Melody Belle (NZ) Scores Fifth Stakes Win in Foxbridge
Saturday, Aug 18, 2018
Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands), the $57,500 Premier Sale purchase who found fame in the 2017 Karaka Million 2YO, began her four-year-old campaign with an immediate big-race impact at Te Rapa on Saturday.
Lining up in the $100,000 Group 2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (1200m) for the 13th start of her career, Melody Belle defeated a strong weight-for-age field to record her sixth win and fifth at stakes level.
Showtime Impresses in NZB Caulfield WFA Championship Opener
Saturday, Aug 18, 2018
Close up behind some of Australia’s very best last season, Showtime (Snitzel) went to a new level and greatly enhanced his value with a gritty win in Saturday’s A$200,000 Group 2 Sir John Monash P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m), opening leg of the New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield Spring WFA Championship.
The Team Hawkes runner had won only two of his 16 starts leading into Saturday, but he had recorded eight placings and earned more than A$500,000 in prize-money. His previous best win came in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes, and he had placed in another six stakes races including the Group 1 All Aged Stakes and Futurity Stakes and the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint and Silver Slipper.
The series spans four spring features at Caulfield with combined prizemoney of A$2.95 million. The Lawrence Stakes will be followed by the A$1 million Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on September 1, the A$750,000 Underwood Stakes (1800m) on September 30 and the A$1 million Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 13.
Savabeel six-year-old Preditor (NZ) produced an electrifying finishing burst to come out on top in an all-Karaka finish to Sunday’s S$200,000 Listed Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m) at Kranji, registering his first black-type win.
Bought for $75,000 at the 2014 Premier Sale, Preditor sprouted wings in the straight to charge home from a seemingly impossible position and beat the Select Sale and Ready to Run Sale graduate Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park) by a head. Debt Collector himself won the race in 2016.
Graduates of the Karaka sales complex finished first and second in the opening black-type race of the 2018-19 New Zealand racing season, the $100,000 Group 3 Winning Edge Presentations 121st Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton Park on Saturday.
The $40,000 Festival Sale purchase Platinum Command (NZ) (Red Giant) swept to victory, lifting her career earnings past $300,000 with a one-length defeat of the $40,000 Ready to Run Sale graduate She’s Poppy (NZ) (Alamosa).
New York Minute (NZ) (Iffraaj) bolstered her resume with a second black-type feature in a commanding front-running performance in Saturday’s $65,000 Listed Powerworx Opunake Cup (1400m) at New Plymouth.
Purchased out of Little Avondale Stud’s 2013 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale draft for $15,000, Saturday’s win was her eighth from 24 career starts and second at black-type following her last-start win in the $50,000 Listed Woburn Farm Tauranga Classic (1400m).
Beauty Generation (NZ) Named Hong Kong Horse of the Year
Saturday, Jul 14, 2018
$60,000 Select Sale purchase Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) capped a dream season with two awards during Friday night’s Champion Awards ceremony, including the title of Hong Kong Horse of the Year.
Formerly a Group One performer in Australia under his previous name Montaigne, the gelding had eight starts during the 2017-18 season, all at stakes level, for five wins – the HK$3 million Celebration Cup (1400m), the HK$4 million Sha Tin Trophy (1600m), the HK$23 million Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Mile (1600m), the HK$10 million Group 1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m), and the HK$18 million Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m).
Sir Patrick Hogan was acknowledged for his exemplary services to the export sector having been awarded the Exporters’ Champion award at the 2018 Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards.
Recognising individual accomplishment, this award specifically recognises those who over a period of time have made a significant contribution to our export sector. Ultimately promoting New Zealand across the globe, they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to share their experience and knowledge, networks, leadership skills and have helped foster the talents of others in order to develop business offshore.
NZB to Expand with Opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka
Tuesday, Jul 3, 2018
Scheduled to open its doors in 2020 a new property will debut at Karaka with a 120-room hotel under the management of DoubleTree by Hilton.
Attending New Zealand Bloodstock’s Sales and inspecting horses will be even easier with this new-build hotel and the accompanying facilities available to be enjoyed by vendors, buyers and thoroughbred enthusiasts.
Stakes Success for $15,000 Weanling Purchase New York Minute (NZ)
Sunday, Jun 24, 2018
New York Minute (NZ) (Iffraaj), who cost just $15,000 at the 2013 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka, collected a valuable first black-type win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Woburn Farm Tauranga Classic (1400m).
The mare had already demonstrated her racetrack prowess, winning six times and placing in six stakes races including a runner-up finish in last year’s Tauranga Classic.
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).