Sibling Double Act as NZB Graduates Star in Singapore
Monday, Jun 18, 2018
Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales won five races at Kranji on Sunday, and remarkably that winning quintet included two half-brothers – Refresh (NZ) (Rock ‘N’ Pop) and Soonbaby (NZ) (Redwood).
Refresh and Soonbaby are both sons of the Stravinsky mare Wahaha (NZ). A half-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner Wall Street (NZ) (Montjeu), Wahaha is the dam of eight winners from eight foals to race.
Best Yet to Come for Stakes-Winning Savabeel Filly
Saturday, Jun 9, 2018
Two-year-old Karaka graduate Peaceful (NZ) (Savabeel) bolstered her resume with a black-type win in the $50,000 Listed Ssangyong Auckland Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Te Rapa on Saturday, but her connections believe she will make an even better three-year-old.
Lining up for the fifth start of her career, the $260,000 Premier Sale purchase sat in midfield before moving forward to challenge for the lead around the home turn. She went clear in the straight for a two-length win over fellow Karaka graduates Cyber Attack (NZ) (Shamexpress) and Sol Invictus (NZ) (Haradasun).
Entries for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2019 National Yearling Sales Series are now open with the Sale taking place next summer at the Karaka Sales Centre from 27 January until 3 February.
With an established reputation of producing world-class thoroughbreds, graduates of the National Yearling Sales Series have claimed 16 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.
Karaka Graduates to the Fore in Ag Challenge Stakes
Sunday, Jun 3, 2018
Tomelilla (NZ) (Tavistock) and She’s Poppy (NZ) (Alamosa), both Karaka graduates and both black-type winners at their previous starts, fought out an exciting finish in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Ag Challenge Stakes (1590m) at Wanganui.
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Tomelilla sold for only $15,000 at the 2014 Festival Sale, but she has greatly lifted her value with strong racetrack performances including a last-start win in the Group 3 Rotorua Stakes (1400m).
Mr Clint (NZ) Adds to Proud New Zealand record in Singapore Guineas
Sunday, May 27, 2018
With a powerful performance in Saturday’s S$1 million Singapore Guineas (1600m) at Kranji, Mr Clint (NZ) (Power) added his name to a proud recent record for New Zealand-breds and Karaka graduates in the prestigious three-year-old race.
Mr Clint became the fourth Kiwi-bred Singapore Guineas winner in the last five years, joining Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park), Affleck (NZ) (Battle Paint) and War Affair (NZ) (O’Reilly).
She’s Poppy (NZ) Superb Fresh in Rangitikei Gold Cup
Saturday, May 19, 2018
In her first start for more than six months, $40,000 Ready to Run Sale purchase She’s Poppy (NZ) (Alamosa) produced an outstanding performance to win Saturday’s $50,000 Listed James Bull Rangitikei Gold Cup (1550m) at Awapuni, earning valuable black type.
The six-year-old’s last appearance was in the Group 3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton in November, in which she finished a respectable and close-up seventh.
Talented stayer Yogi (NZ) (Raise the Flag) took his earnings past A$300,000 with a black-type win in Saturday’s A$150,000 Listed Heineken 3 Port Adelaide Cup (2500m) at Morphettville – an outstanding return on a $1,000 purchase at the 2014 South Island Sale.
A last-start second placegetter in the Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m), Yogi went one better on Saturday with a powerful come-from-behind performance.
$15,000 Festival Sale Purchase Triumphs in Rotorua Stakes
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Tomelilla (NZ) (Tavistock) has delivered an outstanding return on her $15,000 purchase price at the 2014 Festival Sale at Karaka, capped by a valuable win in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 ISCL Rotorua Stakes (1400m) at Arawa Park.
Already the winner of five races and more than $90,000 in stakes, the five-year-old went to a new level on Saturday with her first black-type win.
A strong finish on Day 2 of the 2018 Karaka May Sale, with a run of quality broodmares, posted figures to increase on the aggregate, average and median results seen at the Sale last year.
The aggregate closed at $5,333,100, the average reached $15,458 (up 6% from 2017) and the median rose to $8,000 from last year’s $5,000.
