Breeders, trainers and owners alike will flock to NZB's Karaka May Sale on 7 and 8 May to tap into New Zealand’s matriarchal strength that is the impeccable pedigrees of New Zealand-bred mares.
Our breeding barns are well known to international buyers with Kiwi mares playing a major role in elite races across Australasia – in the last five seasons, New Zealand mares have produced more than 270 stakes winners and 39 Group 1 winners in Australia. The upcoming Sale will offer 144 catalogued broodmares in a not-to-be-missed opportunity to add to your broodmare band.
Four Fillies in Contention for Southern Filly Title
Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018
An exciting New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series draws to a close in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton, with four fillies lining up to take their shot at the title.
The fourth and final leg of the Series is worth 7 points to the winner. Courte Zarindi (NZ) (Any Suggestion) tops the table with 9 points and will try to put the issue beyond doubt with victory in the Warstep Stakes, while race rivals Respin (NZ) (Power) and Kiwi Ida (Squamosa) are both within striking distance with 7 points apiece.
The 2018 Karaka May Sale is exhibiting a major enhancement to the Yearling section with all yearlings offered now eligible to be nominated for the lucrative Karaka Million Series. The Yearling category will see the first horses of the Sale go through the ring on Monday 7 May with Lots 1 to 65 selling from 10am.
Set to give the Sale an additional boost, this will provide buyers another opportunity to contest two $1 million races – the 2019 Karaka Million 2YO and the 2020 Karaka Million 3YO Classic, and the $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup for the remainder of their career.
South Island Sale Drafts Boosted with Recent Group 1 Winners
Monday, Apr 16, 2018
Recent Group 1-performing Kiwi-breds have provided a timely boost to several pedigree pages, along with other outstanding performances, for the upcoming New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Sale held at the Riding for the Disabled Building at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch on 20 April.
Star filly Savvy Coup (NZ) (Savabeel) fought out until the end in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks to win by a length and a quarter. Trained by Michael and Matthew Pitman, she has had a strong three-year-old campaign with 13 starts for five wins including the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes.
Four Consecutive Australian Oaks Wins for Karaka Graduates
Saturday, Apr 14, 2018
Unforgotten (Fastnet Rock) stormed home for an impressive win in Saturday’s A$1 million Group 1 James Boag’s Premium Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick, becoming the fourth consecutive Karaka graduate to win Sydney’s prestigious fillies’ classic.
The sequence began with Gust of Wind (NZ) (Darci Brahma), a $90,000 Premier Sale purchase who beat the soon-to-be superstar Winx (Street Cry) to win the race in 2015.
A horse named after his Lot number at Karaka has delivered a big black-type win for his connections, taking out Saturday’s A$150,000 Listed Ladbrokes Galilee Series Final (2400m) at Caulfield.
Won Won Too (NZ) (Tavistock), who went through the 2016 Ready to Run Sale as Lot 112, raced in midfield in the staying test before creeping forward into fourth at the 400-metre mark. With Jordan Childs in the saddle, he finished too strongly for his rivals in the straight, beating stablemate Rezealient (Sebring) by a long neck.
NZB’s upcoming Karaka May Sale has gained widespread attention from racing enthusiasts with proven racetrack success coupled with a golden opportunity for pinhooking prowess.
With no hard and fast rules to pinhooking, the traditional strategy is to buy low and sell high focusing on type, pedigree and what’s fashionable. The Sale has been littered with examples of relatively low-priced weanlings that have made a substantial profit when offered again as a yearling or Ready to Run two-year-old.
NZB’s upcoming Karaka May Sale has produced a cast of outstanding international performers in recent seasons with their individual sale histories reflecting the quality and value that can be found at the world-renowned Karaka Sales Centre.
With 42 individual stakes winning graduates of the Sale gaining a total of 70 stakes wins in the last five seasons, prospective buyers should add this Sale as one to follow closely.
Graduates of the Karaka sales complex starred in Sunday’s HK$4 million Group 2 Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin, with Beat The Clock (Hinchinbrook) first and Mr Stunning (Exceed and Excel) second.
It was the first stakes win for Beat The Clock, who was bought for $200,000 at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale. In his three previous starts he had finished second in the Group 1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m), the Group 1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) and the Group 3 Challenge Cup (1400m).
Quality stayer Charles Road (Myboycharlie), who cost $90,000 at the 2015 Premier Sale, made a triumphant Australian debut in Saturday’s A$300,000 Group 2 Schweppes Chairman’s Quality (2600m) at Randwick.
