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Rotorua Cup Win for $15,000 Karaka Graduate Pacorus (NZ)

Pacorus (NZ) wins the Group 2 Rotorua Cup. Photo: Trish Dunell
Pacorus (NZ) wins the Group 2 Rotorua Cup. Photo: Trish Dunell

Pacorus (NZ) (Tavistock), who was bought for just $15,000 at the 2013 Select Sale at Karaka, scored the eighth and most significant win of his career when he took out Sunday’s $75,000 Group 3 Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup (2200m).

Rider Viktoria Gatu had the Chris Wood-trained five-year-old prominent throughout the staying test, which became survival of the fittest on a very wet track. Pacorus hit the lead in the straight and powered through the mud to win by two and a quarter lengths.

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Karaka Quinella in Group 3 Rotorua Stakes

Let Her Rip (NZ) takes out the Group 3 Rotorua Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell
Let Her Rip (NZ) takes out the Group 3 Rotorua Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell

Graduates of the Karaka sales complex filled the first two placings in Sunday’s prestigious fillies and mares’ feature, the $70,000 Group 3 ISCL Rotorua Stakes (1400m).

The winner Let Her Rip (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) cost $41,000 at the 2014 Select Sale, while runner-up New York Minute (NZ) (Iffraaj) was bought for $15,000 as a weanling.

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Huka Eagle (NZ) Wins Chairman’s Challenge Cup

Huka Eagle (NZ) wins the Listed Chairman's Challenge Cup. Photo: Macau Jockey Club
Huka Eagle (NZ) wins the Listed Chairman's Challenge Cup. Photo: Macau Jockey Club

Racing in his third different country, Karaka graduate Huka Eagle (NZ) (Swiss Ace) was a star performer on Saturday in one of Macau’s biggest races – the M$1,000,000 Listed Chairman’s Challenge Cup (1200m).

Bought at the 2013 Select Sale for $160,000, Huka Eagle began his career in New Zealand where he won three races and placed in the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m). He then had five starts in Australia before relocating to Macau, where he has had another three wins including Saturday’s big race.

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Listed Win for $8000 Weanling Ladies First (NZ)

Listed Win for $8000 Weanling Ladies First (NZ). Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.
Listed Win for $8000 Weanling Ladies First (NZ). Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.

Ladies First (NZ) (Dylan Thomas), who cost just $8000 as a weanling at the 2014 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, became a stakes winner with an impressive performance in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed James Bull Rangitikei Gold Cup (1550m) at Awapuni.

Ridden by Lisa Allpress for New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock, the four-year-old raced midfield before overpowering her rivals in the straight to score an emphatic win by two lengths.

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Singapore Star War Affair (NZ) Dead-Heats in Saas Fee Stakes

War Affair (NZ) wins the Listed Saas Fee Stakes in a dead heat. Photo: Singapore Turf Club
War Affair (NZ) wins the Listed Saas Fee Stakes in a dead heat. Photo: Singapore Turf Club

In his first start for almost eight months, superstar Karaka graduate War Affair (NZ) (O’Reilly) made a triumphant comeback with a dead-heat win in Sunday’s S$200,000 Listed Saas Fee Stakes (1400m) at Kranji.

The 2014 Horse of the Year had already won 15 races and more than 40 times his purchase price at the 2012 Premier Sale. But Sunday’s win endeared himself to Singaporean racing fans even further, scripting a fairytale return to racing following a wind operation.

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Group 1 South Australian Derby win for Volatile Mix (NZ)

The dominance of New Zealand-bred three-year-olds in Australia this season continued with an impressive win by Volatile Mix (NZ) (Pentire) in Saturday’s A$600,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville – a story that began in the Karaka sale ring almost a decade ago.

The Derby winner’s dam Utopia (NZ) (High Chaparral) was bought for $170,000 by Bruce Perry Bloodstock at the 2008 Premier Sale. She herself went on to win two races, and she picked up black type with a second placing in the Group 3 Manawatu Classic.

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Shocking Luck (NZ) Stakes Derby Claim in Rough Habit Plate

The tangerine colours of Te Akau and trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards have already won the New Zealand Derby this year with low-priced Weanling Sale and Ready to Run Sale graduate Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj), and now the Queensland Derby looms large on the horizon for another three-year-old with strong Karaka connections.

Shocking Luck (NZ) (Shocking), whose dam Shamardal Luck (Shamardal) was bought for $5,000 at the 2010 National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale, staked his claim for the A$600,000 classic in June with a dominant victory in Saturday’s A$125,000 Group 3 Mitty’s Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at Doomben.

