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Julius (NZ) Shoots for Second Leg of Sprint Triple Crown

Julius (NZ) (Swice Ace) aims for the second leg of the NZB Insurance Sprint Triple Crown.
Julius (NZ) (Swice Ace) aims for the second leg of the NZB Insurance Sprint Triple Crown.

Saturday’s $250,000 Group One JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham will give Julius (NZ) (Swiss Ace) the chance to move one step closer to a lucrative $100,000 NZB Insurance Sprint Triple Crown Bonus.

The Sprint Triple Crown is one of three NZB Insurance Triple Crown Series introduced to New Zealand racing this season, comprising the $200,000 Group One Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day, this weekend’s Telegraph and the $200,000 Group One BCD Group Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa on February 8.

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Top-of-the-Table Clash in Desert Gold

Current FOTY leader Jennifer Eccles (NZ) has earned 15 points.
Current FOTY leader Jennifer Eccles (NZ) has earned 15 points.

The two fillies at the head of the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series points table will go head to head in Saturday’s sixth leg, the $70,000 Group Three New Zealand Bloodstock Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham.

Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) holds the top spot with 15 points, while Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice) sits in second place.

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Probabeel Chases Karaka Million History

Karaka Million 2YO victor Probabeel (NZ) (Savebeel).
Karaka Million 2YO victor Probabeel (NZ) (Savabeel).

High-class filly Probabeel (NZ) (Savabeel) will shoot for a slice of history at the Karaka Million twilight race meeting at Ellerslie on January 25.

She will attempt to become the first winner of the $1m Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) to return 12 months later and win the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m).

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New Format for Live Karaka Million Barrier Draw

Live barrier draw with new format to be held at Karaka for $1M feature races.
Live barrier draw with new format to be held at Karaka for $1M feature races.

A live barrier draw with a new format at Karaka’s iconic sales complex will set the scene for the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO and $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic races in the lead up to the twilight meeting at Ellerslie on the 25 January.

The barrier draw for both of the $1 million races will take place on Wednesday 22 January from 10.30am with connections being invited to personally draw their own barrier by picking which stall they prefer, in order of the horses being drawn. Similar to the Cox Plate barrier draw, horses that are drawn out early will give their connections the opportunity to pick the best starting gate for the million dollar features.

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Entries Open for 2020 South Island & Karaka May Sale 

Weanlings at the Karaka May Sale are now eligible to be nominated for the Karaka Million Series.
Weanlings at the Karaka May Sale are now eligible to be nominated for the Karaka Million Series.

Entries for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2020 South Island Sale and 2020 Karaka May Sale are now open. The South Island Sale will take place at the Canterbury Agricultural Park on 17 April this year while the Karaka May Sale will see the first horses go through the ring at Karaka on Thursday 14 May through until the conclusion on Friday 15 May. 

While yearlings at the South Island Sale and Karaka May Sale remain eligible to be nominated for the lucrative Karaka Million Series, The upcoming 2020 Karaka May Sale will unveil a major enhancement to the weanling session, with all weanlings offered now eligible to be nominated for the Karaka Million Series.

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Back-to-Back Stakes Successes for Luvaluva (NZ)

Luvaluva (NZ) photographed during 2016 Ready to Run Sale.
Luvaluva (NZ) photographed during the 2016 Ready to Run Sale.

Saturday’s A$150,000 Listed January Cup (2000m) at Randwick was the fifth stakes win, and the second in a row, for the $55,000 Ready to Run Sale graduate Luvaluva (NZ) (Mastercraftsman).

Trained by John Sargent, Luvaluva was a star three-year-old who won the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m), Group 3 Keith F Nolan Classic (1600m) and Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m).

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Stellar Sires at Karaka 2020

Superstar stallions have lit up racetracks on both sides of the Tasman this season, and now their yearlings are set to impress at Karaka 2020.

Buyers at Karaka will have access to the progeny of nine of the top 10 stallions on the 2019-20 New Zealand sires’ premiership, and nine of the top 10 on the Australian table.

New Zealand

A thoroughly deserving table-topper in New Zealand this season is Darci Brahma (NZ). Himself a Karaka sale-topper at $1.1 million back in 2004, the son of Danehill won five Group One races before retiring to The Oaks Stud. He has delivered top results season after season, finishing in the top four on the New Zealand premiership every year since 2012-13.

Darci Brahma (NZ) standing at The Oaks Stud.
Darci Brahma (NZ) standing at The Oaks Stud.

In an amazing 2019-20 New Zealand racing season, Darci Brahma has sired 30 winners from 74 runners with eight individual stakes winners and more than $1.4 million in prize-money.

The highlight came in the prestigious Group One New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton in early November, won by boom three-year-old Catalyst (NZ) with the highly promising Harlech (NZ) a strong-finishing second.

Darci Brahma has sired a total of 256 winners from 380 runners, with 59 individual winners at black-type level.

There are 12 Darci Brahma yearlings in Book 1 of Karaka 2020, and another eight in Book 2. They include Lot 139, who is a full-sister to Harlech, and Lot 108, who is out of Group One winner Miss Raggedy Ann (NZ) (Faltaat).

In the unusual position of second on the table is the superstar Savabeel, the undisputed king of New Zealand’s current stallions.

Champion Sire Savabeel standing at Waikato Stud.
Champion Sire Savabeel standing at Waikato Stud.

The Waikato Stud titan has won the Grosvenor Award (champion New Zealand sire) for five consecutive seasons, as well as the Dewar and Centaine Awards for Australasian and worldwide earnings four times each.

Karaka has played a huge part in Savabeel’s spectacular success. He has sired 18 individual Group One winners, of which 14 went through the ring at Karaka – Lucia Valentina (NZ), Sangster (NZ), Soriano (NZ), Scarlett Lady (NZ), Savvy Coup (NZ), Costume (NZ), Diademe (NZ), Brambles (NZ), Sword of Osman (NZ), Nicoletta (NZ), Savaria (NZ), Hall of Fame (NZ), Hasahalo (NZ) and Embellish (NZ).

As well as his outstanding older performers, Savabeel has also had elite success with two-year-olds, such as Sword of Osman, Karaka Million winner Probabeel (NZ) and Sydney Group One winner Pasadena Girl (NZ).

Karaka is unparalleled as a source of Savabeel’s progeny. He has consistently been in massive demand at the National Yearling Sales in recent seasons, including a $1.4 million Sale-topping colt during Book 1 last year. His 48 yearlings at Karaka 2019 sold for a total of $14.22 million, averaging $296,250 each, with four going past the $500,000 mark.

Karaka 2020 looks like more of the same, with a bumper crop of 74 well-bred Savabeel yearlings in the catalogue for Book 1. They include the progeny of Group One-winning mares Shez Sinsational (NZ) (Ekraar), Sofia Rosa (NZ) (Makfi) and Valley Girl (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), while Lot 454 is out of a full-sister to Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Royal Ascot Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) winner Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock).

Per Incanto sits in third place on the New Zealand sires’ premiership this season with 35 winners, lifting his overall total to 131 from 219 runners. He has sired 18 individual stakes winners, including three at the elite level.

Per Incanto stands at Little Avondale Stud.
Per Incanto stands at Little Avondale Stud.

Karaka 2020 will showcase 14 Per Incanto yearlings in Book 1 and 21 in Book 2. Lot 403 is the second foal out of the dual Group One winner Xanadu (NZ) (Elusive City).

There should be plenty of interest in the Karaka yearlings by the fourth-placed stallion on the New Zealand premiership – the final southern hemisphere crop of Showcasing.

Proven stallion Showcasing stands at Haunui Farm.
Proven stallion Showcasing stands at Haunui Farm.

The son of Oasis Dream shuttled to Haunui Farm from 2011 to 2017 and has made a massive impression in this part of the world, siring 134 winners from 255 runners in Australia and New Zealand including 15 individual stakes winners.

In the 2018-19 season, Showcasing set a modern-day New Zealand record with 12 individual two-year-old winners – more than twice as many as any other sire on the premiership. He has become renowned for his outstanding two-year-olds, with 10 of his 15 stakes winners in this part of the world doing so as juveniles.

Showcasing’s final season shuttling to New Zealand produced 74 foals, with 24 set to go through the ring in Karaka 2020 – three in Book 1, 19 in Book 2 and two in Book 3. Lot 28 is a half-brother to the Singapore Gold Cup winner Bahana (NZ) (Elusive City).

The other leading New Zealand sires this season who will feature at Karaka 2020 include the internationally proven Tavistock (NZ), who sadly died at Cambridge Stud last month, plus top-quality shuttler Iffraaj, Zed (NZ), Swiss Ace and Rip Van Winkle.

Australia

On the other side of the Tasman, Pierro has been the standout sire through the first four months of this season. His 165 runners have featured 70 individual winners, who have amassed more than A$8.3 million in prize-money.