A multiple Group Three winner in New Zealand, the four-year-old was sent across the Tasman by his trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott with next weekend’s Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) in mind. Saturday’s performance was an impressive audition.
Luvaluva (NZ) Heads Karaka Trifecta in Adrian Knox
Saturday, Apr 7, 2018
The opening day of The Championships at Randwick on Saturday ended on a high note for New Zealand Bloodstock, with Karaka graduates filling the trifecta in the A$200,000 Group 3 TAB Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m).
Multiple stakes-winning filly Luvaluva (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) came out on top, carrying her hefty 60-kilogram topweight to a determined win. Unwinding strongly down the centre of the track, she got up to score by a neck in the hands of Kerrin McEvoy.
$3,000 Weanling Purchase So Far Sokool (NZ) Wins Bendigo Guineas
Saturday, Apr 7, 2018
With the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka May Sale just around the corner, $3,000 weanling graduate So Far Sokool (NZ) (Showcasing) gave the Sale a timely boost with a dominant performance in Saturday’s A$150,000 Listed Mitchelton Winery Bendigo Guineas (1400m).
Trained by Archie Alexander and ridden by Nikita Beriman, the filly powered away from her opposition in the straight for a commanding four-length win.
This year the Sale has attracted increased numbers with a total of 518 horses catalogued. Compacted into two action-packed days of selling on 7 and 8 May, the first lot will go under the hammer from 10am each day.
South Island Sale Supported with Top-Class Vendors
Tuesday, Apr 3, 2018
NZB’s South Island Sale is only three weeks away and our vendors are adding the final touches to their drafts which have been years in the making. These well-prepared thoroughbreds are ready to be presented to prospective buyers and join the next generation of winning graduates.
The list of similarities between high-flying South Island Sale graduates Parthesia (NZ) (Raise the Flag) and Civil Disobedience (NZ) (Raise the Flag) are considerable, but if we look at where it all started we can trace them back to perennial southern vendor White Robe Lodge.
Te Akau Racing’s remarkable run of success with two-year-olds sourced from the Karaka sales complex continued in Saturday’s $225,000 Group 1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni.
The Karaka Million (1200m), the Group 1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) and the Sires’ Produce Stakes are New Zealand’s three showpiece two-year-old races, and the tangerine team have won all three races this season with Karaka graduates.
Our Abbadean (NZ) (Lookin At Lucky), who could have been bought for $75,000 at the 2014 Select Sale, picked up a valuable Group 2 win in Saturday’s $100,000 City of Palmerston North Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) at Awapuni.
Ridden by Danielle Johnson for trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, Our Abbadean raced well back in the small field before sprinting impressively in the straight to edge out the Group 1 performer Five To Midnight (NZ) (Domesday) by a head.
$5000 South Island Sale Purchase Claims Riverton Cup
Sunday, Apr 1, 2018
The Gordonian (NZ) (Remind), who cost just $5000 at the South Island Sale in 2010, took his career prize-money earnings past $200,000 with victory in Saturday’s $60,000 Listed Carriers Arms Hotel Riverton Cup (2147m).
Ridden by Krishna Mudhoo for trainer Jo-Ann Gordon, The Gordonian trailed the leader before taking over at the top of the straight. He shook free of brave rival Taniwha (NZ) (Gallant Guru) and drew away in the last 100 metres to win by two lengths.
Winning Homecoming for Karaka Graduate Magnum (NZ)
Sunday, Apr 1, 2018
After a successful career in Singapore, Magnum (NZ) (Per Incanto) is back in his homeland and picked up a black-type win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Bramco Granite & Marble Flying Handicap (1400m) at Awapuni.
Bred by the Little Avondale Trust, Magnum was offered by Little Avondale at the 2014 Premier Sale and sold for $100,000.
Southern-based sires compose the majority of the 121-lot catalogue at New Zealand Bloodstock’s upcoming South Island Sale with the vendors offering a wide selection of the region’s best stock. The progeny of 44 sires, including seven first season sires, will be available for buyers to inspect.
A Group 2-winning son of Fastnet Rock, Highly Recommended has gotten off to a flying start having sired stakes performers at two and three – Group 2 winner Sumstreetsumwhere (NZ), dual stakes winner Waldorf(NZ), Group 1 placed Joyfilly (NZ) and stakes placed Pipiana (NZ).