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Solid Results Conclude NZB Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale

Lot 374 Captain Rio - Fledged sold for $87,500. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Lot 374 Fledgling, Captain Rio - Fledged sold for $87,500. Photo: Trish Dunell.

NZB’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale concluded today with solid results achieved on the back of the unprecedented 2016 Sale.

Buyers from New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore were active with a total of $5,295,850 traded for 361 horses over the two-day Sale, resulting in a 83% overall clearance rate. Domestic buyers accounted for 72% of the total spend, with the international buying bench contributing the remaining 28%.

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Day 2 of NZB National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale

The NZB National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale continues today with Lot 221 to 488 going under the hammer from 10am at Karaka.

The first days selling closed with receipts totaling $2,930,500. Six Lots achieved in excess of $100,000. Another 76 Weanlings are scheduled to be sold today, followed by Yearlings (11), Two-Year-Olds (4), Unraced Stock (1), Racehorses (7), Stallion Shares (6) and Broodmares(163).

The Sale will be streamed live online. To view the live stream, click here.

NZB National Yearling Sales Series catalogues are available from Reception or can be viewed online. For news and sale information from New Zealand Bloodstock visit www.nzb.co.nz

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Strong Start to Day One of NZB Weanling Sale

Lot 30 Savabeel x Avisto sold to Andrew Williams Bloodstock for $170,000.
Lot 30 Savabeel x Avisto sold to Andrew Williams Bloodstock for $170,000.

Domestic and international demand for quality weanlings was the order of day today at NZB’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale held at Karaka.

Following on from last year’s record-breaking Sale, this year’s edition delivered a variety of highlights including a new Day One top price of $175,000 which came at Lot 217, a son of Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill) offered by Dan Myers and knocked down to the successful bid of Sydney based ex-pat Kiwi Andrew Williams.

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Day 1 of NZB National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale

The NZB National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale commences today with Lot 1 to 220 going under the hammer from 10am at Karaka.

The Sale will this year be compacted into two action-packed days of selling on the 8th and 9th of May, with a total of 488 horses catalogued. The first day will be made up entirely of Weanlings, with 220 lots set to go under the hammer. Another 76 Weanlings are scheduled to be sold on the second day, followed by Yearlings (11), Two-Year-Olds (4), Unraced Stock (1), Racehorses (7), Stallion Shares (6) and Broodmares(163).

The Sale will be streamed live online. To view the live stream, click here.

NZB National Yearling Sales Series catalogues are available from Reception or can be viewed online. For news and sale information from New Zealand Bloodstock visit www.nzb.co.nz

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Twoznotenough (NZ) Enhances Value with Listed Win

Twoznotenough (NZ) wins the Listed Great Easter Stakes. Photo: Race Images Christchurch
Twoznotenough (NZ) wins the Listed Great Easter Stakes. Photo: Race Images Christchurch

Sakhee’s Secret mare Twoznotenough (NZ), who cost $21,000 as a yearling at the 2012 Select Sale, sent her prize-money earnings past $100,000 and greatly enhanced her prospective broodmare value with a first black-type win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Speight’s Mid Ale Great Easter Stakes at Riccarton.

The six-year-old went straight to the lead and defied all challengers in the 1400-metre race, holding on strongly under a well-paced ride by Leah Hemi to beat fellow Karaka graduate Maybe Miami (NZ) (Iffaaj) by three-quarters of a length.

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Significant Pedigree Updates in National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale

NZB's National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale 8 & 9 May at Karaka.
NZB's National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale 8 & 9 May at Karaka.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, which will be held at Karaka on Monday and Tuesday next week, has had numerous significant pedigree updates since the catalogues went to print in late March.

Among the most significant is Lot 153, Novara Park’s weanling filly by Jakkalberry out of La Pinnicle. She comes from the same family as Jon Snow (NZ) (Iffraaj), who came of age after a summer of big-race placings with Group 1 Australian Derby and Group 2 Tulloch Stakes victories in the Sydney autumn. Another member of the family is Showemup (NZ) (Showcasing), who won the Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes and placed in the Listed NZB Warstep Stakes to claim the title of NZB Southern Filly of the Year.

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Leading Sires to Star in National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale

NZB’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale will be held at Karaka on 8 and 9 May.
NZB’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale will be held at Karaka on 8 and 9 May.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s upcoming National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale will feature an outstanding range of proven and up-and-coming sires, both in the weanling category and among the covering sires of the broodmares.

Waikato Stud’s champion sire Savabeel swept all before him last season, topping the New Zealand sires’ premiership and completing a clean sweep of all three of the country’s stallion awards. He is on course for a repeat result in 2016-17, leading the New Zealand sires’ premiership by $800,000 and in a similar position in the two other categories – combined Australasian earnings and combined worldwide earnings.

