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Karaka Graduates Target Dubai

It’s an exciting time for all connections involved in the three Karaka graduates due to make their debut in Dubai. Group 1 winner Music Magnate (NZ) (Written Tycoon) has accepted his invitation to the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint on the 31 March, while Singapore stakes winners Gilt Complex (NZ) (Gold Centre) and Bahana (NZ) (Elusive City) have already arrived in Dubai and tested the track ahead of their major assignments in March.

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On The Rocks (NZ) Claims Second Stakes Win in Guineas

On The Rocks (NZ) claims the Group 2 Electrolux Avondale Guineas. Photo: Trish Dunell
On The Rocks (NZ) claims the Group 2 Electrolux Avondale Guineas. Photo: Trish Dunell

Highly talented Select Sale graduate On The Rocks (NZ) (Alamosa) picked up the second black-type win of his career with a tenacious victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Electrolux Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie.

Previously the winner of the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial (1500m) at the same venue, On The Rocks mastered the extra distance of Saturday’s race and is now a leading contender for next month’s $1 million Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m).

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Grunt (NZ) Superb on Stakes Debut

Grunt (NZ) stepped up to stakes level with a win in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes.
Grunt (NZ) stepped up to stakes level with a win in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes.

Lightly raced Premier Sale graduate Grunt (NZ) (O’Reilly) stepped up to stakes level with a stellar performance in Saturday’s A$150,000 Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.

The colt, whose dam is a half-sister to former New Zealand Horse of the Year Ocean Park (NZ) (Thorn Park), was bought for $220,000 at the 2016 Premier Sale.

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Listed Spoils For Global Thinking

Global Thinking adds a Listed win to her successful South Island sojourn. Photo: Wild Range Photography
Global Thinking adds a Listed win to her successful South Island sojourn. Photo: Wild Range Photography

After placing in the Listed Dunedin Guineas earlier in the month, Global Thinking (So You Think) added a Listed win to her successful South Island sojourn in Saturday’s $50,000 ILT Ascot Park Hotel Southland Guineas (1600m) in Invercargill.

The Shaune Ritchie-trained filly, who cost $40,000 at the 2016 Premier Sale, was ridden by Kylie Williams and produced an impressive come-from-behind performance. After dropping back to the rear of the field, she swooped around the outside to challenge for the lead at the top of the home straight.

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Final Results for Karaka 2018

Karaka 2018's sale-topping colt (Savabeel - Katie Lee).
Karaka 2018's sale-topping colt (Savabeel - Katie Lee).

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka Sale ring hosted a brand new format at the 92nd National Yearling Sales Series with key figures over the six days of trading reaching phenomenal heights.

In a decade-high, the aggregate totalled $97,157,750 versus last year’s turnover of $82,015,500.

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Series Leader Dijon Bleu (NZ) Stars Again in Sir Tristram

Dijon Bleu takes the lead in the Group 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic. Photo: Trish Dunell
Dijon Bleu takes the lead in the Group 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic. Photo: Trish Dunell

Dijon Bleu (NZ) (Burgundy) expanded her lead in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series with another top-class performance in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa.

The Lisa Latta-trained filly has led the Series from the start, winning the first leg, the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) in September. Since then she has placed in the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) and Group 3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m), then easily won the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m).

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Civil Disobedience (NZ) Captures Tasmanian Derby

Kiwi-bred colt Civil Disobedience (NZ) (Raise the Flag) stepped up to stakes level in style with a commanding win in Friday’s A$150,000 Listed Tasmanian Derby (2200m) in Hobart.

From the stable of champion Victorian trainer Darren Weir, and ridden by John Allen, the $32,500 South Island Sale graduate outclassed his Tasmanian Derby opponents. He sat in third place before effortlessly taking the lead at the home turn and powering clear to win by two and three-quarter lengths.

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Filly of the Year Series Leader Faces Stamina Test

Bonneval winning the 2017 Group 2 Fillies’ Classic.
Bonneval winning the 2017 Group 2 Fillies’ Classic.

