Karaka graduate The Chosen One (NZ) (Savabeel) is now a stakes winner on both sides of the Tasman, adding a brilliant win in Saturday’s $160,000 Group 3 Cellarbrations Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick to his two black-type victories in New Zealand.
An unlucky and powerful-finishing fourth in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) in his most recent start, The Chosen One turned his fortunes around in style on Saturday.
The beautifully bred Lord Arthur (Camelot) took his career to a new level with a spectacular performance in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Valachi Downs Championship Stakes (2100m) at Ellerslie.
Passed in with a $110,000 reserve at Karaka’s 2017 Premier Sale, Lord Arthur is a half-brother to Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi), who was bought for $150,000 at the 2015 Premier Sale and won the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m), Australian Oaks (2400m) and Underwood Stakes (1800m). She earned more than $1.5 million and was a two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year.
Quality mare Celebrity Dream (NZ) (Thorn Park), who was a $260,000 yearling purchase at Karaka in 2014, picked up her sixth stakes win with a dominant performance in Friday’s A$100,000 Listed Sheila Gwynne Classic (1400m) at Ascot.
Bought by John Chalmers Bloodstock at the 2014 Premier Sale, Celebrity Dream was recruited to race for the leviathan Western Australian owners Bob and Sandra Peters.
In less than two weeks, 61 southern bred yearlings will make their sale ring appearance at New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale – many presented by the same vendors of stakes-winning graduates of the Sale.
Often seen leading the vendors by aggregate table, perennial consignor White Robe Lodge will present the largest draft at the Sale with 12 lots catalogued. Not only have they succeeded in the sale ring, but they have also produced stakes winners Civil Disobedience (NZ) (Raise the Flag) and Parthesia (NZ) (Raise the Flag) from this Sale in recent years.
New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale has played a leading part in the recent successes of Group One winners Yourdeel (NZ) (Dundeel) and Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj). Not only has the Sale been a source of top performers, but also a commonplace for the practice of pinhooking.
Yourdeel and Gingernuts are just a couple of the golden opportunities that have been realised by astute buyers who have made a return on investment, followed by bright futures on the racetrack.
There were three Karaka graduates in the field for Saturday’s $100,000 Group 3 Coca-Cola Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m) at Riccarton, and they finished first, second and third.
The winner was the $44,000 Festival Sale purchase Who Dares Wins (NZ) (Iffraaj), who completed a black-type double for the week. The under-rated gelding had collected the first stakes win of his career in the Listed Easter Cup (1600m) the previous weekend.
Late Southern Filly Series Cameo for Group 1 Performer
Saturday, Apr 13, 2019
Beyond The Fort (NZ) (Niagara) made only one appearance during the 2018-19 New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series, but the Group 1 performer made a big impression.
The Waverley filly joined the fray for the final leg of the Series, the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton on Saturday. It was her first start since finishing a gallant second in last month’s $400,000 Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham.
Felaar(NZ) (Ekraar), who could have been bought for just $10,000 at the 2015 Festival Sale at Karaka, picked up his first stakes win with a thrilling victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Listed Royston Hospital Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings.
The gelding had already proven himself at black-type level with placings in the Listed New Zealand St Leger (2500m), Listed Metropolitan Trophy (2500m) and Group 3 New Zealand Cup (3200m).
Saturday’s $50,000 Listed NZB Finance Sprint (1200m) at Hawke's Bay was another highlight in a sensational campaign for Princess Kereru (NZ) (Pins), who was passed in with a $40,000 reserve at the 2015 Select Sale at Karaka.
The Matamata mare began this season as the winner of three of her 16 starts, but since then she has become one of New Zealand’s standout sprinters.
Southern Filly Series Concludes with Warstep Stakes
Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019
An exciting New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series will conclude on Saturday with the fourth and final leg, the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton Park.
This season’s Southern Filly of the Year has already been crowned, with Emily Margaret (NZ) (Pins) amassing an unassailable total of 18 points through the first three legs.
Debt Collector (NZ) Heads Karaka Trifecta in Chairman’s Trophy
Monday, Apr 8, 2019
Singapore champion Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park) produced another sparkling performance in Sunday’s S$500,000 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) at Kranji, heading a trifecta for gradates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales.
The superstar galloper was bought for $30,000 at the 2014 Select Sale, then for $120,000 at the Ready to Run Sale later that year.
Karaka graduate Brutal (NZ) (O’Reilly) produced a brilliant performance on Saturday to beat a stellar field of older horses in one of Australia’s most famous races, the A$3 million Group 1 The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick.
It continued a proud recent record for Karaka graduates in the Doncaster, with Sacred Falls(NZ) (O’Reilly) winning it in 2013 and 2014 and Kermadec(NZ) (Teofilo) in 2015. Both of those horses now stand at stud.
Naantali (NZ) Heads Karaka Quinella in Anniversary Vase
Sunday, Apr 7, 2019
$180,000 Premier Sale purchase Naantali (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) picked up her first stakes win in Saturday’s A$140,000 Listed Ladbrokes Anniversary Vase (1400m) at Caulfield, leading home a Karaka quinella with Manolo Blahniq (NZ) (Jimmy Choux) second.