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Karaka Trifecta in Group 2 Travis Stakes

Mime heads Karaka Trifecta in Group 2 Travis Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Mime heads Karaka Trifecta in Group 2 Travis Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell.

The first three horses home in Saturday’s prestigious $100,000 Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa were all graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock sales at Karaka.

The Karaka gold rush was led by Mime (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), who was also a Group 2 winner as a three-year-old but until Saturday had endured a season of big-race placings as a four-year-old mare in 2016-17 – second in the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m), second in the Group 2 Westbury Classic (1400m) and third in the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m).

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Music Magnate (NZ) Strikes Again in Brisbane

Music Magnate (NZ) Strikes Again in Brisbane. Photo: Racing & Sports.
Music Magnate (NZ) Strikes Again in Brisbane. Photo: Racing & Sports.

A Group 1 winner in Brisbane last winter, Karaka graduate Music Magnate (NZ) (Written Tycoon) returned to Queensland on Saturday and scored another big-race win in the A$200,000 Group 2 Ellyce Galvin Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm.

Ridden by Jeff Lloyd for expat New Zealand trainer Bjorn Baker, the five-year-old gelding led all the way and kicked strongly in the straight to win by a length and a quarter.

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Proven Vendors Present Quality Drafts at May Sale

New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale will feature drafts offered by 51 proven and highly respected New Zealand thoroughbred nurseries.

The leading vendor last year was Curraghmore, who sold 11 horses for a total of $766,000 at an average price of $69,636. Their draft included two Tavistock colts who were among the highest-priced weanlings in the Sale, fetching $170,000 and $140,000.

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Macau Guineas win for River Treasure (NZ)

River Treasure (NZ) wins the Macau Guineas. Photo: Macau Jockey Club
River Treasure (NZ) wins the Macau Guineas. Photo: Macau Jockey Club

Savabeel four-year-old River Treasure (NZ), who was sold at Karaka as a weanling and a yearling, scored a highly impressive win in Saturday’s M$750,000 Listed Macau Guineas (1500m).

Ridden by Martin Cangas for trainer Cheong Sio Hun, River Treasure dropped to the rear of the 13-horse field before storming home down the outside of the track to win by an ever-widening two and three-quarter lengths.

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May Sale Brimming with Quality Broodmares

May Sale Catalogue Brimming with Quality Broodmares.
May Sale Catalogue Brimming with Quality Broodmares.

The broodmare category of the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale is set to be the source of quality producers, breeding prospects and mares in foal to popular and proven stallions.

More than half a dozen of the broodmares who will go under the hammer in next month’s Sale have impressive black-type racetrack credentials.

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Revamped Sales Format for Karaka 2018

A major review of NZB's annual yearling showcase has resulted in a brand new sales format for Karaka 2018.

The first session of the 2018 National Yearling Sales Series will now take place on the evening of Sunday 28 January, instead of Monday morning. With around 100 yearlings to be offered, this night session will also kick off the new-look catalogue structure, being the first of 700 horses catalogued together in the new 'Karaka Book I'.

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Major Upgrade to Karaka Million 2018

As part of NZB's newly enhanced Sales Series in 2018, one of the best race days in the country is set to showcase a major upgrade, with two key changes to the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting at Ellerslie.

New Zealand Bloodstock and the Auckland Racing Club are excited to announce that the 2018 Karaka Million Twilight Meeting will be run on Saturday 27 January*, rather than its traditional Sunday slot. It will continue as a six race twilight meeting, but in addition to two $1million feature events, the support card will now comprise four new Group races*.

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Nikita (NZ) and Showemup (NZ) the Big Winners in Warstep Stakes

Nikita (NZ) and Showemup (NZ) the Big Winners in Warstep Stakes. Photo: Race Images, Christchurch.
Nikita (NZ) and Showemup (NZ) the Big Winners in Warstep Stakes. Photo: Race Images, Christchurch.

North Island raider Nikita (NZ) (Shamoline Warrior) won the battle in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton, but it was Invercargill filly Showemup (NZ) (Showcasing) who won the war – crowned New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year.

In a gruelling 2000-metre slog in Slow9 track conditions, Showemup was flattened by an early speed duel and was running on empty in the home straight. She still fought her way home in third place, but Nikita and Tuilana (NZ) (Showcasing) finished over the top of her down the outside and had the finish to themselves. Nikita came out on top, edging out her worthy rival by a neck.

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Qiji Phoenix Remains Unbeaten in Champagne Stakes

Qiji Phoenix Remains Unbeaten in Champagne Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Qiji Phoenix Remains Unbeaten in Champagne Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Exciting two-year-old Qiji Phoenix (Not A Single Doubt), purchased for $75,000 at the 2016 Select Sale, extended his unbeaten career record to three out of three with a dominant win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Diamond Lodge Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie.