Pierro has sired five individual Group One winners, including Regal Power and Shadow Hero this season. In New Zealand, meanwhile, he is the sire of Dragon Leap, the impressive winner of this month’s Group 2 Auckland Guineas (1600m) and favourite for the Group One New Zealand Derby.

Pierro is the sire of 10 yearlings in Book 1 of Karaka 2020. Lot 156 is a half-brother to the Group One winner Rollout The Carpet (Holy Roman Emperor).

Rubick has only two crops of racing age, but he has soared up to second on the Australian sires’ standings with 20 winners and more than $7.8 million in stakes. A big contributor to that has been Yes Yes Yes, who won the world’s richest turf race, The Everest (1200m) at Randwick in October.

Buyers can capitalise on Rubick’s rising stocks with two of his yearlings in Book 1 of Karaka 2020. Lot 482 is out of the multiple Group Two placegetter Calm Smytzer (NZ) (Zabeel), whose daughter Star Karen (Camelot) placed in the Group One New Zealand Oaks (2400m).

I Am Invincible has become one of the biggest names on the Australian stallion line-up. Starting out at a service fee of just A$11,000 in 2010, he now commands a fee of A$247,500.

He has sired 460 winners from 603 runners, with 117 individual stakes winners including nine at Group One level. His influence has also been felt on this side of the Tasman with Media Sensation, who was a $425,000 purchase at Karaka and won the Group One New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).

There are two colts by I Am Invincible in Book 1 of Karaka 2020. Lot 247 is out of a daughter of the Group One winner Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel).

Ocean Park (NZ) is one of the rising stars of New Zealand’s crop of stallions, and he has made a big name for himself in Australia – sitting in fifth on the Australian premiership with 28 winners and more than $7 million in prizemoney this season.

The Waikato Stud up-and-comer has sired a total of nine individual stakes winners, headed by Kolding (NZ), the $170,000 Karaka purchase who has won this year’s A$1 million Group One Epsom Handicap (1600m) and A$7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m).

Ocean Park has nine yearlings in Book 1 of Karaka 2020 and 13 in Book 2.

Lot 58 is a half-sister to Group One Australian Guineas (1600m) placegetter You’re So Good (NZ) (Savabeel), whose dam is a half-sister to the multiple Group One winner Melito (Redoute’s Choice).

Lot 243 is out of the multiple Group winner and Group One-placed Ruud Van Slaats (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy), who is a dam of three stakes performers from five foals to race.

Zoustar is another bright young stallion star, prominently placed on the Australian premiership with only three crops of racing age.

Zoustar has sired a total of 106 winners from 177 runners, with 13 individual stakes winners. His best performer is the multiple Group One-winning sprinter Sunlight, who headed an all-Zoustar trifecta in the 2018 edition of the prestigious Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

Zoustar’s four yearlings in the Book 1 catalogue include Lot 254, out of the three-time Group Two winner Satinka (NZ) (Stravinsky), Lot 295, out of Group Two winner So Pristine (Zabeel), and Lot 676, whose dam was a two-time stakes placegetter in Germany.

The remainder of the top 10 sires in Australia this season are all big names and all have representation at Karaka 2020 – multiple Australian champion sires Snitzel and Exceed and Excel, Nature Strip’s sire Nicconi and the outstanding sire Not a Single Doubt.

Karaka 2020 begins with Book 1, which runs from 11am on Sunday 26 January until the end of Tuesday 28 January. Book 2 takes place between Wednesday 29 January and Friday 31 January.

In a change from previous years, Book 3 will take place on the afternoon of Friday 31 January, instead of Sunday 2 February. 115 yearlings will go under the hammer immediately after the conclusion of the Book 2 Sale, rounding off a terrific week of selling.

Adding further appeal to the bloodstock that will be on offer, all yearlings offered at Karaka 2020 are eligible for the lucrative Karaka Million Series. They will have the opportunity to race for $2 million with the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO in 2021 and the $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic in 2022.

KARAKA 2019 SCHEDULE

Karaka Million Twilight Meeting: Saturday 25 January

Book 1: Sunday 26 January – Tuesday 28 January

Book 2: Wednesday 29 January – Friday 31 January

Book 3: Friday 31 January

You can request catalogues by emailing reception@nzb.co.nz or view them online. For news and sales information from NZB visit www.nzb.co.nz.


Rising Star Prise De Fer (NZ) Captures Rich Hill Mile

 Prise De Fer (NZ) (Savabeel) dominated the Group Two Rich Hill Mile (1600m).
Prise De Fer (NZ) (Savabeel) dominated the Group Two Rich Hill Mile (1600m).

A dominant two-length victory in Wednesday’s $100,000 Group Two Rich Hill Mile (1600m) at Ellerslie was the fifth win in an 11-start career for Karaka graduate Prise De Fer (NZ) (Savabeel) – and his fourth in a row.

Bought for $100,000 from the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka by Te Akau principal David Ellis, Prise De Fer showed talent last season with a win, two placings and creditable unplaced performances in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m), the Group Two Avondale Guineas (2100m) and the Group One New Zealand Derby (2400m).

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Taylors Prominently Placed in Filly of the Year

Two Illicit (NZ) (Jimmy Choux) wins the $100,000 Group Two Valachi Downs Royal Stakes (2000m).
Two Illicit (NZ) (Jimmy Choux) wins the $100,000 Group Two Valachi Downs Royal Stakes (2000m).

Halfway through the 10-race New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series, Trelawney Stud’s Brent and Cherry Taylor are in an enviable position.

The Taylors bred and part-own Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice), who sits in second place on the table with 13.5 points after winning the Group One gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) in November.

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Group One Glory for Comeback Hero Julius (NZ)

Julius (NZ) (Swice Ace) claims the first leg of the NZB Insurance Sprint Triple Crown.
Julius (NZ) (Swice Ace) claims the first leg of the NZB Insurance Sprint Triple Crown.

The story of Julius (NZ) (Swiss Ace) has taken many twists and turns, but it hit a well-deserved pinnacle on New Year’s Day with Group One glory in the $200,000 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie – the first leg of the NZB Insurance Sprint Triple Crown.

Bought for $44,000 at the 2013 Select Sale at Karaka, the striking son of Swiss Ace has always shown X-factor. He won seven of his first 11 starts, including scintillating victories in the Group Three Concorde Handicap (1200m) and Darley Plate (1200m) – both over the same course and distance as Wednesday’s Railway.

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Railway Set to Provide Stellar Start to Sprint Triple Crown

Volpe Veloce is one of the star-studded field of sprinters tackling Leg 1 of the NZB Insurance Triple Crown Sprint Series.
Volpe Veloce is one of the star-studded field of sprinters tackling Leg 1 of the NZB Insurance Triple Crown Sprint Series.

A week on from a thrilling win by True Enough (Nom du Jeu) in the first leg of the NZB Insurance Weight-for-Age Triple Crown, the NZB Insurance Sprint Triple Crown is set to get off to a spectacular start of its own in Wednesday’s $200,000 Group 1 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie.

Announced in September, the NZB Insurance 3x Triple Crown Series provide a significant boost to some of New Zealand racing’s prestigious summer and autumn Group races with a total of $300,000 in bonuses up for grabs.

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First Test of Stamina in New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series

Two Illicit (NZ) lines up in Leg 5 of the NZB Filly of the Year Series this Wednesday.
Two Illicit (NZ) lines up in Leg 5 of the NZB Filly of the Year Series this Wednesday.

The 2019-20 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series stretches out beyond 1600 metres for the first time in Wednesday’s fifth leg, the $100,000 Group 2 Valachi Downs Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie.

Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) moved to the top of the table with her win in last week’s Group 2 SkyCity Eight Carat Classic (1600m), but a couple of Royal Stakes runners will be out to narrow the gap.

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Sargent Completes Stakes Double With Karaka Graduates

Tinkermosa (NZ) captures G3 Belle of the Turf Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.
Tinkermosa (NZ) captures G3 Belle of the Turf Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

Fresh from winning the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) with $55,000 Ready to Run Sale purchase Luvaluva (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), expat New Zealand trainer John Sargent struck again at stakes level at Gosford on Friday.

Sargent captured the A$170,000 Group 3 Belle of the Turf Stakes (1600m) with Tinkermosa (NZ) (Alamosa), who he bought for $50,000 at the 2016 Select Sale.

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Luvaluva (NZ) Heads Boxing Day Success

Luvaluva (NZ) took her stakes earnings past A$700,000 in G3 Summer Cup.
Luvaluva (NZ) took her stakes earnings past A$700,000 in G3 Summer Cup.

