NZB Southern Filly of the Year Series Begins in Canterbury Belle Stakes
Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017
On the same day that the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series gets underway at Hastings, the cream of the South Island’s three-year-old filly crop will get their time to shine as the $50,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton kicks off the New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series.
New Zealand Bloodstock has been the proud sponsor of the Southern Filly of the Year Series since the 2000/2001 season.
Gold Trail Stakes Gets NZB Filly of the Year Series Underway
Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017
The 45th edition of the prestigious New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series will kick off at Hastings on Saturday with the running of the $70,000 Group 3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes (1200m).
The title of New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year is awarded to the most outstanding three-year-old filly of her year in New Zealand.
An impressive front-running win in the A$120,000 Listed Sofitel (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday has set up a possible Group 1 bid for Theanswermyfriend (High Chaparral), who was purchased at Karaka for just $70,000.
Ridden by Craig Williams for trainer Robert Smerdon, the four-year-old overcame the disadvantage of drawing the outside gate in the 14-horse field by rolling forward to take the lead. He never looked back from there, racing to victory by a length and three-quarters.
If a dominant display in Wednesday’s $60,000 Listed HS Dyke Wanganui Guineas (1340m) is anything to go by, the $30,000 that trainer Andrew Campbell paid to buy Waldorf (NZ) (Highly Recommended) at the 2016 Select Sale has secured him one of New Zealand’s brightest three-year-old talents.
The striking black colt had already shown his mettle with two wins and three placings in seven two-year-old starts, culminating in a Listed win in the Ryder Stakes on the final day of the 2016-17 season.
Burgundy filly Dijon Bleu (NZ), who cost just $26,000 at the 2016 Select Sale, provided an outstanding return on that investment and took a massive step forward from her two-year-old season with an easy win in the $50,000 Listed O’Leary’s Fillies’ Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui on Wednesday.
The Lisa Latta-trained filly showed top-notch potential in three starts last season, beating subsequent Group 2 winner Gold Fever in a debut victory before running an unlucky fifth in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes and a close ninth in the Karaka Million.
NZB Graduates Shine at New Zealand Horse of the Year Awards
Monday, Sep 11, 2017
A brilliant three-year-old season by Karaka graduate Bonneval(NZ) (Makfi) was honoured with four awards at Sunday evening’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Awards, including the coveted Horse of the Year title.
Purchased by Baker Racing for $150,000 at the 2015 Premier Sale, Bonneval earned more than six times that amount during a spectacular four-race winning streak between February and April. She won the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic at Te Rapa, the Group 3 Lowland Stakes at Hastings and the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks at Trentham, then travelled to Sydney for a brilliant and dominant come-from-behind win in the Group 1 Australian Oaks at Randwick.
Exciting galloper Countofmontecristo(NZ) (Echoes Of Heaven) scored the sixth win in his seven-start career in Sunday’s Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m) at Kranji, leading home a trifecta of Karaka graduates in the S$200,000 race.
Countofmontecristo was bought for $57,500 at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale, while runner-up Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park) cost $30,000 at the 2014 Select Sale and $120,000 at the Ready to Run Sale, and third-placed Alibi (NZ) (Darci Brahma) was a $90,000 purchase at the 2014 Ready to run Sale.
$150,000 Premier Sale purchase Bonneval(NZ) (Makfi) was a standout three-year-old filly on both sides of the Tasman last season, and at Moonee Valley on Saturday she picked up right where she had left off.
The exceptional Cambridge galloper picked up her fifth straight win, all at Group level, when she won the A$250,000 Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m).
Defending champion Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars) had to settle for second this time around as Vega Magic (Lope De Vega) delivered a block-buster performance to lead all the way and win Saturday’s A$1 million Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Ridden by Craig Williams for trainers David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, the five-year-old Vega Magic went straight to the front of the star-studded field and never looked back. He defied the pattern of the day to score by a length and three-quarters in the first Group 1 race of the 2017-18 Australian racing season.
Stellar Field For $1m New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes
Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017
The 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield Spring Weight-For-Age Championship heats up on Saturday with the running of the second leg, the A$1m Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
The prizemoney for the NZB Memsie Stakes has doubled this year from A$500,000 to A$1m – a move that has been rewarded with a sensational field for the first Group One race of the 2017-18 Australian racing season.