“There was strong demand for broodmares, particularly those in foal to freshman sires, which countered the softening of the pinhook market seen on the first day of selling,” NZB’s Sales Manager Danny Rolston commented.
Eight Carat Family Still a Passion for Sir Patrick
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Passion Cut, catalogued as Lot 468 at the Karaka May Sale, has the renowned Cambridge Stud bloodlines coming from the great Eight Carat family.
While the new owners of Cambridge Stud, Brendan and Jo Lindsay, consigned the broodmare who is in foal to their resident sire Tavistock – it was the Stud’s previous owner, Sir Patrick Hogan, who purchased the broodmare for $150,000.
Broodmare In Foal to Tavistock Purchased for $130,000
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Brighthill Farm’s well-bred mare Firostefani (Stratum) (Lot 415) is among the top lots of the Karaka May Sale with Haunui Farm purchasing the broodmare for $130,000.
Firostefani is a half-sister to Champion 2YO in New Zealand and multiple Group One-winner Anabandana (Anabaa), as well as Australian stakes-winner Gybe (Fastnet Rock). She has been served by the sire of international Group One winners, and Cambridge Stud resident, Tavistock.
Trelawney Stud’s Per Incanto Colt Makes $80,000 on Day 2
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Day 2 of the bidding action at NZB’s Karaka May Sale saw the son of Little Avondale Stud’s Per Incanto make $80,000.
Consigned by Trelawney Stud, Lot 299 is out of stakes-winning Zabeel mare Ritzy Lady and is a half-brother to Australian Group Three performer Le Societe (Anabaa). BR Bloodstock was bidding on behalf of Shane McGrath of Aquis Farm who was pleased to secure the weanling.
Andrew Williams Bloodstock Outlays $140,000 for Pride of Dubai Colt
Monday, May 7, 2018
Sydney-based Bloodstock Agent Andrew Williams went to $140,000 to secure Brighthill Farm’s Lot 146, a colt by first crop sire Pride of Dubai, at the Karaka May Sale.
The weanling is out of Group Two winner Equiparada (Editor’s Note) and is a grandson of Group One performer Equity (Equalize). With the price tag reflecting the quality pedigree, Williams commented, “I thought he was a big, sound, strong-looking individual – he had a great colour to him and walked well.”
Lightning Strikes Twice as Secret Allure (NZ) Takes Champagne
Saturday, May 5, 2018
The Select Sale was where it all began for this season’s New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Dijon Bleu(NZ) (Burgundy), and the same trainer and owners struck black-type gold with another Select Sale graduate when Secret Allure(NZ) (Zacinto) won Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Berkley Stud Champagne Stakes at Riccarton.
Djion Bleu, who cost just $26,000 at the 2016 Select Sale, won six of her 11 starts and more than $306,000 in stakes for trainer and part-owner Lisa Latta and her co-owners Kevin Dixon, Peter Finlayson, Debra Masters, Milton Passey, Andrew Rennie and Trevor Tomlins.
Savabeel filly Santa Catarina(NZ) was unable to reach her $80,000 reserve as a yearling at Karaka, but an impressive win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre Stakes (1100m) at Te Rapa confirmed her status as a valuable filly with a bright future.
Santa Catarina was bred by Lib Petagna’s JML Bloodstock Ltd, and was offered at the 2017 Premier Sale by Blandford Lodge – part-owned by Petagna.
Karaka Graduate Vivano (NZ) Too Tough in $100,000 Kranji Stakes
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Viviano(NZ) (Keeper), who was bought for $85,000 at the 2013 Select Sale at Karaka, took his prize-money earnings to the brink of S$500,000 with a gritty win in Friday’s S$100,000 Kranji Stakes (1400m) at Kranji.
Trainer Mark Walker and jockey Vlad Duric, who claimed a feature win together a week earlier with fellow graduate Distinctive Darci(NZ) (Darci Brahma), joined forces again as Viviano ended a series of placings with a deserved win.
International performances since NZB’s Karaka May Sale catalogue went to print have provided timely updates to a large number of horses entered for the Sale on 7 and 8 May.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club played host to Champions Day last weekend and our very own Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock), sold by Highden Park as a yearling for $60,000, rose to the occasion claiming the first Group 1 of the day.
