Beauty Generation (NZ) Brilliant Again in Sha Tin Trophy
Monday, Oct 22, 2018
Hong Kong Horse of the Year Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock), who was a $60,000 purchase at the 2014 Select Sale at Karaka, produced another world-class performance in Sunday’s HK$4,250,000 Group 2 Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy (1600m).
Winning the race for the second time, he carried 60 kilograms and led all the way to beat a top-quality field. With regular rider Zac Purton in the saddle, he won by half a length in a slick time of 1:33.07.
Four Karaka graduates combined for a spectacular finish in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) at Rotorua, with Volks Lightning(NZ) (Volksraad) scoring by a nose from Indecision (NZ) (Per Incanto), Julius (NZ) (Swiss Ace) and Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge).
Group 1-placed last season in the Sistema Railway (1200m), the $60,000 Ready to Run Sale purchase Volks Lightning claimed a deserved black-type win with a relentless front-running performance.
This week, 397 youngsters breezed down the home straight at Te Rapa Racecourse with their last 200 metres of work filmed and timed – and once again NZB's Ready to Run Sale vendors have delivered a high caliber preparation of the Lots to be offered at the Sale in November.
All Breeze Up videos are now available online. Recorded in high definition, the quality will automatically scale based on your internet connection and device. The video clips can also be downloaded from Vimeo or viewed in ‘Couch Mode’ which plays all clips from start to finish.
$12,000 Karaka weanling purchase I Am A Star (NZ) (I Am Invincible) scored her ninth black-type win, and her third in a row, with another dominant display in Wednesday’s A$150,000 Group 3 Ted Baker Ladies’ Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield.
The high-quality mare overcame an awkward wide gate in the fillies and mares’ feature, leading all the way and scoring a comfortable half-length victory. She was ridden by Ben Melham.
Godolphin stars Benbatl (Dubawi) and Blair House (Pivotal) went to war in an exciting Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on Saturday, but a fast-finishing third in the A$1 million race by New Zealand-bred star Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo) secured him the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield WFA Championship title.
Humidor headed into Saturday’s final leg of the Series with 17 points to his name, having won the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m), along with a third placing in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m). A top-four finish was all he needed with the title, with Homesman (War Front) and Tosen Basil (Harbinger) his only potential threats with 10 and 8 points respectively.
Quality mare Nicoletta (NZ) (Savabeel) began her 2018-19 campaign in strong style on Saturday, leading all the way in the $80,000 Group 3 Rich Hill Stud Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Hawera.
Bought for $90,000 at the 2015 Select Sale, Nicoletta emerged as a black-type performer during her three-year-old season with victory in the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) and a placing in the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m).
One of the biggest selling points at the NZB Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds is the sire power of 110 varied stallion profiles, each offering unique value. Amongst this selection are internationally renowned Group One producers whose high profiles offer buyers the opportunity to capitalise on their sought after progeny.
Fourteen years have passed since Darci Brahma (NZ) (Danehill) himself went through the sale ring, topping the 2004 Premier Sale with a price tag of $1.1 million. Retired to The Oaks Stud in 2007, he has been named the Champion Sire in Singapore five times including the last three years in succession. Also the Leading New Zealand Sire of 3YOs in 2015-16, Darci Brahma has sired eight Group One winners in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia in the last five seasons. In total, he sired 34 individual stakes winners in those five seasons with a 9% stakes winners to winners ratio.
In just a few short years, many of Australasia’s recent stallion recruits have had their first crops grace the racetracks and the results seen so far have made a big impression. Buyers will have the opportunity to secure their next juveniles at NZB’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds with bloodstock available by hot sires who have had a string of early success.
Cambridge Stud’s Burgundy(NZ) (Redoute’s Choice), a three-quarter brother to successful sire Darci Brahma, was a five-time stakes winner and Group One performer. The Leading New Zealand Second Season Sire in 2017-18 is also the sire of Group One New Zealand One Thousand Guineas runner-up and NZB Filly of the Year Dijon Bleu, Group Two Hawke’s Bay Guineas winner Hard Merchandise and Singaporean Listed Golden Horseshoe placegetter Bringer of War.