Luvaluva (NZ) Dominant in Summer Cup

Bought for just $55,000 at the 2016 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, Luvaluva (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) took her stakes earnings past A$700,000 with an emphatic victory in the A$160,000 Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) at Randwick on Boxing Day.

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True Enough (NZ) Caps Rise to Stardom in Zabeel Classic

True Enough (NZ) wins the first leg of the NZB Insurance WFA Triple Crown Series. Photo: Trish Dunell.
True Enough (NZ) wins the first leg of the NZB Insurance WFA Triple Crown Series. Photo: Trish Dunell.

After a 12-month rise through the ranks of New Zealand racing, True Enough (NZ) (Nom du Jeu) claimed his biggest prize in the $200,000 Group 1 Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day – the first race of the NZB Insurance WFA Triple Crown Series.

At this time last year, True Enough was racing in Rating 72 grade. With four wins from seven starts last season, he moved all the way up to open class and placed at Group 2 level in his final start of 2018-19.

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New Leader in New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series

Jennifer Eccles (NZ) heads the NZB Filly of the Year leaderboard. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Jennifer Eccles (NZ) heads the NZB Filly of the Year leaderboard. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) surged to the lead in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series with a superb victory in the $100,000 Group 2 SkyCity Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

Before Thursday’s race, the Shaune Ritchie-trained filly sat in second place on 7 points. The top spot on the table belonged to Group 1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) winner Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice) with 13.5 points.

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Zabeel Classic Launches NZB Insurance Triple Crown Series

NZB Insurance 3x Triple Crown Series kicks off.
NZB Insurance 3x Triple Crown Series kicks off.

Ellerslie’s famous Boxing Day races will be the perfect setting for the launch of the NZB Insurance 3x Triple Crown Series.

Announced in September, the incentive provides a significant boost to some of New Zealand racing’s prestigious summer and autumn Group races with a total of $300,000 in bonuses up for grabs.

The Weight-For-Age Triple Crown is the first one to get underway, kicking off this Thursday with the $200,000 Group One Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie. It will be followed by the $400,000 Group One Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on February 8, and the $200,000 Group One Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on March 7.

The races in the Sprint Triple Crown are the $200,000 Group One Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on January 1, the $250,000 Group One JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham on January 18, and the $200,000 Group One BCD Group Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa on February 8.

The third Series is the Fillies and Mares Triple Crown, made up of the $70,000 Group Three Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on March 14, the $200,000 Group One Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha on April 4, and the $100,000 Group Two Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on April 25.

In each of the three Series, there is a $100,000 Triple Crown Bonus available for any horse who can win all three races.

Despite the late withdrawal of likely favourite Supera (NZ) (Savabeel) because of a setback, Thursday’s Zabeel Classic looms as an exciting clash.

Charles Road (Myboycharlie) is back on home soil after placing at Group One level in Sydney in the spring, while True Enough (NZ) (Nom du Jeu) has won the Group Two Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) and placed in the Group One Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) in his last two starts.

The Mitigator (Master of Design) is a last-start winner of the Group Three Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m) at this course. The runner-up in that race was Beauden (NZ) (Bullbars), who is back for a rematch after a superb four-length win at Awapuni on December 14.

The Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic will be run as Race 9 on Thursday with a start time of 5:16pm.

# Horse Draw Comments Trainer Jockey
1 Charles Road 3 Million-dollar earner Charles Road (Myboycharlie) finished a close seventh in the 2018 Melbourne Cup (3200m), and he has again performed with credit in Australia this spring with four top-five finishes including a gutsy third in the Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m). He has a good record fresh. Owner David Archer won this race in 2008 with Gallions Reach (NZ) (Victory Dance). Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott Troy Harris
2 True Enough 4 In an impressive and breakthrough campaign, True Enough (NZ) (Nom du Jeu) has won the Group 3 Spring Sprint (1400m) and Group 2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile (1600m), then stepped up to the elite level for the first time and placed in the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m). The step up to 2000m looks likely to suit. Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman James McDonald
3 The Mitigator 11 After three placings including the Spring Sprint and the Group 2 Tauranga Stakes (1600m), The Mitigator (Master of Design) claimed a deserved black-type win in the Group 3 Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m) at this track on November 30. It was a scintillating front-running performance in a slick time of 1:33.18. The step up in distance, from an awkward gate, is the one slight query. Peter McKay Shaun McKay
4 Mongolian Marshal 13 Mongolian Marshal (NZ) (High Chaparral) was a leading stayer last season, winning the Group 3 Waikato Cup (2400m) and placing in the Group 3 Counties Cup (2100m) and City of Auckland Cup (2400m). This season he has finished third in the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m), fifth in the Group 1 Livamol Classic (2040m) and a late-finishing fifth last start in the Group 3 J Swap Contractors Sprint (1400m). Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Opie Bosson
5 Peso 7 The Group 1 Livamol Classic in early October was a career-best race for Peso (NZ) (Colombia), who finished a gallant second behind 10-time Group 1 winner Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands). Last season's New Zealand Derby (2400m) winner Crown Prosecutor (Medaglia d'Oro) was third. He has had two starts since then, including a third in the Group 3 OMF Stakes (2000m) over this course and distance. Overall, Peso has had 39 starts for seven wins, 15 placings and more than $260,000 in stakes. Paul Nelson & Corrina McDougal Rosie Myers
6 Tiptronic 12 Tiptronic (NZ) (O'Reilly) is a proven Group 1 performer over this distance, finishing second in the Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa last February. After winning over 1400m at Ellerslie in October, he has produced strong finishes for third in the Tauranga Stakes and fifth in the Captain Cook Stakes. Graham Richardson Cameron Lammas
7 Beauden 10 Stakes-placed at this venue in last month's Eagle Technology Stakes, Beauden (NZ) (Bullbars) confirmed his status as a rising star of New Zealand racing with an incredible last-start win at Awapuni. He almost fell coming out of the starting gates, but recovered and blew his rivals away by four lengths. Team Rogerson Ryan Elliot
8 Orakei Overlord 6 A four-time winner in Australia, Orakei Overlord (NZ) (Iffraaj) has added another two victories to his CV since returning to New Zealand this spring. He scored an emphatic Rating 82 victory over 2200 metres at this track in his most recent start. Shaun & Emma Clotworthy Alysha Collett
9 Vernanme 2 Vernanme (NZ) (O'Reilly) was one of the stars of last season's three-year-old crop, placing in the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) and Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m). He began his spring campaign with a win in the Listed Karaka Classic (1600m), then stepped back up to Group 1 level and finished sixth in the Livamol Classic and Captain Cook Stakes in his last two starts. Stephen Marsh Danielle Johnson
10 Fiscal Fantasy 1 Rising to prominence around this time last year with a placing in the Dunstan Stayers' Championship Final (2200m), Fiscal Fantasy (Skilled) has since won the Group 3 Manawatu Breeders' Stakes (2000m) and the OMF Stakes over this course and distance. She was an unlucky seventh last start in the Counties Cup. Frank Ritchie Leith Innes
11 Contessa Vanessa 8 Contessa Vanessa (NZ) (Bullbars) has already starred on Boxing Day at Ellerslie, winning the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) in 2017. She won the Group 3 Sunline Vase (2100m) at the same track later that season, and placed in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m). She hasn't won a race since her three-year-old season, but has shown some good signs, beaten by a nose at Pukekohe two starts back. Team Rogerson Rory Hutchings
12 Strolling Vagabond 9 In foal to Tivaci, consistent mare Strolling Vagabond (NZ) (Darci Brahma) has collected valuable black type in recent starts with placings in the Listed Staphanos Classic (1950m) and Group 3 Counties Cup (2100m). Stephen Marsh Michael Coleman
13 Pinmedown 14 Pinmedown (NZ) (Pins) is another former winner of the Eight Carat Classic at this meeting, winning the three-year-old fillies' feature on this day 12 months ago. She is coming into form at the right time again, producing strong late finishes over 1600m for fourth in the Eagle Technology Stakes and a last-start third in the Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes. Michael Moroney & Pam Gerard Mick Dee
14 Queen of Diamonds 5 The beautifully bred Queen of Diamonds (NZ) (Savabeel) was a joint winner of the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series last season, having won the Group 2 Lowland Stakes (2100m) and Group 3 Eulogy Stakes (1600m) and placed in the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic (2000m) and Eight Carat Classic. In her last three appearances she has finished fifth in the Group 3 Taranaki Breeders' Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (1400m) and Cal Isuzu Stakes. Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Craig Grylls

Ellerslie Carnival Brings Major Moves in NZB Filly of the Year

Jennifer Eccles (NZ) currently sitting in second place on the 2019 FOTY leaderboard.
Jennifer Eccles (NZ) currently sitting in second place on the 2019 FOTY leaderboard.

The festive season marks a pivotal point in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series, with two of the 10 legs taking place at Ellerslie within the space of a week – each one worth 8 points to the winner.