The four-year-old had been a consistent black-type performer in this campaign, finishing second in the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m), second in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) and a close last-start fourth in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m).
Breeders’ Stakes Glory for Consistent Big-Race Performer Nicoletta (NZ)
Sunday, Apr 7, 2019
$90,000 Select Sale graduate Nicoletta (NZ) (Savabeel) added a deserved Group 1 victory to a long line of big-race placings when she led all the way in Saturday’s $200,000 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha.
Trained in Cambridge by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Nicoletta formed an exciting rivalry as a three-year-old with her stablemate and fellow Karaka graduate Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi). She beat that runner in the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m), then finished just behind her in the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m), Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) and Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m).
Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Christchurch Casino Easter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton was dominated by Karaka graduates, who went clear of the rest of the field and fought out an exciting finish.
The $44,000 Festival Sale purchase Who Dares Wins (NZ) (Iffraaj) came out on top, powering home out wide on the track with big bounds to reel in the quality mares Residential (NZ) (Pins) and Contessa Vanessa (NZ) (Bullbars).
Secret Allure (NZ) Takes NZB Airfreight Stakes, but Emily Margaret (NZ) Clinches Title
Sunday, Apr 7, 2019
Local heroine Emily Margaret (NZ) (Pins) has clinched the title of 2018-19 New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year, despite being upstaged by North Island visitor Secret Allure (NZ) (Zacinto) in Saturday’s third leg – the $50,000 Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton.
Riccarton-trained Emily Margaret went into the race with a commanding lead in the Series, earning the perfect score of 14 points with victories in the New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) and NZB Insurance Stakes (1400m).
Karaka Million 2YO placegetter Yourdeel (NZ) (Dundeel) is now a two-time Group One winner having stormed home from near-last for a brilliant victory in Saturday’s Group One Sires’ Produce Stakes following a win in the Group One Sistema Stakes three weeks ago. He joins a substantial list of Group One champions sourced from New Zealand Bloodstock’s upcoming Karaka May Sale.
The two-year-old gelding was on a fast track to success after impressing with a win on debut. Quickly earning black-type in the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO, Yourdeel claimed the Group Three Slipper Stakes before landing the Group One feature at Ellerslie.
Two-time Karaka graduate Yourdeel (NZ) (Dundeel) is now a two-time Group 1 winner, having stormed home from near-last for a brilliant victory in Saturday’s $225,000 Group 1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni.
Bred by Dan Myers, Yourdeel was a $30,000 purchase at the 2017 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale by Little Avondale Stud.
Well-performed galloper The Bandito (NZ) (Pins) claimed a first black-type win with a powerful front-running performance in Saturday’s $50,000 Bramco Granite & Marble Flying Handicap (1400m) at Awapuni.
The Bandito was bred by Waikato Stud, who sold him for $100,000 at the 2013 Premier Sale at Karaka. He returned later that year for the Ready to Run Sale, but didn’t meet his $100,000 reserve.
The tough southern-bred product has left impressions not only in the South Island racing scene, but further north in New Zealand and across the Tasman in Australia. At affordable prices, a new wave of 61 yearlings will be on offer at New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale, presenting an opportunity to invest with lucrative and promising results on the racetrack as seen by graduates of the Sale.
With 14 individual stakes winners having laid claim to 23 stakes races since the start of the 2014-15 season, this season’s four individual stakes winners so far cost as little as $1,000 and could have been secured for up to $20,000 at the Sale.
Star Karaka graduate Avantage (Fastnet Rock) made a triumphant Australian debut at Rosehill on Saturday, fighting back after being headed to win the A$160,000 Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m).
Bought for $210,000 at the 2017 Premier Sale by Te Akau principal David Ellis, Avantage was New Zealand’s champion two-year-old last season with victories in the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) and in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
Group 1-winning Karaka graduate Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) secured her seventh black-type victory with a classy performance in Saturday's $100,000 Group 2 Windsor Park Stud Japan NZ International Trophy (1600m) at Tauranga.
Bought for $240,000 at the 2015 Premier Sale, Volpe Veloce had previously won the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m), Group 2 Westbury Classic (1400m), Group 3 Eulogy Stakes (1600m), Listed Karaka 3YO Mile (1600m) and Listed Castletown Stakes (1200m).
Karaka Trifecta in South Island Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes
Saturday, Mar 23, 2019
Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock sales dominated the finish of Saturday's $80,000 Group 3 Valachi Downs South Island Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton.
The winner was Residential (NZ) (Pins), who was passed with a $60,000 reserve at the 2015 Premier Sale. She has now earned $253,000 for owners Mark Ritchie, Jason Wardle, Michael Piaggi, Henry and Ron Williamson, Leslie and Ann Seaton, John and David Nixon and Waikato Stud Ltd.
Premier Sale graduate Princess Jenni(NZ) (High Chaparral) scored her first black-type win with a stylish performance in Friday’s A$160,000 Group 3 Alexandra Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.