Top filly Dijon Bleu (NZ) (Burgundy) will put her stamina to the test when she attempts to extend her New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series lead in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa.

The Lisa Latta-trained runner has led throughout the 2017-18 Series. She won the first leg, the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m), then placed in the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) and Group 3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m). She returned to winning form in style last start, scoring a dominant victory in the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m).

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Xbox (NZ) Shows Versatility and Class in Waikato Guineas

Group 2 Waikato Guineas winner Xbox. Photo: Trish Dunell
Group 2 Waikato Guineas winner Xbox. Photo: Trish Dunell

Having previously won over 1100 and 1500 metres, classy three-year-old Xbox (NZ) (Niagara) passed his first stamina test with flying colours in Tuesday’s $100,000 Group 2 Warren Storm Lifebrokers Waikato Guineas (2000m) at Te Rapa.

The Graham Richardson and Gavin Parker-trained gelding, who cost $85,000 at the 2016 Ready to Run Sale, came from off the pace to challenge for the lead rounding the home turn. He made the lead early in the straight, then withstood the late challenge of fellow Ready to Run Sale graduate Mongolianconqueror (NZ) (Ocean Park) by a nose. Xbox was ridden to victory by Trudy Thornton.

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Book 3 Closes Top-Class Week at Karaka 2018

Lot 1210 provided the highest price of Book 3 - a colt by Showcasing. Photo: Trish Dunell
Lot 1210 provided the highest price of Book 3 - a colt by Showcasing. Photo: Trish Dunell

In a solid day of trading at the Book 3 session, the new format at Karaka 2018 has delivered a remarkable sales-week. With a steady buying bench today, and 72 fewer lots catalogued than last year’s Festival Sale, 113 lots sold for a turnover of $1,537,750. With a healthy clearance rate of 84%, the median held at $10,000 and the average settled at $13,608.

“Whilst the average was slightly down on last year’s third catalogue, the median remained the same,” NZB’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook said.

“The highlight of today’s Sale was the 84% clearance rate, which equals the record 2008 Festival Sale, and rounded off a fabulous week of selling.”

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Final Day of Karaka 2018

Outdoor parade ring at Karaka.
Outdoor parade ring at Karaka.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 3 Sale takes place today with Lot 1079 to Lot 1247 going through the auction ring from 11am.

The Sale will be streamed live online and on the NZB facebook page.

The change of format at Karaka 2018 has been vindicated with key figures at the end of Book 2 bettering the 2010 high with receipts of $95,242,000 for the overall Sales Series.

The Book 3 catalogue is available at reception and can be viewed online.

Visit www.nzb.co.nz for all Sale news and information.


Treasure (NZ) Impresses in Oaks Prelude

Treasure (NZ) stepped up to stakes level in style to win the Listed FastTrack Insurance Oaks Prelude. Photo: Race Images Palmerston North.
Treasure (NZ) stepped up to stakes level in style to win the Listed FastTrack Insurance Oaks Prelude. Photo: Race Images Palmerston North.

Lightly raced filly Treasure (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) stepped up to stakes level in style with an easy win in Saturday’s $55,000 Listed FastTrack Insurance Oaks Prelude (1800m) at Pukekura Raceway.

The Tony Pike-trained filly had yet to win from three appearances leading into the three-year-old fillies’ feature, but on all three occasions she had produced strong late finishes over shorter distances.

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Valuable Black-Type Win For Pendleton (NZ)

Karaka weanling purchase Pendleton (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) picked up the fourth and most significant win of her short career to date in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Fire & Mechanical Dunedin Gold Cup (2400m) at Wingatui.

Carrying the colours of prominent owner-breeder Kevin Hickman, the four-year-old made her black-type debut in the open handicap feature. Ridden by Samantha Collett for trainers Shane Kennedy and Anna Furlong, she scored a commanding victory by two and a quarter lengths.