First up is Thursday’s $100,000 Group Two SkyCity Eight Carat Classic (1600m), which in recent years has been won by eventual Filly of the Year winners Katie Lee (Pins), Planet Rock (Fastnet Rock), Fix (NZ) (Iffraaj) and Queen of Diamonds (NZ) (Savabeel).

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NZB Pioneers Technology for Future of the Industry

New Zealand Bloodstock's new virtual reality mobile app is available to download.
New Zealand Bloodstock's new virtual reality mobile app is available to download.

After several months in the making, New Zealand Bloodstock has unveiled a ground-breaking, innovative campaign in line with its upcoming 94th National Yearling Sales Series held at Karaka in January 2020.

Introducing market-leading technology, NZB today released its mobile app constructed through augmented virtual reality. Downloadable from the App Store as the ‘NZB Karaka Experience’, users have the ability to immerse themselves in a virtual journey through New Zealand, around the Karaka Sales Complex and get a closer look at the sires represented at Karaka 2020.

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Lilikoi (NZ) Launches Filly of the Year Bid

Lilikoi (NZ) brilliant in third leg of NZB Filly of the Year Series. Photo: Race Images.
Lilikoi (NZ) brilliant in third leg of NZB Filly of the Year Series. Photo: Race Images.

Up-and-comer Lilikoi (NZ) (Charm Spirit) emerged as a major contender for the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series with a brilliant win in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 LawnMaster Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni.

Making just the sixth start of her career and her first at stakes level, the Jamie Richards-trained Lilikoi settled in a midfield position for jockey Rosie Myers.

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Fresh Wave of Talent Embarks at Karaka

An exciting crop of youngsters will be out in force with both quantity and quality as Karaka 2020 provides unmatched access to their first crops of yearlings.

Alphabetically, here is another snapshot of the following five new stallion prospects with progeny on offer at Karaka 2020. The other 14 new stallions in Book 1 are embarking on exciting stud careers across the Tasman.

New Zealand-based Stallions

TIVACI

Tivaci stands at Waikato Stud for a service fee of $20,000.
Tivaci stands at Waikato Stud for a service fee of $20,000.

Tivaci (High Chaparral) is the latest addition to the stallion roster at Waikato Stud, who have been leading vendors at Karaka for the last six years. Their headline stallion Savabeel (Zabeel) has become a dominant force on New Zealand racetracks and in the sale ring.

Tivaci is by High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells), whose outstanding sons So You Think (NZ) and Dundeel (NZ) have already followed up their racetrack heroics with multiple Group One successes at stud. Dundeel is the sire of Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth, last season’s dual Group One-winning New Zealand two-year-old Yourdeel (NZ), and Group One-winning Sydney two-year-old Castelvecchio.

From 21 career starts, Tivaci won six including the Group One All-Aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney. He is the only son of High Chaparral to win a Group One race at a distance shorter than 1600m.

Among the horses he defeated during his high-class career were the Group One winners Le Romain (Hard Spun), Redkirk Warrior (Notnowcato), English (Encosta de Lago) and Palentino (Teofilo).

A weanling from Tivaci’s first crop fetched $95,000 at the Karaka May Sale, the highest price of the weanling session.

Tivaci has 46 yearlings on offer at Karaka 2020. Lot 241 is outstandingly bred, being a half-brother to the Group One Australian Guineas (1600m) and Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) winner Grunt (NZ) (O’Reilly). The colt’s dam is a half-sister to the multiple Group One winner and exciting young sire Ocean Park (NZ) (Thorn Park).

Lot 336 is a half-brother to two Group One winners – the Thorndon Mile (1600m) winner A Touch Of Ruby (NZ) (Pins), and last month’s New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) heroine Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice).

Lot 625 is a half-brother to two stakes performers including two-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon (NZ) (Pins).

Lots 92, 175, 287, 494, 632 and 654 are also half-siblings to stakes winners, while Lots 40, 208, 494, 560 and 661 are sons or daughters of stakes winners.

TURN ME LOOSE

Turn Me Loose, standing at Windsor Park Stud for $15,000.
Turn Me Loose, standing at Windsor Park Stud for $15,000.

The second of the Windsor Park Stud up-and-comers is Turn Me Loose (NZ) (Iffraaj). His service fee is $15,000.

Turn Me Loose is one of only two sons of Iffraaj (Zafonic) at stud in New Zealand, and the only one with foals on the ground. Another of his Group One-winning sons, Ribchester, commands a service fee of A$22,000 in Australia.

The winner of the Group One New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) as a three-year-old, Turn Me Loose later proved himself against Australia’s best with brilliant Group One victories in the Emirates Stakes (1600m) and Futurity Stakes (1400m). He was New Zealand’s champion sprinter and middle-distance horse in 2015-16.

Turn Me Loose beat such horses as Stratum Star (Stratum), Scissor Kick (Redoute’s Choice) and Trust in a Gust (Keep the Faith), who stand at stud in Australia.

His first three damsires are the legendary Danehill (Danzig), Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer) and Shirley Heights (Mill Reef).

Turn Me Loose has 56 Lots catalogued for Karaka 2020.

Lot 38 is out of Lady Kipling (NZ) (Savabeel), a multiple Group Two winner who also placed at Group One level four times.

Lot 48 is a half-sister to two Group performers, while Lot 53 is out of Let Me Roar (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle), a Group Two-placed half-sister to multiple Group One winner Lion Tamer (NZ) (Storming Home).

The dam of Lot 167 is the unraced Street Cry mare Peace Cry, a daughter of the multiple Group One winner Keep The Peace (NZ) (Keeper). The dam of Lot 197 is a Snitzel mare whose half-sister Planet Rock (Fastnet Rock) won the Group One New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).

Lot 221 is out of a three-quarter-sister to Group One winner Royal Descent (Redoute’s Choice).

VADAMOS

Rich Hill Stud stallion Vadamos stands for a service fee of $15,000.
Rich Hill Stud stallion Vadamos stands for a service fee of $15,000.

Rich Hill Stud’s member of the new-stallion brigade is Vadamos (Monsun), whose service fee is $15,000.

Vadamos is by Monsun, the sire of 2013 Melbourne Cup winner and sire Fiorente, 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist and 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin.

Vadamos is a half-brother to the stakes winner Volfango (Dutch Art), and to the dam of Group winner Tornibush (Dream Ahead).

The dam of Vadamos is a half-sister to the multiple Group One winner and sire Valixir (Trempolino).

Vadamos won eight races including the Group One Prix du Moulin (1600m), two Group Two races and a Group Three. He placed in the Group One Prix Jacques le Marois (1600m) and was fourth in the Group one Cox Plate (2040m) and Emirates Stakes (2000m).

There are 46 progeny of Vadamos catalogued in Books 1, 2 and 3.

Lot 43 is out of Lafleur (NZ) (Zabeel), a multiple Group Two winner who has produced six winners from seven foals to race including two stakes winners.

Lot 312 is a half-brother to three stakes winners, while Lots 103 and 168 are half-brothers to two stakes performers apiece.

Lot 106 is a half-sister to Group One performer Chambord (NZ) (Zabeel), and Lot 262 is out of multiple Group One winner Say No More (NZ) (Pentire).

The dam of Lot 169 is a full-sister to Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance (NZ) (Pentire). Lot 129 is out of a half-sister to Singapore Derby winner Infantry (NZ) (Tavistock), and Lots 30 and 271 are closely related to Group One winners (King) Mufhasa (NZ) (Pentire) and (The) Bostonian (NZ) (Jimmy Choux).

VANBRUGH

Vanbrugh stands for a service fee of $5,000.
Vanbrugh stands for a service fee of $5,000.

Completing the Windsor Park trio is Vanbrugh (Encosta de Lago), who stands for a $5,000 service fee.

Vanbrugh’s sire Encosta de Lago (Fairy King) has been a champion sire and is making his mark as a sire of sires. He is grandsire of Group One stars such as Golden Slipper heroine She Will Reign (Manhattain Rain) and Australian Guineas winner Mystic Journey (Needs Further).

On the maternal side, Vanbrugh’s dam is one of 11 winners from the Centaine mare Professionelle. Four of those won at stakes level, including four-time Group Two winner Sportsman (Supremo).

The high point of Vanbrugh’s career came with his victory in the Group One Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), which has been a springboard to enormously successful stud careers in the last 20 years for the likes of Savabeel (Zabeel) and Dundeel (NZ) (High Chaparral), along with promising young sires such as Complacent (Authorized) and Hampton Court (Redoute’s Choice).

Vanbrugh also won the Group Three Coongy Handicap (2000m), beating the subsequent Group One Doncaster Handicap (1600m) and multiple Group Two winner It’s Somewhat (Dynaformer).