Bought for $120,000 as a yearling at Karaka, the talented filly was a six-length maiden winner at Geelong earlier in the season. She stepped up to stakes level last start in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m), finishing seventh, and on Friday night she took another step up.
For the second year in a row, the HK$18 million BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) has been won by a Karaka graduate.
Following on from Ping Hai Star (NZ) (Nom du Jeu) 12 months earlier, the $210,000 Premier Sale purchase Furore (NZ) (Pierro) scored an outstanding win in the four-year-old classic at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Imelda Mary (NZ) (Ferlax) and Queen of Diamonds (NZ) (Savabeel) had been strong performers through the Series, and going into the Oaks they shared the lead with 18 points each. But neither of them could add to that total with a top-three finish at Trentham.
Among a star-studded line-up for Saturday’s Group 2 Norwood Family Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham, Karaka graduates dominated the finish with a trifecta by Emily Margaret (NZ) (Pins), Vigor Winner (Declaration of War) and Dawn Patrol (NZ) (Dawn Approach).
South Island filly Emily Margaret, who cost $55,000 at the 2017 Select Sale, was already a dual stakes winner in the Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) and Listed NZB Insurance Stakes (1400m) – the first two legs of the New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Filly of the Year Series.
Multiple stakes-winning Karaka graduate Sampson (NZ) (Dubai Destination) produced another top-class performance at Trentham on Saturday, winning the Listed Yealands Family Wines New Zealand St Leger (2600m) by eight and a quarter lengths.
Bought for just $20,000 at the 2011 Festival Sale, the nine-year-old is now the winner of four black-type races and $437,075 in prizemoney.
Global Exchange Stars Again in Karaka Group 2 Quinella
Saturday, Mar 16, 2019
Global Exchange (Dundeel) won his second consecutive Group 2 race in Friday night’s A$200,000 Crown Resorts Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) at Moonee Valley, leading home a Karaka quinella in the three-year-old feature.
Bought for $130,000 at the 2017 Premier Sale, the Dundeel colt won three of his first five starts including the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield on February 23.
The stage is set for a thrilling finish to the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series, with a star-studded field assembled for Saturday’s final leg – the $400,000 Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham.
The prestigious classic is worth 12 Filly of the Year Series points to the winner, and three fillies are in with a shot at the coveted title.
Melody Belle (NZ) Wins Epic Battle of Star Karaka Graduates
Saturday, Mar 9, 2019
Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) and Danzdanzdance (Mastercraftsman) are two outstanding, multiple Group 1-winning mares who went through the Karaka sale ring as yearlings. They met for the first time in Saturday’s $200,000 Group 1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie, and Melody Belle prevailed after a titanic battle.
Melody Belle cost just $57,500 at the 2016 Premier Sale, and she more than repaid that with a two-year-old campaign that included victories in the $1m Karaka Million (1200m), the Group 1 Diamond Stakes (1200m) and a Group Two in Australia.
The revamped National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka has celebrated its first Group 1-winning graduate –Yourdeel (NZ) (Dundeel) in Saturday’s $200,000 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie.
New Zealand Bloodstock introduced the new format in 2018, replacing the Premier, Select and Festival Sales with Book 1, 2 and 3. The results were spectacular, and a number of those yearlings have already made their mark on the racetrack as two-year-olds.
Pinmedown (NZ) Moves Up Filly of the Year Leaderboard
Saturday, Mar 2, 2019
Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) was a second victory during the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series forPinmedown (NZ) (Pins), who has moved into third on the table with 14 points.
The Matamata filly collected 8 points for a stunning come-from-behind win in the Group 2 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, and she returned to the same venue on Saturday and repeated the result to earn another 6 points.
Two out of Two for Emily Margaret (NZ) in Southern Filly Series
Saturday, Mar 2, 2019
Two legs of the New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series have been run, andEmily Margaret (NZ) (Pins) has won both of them.
The classy grey was too good when the Series began with the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) in the spring, and the result was the same when the Series resumed in Saturday’s Listed NZB Insurance Stakes (1400m) at Wingatui.
Princess Kereru (NZ) Breaks Through in Waikato Stud Plate
Saturday, Mar 2, 2019
Group 1 performer Princess Kereru (NZ) (Pins) broke through for her first stakes win in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 3 Waikato Stud Plate (1200m) at Ellerslie.
Passed in at the 2015 Select Sale at Karaka with a $40,000 reserve, Princess Kereru has emerged as a top-class sprinter during an excellent 2018-19 campaign headed by a close second in the Group 1 Sistema Railway (1200m) on New Year’s Day.
Qiji Express(NZ) (Shamexpress) and She’s a Thief (NZ) (Showcasing) cost just $57,500 between them at Karaka in 2017, but they fought out the finish in a high-quality running of the $60,000 Listed Mufhasa FastTrack Stakes (1300m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Qiji Express capitalised on a ground-saving inside ride from Craig Grylls, kicking away in the straight and holding out the late run of She’s a Thief by a length and a quarter.