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Successful Book 2 Vindicates Changes

Book 2's sale-topping colt - Lot 885 by Per Incanto. Photo: Trish Dunell
Book 2's sale-topping colt - Lot 885 by Per Incanto. Photo: Trish Dunell

The change of format at Karaka 2018 has been vindicated with key figures at the end of Book 2 bettering the 2010 high with receipts of $95,242,000 for the overall Sales Series.

Today’s session delivered spectacular results with the sixth day of selling reaching an average of $120,712 – 18% higher than the 2017 Premier and Select combined sessions. The median has risen 23% to reach a strong $80,000 for Book 1 and 2 combined, while the overall clearance rate for the six days of the Sale is an extremely pleasing 80%.

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Ascot Farm Bid $175,000 on Highly Recommended

The Berkley Stud-consigned Highly Recommended colt, Lot 1011, fetched $175,000. Photo: Trish Dunell
The Berkley Stud-consigned Highly Recommended colt, Lot 1011, fetched $175,000. Photo: Trish Dunell

Berkley Stud’s promising young sire Highly Recommended has soared to new heights in the sale ring at Karaka with Ascot Farm placing the final bid of $175,000 on a colt at Lot 1011.

Consigned by Berkley Stud, the well-related son of Highly Recommended is a full brother to stakes winner Waldorf (NZ) and a half-brother to Group 3 winner Timy Tyler (NZ) (No Excuse Needed).

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Showcasing Colt Heads to Hong Kong

Lot 906 - a colt by Showcasing makes $160,000.
Lot 906 - a colt by Showcasing makes $160,000.

Mr Kwan made the trip to Karaka with intentions of securing yearlings that he could race in Hong Kong, and when he laid eyes on the son of Showcasing (Lot 906) he went to $160,000 to secure him.

Out of Haunui Farm’s Book 2 draft, the colt is out of the winning Zabeel mare Mary Agnes who has produced two winners from two foals to race.

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Day Two of Book 2 Sale

Indoor parade ring at Karaka.
Indoor parade ring at Karaka.

The second and final day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 2 Sale takes place today with Lot 901 to Lot 1078 going through the auction ring from 11am.

The Sale will be streamed live online and on the NZB facebook page.

Selling from the first day of Book 2 has contributed to a phenomenal new overall Sales Series aggregate, reaching heights not seen since 2010, to sit at $90,052,000.

Book 2 and Book 3 catalogues are available at reception or can be viewed online.

Visit www.nzb.co.nz for all Sale news and information.


Success Continues On First Day of Book 2

Highden Park presented the top lot today - a son of Per Incanto (Lot 885).
Highden Park presented the top lot today - a son of Per Incanto (Lot 885). Photo: Trish Dunell

Selling from the first day of Karaka 2018’s Book 2 has contributed to a phenomenal new overall Sales Series aggregate, reaching heights not seen since 2010, to sit at $90,052,000.

134 of today's 200 catalogued lots sold for receipts of $6,353,000 delivering a respectable clearance rate of 74%.

Proven Group 1 sire Per Incanto got off to a roaring start with Highden Park presenting the highest-priced yearling (Lot 885) who went to the $200,000 bid of Upper Bloodstock. Having secured three colts during the Book 1 Sale, the Upper Bloodstock partners were active again securing the son of Encosta de Lago mare Lago Rider.

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$160,000 Proisir Colt at Karaka 2018

Mapperley Stud's Lot 766 - a colt by Proisir.
Mapperley Stud's Lot 766 - a colt by Proisir.

Rich Hill Stud’s young recruit Proisir was in demand on the first day of Book 2 with Lot 766 secured by Waterford Bloodstock for $160,000.

The Australian Group-winning freshman sire Proisir, who also ran second to Dundeel in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes, is by influential stallion Choisir.

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Day One of Book 2 Sale at Karaka 2018

Outdoor parade ring at Karaka.
Outdoor parade ring at Karaka.

