.8 million in total New Zealand earnings – almost double the $1.9 million of nearest rival Pins.
Belardo (Lope de Vega – Danaskaya) – A Champion 2YO who won the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes, Belardo also won the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes as a four-year-old. Shuttling to Haunui Farm, Belardo will be represented by eight weanlings at the Karaka May Sale from his first southern hemisphere crop.
Flying Artie (Artie Schiller – Flying Ruby) – Champion 3YO colt in Australia in 2016-17 and the leading 3YO sprinter in the world in his year, Flying Artie won the stallion-making Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington. As a two-year-old, he placed in the Group 1 Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond. The Newgate Farm stallion is the sire of Lot 154 in the Sale.
New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale is set to offer 240 of the country’s best mixed bloodstock on Friday 17 May and in a first-time event for the Sale, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Racing RT Hon Winston Peters will open the Sale at 9.45am.
“We are very pleased that Racing Minister Winston Peters will be opening the Sale for us,” commented NZB’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook.
Some of New Zealand’s most influential and established families feature throughout the 240-lot catalogue at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale, with quality young stock, racing stock and breeding stock set to go under the hammer on 17 May.
Ho Ho Khan (NZ) (Makfi) could have been bought for $65,000 at the 2016 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, and he took his earnings past HK$6 million (NZ$1.2 million) with a victory in Sunday’s HK$3.25 million Group 3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup (2400m) at Sha Tin.
With Vincent Ho in the saddle, the Westbury Stud graduate broke from the inside gate and settled in midfield beside the rail for the first two-thirds of the race.
Rising star filly Princess Jenni (NZ) (High Chaparral), who was bought for $120,000 at the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka, took her exciting career to a new level in Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville.
The David Brideoake-trained filly went into the fillies’ classic as a stylish winner of three of her five career starts, headed by the Group 3 Alexandra Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on March 22.
Weanling graduate He Kin Fly (NZ) Takes Great Easter
Saturday, May 4, 2019
With another quality group of weanlings about to be offered in the 2019 Karaka May Sale, a graduate of the 2013 edition of that Sale played a starring role in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Daphne Bannan Memorial Great Easter Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton.
He Kin Fly (NZ) (Darci Brahma) was bought for $62,500 at the 2013 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale.
Bought from Book 3 for just $14,000, quality filly Rainbow Dash (NZ) (Showcasing) added a valuable black-type win to her CV in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre 2YO Stakes (1100m) at Te Rapa.
The bay filly is trained by Jenna Mahoney, who shares ownership with the Murray Bloodstock Partnership and Geoff Wolfe.
With the 2019 Karaka May Sale less than two weeks away, an astute broodmare purchase at the 2016 edition of the sale earned a valuable black-type reward at Riccarton on Saturday.
Well-bred mare Rosecroft(NZ) (Montjeu) was bought for just $7,000 by Canterbury owner-breeder Stephanie Rathgen. Rosecroft was in foal to the quality former Haunui Farm shuttle stallion Showcasing (Oasis Dream).
Southern vendor White Robe Lodge is no stranger to New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale having produced recent stakes winners Civil Disobedience (NZ) (Raise the Flag) and Parthesia (NZ) (Raise the Flag) from this sale ring, and today they marked the beginning of several new hopeful success stories as 61 lots went under the hammer.
While the operation has continued their leading vendor by aggregate streak for the last three consecutive years, they also sold the highest priced yearling from this year’s catalogue.
Record-breaking win for Superstar Beauty Generation (NZ)
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019
New Zealand-bred megastar Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) cost just $60,000 at the Select Sale at Karaka, but he is now the highest prize-money earner in the history of Hong Kong racing.
His victory in Sunday’s HK$18 million Group 1 FWD Champions Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin carried him past Viva Pataca (Marju) with earnings of HK$86.96 million. That’s the equivalent of NZ$16.64 million, which is 277 times his purchase price.
Karaka Trifecta in Group One Chairman’s Sprint Prize
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019
Graduates of the Karaka sales complex have done it again in a major Hong Kong sprint, sweeping the first three placings in Sunday’s HK$16 million Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) at Sha Tin.
The winner Beat the Clock (Hinchinbrook) was a $200,000 purchase at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale, while runner-up Rattan (NZ) (Savabeel) cost $150,000 at the 2015 Premier Sale, and third-placed Little Giant (NZ) (Swiss Ace) was passed in at the 2014 Select Sale with a $55,000 reserve.
Declarationofheart Rallies to Win Chairman’s Stakes
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019
Declarationofheart (Declaration of War), who was a $135,000 purchase at the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka, showed class and courage to win Saturday’s A$120,000 Group 3 Heineken Chairman’s Stakes (2032m) at Morphettville.
Ready to Run recruit Vigor Winner (Declaration of War) produced a brave performance to share the spoils in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa, which ended in a dead heat.
Bought for $50,000 at the 2017 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, Vigor Winner began his career with dominant victories at Hastings and New Plymouth in January and February. In his only other start, he was beaten by a half-head when second in last month’s Group 2 Wellington Guineas (1400m).