Confidently ridden by Leith Innes, Qiji Phoenix went forward to sit outside the leader before asserting his superiority in the home straight. He bounded away from his opposition under minimal urging from Innes and cruised to a two-length win.

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Five Year Sale Topper for South Island Sale

Five Year Sale Topper for South Island Sale
Five Year Sale Topper for South Island Sale

The 2017 edition of the National Yearling Sales Series: South Island Sale drew to a close at the RDA Building in Christchurch today after an action-packed day of inspections and bidding.

A total of sixty-one horses sold for receipts totalling $1,070,000 to a strong domestic and international buying bench.

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NZB South Island Sale On Today

The NZB National Yearling Sales Series: South Island Sale commences today with Lot 1 to 106 going under the hammer from 11am at the RDA Building, Canterbury Agricultural Park, Christchurch.

This year’s catalogue is made up almost entirely of yearlings, accounting for 103 of the 106 lots catalogued. And with the added benefit of the inclusion of the South Island Session in the National Yearling Sale Series, any yearling purchased is eligible to enter the lucrative Karaka Million Series, including the $1m Karaka Million in 2018, the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic in 2019, and the $100,000 Karaka Stayers Cup for the duration of their racing careers.

South Island Sale catalogues can be viewed online. For news and sale information from New Zealand Bloodstock visit www.nzb.co.nz. 

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Showemup (NZ) Shoots For NZB Southern Filly Crown

NZB Airfreight Stakes (1600m) winner Showemup (NZ) (Showcasing) will attempt to clinch the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year title when she runs in the final leg, the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton on Saturday.

The Sally McKay-trained Showemup earned 7 points for her New Zealand Bloodstock Airfreight Stakes win two weeks ago, and she now sits in second place on the points table. She shares that position with Residential (NZ) (Pins) and La Diosa (NZ) (So You Think), and they are one point behind the leader Starvoia (Starcraft).

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Listen (NZ) Defends Selangor Gold Cup title

Iffraaj gelding Listen (NZ), a $50,000 weanling purchase at the 2010 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, recorded the eighth win of his career when he went back-to-back in the Listed Selangor Gold Cup (1600m) on Sunday.

Listen won the 220,000 Rgt. feature by half a length last year, and on Sunday he emphatically defended his title for owner BC Low and trainer Anna Scott. Ridden by Jai Shankar, Listen produced a powerful finish in the home straight to race past the favourite Volcanic General (Magnus) and win by three-quarters of a length.

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Significant Pedigree Updates in South Island Sale

Recent race results have provided numerous significant pedigree updates for New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale, which will be held at the Riding for the Disabled Building at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch on 21 April.

One of the yearlings has a close relative who has won a Group 1 race since the catalogue went to print.

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Timely Stakes Win for Weanling Sale Graduate Infantry (NZ)

Infantry (NZ) wins the Listed Moonbeam Vase at Kranji. Photo: Singapore Turf Club
Infantry (NZ) wins the Listed Moonbeam Vase at Kranji. Photo: Singapore Turf Club

With the National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka less than a month away, weanling graduate Infantry (NZ) (Tavistock) was an impressive and very timely winner of Sunday’s S$200,000 Listed JBBA Moonbeam Vase (1800m) at Kranji.

The gelding had already won six races and more than S$560,000 in prize-money, dwarfing his Weanling Sale purchase price of $7,000. But he went into Sunday’s race with a point to prove following a disappointing last-start fourth. He emphatically redeemed himself.

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Five To Midnight (NZ) Heads Karaka Quinella in Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup

Five to Midnight wins the Listed Hawke's Bay Gold Cup. Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North
Five to Midnight wins the Listed Hawke's Bay Gold Cup. Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North

After a series of close-up finishes in major races, Karaka graduate Five To Midnight (NZ) (Domesday) broke through for a first stakes win in Saturday’s $75,000 Listed Winning Edge Presentations Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup (2200m) at Hastings).

The Lisa Latta-trained runner had previously run second in the Listed New Zealand St Leger (2500m), second in the Group 3 Manawatu Classic (2000m), third in the Listed Feilding Gold Cup (2100m), third in the Group 3 Manawatu Cup (2300m), third in the Group 3 City of Auckland Cup (2400m), fourth in the Group 2 Avondale Cup (2400m), fifth in the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) and second in the Group 2 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m).