The first day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 2 Sale commences today with Lot 701 to Lot 900 going under the hammer from 11am.

The Sale will be streamed live online and on the NZB facebook page.

Yesterday was an extremely successful conclusion to the new Book 1, highlighted by total takings already exceeding the entire sales week at Karaka 2017 with three days of selling to go. You can view full results here.

Book 2 and Book 3 catalogues are available at reception or can be viewed online.

Visit www.nzb.co.nz for all Sale news and information.


New Format Pays Dividends at Karaka 2018

Today's highest-priced yearling (Lot 612).
Today's highest-priced yearling (Lot 612).

It has been an extremely successful conclusion to the new Book 1 of Karaka 2018, highlighted by total takings already exceeding the entire sales week at Karaka 2017 with three days of selling to go.

Book 1 turnover (700 lots catalogued) is $83,549,000, representing an average of $155,007 across 539 horses sold at a median of $110,000, with all key measures – turnover, median, average and clearance – surpassing the Premier, Select and Festival Sales combined results in 2017.

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Tavistock Colt Makes $700,000

Dean Hawthorne secured Lot 667  for $700,000. Photo: Darryl Sherer
Dean Hawthorne secured Lot 667 for $700,000. Photo: Darryl Sherer

Dean Hawthorne, who has been a prominent buyer over the four-day Book 1 Sale, has struck again with Lot 667. The colt by Tavistock was knocked down to his final bid of $700,000.

The Cambridge Stud-prepared colt is out of the winning O’Reilly mare Tricia’o (NZ) and a grandson of the prolific stakes producing mare Tricia Ann.

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Filly Fireworks Resume on Day Four

Cambridge Stud's Tavistock filly (Lot 612) sold for $975,000. Photo: Darryl Sherer
Cambridge Stud's Tavistock filly (Lot 612) sold for $975,000. Photo: Darryl Sherer

The appeal of young fillies offered in Book 1 at Karaka 2018 couldn’t have been better illustrated with the sale of three fillies for more than $600,000 early in the piece on Day Four.

From the draft of Cambridge Stud Lot 612 is a filly by Tavistock out of the Zabeel mare Special Diamond (NZ), herself a daughter of Group 1 winner Diamond Lover. China Horse Club’s Bloodstock and Racing Manager, Michael Wallace, was pleased to secure the filly placing the final bid at $975,000.

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Day Four of Book 1 Sale

Karaka's outdoor parade ring.
Karaka's outdoor parade ring.

The fourth and final day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 1 Sale takes place today with Lot 541 to Lot 700 going through the auction ring from 11am.

The Sale will be streamed live online, on the NZB facebook page, and on Karaka Pop Up (SKY Channel 263). In Australia, Racing.com will broadcast live online.

Pedigree pages of blueblood fillies were to the fore at Day Three pushing sales to $63.63 million and lifting the clearance rate to 79%.

NZB will be making a special presentation to Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan in recognition of their significant achievements at Karaka. The public presentation will take place at Karaka in the auditorium today from 10.30am.

Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3 catalogues are available at reception or can be viewed online.

Visit www.nzb.co.nz for all Sale news and information.


Fillies Feature in Top Picks of Day Three

Day Three's top-priced yearling - Lot 371.
Day Three's top-priced yearling - Lot 371.

Pedigree pages of blueblood fillies were to the fore at Day Three of Karaka 2018 pushing sales to $63.63 million and lifting the clearance rate to 79%.

Te Akau's David Ellis showed his strength yet again when he boldly opened with an $800,000 bid and quickly secured the highest-priced lot of Day Three, Lot 371 by Not a Single Doubt, for $900,000.

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Ellis Secures Three Colts for Stallion Syndicate

Pencarrow Stud' colt by Exceed and Excel - Lot 455. Photo: Darryl Sherer
Pencarrow Stud' colt by Exceed and Excel - Lot 455. Photo: Darryl Sherer

Perennial buyer David Ellis is at it again on Day Three of Karaka 2018.