Beginning with the $70,000 Group 3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) in September and culminating in the $400,000 Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand Oaks (2400m) in March, New Zealand’s finest three-year-old fillies will do battle in 10 exciting races to determine supremacy of their generation.
Savabeel colt Addictive Nature was one of the headline acts of the sale ring at Karaka 2016, and he is showing the same star quality on the racetrack.
Bought for $775,000 at the 2016 Premier Sale, Addictive Nature picked up his second win from three career starts in Saturday’s A$150,000 Group 3 Monaco Cup Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) at Rosehill, with the promise of a lot more to come.
Dee I Cee (NZ) (Istidaad), who cost just $1,000 as a weanling and $7,000 as a two-year-old at Karaka, bounced back to his high-class best with a dominant win in the A$125,000 Listed New Caledonia Travel Connection Premier’s Cup (1900m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
The winner of two races in New Zealand for Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers, and third behind Mongolian Khan and Volkstok’n’barrell in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby, Dee I Cee had struggled to recapture his best form since joining the leading Australian stable of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
A star-studded field will clash in Saturday’s A$200,000 Group 2 Charge Of The Light Horse P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m), the first of four races in the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield Spring WFA Championship.
The 14-horse line-up features no fewer than eight individual Group 1 winners – Lankan Rupee (Redoute’s Choice), Hartnell (Authorized), Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars), Gailo Chop (Deportivo), Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo), He’s Our Rokkii (NZ) (Roc de Cambes), Abbey Marie (Redoute’s Choice) and Montoya’s Secret (High Chaparral).
Faaltless (Faltaat), who cost $65,000 and $160,000 in his two trips through the Karaka sale ring in 2012, took his prizemoney earnings past S$500,000 with a second win in the S$200,000 Listed Garden City Trophy (1200m) at Kranji on Sunday.
The seven-year-old gelding, who was having his first start in seven months after a number of setbacks, was sent straight to the front of the nine-horse field by rider Matthew Poon. He never gave his rivals a look-in, holding on powerfully to score by a length and a quarter.
Dual Group 1 winner Nashville(NZ) (Darci Brahma), who was bought for $40,000 at the Ready to Run Sale back in 2010, picked up a sixth stakes win and moved within sight of $1 million in prizemoney when he took out Saturday’s $100,000 Group 3 eStar 120th Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton.
The gelding’s trophy cabinet already featured two runnings of the Group 1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic, as well as the Group 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile and Group 3 Canterbury Gold Cup and Trentham Stakes.
Humble Pie (NZ) Impresses in New Zealand Bloodstock Three-Year-Old
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017
Saturday’s $25,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Three-Year-Old (1200m) at Riccarton could be a stepping stone towards bigger things for Humble Pie (NZ) (Sakhee’s Secret), who scored an impressive win by almost eight lengths.
Bought for $25,000 at the 2016 Festival Sale, the gelding had raced greenly when unplaced in his only previous start. Humble Pie again showed signs of inexperience on Saturday, shying away from the shadow of the big screen in the home straight, but the Adrian and Harry Bull-trained runner was never in danger of defeat. He outclassed his opposition by seven and three-quarter lengths.
Karaka graduate Waldorf(NZ) (Highly Recommended) has shown his class at both ends of the New Zealand two-year-old season, capped by a determined win in Monday’s $50,000 Listed Courtesy Ford Ryder Stakes (1200m) at Awapuni.
Bought for $30,000 from Berkley Stud’s draft at the 2016 Select Sale by trainer Andrew Campbell, Waldorf was a debut winner in early October and was stakes-placed in the Wellesley Stakes at Trentham later that month.
Singapore Juvenile Double for Karaka Graduates and Showcasing
Monday, Jul 31, 2017
Festival Sale graduate Mr Hanks (NZ) (Showcasing) completed a juvenile feature double for both his sire and the Karaka Sales Centre when he scored a narrow but authoritative win in the S$200,000 Juvenile Championship (1400m) at Kranji on Sunday.
Three weeks earlier, Mr Hanks was a beaten favourite behind Be Bee (NZ) (Showcasing) in Singapore’s other two-year-old feature, the Golden Horseshoe.
Spring WFA Championship Jewel in NZB’s Australian Sponsorship Crown
Thursday, Jul 27, 2017
New Zealand Bloodstock has signed a two-year deal with the Melbourne Racing Club to continue its title sponsorship of the Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes, the New Zealand Bloodstock Spring WFA Championship and the Group 3 New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes.