Vanbrugh is the sire of four Lots offered at Karaka 2020. Lot 656 is a half-brother to Helena Baby (NZ) (Guillotine), who won this year’s Listed Opunake Cup (1400m) and placed behind superstar Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) in the Group One Tarzino Trophy (1400m).

WROTE

Highview stallion Wrote standing for $5,000.
Vanbrugh stands for a service fee of $5,000.

The last of the New Zealand-based first season sires featuring at Karaka 2020 is Wrote (High Chaparral), who stands at Highview for $5,000.

Wrote has made an exciting start to his stud career in the northern hemisphere, siring 22 winners from 43 runners in his first two crops including the stakes-placed High Providence.

Wrote is by High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells), whose outstanding sons So You Think (NZ) and Dundeel (NZ) have already followed up their racetrack heroics with multiple Group One successes at stud. Dundeel is the sire of Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth, last season’s dual Group One-winning New Zealand two-year-old Yourdeel (NZ), and Group One-winning Sydney two-year-old Castelvecchio.

Wrote comes from the same family as legendary sires Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer) and Nureyev (Northern Dancer), along with Encosta de Lago’s sire Fairy King (Northern Dancer) and top-class Hong Kong gallopers Time Warp (Archipenko) and Glorious Forever (Archipenko).

While High Chaparral is best known for his feats with progeny aged three and older, Wrote showed exceptional early talent with his win in the Group One Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (1600m).

Wrote is the sire of 14 catalogued lots in Karaka 2020. Lot 624 is a half-brother to the dam of this year’s Group One Schweppes Oaks (2000m) winner Princess Jenni (NZ) (High Chaparral).

Australian-based sires

Karaka 2020 also features a quality selection of debut yearlings from an outstanding group of young Australian-based stallions.

Coolmore shuttler American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) made history in 2015, becoming the first horse in 37 years to win America’s famed Triple Crown. He later added the Group One Breeders’ Cup Classic (2000m), an unprecedented achievement dubbed ‘the Grand Slam’.

American Pharoah’s yearlings have sold for massive amounts in the northern hemisphere, including a filly who fetched US$8.2 million at Keeneland in September of this year.

There are eight American Pharoah yearlings in the Book 1 catalogue, including the progeny of stakes winners Posavina (NZ) (Tiger Hill), Soubrettes (NZ) (High Chaparral) and Strada Cavallo (NZ) (Alamosa). Lot 598 is a half-brother to Group One placegetter and sire Savile Row (NZ) (Makfi).

Exciting young Darley stallion Astern (Medaglia d’Oro) is a half-brother to the multiple Group One winner Alizee (Sepoy), along with black-type performers Tassort (Brazen Beau) and Mogador (Lonhro).

Astern won five of his nine starts including a dominant performance in the Group One Golden Rose (1400m). He also won the Group Two Silver Slipper (1100m), Group Two Run to the Rose (1200m) and Group Three Kindergarten Stakes (1100m), and finished second in the famously ‘stallion-making’ Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

Astern is the sire of 10 yearlings in Book 1 of Karaka 2020. Lot 7 is out of a half-sister to Group One winners Shamrocker (NZ) (O’Reilly) and Rock Diva (NZ) (Lucky Unicorn), while the dam of Lot 294 is a half-sister to Group One performers Eleonora (NZ) (Makfi) and Supera (NZ) (Savabeel).

Capitalist (Written Tycoon), who stands at Newgate Farm, has attracted plenty of attention at stud through his brilliant victory in the Group One Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill.

A quartet of his yearlings will be offered at Karaka, including Lot 118, who is a close relative to a number of stakes winners. Lot 373 is out of Uberalles (NZ) (Giant’s Causeway), a Group One-placed daughter of champion mare Ethereal (NZ) (Rhythm).

Other Australian-based first season sires to feature in Book 1 include Group One winners Divine Prophet (Choisir), Extreme Choice (Not a Single Doubt), Flying Artie (Artie Schiller), Frosted (Tapit), Maurice (Screen Hero), Mikki Isle (Deep Impact), Territories (Invincible Spirit) and Xtravagant (NZ) (Pentire).

KARAKA 2020 SCHEDULE

Karaka Million Twilight Meeting: Saturday 25 January

Book 1: Sunday 26 January – Tuesday 28 January

Book 2: Wednesday 29 January – Friday 31 January

Book 3: Friday 31 January

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New Stallions Set to Shine at Karaka

The young guns will come out to play at Karaka 2020, with a new wave of exciting young stallions set to make a massive impact. This year’s Sale will showcase an especially high number of first season sires, with 25 featuring in the catalogue for Book 1 alone.

Here is a snapshot of the first six exciting stallion prospects with progeny offered at Karaka 2020.

New Zealand-based Stallions

BELARDO

Belardo who shuttles to Haunui Farm for a service fee of $12,000.
Belardo who shuttles to Haunui Farm for a service fee of $12,000.

Alphabetically, the first of the New Zealand-based newcomers is Belardo (Lope de Vega), who shuttles to Haunui Farm for a service fee of $12,000.

Belardo was a Group One winner as a two-year-old in the Dewhurst Stakes (1400m), then added the Lockinge Stakes (1600m) as a four-year-old to earn a Timeform rating of 126. He also ran second to champion American mare Tepin (Bernstein) in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot, and ran second to five-time Group One winner Solow (Singspiel) in the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1600m).

Belardo is by Lope de Vega (Shamardal), the outstanding sire of more than 50 stakes winners including the sprint stars Santa Ana Lane and Vega Magic. Belardo is his only son at stud in Australasia.

Belardo’s dam, the Danehill mare Danaskaya, placed at Group One and Group Two level as a two-year-old in the UK.

Belardo is the sire of 26 yearlings offered at Karaka 2020. Lot 476 is out of the New Zealand Oaks winner Boundless (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy), while Lot 60 is a half-brother to stakes winner London Line (Blackfriars) and Lot 144 is a half-brother to this season’s stakes-performed two-year-old Ohio Showgirl (NZ) (Showcasing).

PREFERMENT

Preferment stands at Brighthill Farm for $12,500.
Preferment stands at Brighthill Farm for $12,500.

Standing for $12,500 at Brighthill Farm, Preferment (NZ) is by the legendary Zabeel (NZ) (Sir Tristram), who has become an outstanding sire of sires – headed by the current champion Kiwi stallion Savabeel.

There are only three Group One-winning sons of Zabeel currently standing at stud in Australasia – Savabeel, Don Eduardo (NZ) and Preferment.

Preferment won the Group One Victoria Derby (2500m) as a three-year-old, and he was voted champion stayer in Australia following a four-year-old season that featured Group One victories in the Turnbull Stakes (2000m), Australian Cup (2000m) and BMW (2400m).

Preferment defeated Group One-winning gallopers such as Hallowed Crown (Street Sense) and Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock), who are embarking on their own stud careers in Australia.

Preferment’s brother to Rezoned (NZ) (Zabeel) won at Group Three level and is the dam of this season’s Group One MRC Thousand Guineas (1600m) placegetter Southbank (Fastnet Rock).

There are 30 progeny of Preferment catalogued.

Lot 87 is a half-sister to three stakes performers including the current Queensland cult hero The Candy Man (Casino Prince). Lot 503 is out of a half-sister to the Group Two winner Natalie Wood (NZ) (Yachtie), dam of Melbourne Cup placegetter Maluckyday (NZ) (Zabeel). Lot 591 is out of a full-sister to the Group One winner Age of Fire (Fastnet Rock).

PUCCINI

Puccini, standing at Mapperley Stud for $5,000.
Puccini, standing at Mapperley Stud for $5,000.

A multiple Group One-winning son of Encosta de Lago, Puccini (NZ) commands a $5,000 service fee at Mapperley Stud.

A champion sire himself, Encosta de Lago (Fairy King) is making his mark as a sire of sires. He is grandsire of Group One stars such as Golden Slipper heroine She Will Reign (Manhattain Rain) and Australian Guineas winner Mystic Journey (Needs Further).

Puccini is one of seven winners from six foals to race out of the Paris Opera mare Miss Opera (NZ). Two of that group were successful at Group One level.

Sir Slick (NZ) (Volksraad) won a total of 22 races in his remarkable career, six of them at the elite level.

Miss Opera’s other successful foals include Mr Jinky (NZ) (Volksraad), who placed at Group Two level, and the Group Three performer and successful broodmare Shortblackmini (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe). She is the dam of Group Two winner Amarula (NZ) (Thorn Park), Group Three winner and Group One-placed Little Wonder (NZ) (Volksraad) and Group Two-placed Langkawi (NZ) (Helmet).

Puccini himself was New Zealand’s champion three-year-old in 2013-14, winning four stakes races including the Group One New Zealand Derby (2400m). He returned as a four-year-old to win the Group One Thorndon Mile (1600m).