Lot 455, the Exceed and Excel colt out of Pencarrow-bred mare Our Ella Belle (NZ) (Encosta de Lago), went to Ellis for $750,000.

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Melody Belle’s Younger Sister Makes $900,000

Haunui Farm's high-class filly - Lot 371.
Haunui Farm's high-class filly - Lot 371. Photo: Darryl Sherer

Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis showed his strength yet again when he went to $900,000 for a Not a Single Doubt filly from the iconic “Belle” family at Lot 371.

Out of the winning mare Meleka Belle (Iffraaj), she is a half-sister to Karaka Million winner and Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes winner Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands).

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Day Three of Book 1 at Karaka 2018

Outdoor parade ring at Karaka.
Outdoor parade ring at Karaka.

The third day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 1 Sale continues today with Lot 321 to Lot 540 going through the auction ring from 11am.

The Sale will be streamed live online, on the NZB facebook page, and on Karaka Pop Up (SKY Channel 263). In Australia, Racing.com will broadcast live online.

An action-packed Day 2 at Karaka 2018 saw leading local buyer David Ellis provide the fireworks with a sale-topping bid of $1,025,000 to acquire Cambridge Stud’s striking Savabeel colt at Lot 301. The second seven-figure yearling yesterday came at Curraghmore’s Lot 156 with Mark Pilkington Bloodstock and Lindsay Park Racing outlaying $1 million for the Fastnet Rock colt.

Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3 catalogues are available at reception or can be viewed online.

Visit www.nzb.co.nz for all Sale news and information.


Million-dollar Day at Karaka 2018

Cambridge Stud's sale-topping Savabeel colt Lot 301.
Cambridge Stud's sale-topping Savabeel colt Lot 301.

An action-packed Day 2 at Karaka 2018 saw leading local buyer David Ellis provide the fireworks with a sale-topping bid of $1,025,000 to acquire Cambridge Stud’s striking Savabeel colt at Lot 301.

Lot 301 is from New Zealand champion three-year-old Katie Lee (NZ) whose stellar career was highlighted with victories in both the Group 1 1000 Guineas and Group 1 2000 Guineas, herself the progeny of Group winner Miss Jessie Jay.

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Blueblood Fillies Continue Cracking Pace

Cambridge Stud produced another gem in a Tavistock filly (Lot 159) who fetched $750,000. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Cambridge Stud produced another gem in a Tavistock filly (Lot 159) who fetched $750,000. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Two royally-bred fillies are among the highest priced yearlings at Day 2 of Karaka 2018 with a Tavistock filly fetching $750,000 and a Fastnet Rock filly following suit when purchased for $725,000.

Cambridge Stud prepared the daughter of Tavistock who came through the ring at Lot 159. The bay filly is out of the outstanding stakes-winning Danehill mare Diamond Like who has produced two Group winners in Forever Loved (NZ) (High Chaparral) and Zephyron (NZ) (Zabeel) along with stakes performed siblings Zenella (NZ) (Zabeel) and Ardeche (Dehere).

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$1 Million Fastnet Rock Colt Leads Day 2 Action

Curraghmore's Lot 156, a son of Fastnet Rock, joins the $1 million honour roll. Photo: Darryl Sherer
Curraghmore's Lot 156, a son of Fastnet Rock, joins the $1 million honour roll. Photo: Darryl Sherer

The first foal out of Group 1-winning Savabeel mare Diademe (NZ) has joined the million dollar honour roll at Karaka 2018 in a bidding duel from three prominent buyers to secure the colt by Fastnet Rock.

The expected demand for the colt (Lot 156) who is out of a full sibling to current Group 1 2000 Guineas winner Embellish (NZ) (Savabeel), and recently secured stallion profile, lived up to its billing when knocked down for $1,000,000 to astute bloodstock agent Mark Pilkington in conjunction with Lindsay Park Racing.

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Early Action Bodes Well for Kaha Syndicate and Mulcaster Bloodstock

Waikato Stud's Lot 108 Savabeel - Chilled Out.
Waikato Stud's Lot 108 Savabeel - Chilled Out.