Te Akau Shark (NZ) Another Rising Ready to Run Star
Saturday, Oct 6, 2018
New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale has unearthed numerous big-race performers in recent years, and a dominant victory in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings has set Te Akau Shark (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) up to join them.
Madison County (NZ) (Pins), a Karaka graduate from the draft of race sponsors Waikato Stud, scored an outstanding victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings.
Madison County was bred by Waikato Stud’s Garry Chittick and went through the ring in the 2017 Select Sale, selling for $36,000 to high-profile international owners the China Horse Club.
First Crop of 2YOs for Australasian Group Performers
Friday, Oct 5, 2018
In 2015 a new wave of Group One-performing colts joined the stallion rosters of Australasia’s leading studs and three years on their first crop of two-year-olds are now ready to go through the auction ring.
In the thirty-eight year history of the Sale, countless graduates have performed at the highest level on the international stage and with over one hundred stakes wins and 17 Group One wins in the last five seasons alone, NZB has earnt the title as the leading source of talent in the Australasian breeze up market.
Beauty Generation (NZ) Heads Karaka Quinella in Celebration Cup
Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018
Hong Kong’s Horse of the Year Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) made the perfect return to racing at Sha Tin on Monday, leading home Hong Kong Derby winner Ping Hai Star (NZ) (Nom du Jeu) for a Karaka quinella in the HK$3.25 million Group 3 Celebration Cup (1400m).
Both horses were offered by Highden Park at Karaka. Beauty Generation sold for $60,000 at the 2014 Select Sale, while Ping Hai Star fell short of his $40,000 reserve at the same sale a year later.
Previously a Group 3 winner in Ireland and placed at Grade 1 level in the United States, Homesman beat the Japanese import Tosen Basil (Harbinger) by a head in an international finish. Quality New Zealand-bred Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo) ran on strongly for third, half a length behind the first two.
High-class mare I Am A Star (NZ) (I Am Invincible) defended her crown in the Group 3 Sporting Globe Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night, heading a Karaka quinella in the A$200,000 feature.
Bought for just $12,000 at the 2014 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, I Am A Star has now won nine of her 25 starts for prizemoney of A$1,450,450 – more than 120 times her purchase price.
The early favourites are the New Zealand-breds Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo) and Grunt (NZ) (O’Reilly), who have scored impressive Group 1 victories this spring in the New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) respectively.
With a dominant performance in Sunday’s $50,000 Listed Haunui Farm Karaka Classic (1600m) at Pukekohe, the $15,000 Festival Sale purchase Tomelilla (NZ) (Tavistock) scored her third black-type win and took her stakes earnings past $200,000.
Ridden by Matt Cameron for trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, the six-year-old burst out of midfield to hit the lead 300 metres from home. She quickly put the result beyond doubt, scoring by three lengths from fellow Karaka graduate Excalibur (NZ) (Tavistock).
Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) continued her amazing spring with another Group 1 win in Saturday’s $200,000 Windsor Park Plate (1600m), completing a huge day at Hastings not only for her connections, but also for Karaka graduates and Karaka Million winners.
Earlier the same day, her stablemate Avantage (Fastnet Rock) won the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m). Remarkably the top-quality pair, trained by Jamie Richards for Te Akau and Fortuna syndicates, are the last two winners of the Karaka Million (1200m) at Ellerslie.
Star Fillies Provide Thrilling Start to NZB Filly of the Year Series
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018
Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings was the first leg of the 47th New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series, and it has set the bar high with a thrilling battle down the home straight.
Star billing in the lead-up to the race deservedly belonged to last season’s champion two-year-old Avantage.
Local Excels in First Leg of NZB Southern Filly Series
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018
A clash of the islands was won by the locals in the first leg of the New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year series, the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
Home-town hopes rested with Emily Margaret (NZ) (Pins), a Select Sale graduate who had scored an impressive come-from-behind win in her previous appearance. She stepped up to stakes level on Saturday and faced a much sterner test, clashing with highly rated northern raiders such as Wekaforce (NZ) (Showcasing).
New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds has cemented itself as the leading sale of its kind in Australasia with an incomparable 17 Group One wins and 117 stakes wins claimed by graduates of the Sale in the last five seasons.
The Sale catalogue will offer 445 two-year-olds and is available to be viewed online now, and on the free iPad application, with printed catalogues arriving in letterboxes from mid-September.