Eight supplementary lots have been added to NZB’s Karaka May Sale catalogue on 7 and 8 May and will be offered at the end of each session they are catalogued in:
Haunui Farm’s Lot 519 is a yearling colt by Per Incanto and out of Kalamanda
A Pins gelding will be offered by Bradbury Park at Lot 520 in the yearling session and is out of Blurred Vision
Lot 521, offered by Little Avondale in the weanling session, is a colt by Nadeem and out of Just Casual
Phoenix Park have entered a weanling colt at Lot 522, he is by Bullbars and out of Lilahjay
Lot 523, offered by Cambridge Stud, is a weanling filly by Keeper and out of Lucky J’Abeel
Lucky J’Abeel will also be offered by Cambridge Stud at Lot 525, she is a half-sister to stakes winner Baby Guiness and has been served by Keeper
Leanach Lodge’s Lot 524 is a weanling filly by Super Easy and out of Springburn who is the dam of stakes winners Happy Hippy and Nikita
Lot 526, offered by Gosford Park in the broodmare session, is a winning daughter of Showcasing and a half-sister to stakes performer Blanco Belle
NZB’s Karaka May Sale will be held at Karaka on 7 and 8 May, commencing at 10am each day. Catalogues, inclduing supplementary catalogues, will be available for collection at the Sale Day reception or can be viewed online here.
Sire Appeal at Karaka May Sale
Monday, Apr 30, 2018
New Zealand based stallions continue to produce talented offspring with performances on the track showcasing the distinctive Kiwi-bred traits to the world. The results achieved by these local sires makes the search for quality at NZB’s Karaka May Sale effortless, along with the next generation of bloodlines adding to the appeal.
Heading for his fourth straight New Zealand Sires’ Premiership title, Waikato Stud’s Savabeel needs no introduction. The son of Zabeel has notched up a total of 47 Group winners and 73 stakes winners with current season flag-bearers Savvy Coup (NZ), Sword of Osman (NZ), Embellish (NZ), Hasahalo (NZ), Kawi (NZ) and Shillelagh (NZ) claiming Group 1 wins in New Zealand and Australia.
Superstar miler Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road To Rock), bought for just $60,000 at the 2014 Select Sale at Karaka, won his third Group 1 of the Hong Kong season in Sunday’s HK$18 million Champions Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin.
The five-year-old gelding had already risen to the highest echelon of Hong Kong racing with his impressive victories in the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m) in December and the Group 1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) two months later.
A sparkling win by Our Abbadean (NZ) (Lookin at Lucky) in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa was further proof that Wentwood Grange’s draft at the 2014 National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka was a case of what might have been.
The Hawkins family’s draft at the 2014 Sale included two fillies who each fell short of their $75,000 reserve. The first was Valley Girl (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), who later carried the Hawkins family’s Llanhennock Trust colours to Group 1 glory in the Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa and became an enormously valuable addition to their broodmare band.
Group 3 Win for May Sale Graduate Power O’Hata (NZ)
Sunday, Apr 29, 2018
The upcoming Karaka May Sale received a timely boost when untapped filly Power O’Hata (NZ) (Power) stepped up to black-type level with a win in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa.
Power O’Hata was offered as a yearling the 2016 edition of the Sale, formerly known as the National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale. From the draft of Cambridge Stud, she was knocked down to Cambridge bloodstock agent Marcus Corban for $50,000. At the same Sale, the filly’s dam Mumtaz (NZ) (Cape Cross) was sold for $60,000.
Kingsguard (NZ) Heads Karaka Quinella in Hawkesbury Gold Cup
Sunday, Apr 29, 2018
Buyers had two opportunities to buy Kingsguard (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) at Karaka, but the gelding was still carrying the colours of his co-breeders Windsor Park Stud when he capped a consistent form line with a career-best win in Saturday’s A$200,000 Group 3 Livamol Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m).
Windsor Park offered the son of stakes-winning Volksraad mare Her Royal Highness (NZ) at the 2014 Premier Sale, where he fell short of his $60,000 reserve. He returned later that year for the Ready to Run Sale with his reserve set at $50,000, but again went unsold.