Experienced bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster has come out guns blazing on the second day of NZB’s Book 1 Karaka 2018.

Within the first half hour Kaha Syndicate and Mulcaster Bloodstock joined forces to acquire a Savabeel colt (Lot 108) for $425,000. Consigned by Waikato Stud, the striking colt is out of Chilled Out (NZ) (Anabaa) who is a half-sister to the Group 1 performed mare The Big Chill (NZ) (O’Reilly).

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Group 1 Glory for D B Pin

D B Pin was victorious in Sunday’s HK$10 million Group 1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin. Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club
D B Pin was victorious in Sunday’s HK$10 million Group 1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin. Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club

D B Pin (Darci Brahma), a close relative to the unbeaten Karaka Million winner Avantage (Fastnet Rock), completed a wonderful weekend for that family and for Karaka graduates with victory in Sunday’s HK$10 million Group 1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin.

D B Pin is a half-brother to Avantage’s dam Asavant (NZ) (Zabeel).

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Second Day of Karaka 2018 Book 1

A full auditorium at Karaka's opening session.
A full auditorium at Karaka's opening session.

The second day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 1 Sale continues today with Lot 101 to Lot 320 going under the hammer from 11am.

The Sale will be streamed live online, on the New Zealand Bloodstock facebook page, and on Karaka Pop Up (SKY Channel 263). Racing.com will also broadcast on Free-to-air (Channel 68/78) and Foxtel (Channel 529) in Australia.

Last night the first 100 yearlings in Book 1 saw a total of 76 lots sold for $11.5 million at an average of $151,382. The clearance rate was an extremely pleasing 81%.

Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3 catalogues are available at reception or can be viewed online.

Visit www.nzb.co.nz for all Sale news and information.


Boom Opening Session at Karaka 2018

Tavistock - Bagalollies filly offered on account of Highden Park. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Tavistock - Bagalollies filly offered on account of Highden Park. Photo: Trish Dunell.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka Sale ring has tonight played host to a gun opening session of its 2018 National Yearling Sales Series.

A brand new format has seen the first 100 Lots of the new Book 1 go through the ring, with heated bidding setting a positive tone for the new four-day session. A strong buying bench of both overseas and local buyers competed keenly for the selection on offer, with the clearance rate of 81% a good indicator of the strength of the demand.

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Top-equal Price of Opening Session

Haunui Farm's More Than Ready colt - Lot 84.
Haunui Farm's More Than Ready colt - Lot 84.

Byerley Park-based training duo Bruce Wallace and Allan Peard have secured the top-equal price of the opening session with a colt by More Than Ready for $500,000 under the Wallace Thoroughbreds banner.

The colt who is a half-brother to Group 2 winner Ego (NZ) (E Dubai) and two other stakes performers in Ready Steady (NZ) (Perfectly Ready) and Sans Souci (NZ) (Pins) was prepared by Haunui Farm and offered in their draft at Lot 84.

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Full Sister to Werther makes $500,000 at Karaka

Highden Park's Lot 48 - a filly by Tavistock.
Highden Park's Lot 48 - a filly by Tavistock.

Bloodstock agent Dean Hawthorne is among the early action and kiwi contingent of buyers at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2018 National Yearling Sales Series.

On the first day of selling in Book 1, Hawthorne has paid $500,000 for a full sister to Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther (NZ) (Tavistock) and current Group 3 winner Gobstopper (NZ) (Tavistock) with Highden Park offering the filly at Lot 48.

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First Day of New-look Sale Week

Outdoor parade ring at Karaka.
Outdoor parade ring at Karaka.

The revamped National Yearling Sales Series kicks off this evening with a new night session seeing the first 100 yearlings catalogued in Book 1 go under the hammer from 5pm.

The Sale will be streamed live online, on the New Zealand Bloodstock facebook page, and on Karaka Pop Up (SKY Channel 263).