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Bonniegirl (NZ) Claims Valuable Black-Type Win in NZB Finance Sprint

Bonniegirl claims the Listed NZB Finance Sprint at Hawkes Bay. Photo: Race Image, Palmerston North
Bonniegirl claims the Listed NZB Finance Sprint at Hawkes Bay. Photo: Race Image, Palmerston North

Highly talented mare Bonniegirl (NZ) (Darci Brahma) greatly enhanced her value as a broodmare with a first stakes win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed NZB Finance Sprint (1200m) at Hastings.

Bonniegirl was the winner of five of her 15 starts before Saturday’s race, and she also ran third in last year’s NZB Finance Sprint and fourth in the Group 3 Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m). A half-sister to Group 3 winner So Wotif (NZ) (Iffraaj), all she needed was a black-type win of her own.

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Group 3 Win on Australian Debut for Ready to Run Sale Graduate Mongolian Wolf

Mongolian Wolf takes the G3 Frank Packer Plate at Randwick. Photo: Equine Images
Mongolian Wolf takes the G3 Frank Packer Plate at Randwick. Photo: Equine Images

Mongolian Wolf (Pluck), who was bought for $200,000 at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale and was Group 2-placed in New Zealand, made a winning start for new connections in Saturday’s A$150,000 Group 3 Mostyn Copper Group Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick.

Originally trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman for owners the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry, Mongolian Wolf won three of his eight starts in New Zealand and ran third behind Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj) and Charles Road (Myboycharlie) in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie.

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Five From Five for Latest Ready to Run Star Countofmontecristo (NZ)

Counteofmontecristo (NZ) continues his winning streak at Kranji. Photo: Singapore Turf Club
Counteofmontecristo (NZ) continues his winning streak at Kranji. Photo: Singapore Turf Club

Undefeated Ready to Run Sale graduate Countofmontecristo (NZ) (Echoes Of Heaven) made it five out of five when he captured the second leg of Singapore’s Three-Year-Old Challenge, the S$350,000 Listed Singapore Three-Year-Old Classic (1400m) at Kranji on Friday.

The first stakes winner for Linwood Park stallion Echoes Of Heaven, Countofmontecristo had already made a big impression with his first four wins including the first leg of the Three-Year-Old Challenge, the S$250,000 Listed Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint (1200m) in late March.

Sunday’s Classic was the exciting three-year-old’s toughest test to date, but he passed it with flying colours.

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Quality Field for NZB Finance Sprint

A high-class field of 14 speedsters will clash at Hastings on Saturday in a high-octane renewal of the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Finance Sprint (1200m).

One of the feature sprints of the autumn in New Zealand, the race has carried black-type status for the last three years. It was won by Whosyourmaster (NZ) (Captain Rio) in 2014 and 2015, and by Passing Shot (NZ) (Swiss Ace) in 2016.

Passing Shot has returned to defend his title in the 2017 edition of the race, in which he will be opposed by the stakes winners Taurus (NZ) (No Excuse Needed), Amarula (NZ) (Thorn Park), Underthemoonlight (NZ) (El Hermano), Reilly Lincoln (NZ) (Pins) and Rocanto (NZ) (Per Incanto), along with stakes placegetters Volks Lightning (NZ) (Volksraad), Smashing (NZ) (Pins), Snowdrop (NZ) (Pins) and Bonniegirl (NZ) (Darci Brahma).

The NZB Finance Sprint will be run as Race 7 at Hastings on Saturday, with a start time of 4.00pm.

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Abundant Pinhooking Opportunities in Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale

National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale Catalogue available online now.
National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale Catalogue available online now.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale has recently received widespread attention as an early part of the story of dual Group 1 winner Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj). But in addition to its proven record as a source of top-drawer racetrack performers, it also presents a golden opportunity for astute buyers to secure potential sale ring stars of the future.

The last few years of the sale are littered with examples of outstanding pinhooking prowess – relatively low-priced weanling purchases that have returned as yearlings or Ready to Run two-year-olds and gone to a whole new level.

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Sprint Cup Win for Mr Stunning in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Sprint Cup Win for Mr Stunning. Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club.
Sprint Cup Win for Mr Stunning in Hong Kong. Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Mr Stunning (Exceed and Excel), a $250,000 purchase at the 2014 Premier Sale, stepped up to the big time in Hong Kong with a stylish win in Sunday’s HK$4 million Listed Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin.

The winner of six of his nine starts at lower levels, the four-year-old gelding made his stakes debut in the Sprint Cup and had no trouble coping with the rise in class.

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Karaka Graduate Bonneval (NZ) Completes Oaks Double

Bonneval completes the Oaks Double at Randwick. Photo: Equine Images
Bonneval completes the Oaks Double at Randwick. Photo: Equine Images

Star filly Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi), who sold for $150,000 at the 2015 Premier Sale at Karaka, became the first filly since 1990 to win the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks-Australian Oaks double when she ran away with the A$1 million Randwick fillies’ classic on Saturday.

Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, who won the previous weekend’s Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) with fellow Karaka graduate Jon Snow (NZ) (Iffraaj), Bonneval had won stakes races in all of her three previous starts and was a highly respected equal favourite for Saturday’s 2400-metre race.

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Showemup (NZ) Stakes Claim for Southern Filly Series

Showemup (NZ) dominates in the Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes. Photo: Race Images, Christchurch
Showemup (NZ) dominates in the Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes. Photo: Race Images, Christchurch

Invercargill filly Showemup (NZ) (Showcasing) joined a tight race for the New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series title when she scored a dominant win in Saturday’s third leg, the $50,000 Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes at Riccarton.

The Sally McKay-trained runner had run fast-finishing placings in the Listed Gore Guineas (1335m) and Dunedin Guineas (1500m) earlier this season, and on Saturday she stretched out to 1600 metres for the first time in her career.

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Group 1 Winner Charmont a Missed Opportunity at Karaka

Charmont takes out the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell
Charmont takes out the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell

There was a missed Group 1 opportunity at the 2013 Premier Sale at Karaka as one of the yearlings passed in at that Sale was Saturday’s $200,000 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) winner Charmont (High Chaparral).

A granddaughter of the multiple Group 1 winner and Melbourne Cup runner-up Champagne (NZ) (Zabeel), Charmont didn’t meet her $250,000 reserve at Karaka and was instead retained by her breeder Bob Emery.

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Southern Filly of the Year Series Continues With NZB Airfreight Stakes

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Southern Filly of the Year Series will heat up on Saturday with the running of the third leg, the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Airfreight Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton.

The current Series leader with 8 points is Starvoia (Starcraft), who ran second to La Diosa (NZ) (So You Think) in the Canterbury Belle Stakes and second to Residential (NZ) (Pins) in the New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Stakes. But Starvoia is not lining up in Saturday’s race, which throws the Series wide open.

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Jon Snow (NZ) Continues Karaka Graduates’ Australian Derby Dominance

Jon Snow (NZ) Continues Karaka Graduates’ Australian Derby Dominance.
Jon Snow (NZ) Continues Karaka Graduates’ Australian Derby Dominance.

The flags of the Kiwi breeding industry and New Zealand Bloodstock flew high yet again in the A$2 million Group 1 BMW Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Jon Snow (NZ) (Iffraaj) became the third Karaka graduate in a row to win the Randwick classic, following in the footsteps of the $60,000 Premier Sale purchase Tavago (NZ) (Tavistock) and the $220,000 Ready to Run Sale graduate Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor).

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Karaka Million Winner Melody Belle (NZ) Dominates Sires’ Produce Stakes

Karaka Million Winner Melody Belle (NZ) Dominates Sires’ Produce Stakes. Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.
Karaka Million Winner Melody Belle (NZ) Dominates Sires’ Produce Stakes. Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.

Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands), who cost just $57,500 at the 2016 Premier Sale at Karaka, capped an outstanding two-year-old campaign with an easy win in Saturday’s $225,000 Group 1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni,

Courtesy of outstanding victories in the Karaka Million at Ellerslie in January and Saturday’s prestigious race at Awapuni, Melody Belle has now earned in excess of $695,000 in prizemoney – more than 12 times her purchase price.

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Awapuni Gold Cup Goes to NZB Graduate Sampson (NZ)

Awapuni Gold Cup Goes to NZB Graduate Sampson (NZ). Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.
Awapuni Gold Cup Goes to NZB Graduate Sampson (NZ). Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.

Bought for just $20,000 at the 2011 Festival Sale at Karaka, well-performed stayer Sampson (NZ) (Dubai Destination) lifted his career prize-money earnings to $266,025 with victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 City of Palmerston North Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m).

Ridden by Reese Jones for trainer Howie Mathews, the seven-year-old charged home from the back of the 11-horse field to beat fellow Karaka graduate Five To Midnight (NZ) (Domesday) by half a length.

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Group 3 Win for Charles Road

Group 3 Win for Charles Road. Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.
Group 3 Win for Charles Road. Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.

Karaka graduate Charles Road (Myboycharlie) capped a strong run of form with Group 3 victory in the $70,000 Higgins Concrete Manawatu Classic (2000m) at Awapuni on Saturday.

The Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott-trained gelding had won or placed in all of his five starts, including a second to star three-year-old Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj) in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas, before running a solid sixth behind the same horse in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby.

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Another Stakes Win For Maybe Miami (NZ)

Another Stakes Win For Maybe Miami (NZ). Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.
Another Stakes Win For Maybe Miami (NZ). Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.