NZB has sponsored the Memsie Stakes since 2010. The prestigious 1400-metre race was upgraded to Group 1 status in 2014, making it the first Group 1 race of the Australian season. The exciting growth of the race continues in 2017 with its stake increase to A$1 million.
Longchamp(NZ) (Tavistock), who cost $40,000 at the 2013 Select Sale, broke through the $200,000 barrier in prize-money earnings when he successfully defended his title in Sunday’s $65,000 Listed Powerworx Opunake Cup (1400m) at New Plymouth.
The gelding had scored an easy win in the same race last year, and on Sunday he became the first horse to win the Opunake Cup twice.
Ridden by Johnathan Parkes for Opaki trainer Andrew Campbell, Longchamp was trapped wide from his outside gate before working to the lead on the point of the home turn. He opened up a clear advantage, then dug deep to turn back the late challenges of Nashville(NZ) (Darci Brahma), New York Minute (NZ) (Iffraaj) and Taurus (NZ) (No Excuse Needed). Longchamp held on to win by a neck.
Taranaki owner-trainer Marilyn Paewai landed the biggest win of her training career, and a healthy return on her $4000 investment at Karaka, when her gutsy mare Rosewood (NZ) (Redwood) won Sunday’s $40,000 NZB Finance 3YO (1400m) at New Plymouth.
The first-place prize of $25,000 was more than Paewai has ever won before in an entire season during more than two decades of involvement in thoroughbred racing, and it lifted Rosewood’s prize-money earnings past $50,000 – more than 12 times the $4000 that Paewai paid to buy her as a weanling at the 2014 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale.
Rosewood earned her shot at Sunday’s lucrative three-year-old race with two wins earlier in the season and close-up placings in her last two appearances leading into the race.
New Zealand-breds have won the S$1.15 million Emirates Singapore Derby (2000m) three times in the last four years following an outstanding win at Kranji on Sunday by Infantry(NZ) (Tavistock), who cost just $7,000 at the National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka.
Kiwi-bred superstar Spalato (NZ) (Elusive City) won the race in 2014, while Ready to Run Sale graduate Well Done (NZ) (Falkirk) took it out last year.
Unbeaten Karaka graduate Be Bee (NZ) stepped up to the big time and delivered a blockbuster performance in the Listed S$325,000 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe (1200m) at Kranji on Friday.
The son of Showcasing, bought for $220,000 as a yearling before joining trainer Shane Baertschiger’s stable at the 2016 Ready to Run Sale, was thrown in at the deep end in the two-year-old feature after making a winning debut just 10 days earlier.
Group races confirmed for richest race day on the calendar
Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017
New Zealand Bloodstock (NZB) in partnership with the Auckland Racing Club (ARC) can now confirm the six races that are carded for New Zealand’s richest race day – the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting to be held on Saturday 27 January.
The headline acts for the meet at Ellerslie are the 11th edition of the $1m Karaka Million Two-Year-Old 1200m (RL) and the inaugural running of the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic 1600m (RL). These races along with the Karaka Million Stayers Cup, which will now be held on Sunday 14 January, are the three-races that make up NZB’s lucrative Karaka Million incentive series.
Following his victory in Sunday’s S$500,000 Patron’s Bowl (1600m) at Kranji, Karaka graduate Alibi(NZ) (Darci Brahma) is now two-thirds of the way to an unprecedented clean sweep of Singapore’s Four-Year-Old Challenge.
No horse has ever won all three races, but Alibi now has the chance to make history in the Singapore Derby (2000m) on July 9.
Impressive Lisboa Challenge win for Luen On Treasure
Sunday, Jun 18, 2017
Luen On Treasure (Dane Shadow), who cost $60,000 at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, picked up the first black-type win of his career with a dominant performance in Saturday’s M$550,000 Listed Lisboa Challenge Final (1500m) in Macau.
Ridden by Luis Corrales for trainer Geoff Allendorf, Luen On Treasure left his seven rivals gasping in his wake with a resounding five-length win.
Exciting mare Bonny O’Reilly (NZ) (O’Reilly), who cost $100,000 at the 2014 Premier Sale, scored her seventh win in nine career starts and her fifth in a row when she picked up a first stakes win in yesterday’s A$100,000 Listed IPG Marketing Solutions Helen Coughlan Stakes at (1200m) Doomben.