Last season alone, 10 Group 1 victories were scored by nine individual NZB Yearling Sale graduates while 120 Stakes races were claimed by 95 individual graduates in the same time.

Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3 catalogues are available at reception or can be viewed online. 

Visit www.nzb.co.nz for all Sale news and information.


Two Karaka Millions in a Row for Team Te Akau

Unbeaten filly Avantage triumphing in the Karaka Million 2YO. Photo: Race Images
Unbeaten filly Avantage triumphing in the Karaka Million 2YO. Photo: Race Images

Last year it was Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands), and 12 months later the tangerine colours of Te Akau have made it two in a row in the $1 million Karaka Million (1200m) at Ellerslie.

The unbeaten filly Avantage (NZ) (Fastnet Rock) came out on top in Saturday’s 11th running of the famous race, heading home a quality 14-horse field that included four of her stablemates.

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More Karaka Million Glory for Benner, Rutten and Norwood

2018 Karaka Million 3YO Classic winner Scott Base. Photo: Trish Dunell
2018 Karaka Million 3YO Classic winner Scott Base. Photo: Trish Dunell

Four years on from their Karaka Million (1200m) triumph with Vespa (NZ) (Elusive City), the same connections struck again in the first million-dollar running of the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Owners Chris Rutten and John Norwood and trainer Johno Benner joined forces to win the 2014 Karaka Million with Vespa, a $34,000 yearling purchase who later added the Group 1 Diamond Stakes (1200m) to be New Zealand’s champion two-year-old of 2013-14. He now stands at Wellfield Lodge.

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Black-type Wins Complement Karaka 2018 Draft

Group 1 2000 Guineas winner Embellish (NZ) is among significant pedigree updates at Karaka 2018.
Group 1 2000 Guineas winner Embellish (NZ) is among significant pedigree updates at Karaka 2018.

A flurry of winning performances have boosted the appeal of numerous yearlings catalogued in the upcoming National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka which commences on Sunday 28.

The Fastnet Rock colt Age of Fire enhanced his future stallion value when he triumphed in the Group 1 Levin Classic, his third win from only six appearances, and provided a timely update to the full sister Lot 172 who will be offered as part of Hallmark Stud’s draft.

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Proven Vendors Gunning for Supremacy

Group 1 2000 Guineas winner Embellish (NZ) pictured as a yearling.
Group 1 2000 Guineas winner Embellish (NZ) pictured as a yearling.

Securing the top spots on the leading vendors table at Karaka is no easy feat with multiple vendors having the firepower to claim ultimate supremacy.

The signs are strong for title holder Waikato Stud who has had a massive year with their Champion Sire Savabeel producing a Guineas double with 2000 Guineas winner Embellish (NZ) and 1000 Guineas winner Hasahalo (NZ). Rounding that number out in just three short weeks in November, across the Tasman Shillelagh (NZ) won the Group 1 Cantala Stakes in Victoria. Only a month later Kawi (NZ) claimed his seventh Group 1 victory in the Captain Cook Stakes bolstering Savabeel’s record of 15 individual Group 1 winners.

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Boutique Drafts Equipped to Impress

Lyndhurst Farm's Fastnet Rock filly sold for $800,000 in 2015.
Lyndhurst Farm's Fastnet Rock filly sold for $800,000 in 2015.

Gearing up for another busy Karaka are a host of returning vendors who continue to present strong drafts by proven and up-and-coming sires.

The 2017 Yearling Sales delivered for Janine Dunlop’s Phoenix Park selling 16 youngsters for over $1.8 million with the likes of Australian-based DGR Thoroughbreds outlaying $400,000 for their Savabeel colt out of dual Group 1-winning mare The Jewel (Lot 447).

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New Names Set to Parade

Karaka's outdoor parade ring.
Karaka's outdoor parade ring.

The yearlings at Karaka 2018 will be presented by a host of respected and skilled vendors, including a fresh group of consignors whose names may be somewhat new to buyer’s ears.