Maybe Miami (NZ) (Iffraaj), a two-time visitor to the Karaka Sales Centre, scored the second stakes win of his career in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Café Cuba Flying Handicap (1400m) at Awapuni.

The son of Iffraaj sold for $31,000 at the 2013 Select Sale and $20,000 at the Ready to Run Sale later that year. Saturday’s victory boosted his career prize-money to $172,760.

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Newcomer Among South Island Sale Vendors

The yearlings at New Zealand Bloodstock’s upcoming South Island Sale will be presented by a host of respected and skilled vendors, including a newcomer to the vendor ranks.

The 2017 South Island Sale is the debut appearance for Robert Dennis under the Ravelston Stud banner.

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NZB’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale Catalogue Available Now

National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale Catalogue available online now
National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale Catalogue available online now

The catalogue for New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale can be viewed online now and will be arriving to letterboxes in April.

The Sale will this year be compacted into two action-packed days of selling on the 8th and 9th of May, with a total of 484 horses catalogued. The first day will be made up entirely of Weanlings, with 220 lots set to go under the hammer. Another 75 Weanlings are scheduled to be sold on the second day, followed by Yearlings (10), Two-Year-Olds (4), Unraced Stock (1), Racehorses (7), Stallion Shares (6) and Broodmares (161).

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Countofmontecristo (NZ) Remains Unbeaten

Unbeaten Ready to Run Sale graduate Countofmontecristo (NZ) (Echoes Of Heaven) added to his growing reputation when he boosted his race record to four out of four in Sunday’s S$250,000 Sgp-3 Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint (1200m).

After scoring impressive front-running victories in his first three starts in lower grades, Countofmontecristo stepped up in class for Sunday’s race, the first leg of the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge. He over-raced in the early part of the race and had to work hard to make the lead, but he was still able to sprint again in the home straight and kick clear to score by three-quarters of a length. He was ridden to victory by Glen Boss, who has previously described the three-year-old as “a beast”.

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Dream Vinery Stud Stakes Result for Karaka and Phoenix Park

Montoya's Secret and Night Nurse Quinella Group 1 Vinery Stakes. Photo: Equine Images.
Montoya's Secret and Nurse Kitchen Quinella Group 1 Vinery Stakes. Photo: Equine Images.

The National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka and the sales preparation company Phoenix Park stole the spotlight at Rosehill on Saturday with a quinella in the A$500,000 Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) for three-year-old fillies.

The race was won by Montoya’s Secret (High Chaparral), who sold for $130,000 from Phoenix Park’s draft at the 2015 Premier Sale. Runner-up Nurse Kitchen (NZ) (Savabeel) was in the same draft but had to be withdrawn the day before the sale.

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Jon Snow (NZ) Adds Tulloch Stakes to Karaka Graduates’ Sydney Haul

Jon Snow (NZ) Adds Tulloch Stakes to Karaka Graduates’ Sydney Haul. Photo: Equine Images.
Jon Snow (NZ) Adds Tulloch Stakes to Karaka Graduates’ Sydney Haul. Photo: Equine Images.

New Zealand-breds and Karaka graduates have enjoyed wonderful success at the Sydney autumn carnival in recent years, and 2017 is proving to be no different.

Last week it was the New Zealand Derby hero Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj), who cost $5000 and $42,500 in his two visits to Karaka, who flew the flag with a dominant win in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m).

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Bassett (NZ) Strikes Again in Hareeba Stakes

Bassett (NZ) Strikes Again in Hareeba Stakes. Photo: Race Images.
Bassett (NZ) Strikes Again in Hareeba Stakes. Photo: Race Images.

Karaka graduate Bassett (NZ) (Savabeel) scored his second consecutive stakes win when he took out Saturday’s A$120,000 Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) at Mornington.

A last-start winner of the A$120,000 Listed Abell Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley just over a week ago, the four-year-old gelding was similarly impressive on Saturday as he worked forward from a wide gate to sit in second place before sprinting clear in the straight for a one-length win.

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All Roads (NZ) Lead to Group 2 Win

All Roads (NZ) Lead to Group 2 Win. Photo: Trish Dunell.
All Roads (NZ) Lead to Group 2 Win. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Exciting galloper All Roads (NZ) (Road To Rock), a graduate of the 2013 Select Sale, scored the biggest win of his career to date in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Windsor Park Stud Japan-NZ International Trophy (1600m) at Tauranga.

Purchased at Karaka for $40,000, All Roads has earned more than three times that amount in prizemoney – most of it in a remarkable last 12 months.