Puccini is the sire of Lot 126 at Karaka 2020, a half-brother to the stakes-placed Naval Fleet (NZ) (Declaration of War). The colt’s dam is a three-quarter-sister to Don Garcia (NZ) (Danehill), who was a million-dollar yearling at Karaka in 2005 and won at stakes level.

RAGEESE

Rageese, a new sire standing at Windsor Park for $5,000.
Rageese, a new sire standing at Windsor Park for $5,000.

Rageese (Street Cry) is one of a trio of new sires at Windsor Park Stud who will feature at Karaka 2020. His service fee is $5,000.

Windsor Park has been a nursery for terrific young stallions in recent seasons, claiming first season sire titles with Shamexpress (NZ) (O’Reilly) and Charm Spirit (Invincible Spirit) in the last two years.

Rageese is by Street Cry (Machiavellian), the sire of champion mares Winx and Zenyatta. He is also a successful sire of sires, with Per Incanto consistently ranking among the top three on New Zealand’s sire standings.

Rageese won four races including the Group Three L’Oreal Paris Stakes (1400m) at Flemington. He ran second to the highly rated young Australian stallion Pride of Dubai (Street Cry) in the Group One ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), beating another stallion prospect in Odyssey Moon (Snitzel).

Rageese descends from fourth dam Emancipation (Bletchingly), who was an Australian Horse of the Year and won six Group One races including the Doncaster Handicap (1600m) and George Main Stakes (1600m). The family also features the Group One winners Rumya (Red Ransom), Stratum Star (Stratum), Virage de Fortune (Anabaa) and Caulfield Cup winner Railings (Zabeel).

There are nine Rageese yearlings in Book 1 and Books 2 & 3 of Karaka 2020. Lot 274 is a half-brother to stakes winner Flavigny (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) and well-performed Hong Kong sprinter Pingwu Spark (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), while Lot 354 is closely related to Rattan (NZ) (Savabeel), a Group One performer in Hong Kong. Lot 367 is out of the multiple Group One placegetter Trepidation (NZ) (Falkirk), and the dam of Lot 579 won at Group Two level in South Africa.

TARZINO

Tarzino stands at Westbury Stud for $15,000.
Tarzino stands at Westbury Stud for $15,000.

Standing at Westbury Stud for a fee of $15,000, Tarzino (NZ) is the first son of high-class stallion Tavistock (NZ) (Montjeu) to retire to stud.

Tarzino is closely related to the Group One winner Kindacross (NZ) (Cape Cross), the Group Two winner Respect (NZ) (Zabeel) and the Group One-placed Kind Return (NZ) (Zabeel).

On the racetrack, Tarzino collected four wins including the Group One Victoria Derby (2500m) and Rosehill Guineas (2000m).

In the Rosehill Guineas, he defeated the subsequent multiple Group one winners Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) and Jameka (Myboycharlie).

Tarzino was voted champion three-year-old in Australia in 2015-16, beating highly rated young stallions such as Exosphere (Lonhro), Spill the Beans (Snitzel) and Press Statement (Hinchinbrook).

Tarzino is represented in big numbers offered at Karaka 2020, appearing as the sire of 36 quality yearlings.

Lot 39 is a half-sister to Singapore’s Champion 2YO of 2016, Lim’s Racer (NZ) (Red Giant).

The dam of Lot 179 is a three-quarter-sister to the dam of Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist (Monsun).

Lot 15 is out of a half-sister to the multiple Group One winner Turn Me Loose (NZ) (Iffraaj), the dam of Lot 47 is a half-sister to multiple Group One winner Lotteria (Redoute’s Choice), and the dam of Lot 112 is a half-sister to a Grade One-winning two-year-old in America.

TELPERION

Telperion, standing at Westbury Stud with a service fee of $5,000.
Telperion, standing at Westbury Stud with a service fee of $5,000.

A barn mate to Tarzino at Westbury Stud, Telperion (Street Cry) stands at a service fee of $5,000.

Telperion is a half-brother to Kementari (Lonhro), who won the Group One Randwick Guineas (1600m) and is beginning a stud career at Darley Australia for a fee of A$33,000.

Telperion is by Street Cry (Machiavellian), the sire of champion mares Winx and Zenyatta. He is also a successful sire of sires, with Per Incanto consistently ranking among the top three on New Zealand’s sire standings.

In a short racing career, Telperion won the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m), beating subsequent Group One winners Prized Icon (More than Ready) and Spright (Hinchinbrook). Prized Icon now stands at Kooringal Stud for A$11,000.

Telperion finished second to that season’s champion filly Yankee Rose (All American) in the Group One ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. He also finished fourth in the Golden Slipper (1200m) behind Capitalist (Written Tycoon), who commands a A$55,000 fee at Newgate Farm.

Among those behind him in that Golden Slipper were Star Turn (Star Witness), who stands for A$22,000 at Vinery Stud, Extreme Choice (Not a Single Doubt), whose fee at Newgate Farm is also A$22,000, Astern (Medaglia d’Oro), who commands A$33,000 at Darley, and Kiss and Make Up (More than Ready), an A$11,000 stallion at Aquis Farm.

Telperion has 29 yearlings entered for next year’s Sale. Lot 486 is a half-brother to the multiple Listed winner Global Thinking (So You Think), and Lot 502 is a half-brother to Ho Ho Khan (NZ) (Makfi), whose five wins include the Group Three Queen Mother Memorial Cup (2400m) at Sha Tin. The colt’s dam is a half-sister to Group One winner Royal Descent (Redoute’s Choice).

KARAKA 2020 SCHEDULE

Karaka Million Twilight Meeting: Saturday 25 January

Book 1: Sunday 26 January – Tuesday 28 January

Book 2: Wednesday 29 January – Friday 31 January

Book 3: Friday 31 January

You can request catalogues by emailing reception@nzb.co.nz or view them online. For news and sales information from NZB visit www.nzb.co.nz.


Valuable Group 2 Victory for The Real Beel (NZ)

The Real Beel (NZ) proves to be the Real Deal when claiming the G2 Cal Izuzu Stakes at Te Rapa. Photo: Trish Dunell
The Real Beel (NZ) proves to be the Real Deal when claiming the G2 Cal Izuzu Stakes at Te Rapa. Photo: Trish Dunell

In the twilight of her racing career, Karaka graduate The Real Beel (NZ) (Savabeel) claimed a valuable Group 2 victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa.

Bought for $110,000 by David Ellis at the 2017 Premier Sale, The Real Beel had emerged as a potential top-liner with a huge run for second in the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie last January.

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Feature Win Caps Remarkable Comeback

Julius (NZ) claims a hard fought victory in the G3 J Swap Contractors Sprint at Te Rapa on Saturday. Photo: Trish Dunell
Julius (NZ) claims a hard fought victory in the G3 J Swap Contractors Sprint at Te Rapa on Saturday. Photo: Trish Dunell

Super-talented Karaka graduate Julius (NZ) (Swiss Ace) completed a dream comeback from injury with victory in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 J Swap Contractors Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa.

The $44,000 Select Sale purchase had previously emerged as one of New Zealand’s standout sprinters, winning the Group 3 Concorde Handicap (1200m) and Darley Plate (1200m), and beaten by a nose in the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) by 10-time Group 1 winner Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands).

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Back-to-back stakes wins for Scorpz (NZ)

Scorpz (NZ) heads a Karaka Quinella in Saturdays Listed Hynds 3YO Salver at Ellerslie. Photo: Trish Dunell
Scorpz (NZ) heads a Karaka Quinella in Saturdays Listed Hynds 3YO Salver at Ellerslie. Photo: Trish Dunell

Sunday’s Listed Hynds 3YO Salver (2100m) at Ellerslie produced a quinella for Karaka graduates, with Scorpz (NZ) (Charm Spirit) scoring his second consecutive stakes win.

The colt didn’t reach his $65,000 reserve in Book 1 of Karaka 2018, but has won all of his last three starts including the Group 3 Wellington Stakes (1600m) and Sunday’s Ellerslie feature.

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Newcomers Enter Filly of the Year Fray

The one to beat in Leg 3 of the NZB Filly of the Year Series, Aalaalune (NZ) as a yearling.
The one to beat in Leg 3 of the NZB Filly of the Year Series, Aalaalune (NZ) as a yearling.

Some new names are set to be added to the points table for the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series after Saturday’s third leg, the $70,000 Group Three LawnMaster Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni.

The leaderboard is currently clearly headed by the outstanding Group One gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) winner Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice), who has 13.5 points.

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Karaka a Proven Source of World-Class Talent

Two-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year Beauty Generation (NZ).
Two-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year Beauty Generation (NZ).

Karaka 2020 will see buyers flock to New Zealand from all around the world, lured by a compelling record of graduate success.