The recently established Koru Thoroughbreds has set up at the former Curraghmore Stud near Hamilton with the Taylor family, comprising of Kevin and Julie Taylor and their son Matthew and his partner Melissa Speers, ready to present their inaugural draft at the Sale later this month.

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Filly of the Year Series Leader Returns to the Fray

Last year's Desert Gold Stakes winner Nicoletta (NZ) (Savabeel).
Last year's Desert Gold Stakes winner Nicoletta (NZ) (Savabeel).

The New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series continues on Saturday with the sixth leg, the $70,000 Group 3 Metroclad-Terracade Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham, and it features the return of table-topper Dijon Bleu (NZ) (Burgundy).

The Lisa Latta-trained filly has led the Series from the start, winning the first leg – Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings in September. She then finished second in the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) and Group 3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m), lifting her total to 16 points.

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Classy Fillies Draw Attention at Karaka

Champion Two Year Old Melody Belle (NZ) pictured as a yearling.
Champion Two Year Old Melody Belle (NZ) pictured as a yearling.

The fact that 19% of all Group 1 winners in Australia over the past five seasons have first and/or second dams that carry the NZ suffix comes as no surprise to breeders, trainers and owners alike wanting to tap into New Zealand’s matriarchal strength.

Well-bred New Zealand fillies proving their worth include $150,000 Karaka yearling Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi) who represented the fourth consecutive kiwi-bred winner in the world’s richest Oaks race – the A$1 million Group 1 Australian Oaks. Accolades came after her three-year-old campaign with Oaks wins on both sides of the Tasman and then picked up right where she left off this season with a win in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes.

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May Sale Set to Include Karaka Million Incentive

Singapore Horse of the Year Infantry (NZ).
Singapore Horse of the Year Infantry (NZ).

The year of 2018 brings a renewed structure to the National Yearling Sales Series and we’re excited for the fresh format to flow over with changes to the National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale.

The Sale now sports a new name – the ‘Karaka May Sale’, reflecting the diversity of bloodstock on offer at Karaka during this three-day Sale event.

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Proven Sires in Force at Karaka 2018

Waikato Stud's reigning Champion New Zealand Sire Savabeel.
Waikato Stud's reigning Champion New Zealand Sire Savabeel.

Global powerhouse sires from the ranks of Australasia’s best stud farms will be represented at the fast-approaching 2018 National Yearling Sales with preceding feature-race winners boosting their demand.

Waikato Stud titan and reigning Champion New Zealand Sire Savabeel made a clean sweep of New Zealand’s major sire awards for the second consecutive season and success with his elite Karaka yearling Embellish (NZ) in the Group 1 2000 Guineas has seen him jump to the top of the leader board this season. His star performers around the world include the likes of Karaka graduates Hall of Fame (NZ), Sangster (NZ) and Lucia Valentina (NZ).

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Kiwi Stallion Ranks Packed with Emerging Talent

Littel Avondale Stud's Per Incanto.
Littel Avondale Stud's Per Incanto.

New Zealand boasts an outstanding line-up of both proven and highly promising sires. Those ranks have been further boosted in the last couple of seasons with an intake of exciting youngsters.

Alamosa was a Group 1 winner at two, three and four and he made a smart start to his breeding career at Wellfield Lodge when he was New Zealand’s leading first season sire. In the following spring his first-crop daughter Kirramosa (NZ) won the Group 1 Victoria Oaks and Group 2 Wakeful Stakes.

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Australasia's Exciting New Blood

Windsor Park Stud's shuttle sire Charm Spirit.
Windsor Park Stud's shuttle sire Charm Spirit.

Karaka 2018 will see a diverse first crop of yearlings representing 19 exciting new sires from New Zealand, Australia, and Europe.

A brilliant Cox Plate winning son of one of the greatest sires Galileo, Coolmore Stud’s young recruit Adelaide is a multiple Group winner who was unbeaten as a two-year-old.

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