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I Am A Star (NZ) Delivers Again in Sunline Stakes

I Am A Star (NZ) Delivers Again in Sunline Stakes. Photo: Equine Images.
I Am A Star (NZ) Delivers Again in Sunline Stakes. Photo: Equine Images.

Six weeks out from the 2017 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka, one of the Sale’s star graduates delivered another supreme performance to win the A$200,000 Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

I Am A Star (NZ) (I Am Invincible) worked hard from her wide draw to take an early lead and dominated the race from there, bringing up the fifth black-type win in her 13-start career. She outclassed her opposition by three and a quarter lengths in a powerful front-running performance reminiscent of the champion Kiwi mare Sunline, in whose honour the Moonee Valley race was named.

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South Island Sale Offers Sensational Value For Money

Signify (NZ) Claims Group 1 Telegraph. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Signify (NZ) Claims Group 1 Telegraph. Photo: Trish Dunell.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale, which will be held in Christchurch on April 21, is developing a reputation for offering incredible value for money, with a number of high-quality racetrack performers bought for relatively low prices.

Few horses fit that description better than one of this season’s star New Zealand sprinters, Signify (NZ) (Perfectly Ready), who has earned more than 60 times his purchase price for Alex and Tracey Cowan.

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Group 3 Win for Karaka Graduate Consommateur (NZ)

Consommateur (NZ) claims the G3 Epona Stakes at Rosehill. Photo: Equine Images
Consommateur (NZ) claims the Group 3 Epona Stakes at Rosehill. Photo: Equine Images

Lightly raced four-year-old Consommateur (NZ) (Roc de Cambes) tackled stakes company for the first time in Saturday’s A$150,000 Group 3 Bradford Black Epona Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill, and she came out a winner.

Bought from The Oaks Stud’s draft at the 2014 Select Sale for $30,000, Consommateur came from off the pace in the fillies and mares’ feature and powered through the wet ground to win by two and three-quarter lengths.

Vendor The Oaks Stud
Purchaser NZB as agent (Christchurch)
Breeding Roc de Cambes – Consumer
Sale Lot 1012, 2014 Select Sale, $30,000
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Gingernuts (NZ) Slam Dunks Group 1 Gold in Sydney

Gingernuts (NZ) Dunks for Group 1 Gold in Sydney.
Gingernuts (NZ) Slam Dunks Group 1 Gold in Sydney.

Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj), who cost just $5,000 and $42,500 in his two visits to the Karaka sales centre, continued his remarkable rise to stardom with Group 1 victory in his Australian debut in Saturday’s A$600,000 Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas (2000m).

The chestnut burst out of obscurity with a last-to-first win at big odds in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie on February 18, which he followed with an outstanding win in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at the same venue two weeks later. Both victories sparked wild celebrations in the stands among the dozens of members of the Te Akau Gingernuts Syndicate that owns the gelding.

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Filly of the Year Bonneval (NZ) Reigns Supreme in New Zealand Oaks

Filly of the Year Bonneval (NZ) Reigns Supreme in New Zealand Oaks. Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.
Filly of the Year Bonneval (NZ) Reigns Supreme in New Zealand Oaks. Photo: Race Images, Palmerston North.

After only collecting her first points in late January, Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi) was crowned the 2016-17 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year when she won the $300,000 Group 1 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on Saturday.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained filly began her rise with a placing in the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham in late January. Since then she has put together successive victories in the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m) at Trentham, the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings and a crowning glory in Saturday’s New Zealand Oaks.

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South Island Sale Graduate Signify (NZ) Does It Again

With the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Sale just around the corner, one of the greatest bargain buys in the Sale’s history hit the headlines again on Saturday when Signify (NZ) (Perfectly Ready) won the $50,000 Listed Phill Cataldo Bloodstock Lightning Handicap (1200m) at Trentham.

Bought at the 2013 Sale for just $5,500, Signify rose to stardom with an outstanding win in the $250,000 Group 1 JR & Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham in January.

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Southern Sires to the Fore in South Island Sale

New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2017 South Island Sale will feature the progeny of a wide range of both proven and up-and-coming stallions, with a particular focus on those based in the South Island.

The 104 Lots in the Sale catalogue are the progeny of 41 different stallions. They include 53 horses by eight prominent South Island-based stallions.

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NZB’s South Island Sale Catalogue Available Now

NZB’s South Island Sale Catalogue Available Now
NZB’s South Island Sale Catalogue Available Now

The catalogue for New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale can be viewed online now and will be mailed out on the 17th of March.

The Sale will be held at the Riding for the Disabled Building at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch on 21 April 2017, commences from Lot 1 at 11am. This year’s catalogue is made up almost entirely of yearlings, accounting for 101 of the 104 lots catalogued. There are also two two-year-olds and one racehorse.

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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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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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