Exciting Karaka graduate Rock On Wood (NZ) has continued his perfect four-year-old season, recording his first black-type win in Thursday’s $50,000 Listed Manawatu ITM Anzac Mile (1600m) at Awapuni.
Bought for $26,000 at the 2016 Festival Sale, Rock On Wood showed huge promise as a three-year-old with two wins, plus close fourths in the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) and the Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m).
Karaka graduate The Chosen One (NZ) (Savabeel) is now a stakes winner on both sides of the Tasman, adding a brilliant win in Saturday’s $160,000 Group 3 Cellarbrations Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick to his two black-type victories in New Zealand.
An unlucky and powerful-finishing fourth in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) in his most recent start, The Chosen One turned his fortunes around in style on Saturday.
The beautifully bred Lord Arthur (Camelot) took his career to a new level with a spectacular performance in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Valachi Downs Championship Stakes (2100m) at Ellerslie.
Passed in with a $110,000 reserve at Karaka’s 2017 Premier Sale, Lord Arthur is a half-brother to Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi), who was bought for $150,000 at the 2015 Premier Sale and won the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m), Australian Oaks (2400m) and Underwood Stakes (1800m). She earned more than $1.5 million and was a two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year.
Quality mare Celebrity Dream (NZ) (Thorn Park), who was a $260,000 yearling purchase at Karaka in 2014, picked up her sixth stakes win with a dominant performance in Friday’s A$100,000 Listed Sheila Gwynne Classic (1400m) at Ascot.
Bought by John Chalmers Bloodstock at the 2014 Premier Sale, Celebrity Dream was recruited to race for the leviathan Western Australian owners Bob and Sandra Peters.
In less than two weeks, 61 southern bred yearlings will make their sale ring appearance at New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale – many presented by the same vendors of stakes-winning graduates of the Sale.
Often seen leading the vendors by aggregate table, perennial consignor White Robe Lodge will present the largest draft at the Sale with 12 lots catalogued. Not only have they succeeded in the sale ring, but they have also produced stakes winners Civil Disobedience (NZ) (Raise the Flag) and Parthesia (NZ) (Raise the Flag) from this Sale in recent years.
New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale has played a leading part in the recent successes of Group One winners Yourdeel (NZ) (Dundeel) and Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj). Not only has the Sale been a source of top performers, but also a commonplace for the practice of pinhooking.
Yourdeel and Gingernuts are just a couple of the golden opportunities that have been realised by astute buyers who have made a return on investment, followed by bright futures on the racetrack.
There were three Karaka graduates in the field for Saturday’s $100,000 Group 3 Coca-Cola Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m) at Riccarton, and they finished first, second and third.
The winner was the $44,000 Festival Sale purchase Who Dares Wins (NZ) (Iffraaj), who completed a black-type double for the week. The under-rated gelding had collected the first stakes win of his career in the Listed Easter Cup (1600m) the previous weekend.
Late Southern Filly Series Cameo for Group 1 Performer
Saturday, Apr 13, 2019
Beyond The Fort (NZ) (Niagara) made only one appearance during the 2018-19 New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series, but the Group 1 performer made a big impression.
The Waverley filly joined the fray for the final leg of the Series, the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton on Saturday. It was her first start since finishing a gallant second in last month’s $400,000 Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham.
Felaar(NZ) (Ekraar), who could have been bought for just $10,000 at the 2015 Festival Sale at Karaka, picked up his first stakes win with a thrilling victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Listed Royston Hospital Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings.
The gelding had already proven himself at black-type level with placings in the Listed New Zealand St Leger (2500m), Listed Metropolitan Trophy (2500m) and Group 3 New Zealand Cup (3200m).
Saturday’s $50,000 Listed NZB Finance Sprint (1200m) at Hawke's Bay was another highlight in a sensational campaign for Princess Kereru (NZ) (Pins), who was passed in with a $40,000 reserve at the 2015 Select Sale at Karaka.
The Matamata mare began this season as the winner of three of her 16 starts, but since then she has become one of New Zealand’s standout sprinters.
Southern Filly Series Concludes with Warstep Stakes
Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019
An exciting New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series will conclude on Saturday with the fourth and final leg, the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton Park.
This season’s Southern Filly of the Year has already been crowned, with Emily Margaret (NZ) (Pins) amassing an unassailable total of 18 points through the first three legs.
Debt Collector (NZ) Heads Karaka Trifecta in Chairman’s Trophy
Monday, Apr 8, 2019
Singapore champion Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park) produced another sparkling performance in Sunday’s S$500,000 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) at Kranji, heading a trifecta for gradates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales.
The superstar galloper was bought for $30,000 at the 2014 Select Sale, then for $120,000 at the Ready to Run Sale later that year.
Karaka graduate Brutal (NZ) (O’Reilly) produced a brilliant performance on Saturday to beat a stellar field of older horses in one of Australia’s most famous races, the A$3 million Group 1 The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick.
It continued a proud recent record for Karaka graduates in the Doncaster, with Sacred Falls(NZ) (O’Reilly) winning it in 2013 and 2014 and Kermadec(NZ) (Teofilo) in 2015. Both of those horses now stand at stud.