Less than two weeks out from New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2018 Karaka May Sale, low-priced graduates from the broodmare section of previous Sales have experienced major black-type upgrades.
Trujillo (Saint Ballado) cost just $4,000 at the 2017 National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale, which has been renamed the Karaka May Sale from this year. Trujillo was bought by Canterbury’s Long Acres Stud to be mated with their resident stallion Remind (Deputy Minister).
Distinctive Darci (NZ) Heads Karaka Quinella in Merlion Trophy
Monday, Apr 30, 2018
Graduates of the Karaka sales complex fought out a thrilling finish to Friday night’s S$500,000 Listed Merlion Trophy (1200m) at Kranji, with Distinctive Darci(NZ) (Darci Brahma) edging out Countofmontecristo (NZ) (Echoes of Heaven).
The $57,500 Ready to Run Sale purchase Countofmontecristo was Singapore’s champion three-year-old last season, and he looked set for another big-race triumph when he powered to the front halfway up the Kranji straight.
Eion Kemp Set to Conquer the Mongol Derby for Catwalk Trust
Thursday, Apr 26, 2018
Famed as the world’s toughest horse race, the Mongol Derby attracts adventurers every year and this year our very own Kilgravin Lodge chief Eion Kemp is contesting the 1,000km challenge along with 39 other riders from all around the world.
The event is organised by The Adventurists who have raised millions of dollars for charity since its creation and each participant makes a commitment to raise funds for their chosen charity. With Eion having an enormous involvement in the racing industry, it comes as little surprise that he is backing the Catwalk Trust who fund research that aims to fix paralysis following spinal cord injury.
Victorian trainer Colin Little’s $25,000 purchase of Vassilator(NZ) (Zacinto) at the 2017 Select Sale at Karaka was richly rewarded on Wednesday when the colt won the A$120,000 Listed Anzac Day Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.
Making the third start of his career, the chestnut colt was second-last in the 13-horse field at the top of the straight but charged home down the outside of the track to score by a length.
Sire power, impeccable female bloodlines and the enviable reputation of the New Zealand thoroughbred’s performance on the track are set to combine in NZB’s Karaka May Sale.
Heading into the 2018 Sale, 51 vendors from across the country have a selection of 518 weanlings, yearlings, two-year-olds, unraced stock, racehorses and broodmares set to be presented to domestic and international buyers.
Megablast (NZ) Claims Deserved Group 2 Win in Easter
Saturday, Apr 21, 2018
Versatile galloperMegablast (NZ) (Shinko King), who could have been bought for $25,000 at the 2013 Ready to Run Sale, collected the biggest win of his career in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m) at Pukekohe.
Megablast had previously made a name for himself as a stayer, placing in the Group 2 Avondale Cup (2400m) and Group 3 Waikato Cup (2400m) and a close fourth in last year’s Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m).
After failing to meet his $80,000 reserve as a yearling at the 2013 Select Sale, Saint Emilion (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) has risen to the very highest tier of New Zealand’s racehorses. On Saturday he claimed the 14th win of his outstanding 38-start career, scoring by a nose in the $100,000 Group 3 Coca Cola Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m) at Riccarton.
The grey has enjoyed a career-best season in 2017-18, headed by his first Group 1 win in last month’s New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie. Saturday’s weight-for-age feature was a strong follow-up, leading all the way and refusing to be passed in the straight by the gallant local challenger Who Dares Wins (NZ) (Iffraaj).
Courte Zarindi (NZ) Seals Southern Filly Title in Warstep
Saturday, Apr 21, 2018
With a gutsy win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton, the $600 weanling purchase Courte Zarindi (NZ) (Any Suggestion) ended one of the best stories of the New Zealand racing season on a high as New Zealand Bloodstock’s Southern Filly of the Year.
Heading into Saturday’s final leg of the Series, Courte Zarindi had 9 points and a two-point lead over Respin (NZ) (Power) and Kiwi Ida (Squamosa). She had won the Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes (1400m) before finishing third, beaten by two noses, in the NZB Insurance Stakes (1600m). Her Warstep Stakes victory carried her well clear of those rivals with a total of 16 points.