Highly talented Karaka graduate Ocean Emperor (NZ) (Zabeel) was right back at his brilliant best on his home track of Matamata on Saturday, scoring the second Group 2 win of his career in the $100,000 Windsor Park Stud Japan-NZ Trophy (1600m).
Ocean Emperor is out of the well-bred and Group 1-placed mare Tootsie (NZ) (Pins), and he cost $450,000 at the 2013 Premier Sale.
Continuing on from the hype of Karaka 2018, the National Yearling Sales Series heads south with the South Island Sale set to offer a solid second round of pedigree on Friday 20 April.
In recent years, the Sale has delivered racetrack stars and has become known as a source of affordable horses with buyers experiencing a fast track to success. In the last five seasons the Sale has produced five individual Group winners and 15 individual stakes winners.
Ping Hai Star (NZ) (Nom du Jeu), who could have been bought for $40,000 at the 2015 Select Sale, took out one of Asian racing’s greatest prizes in Sunday’s HK$18 million BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) at Sha Tin.
The John Size-trained gelding was ridden by global superstar jockey Ryan Moore and dropped back to last place in the 14-horse field. He produced a dazzling finishing burst in the home straight, soaring past his rivals and racing clear to win by a length and three-quarters.
Dijon Bleu (NZ) Named Filly of the Year as Savvy Coup (NZ) Wins Oaks
Saturday, Mar 17, 2018
Savvy Coup (NZ) (Savabeel) scored an outstanding win in the $400,000 Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on Saturday, which confirmed Dijon Bleu (NZ) (Burgundy) as the 2017-18 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year.
Dijon Bleu missed the Oaks due to injury, but she had already well and truly made her mark on the Series. She earned a formidable total of 30 points with wins in the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m), Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m), along with placings in the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) and Group 3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m).
Select Sale graduate and Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) winner Scott Base (NZ) (Dalghar) returned to action with a stunning performance in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Phill Cataldo Bloodstock Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham.
Scott Base followed his Karaka Million heroics with a fast-finishing fourth in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) in February, setting him up as one of the favourites for the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m).
After a relentless all-the-way win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Te Akau Racing Lightning Handicap (1200m) at Trentham, Ferrando (NZ) (Fast ‘n’ Famous) has earned more than four and a half times his $40,000 purchase price at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka.
The speedy four-year-old went straight to the lead on Saturday and was never headed, fighting strongly down the straight to hold out the fast-finishing Heroic Valour (Fastnet Rock).
Talented stayer Daytona Red (NZ) (Sebring), who cost $75,000 at the 2015 Premier Sale, took his career to a new level with a runaway win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Yealands Family Wines New Zealand St Leger (2500m) at Trentham.
Making his first start at stakes level, the four-year-old circled the field approaching the home turn and raced clear in the straight. With Matt Cameron in the saddle, the Shaune Ritchie-trained chestnut scored an emphatic victory by two and three-quarter lengths.
Luvaluva (NZ) Charges Home in Kembla Grange Classic
Saturday, Mar 17, 2018
Ready to Run Sale purchase Luvaluva(NZ) (Mastercraftsman) warmed up for next month’s Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) with an impressive finishing burst to win Friday’s A$200,000 Carlton Draught Kembla Grange Classic (1600m).
Trained by expat New Zealander John Sargent and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, Luvaluva hit top stride in the last 200 metres to run down Torvill (Not a Single Doubt) and win by a long head.
Group 1 New Zealand Oaks a Thrilling Finale to NZB Filly of the Year Series
Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018
The curtain will come down on the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series for another year on Saturday when an outstanding field lines up in the tenth and final leg, the $400,000 Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham.
There are only two fillies who can claim the coveted title of Filly of the Year for 2017-18 – Dijon Bleu (NZ) (Burgundy) and Contessa Vanessa (NZ) (Bullbars).
The future of the breeding history lies within the hands of the fillies performing on the racetracks today.
Five years ago the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association worked off this principle to develop a scheme that would support the members of the industry and encourage purchasing and retaining fillies to race locally. A principal widely supported, New Zealand Bloodstock’s Insurance department got on board and in conjunction with the NZTBA the NZB Insurance Pearl Series was formed.
The New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales Series heads south to showcase the South Island Session with the 121-lot catalogue available online and arriving in the post late next week for viewing.
The Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch will host the Sale on Friday 20 April with selling commencing from 11am.