New Zealand has proven to be a world-class nursery for young thoroughbred talent. Grown on nutrient-rich soils and in temperate climates, Kiwi-reared racehorses have repeatedly gone on to fly the flag with distinction throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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Karaka Dominance Continues in Hong Kong Sprint

Beat The Clock (right) claims the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint, the fourth consecutive year for Karaka graduates. Photo: HKJC
Beat The Clock (right) claims the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint, the fourth consecutive year for Karaka graduates. Photo: HKJC

For the fourth year in a row and the fifth time in the last six years, the HK$20 million Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) has been won by a Karaka graduate.

The $200,000 Ready to Run Sale purchase Beat The Clock (Hinchinbrook) produced a superb performance to win the 2019 edition on Sunday, following in the footsteps of Aerovelocity (NZ) (Pins) and Mr Stunning (Exceed and Excel).

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Karaka Cup Paves Way to Group One Success

2019 Karaka Cup winner Five to Midnight (NZ) placed in the Group Two Avondale Cup and the Group One Aucland Cup.
2019 Karaka Cup winner Five to Midnight (NZ) placed in the Group Two Avondale Cup and the Group One Auckland Cup.

The two million dollar features aren’t the only showstopper taking place during New Zealand’s most lucrative race meeting. Run over 2200m, NZB graduates are also eligible to compete in the $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup, highlighting some of the best staying talent New Zealand has to offer and paving the path to races such as the Group One Auckland Cup.

Formerly named the Karaka Stayers Cup, the feature is run at Ellerslie on the eve of the National Yearling Sale Series alongside the two $1million dollar showcases – The Karaka Million 2YO and Karaka Million 3YO Classic.

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Early Nominators Targeting Sprint Bonus   

Bostonian (NZ), dual nominator for two out of the three legs of the Triple Crown Sprint Series.
Bostonian (NZ), dual nominator for two out of the three legs of the Triple Crown Sprint Series.

The countdown is on for the highly anticipated New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance 3x Triple Crown Series. The added feature sponsored by NZB Insurance will see an inaugural three $100,000 Series bonuses for the New Zealand racing industry and a number of early nominators are already set to take centre stage.

In association with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, the NZB Insurance program will see each series comprise of three prestigious Group races including the Weight-For-Age Triple Crown, Sprint Triple Crown and Fillies and Mares Triple Crown, with a total of $300,000 in bonuses up for grabs.

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More Stakes Success for NZB Graduates

The Mitigator claimed his first Group win in the Group Three Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m).
The Mitigator claimed his first Group win in the Group Three Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m).

Deserved Group Win for The Mitigator

Unwanted at the 2016 Ready to Run Sale, The Mitigator (Master of Design) has developed into one of New Zealand’s toughest and most consistent gallopers. On Saturday his efforts were rewarded with a first Group win.

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In a Twinkling Stars in Counties Cup

In a Twinkling dominates the $100,000 Group Three Ssangyong Counties Cup (2100m). Photo: Trish Dunell.
In a Twinkling dominates the $100,000 Group Three Ssangyong Counties Cup (2100m). Photo: Trish Dunell.

Group One-performed Karaka graduate In a Twinkling (Fastnet Rock) starred again on Saturday with a front-running victory in the $100,000 Group Three Ssangyong Counties Cup (2100m) at Pukekohe.

Bought for $250,000 at the 2017 Premier Sale by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis, the gifted gelding showed his quality as a three-year-old with a strong-finishing fourth in the Group One New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m), a gutsy second in the Group Two Avondale Guineas (2100m), a close second in the Group One New Zealand Derby (2400m) and a fifth in the Group One Australian Derby (2400m).

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Karaka 2020 Yearling Catalogues Online NOW

Karaka 2020 set to kick off Sunday 26 January.
Karaka 2020 set to kick off on Sunday 26 January.

As the dust settles on this week’s Ready to Run Sale, attention quickly shifts to New Zealand Bloodstock’s eagerly-anticipated showpiece – the National Yearling Sales Series.

An outstanding Karaka 2020 catalogue of 1,266 yearlings is now available to view online, with printed copies arriving in letterboxes from early December.

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Spirited Bidding Sees Out 2019 Ready to Run Sale

$550,000 sale topping colt (Lot 375), purchased by Andrew Williams from the Woburn Farm draft.
$550,000 sale topping colt (Lot 375), purchased by Andrew Williams from the Woburn Farm draft.

Day 2 of selling at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2019 Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds saw 257 lots go under the hammer.  

NZB’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook was pleased with the final outcome of the Sale.

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Sale-topper Lot 162 (Savabeel x Saoirse) sells to David Ellis for 500,000.
Sale-topper Lot 162 (Savabeel x Saoirse) sells to David Ellis for $500,000.

Graduate Success Responsible for International Buying Bench

Day 1 of the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds saw an astute buying bench with both local and international markets active.

Buyers were targeting based on graduate success with horses destined for New Zealand, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, China, Singapore and Australia.

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Huge Updates to Ready to Run Sale Catalogue

Lots 124 and 274 are relatives of 2016 Ready to Run graduate and Group Two winner Te Akau Shark (NZ).
Lots 124 and 274 are relatives of 2016 Ready to Run graduate and Group Two winner Te Akau Shark (NZ).

Spring in Melbourne is one of world racing’s greatest stages, and the results of this year’s carnival have given a massive boost to the catalogue for this week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds at Karaka.

The catalogue features relatives to the winners of some of the carnival’s biggest prizes – the Group One Melbourne Cup (3200m), Cox Plate (2040m) and VRC Oaks (2500m).

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Loire Soars to NZB Filly of the Year Series Lead

Loire (NZ) and Michael McNab celebrate a brilliant victory in the G1 gavelhouse.com 1000 Guineas. Photo: Race Images South.
Loire (NZ) and Michael McNab celebrate a brilliant victory in the G1 gavelhouse.com 1000 Guineas. Photo: Race Images South.

An up and down spring reached its pinnacle at Riccarton on Saturday for Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice), who leads the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series after a brilliant victory in the $300,000 Group 1 gavelhouse.com 47th New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).

Ups and downs are nothing new for Loire, who was bred by Trelawney Stud’s Brent and Cherry Taylor. She has exemplary pedigree credentials, being by champion sire Redoute’s Choice and being a half-sister to the Group 1 winner A Touch of Ruby (NZ) (Pins). However, a paddock injury meant she was unable to be sold as a yearling.

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Dee and Gee (NZ) a Deserving New Zealand Cup Winner

$16,000 Select Sale purchase Dee and Gee (NZ) was victorious in the G3 New Zealand Cup. Photo: Race Images South.
$16,000 Select Sale purchase Dee and Gee (NZ) was victorious in the G3 New Zealand Cup. Photo: Race Images South.

A consistent performer in New Zealand’s staying features over the last 12 months, $16,000 Select Sale purchase Dee and Gee (NZ) (Darci Brahma) scored a well-deserved win in Saturday’s $250,000 Group 3 Christchurch Casino 156th New Zealand Cup (3200m) a Riccarton.

Since her upset victory in the Listed Metropolitan Trophy (2500m) at the same meeting last year, Dee and Gee has finished second in the $250,000 Group 3 Wellington Cup (3200m), fourth in the $500,000 Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m), third in the $100,000 Group 3 Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m) and second in this year’s edition of the Metropolitan Trophy.

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Asiago Too Strong in New Zealand Bloodstock Spring Stakes

Godolphin's Asiago (Medaglia d'Oro) wins the NZB sponsored G3 Spring Stakes.
Godolphin's Asiago (Medaglia d'Oro) wins the NZB sponsored G3 Spring Stakes.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s sponsorship of the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle began on a perfect note on Saturday in front of a bumper crowd of more than 6,000.

For just the fourth time in the history of the race, the Spring Stakes was won by a filly – Godolphin’s Asiago (Medaglia d’Oro), who followed in the footsteps of Lotteria (Redoute’s Choice) in 2004, Lovemelikearock (Fastnet Rock) in 2009 and Invincible Gem (I Am Invincible) in 2016.

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Guineas a Gamechanger in NZB Filly of the Year Series

Group Three Gold Trail Stakes winner Aretha (NZ) dominated the first leg of the Series. Photo: Trish Dunell
Group Three Gold Trail Stakes winner Aretha (NZ) dominated the first leg of the Series. Photo: Trish Dunell

After impressive auditions throughout the spring from numerous New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series contenders, Saturday’s $300,000 Group One gavelhouse.com 47th New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton is one filly’s time to shine.

The prestigious classic is the second leg of the 2019-20 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series, and it is worth 12 points to the winner – moving them a big step closer to the coveted title. Saturday’s second and third placegetters will earn 7 and 3.5 points respectively.