Buyers Secure Outstanding Value at South Island Sale
Friday, Apr 20, 2018
At the close of New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2018 South Island Sale the key trend that prevailed throughout the day was demand for new blood – with the top three leading sires by average, with three or more sold, featuring Zacinto, Proisir and Ghibellines respectively.
Yet it was Ravelston Stud’s Per Incanto colt (Lot 109) that provided the highlight of the day’s selling. Out of a winning O’Reilly mare The Dewdrop, he comes from the famous “The” family which the Stud have shaped over many years. Garry Carvell of Hiwi Bloodstock outlaid $100,000, the most paid for a yearling at the Sale since 2012, to acquire the athletic colt.
Breeders, trainers and owners alike will flock to NZB's Karaka May Sale on 7 and 8 May to tap into New Zealand’s matriarchal strength that is the impeccable pedigrees of New Zealand-bred mares.
Our breeding barns are well known to international buyers with Kiwi mares playing a major role in elite races across Australasia – in the last five seasons, New Zealand mares have produced more than 270 stakes winners and 39 Group 1 winners in Australia. The upcoming Sale will offer 144 catalogued broodmares in a not-to-be-missed opportunity to add to your broodmare band.
Four Fillies in Contention for Southern Filly Title
Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018
An exciting New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series draws to a close in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton, with four fillies lining up to take their shot at the title.
The fourth and final leg of the Series is worth 7 points to the winner. Courte Zarindi (NZ) (Any Suggestion) tops the table with 9 points and will try to put the issue beyond doubt with victory in the Warstep Stakes, while race rivals Respin (NZ) (Power) and Kiwi Ida (Squamosa) are both within striking distance with 7 points apiece.
The 2018 Karaka May Sale is exhibiting a major enhancement to the Yearling section with all yearlings offered now eligible to be nominated for the lucrative Karaka Million Series. The Yearling category will see the first horses of the Sale go through the ring on Monday 7 May with Lots 1 to 65 selling from 10am.
Set to give the Sale an additional boost, this will provide buyers another opportunity to contest two $1 million races – the 2019 Karaka Million 2YO and the 2020 Karaka Million 3YO Classic, and the $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup for the remainder of their career.
South Island Sale Drafts Boosted with Recent Group 1 Winners
Monday, Apr 16, 2018
Recent Group 1-performing Kiwi-breds have provided a timely boost to several pedigree pages, along with other outstanding performances, for the upcoming New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Sale held at the Riding for the Disabled Building at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch on 20 April.
Star filly Savvy Coup (NZ) (Savabeel) fought out until the end in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks to win by a length and a quarter. Trained by Michael and Matthew Pitman, she has had a strong three-year-old campaign with 13 starts for five wins including the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes.
Four Consecutive Australian Oaks Wins for Karaka Graduates
Saturday, Apr 14, 2018
Unforgotten (Fastnet Rock) stormed home for an impressive win in Saturday’s A$1 million Group 1 James Boag’s Premium Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick, becoming the fourth consecutive Karaka graduate to win Sydney’s prestigious fillies’ classic.
The sequence began with Gust of Wind (NZ) (Darci Brahma), a $90,000 Premier Sale purchase who beat the soon-to-be superstar Winx (Street Cry) to win the race in 2015.
NZB’s upcoming Karaka May Sale has gained widespread attention from racing enthusiasts with proven racetrack success coupled with a golden opportunity for pinhooking prowess.
With no hard and fast rules to pinhooking, the traditional strategy is to buy low and sell high focusing on type, pedigree and what’s fashionable. The Sale has been littered with examples of relatively low-priced weanlings that have made a substantial profit when offered again as a yearling or Ready to Run two-year-old.
NZB’s upcoming Karaka May Sale has produced a cast of outstanding international performers in recent seasons with their individual sale histories reflecting the quality and value that can be found at the world-renowned Karaka Sales Centre.
With 42 individual stakes winning graduates of the Sale gaining a total of 70 stakes wins in the last five seasons, prospective buyers should add this Sale as one to follow closely.