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Ready to Run Graduate Claims Valuable Stakes Win

Ticket To Ride (NZ) claims her eighth victory in the G3 Canterbury Breeders' Stakes.
Ticket To Ride (NZ) claims her eighth victory in the G3 Canterbury Breeders' Stakes.

Ticket To Ride (NZ) (Shocking), who was offered at the 2014 Ready to Run Sale, capped her racing career with a valuable black-type win in Wednesday’s $80,000 Group 3 Valachi Downs Canterbury Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton.

Offered by Millfield Stud, Ticket To Ride was passed in with a $30,000 reserve.

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Worldwide Success for Karaka Graduates

Oceanex (NZ) wins the G2 Matriarch Stakes impressively.
Oceanex (NZ) wins the G2 Matriarch Stakes impressively.

 Valuable Group 2 Win for Oceanex (NZ)

Karaka 2017 graduate Oceanex (NZ) (Ocean Park) sent her value skyrocketing with a determined victory in Saturday’s $300,000 Group 2 TAB Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

Oceanex was a $70,000 purchase from the Premier Sale and is trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr.

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Dominant Oaks Win for Miami Bound (NZ)

Miami Bound (NZ) dominant in the 2019 G1 VRC Oaks at Flemington.
Miami Bound (NZ) dominant in the 2019 G1 VRC Oaks at Flemington.

$120,000 Karaka Book 1 purchase Miami Bound (NZ) (Reliable Man) blew her rivals off the track at Flemington on Thursday, romping to victory by more than three lengths in the A$1 million Group 1 Kennedy Oaks (2500m).

A narrow winner of the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) five days earlier, Miami Bound went to a new level in the Oaks and completely outclassed her opposition.

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Ready to Run Sale a Happy Hunting Ground for Top Judges

Prominent Ready to Run buyer Phill Cataldo (left).
Prominent Ready to Run buyer Phill Cataldo (left).

This month marks New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds - a gold mine of thoroughbred talent and highlight event on the calendars of leading trainers, bloodstock agents and syndicators across the globe.

Phill Cataldo

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Dunstan Feeds Offers Lucrative Trainers Incentive for Iconic Stayers Championship Series

2019 Dunstan Feeds Stayers Final winner Starrybeel.
2019 Dunstan Feeds Stayers Final winner Starrybeel.

Kiwi trainers will get the opportunity to scoop a $21,000 Karaka Yearling Sales windfall thanks to the generosity of Dunstan Feeds as the globally-respected feed merchant celebrates its 21st year of sponsoring the popular Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship.

In a joint promotion with New Zealand Bloodstock and the Auckland Racing Club, and with the backing of the New Zealand Trainers’ Association, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, Dunstan Feeds will offer a novel incentive of a $21,000 credit towards a purchase at the NZB Yearling Sales in January next year to the winning trainer.

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Phenomenal Weekend of Racing for Karaka Graduates

Melody Belle (NZ) wins Group One Empire Rose Stakes (1600m).
Melody Belle (NZ) wins 10th Group One in Empire Rose Stakes (1600m).

10th Group One for Magnificent Melody Belle (NZ)

$57,500 Select Sale purchase Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) took her outstanding form to one of Australasian racing’s biggest stages on Saturday, winning the A$1 million Group One Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington.

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Top Of The Range (NZ) Captures Bendigo Cup

Top of the Range (NZ) flashed through the inside to score in the G3 Bendigo Cup. Photo: AAP.
Top of the Range (NZ) flashed through the inside to score in the G3 Bendigo Cup. Photo: AAP.

With a stirring victory in Wednesday’s A$400,000 Group 3 Jayco Bendigo Cup (2400m), Top Of The Range (NZ) (Savabeel) took his career earnings to A$546,350 – more than double his purchase price at Karaka.

Representing the trans-Tasman stable of Mike Moroney, the $250,000 Premier Sale graduate recorded the fifth and most significant victory of his 27-start career.

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World-Class Quality from Ready to Run Sale Vendors

The number one Sale of its kind, NZB’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds is the unrefuted source of Stakes winners and performers purchased from 2YO Sales in Australasia.

Once again, professional vendors have outstanding drafts on offer at the 2019 Ready to Run Sale.

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Karaka Graduates Star Across Australasia

Darci Brahma colt Harlech (NZ) is victorious in the G2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Darci Brahma colt Harlech (NZ) is victorious in the G2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Karaka graduate Harlech (NZ) (Darci Brahma) came of age at Te Rapa on Monday with an emphatic victory in the $100,000 Group 2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m).

The colt was a $100,000 purchase during Book 1 of Karaka 2018 by respected bloodstock agent Paul Moroney, and he is trained by Moroney’s brother Mike in partnership with Pam Gerard.

Carrying the colours of part-owners the Elias Fletcher Partnership, Harlech had won one of his four previous races and was a last-start second behind the subsequent stakes winner Travelling Light (NZ) (El Roca).

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2019 Breeze Up Videos Online Now

Lot 159 (Showcasing x Saheel) & Lot 192 (Super Easy x Steel Stilettos) Photo: Trish Dunell
Lot 159 (Showcasing x Saheel) & Lot 192 (Super Easy x Steel Stilettos) Photo: Trish Dunell

The annual Breeze Ups saw 369 two-year-olds gallop down the home straight of Te Rapa Racecourse, with their last 200 metres of work filmed and timed. Once again, NZB’s Ready to Run Sale vendors presented their horses in a professional manner reflecting the high quality of thoroughbreds on offer at the Sale.  

All Breeze Up videos are now available online. Each heat is 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.

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Smart Breeze Up Finale 

Lot 182 (Ocean Park x Soho Girl) and Lot 121 (Tavistock x Plaque) from the Ohukia Lodge draft breezing up.
Lot 182 (Ocean Park x Soho Girl) and Lot 121 (Tavistock x Plaque) from the Ohukia Lodge draft breezing up.

Day 2 saw the final 181 two-year-olds sprint down the straight of Te Rapa Racecourse, concluding the NZB Ready to Run Sale Breeze Ups.

Following on from yesterday’s Dead 5 track conditions, the rail was moved in 4 metres and the track remaind a Dead 6 throughout the day.

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Day One a Breeze for Quality 2YOs

Westbury Stud’s Lot 410 (Makfi x Inara Belle) parades for prospective buyers pre-breeze up.
Westbury Stud’s Lot 410 (Makfi x Inara Belle) parades for prospective buyers pre-breeze up.

Day One of the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale Breeze Ups saw 188 two-year-olds charge down the final straight of Te Rapa Racecourse.

View today’s Breeze Up times here.

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Karaka Graduates Claim Valuable Stakes Races at Rotorua

Dawn Patrol (NZ) claims the Group Three Sweynesse Stakes.
Dawn Patrol (NZ) claims the Group Three Sweynesse Stakes.

Dawn Patrol (NZ) Too Slick in Sweynesse

Placed at Group One level last season, $20,000 Select Sale purchase Dawn Patrol (NZ) (Dawn Approach) took his career earnings past $200,000 with a brilliant performance at Rotorua on Saturday.

The Frank Ritchie-trained gelding showed a slick turn of foot to burst out of midfield and win the $70,000 Group Three Sweynesse Stakes (1215m).

Sweet Treat (NZ) Storms to Staphanos Victory

Sweet Treat (NZ) wins the Listed Staphanos Classic (1950m) at Rotorua.
Sweet Treat (NZ) wins the Listed Staphanos Classic at Rotorua.

Sweet Treat (NZ) (Ekraar), who was bought for only $30,000 at the 2015 Select Sale at Karaka, claimed a valuable black-type win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Staphanos Classic (1950m) at Rotorua.

With apprentice jockey Joshua Kam in the saddle, the six-year-old cut the corner and burst into contention at the top of the straight. She was challenged by Charlie Horse (NZ) (Zacinto) through the last 250 metres, but held firm and prevailed by three-quarters of a length.

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2YOs Gearing to Breeze Up Next Week

203 heats will be filmed and timed over 200m at Te Rapa over two days.
203 heats will be filmed and timed over 200m at Te Rapa over two days.

Breeze Ups for New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds will take place next week on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 October, commencing at 10am each day with all prospective buyers welcome to attend.

View the Breeze Ups schedule here.

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Talented Fillies Clash in NZB Ethereal Stakes

Verry Elleegant (NZ) Claimed the 2018 G3 NZB Ethereal Stakes at Flemington.
Verry Elleegant (NZ) Claimed the 2018 G3 NZB Ethereal Stakes at Flemington.

A talented line-up of contenders for next month’s Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) will clash in Saturday’s A$200,000 Group 3 New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes (2000m) – a race that has special meaning to its sponsors.

Since 2011, the three-year-old fillies’ feature has carried the name of the legendary Ethereal (NZ) (Rhythm).

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