Trained and ridden by expat New Zealanders Bjorn Baker and Jason Collett, the four-year-old mare raced close to the pace before taking a gap along the rail at the top of the straight. She quickly took control of the race and scored a comfortable victory by a length and a quarter.
Stakes Success for Select Sale Graduate Hard Merchandize (NZ)
Sunday, Jun 4, 2017
Hard Merchandize (NZ) (Burgundy), who cost just $38,000 at the 2016 Select Sale at Karaka, capped a highly successful two-year-old season with his first stakes success in Saturday’s $50,000 John Turkington Forestry Castletown Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui.
The Awapuni gelding came out on top at the end of an epic struggle with fellow Karaka graduate Bombard(NZ) (Dalghar) down the home straight, edging out that game rival by a nose with the rest of the field almost seven lengths behind.
Exciting mare Ladies First (NZ) (Dylan Thomas), who cost just $8000 at Karaka as a weanling, collected her sixth win and her second at stakes level when she ran away with the $50,000 Listed Civics @ Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge Wanganui Cup (2040m) on Saturday.
A dominant last-start winner of the Listed Rangitikei Gold Cup (1550m), Ladies First stepped up in distance on Saturday and was even more impressive. Lisa Allpress had her in ninth place before she burst into contention as the field rounded the home turn and then raced away, winning by three and three-quarter lengths.
Karaka graduate Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) has starred on both sides of the Tasman this season, adding Saturday’s A$250,000 Group 2 Mitavite BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm to her big New Zealand wins in the Karaka Million (1200m) and Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
Bought by Te Akau principal and Karaka’s perennial leading buyer David Ellis for $57,500 at the 2016 Premier Sale, Melody Belle took her career earnings past $875,000 with Saturday’s emphatic win.
One of the Queensland winter carnival’s signature staying races, the A$125,000 Group 3 Channel Seven Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday, was dominated by graduates of the Karaka sales complex.
The race was won by Kaiser Franz (NZ) (Savabeel), who cost $65,000 at the 2012 Premier Sale, and the runner-up was Zambezi Warrior (NZ) (Pentire), who sold at the same Sale two years later for $75,000.
Bargain Weanling Purchase Haussmann (NZ) Hints at Bright Future
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Talented two-year-old Haussmann(NZ) (Pour Moi), who cost just $14,000 as a weanling at Karaka, became a stakes winner and set up some ambitious targets for next season when he won Saturday’s $50,000 Graeme Thomson Jewellers Great Northern Foal Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie.
Haussmann had yet to win in three starts heading into the race, but he had finished second twice including in the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre Stakes (1100m) at Te Rapa last time out.
Rotorua Cup Win for $15,000 Karaka Graduate Pacorus (NZ)
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Pacorus(NZ) (Tavistock), who was bought for just $15,000 at the 2013 Select Sale at Karaka, scored the eighth and most significant win of his career when he took out Sunday’s $75,000 Group 3 Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup (2200m).
Rider Viktoria Gatu had the Chris Wood-trained five-year-old prominent throughout the staying test, which became survival of the fittest on a very wet track. Pacorus hit the lead in the straight and powered through the mud to win by two and a quarter lengths.
Racing in his third different country, Karaka graduate Huka Eagle (NZ) (Swiss Ace) was a star performer on Saturday in one of Macau’s biggest races – the M$1,000,000 Listed Chairman’s Challenge Cup (1200m).
Bought at the 2013 Select Sale for $160,000, Huka Eagle began his career in New Zealand where he won three races and placed in the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m). He then had five starts in Australia before relocating to Macau, where he has had another three wins including Saturday’s big race.
Ladies First (NZ) (Dylan Thomas), who cost just $8000 as a weanling at the 2014 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, became a stakes winner with an impressive performance in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed James Bull Rangitikei Gold Cup (1550m) at Awapuni.
Ridden by Lisa Allpress for New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock, the four-year-old raced midfield before overpowering her rivals in the straight to score an emphatic win by two lengths.
Singapore Star War Affair (NZ) Dead-Heats in Saas Fee Stakes
Monday, May 15, 2017
In his first start for almost eight months, superstar Karaka graduate War Affair (NZ) (O’Reilly) made a triumphant comeback with a dead-heat win in Sunday’s S$200,000 Listed Saas Fee Stakes (1400m) at Kranji.
The 2014 Horse of the Year had already won 15 races and more than 40 times his purchase price at the 2012 Premier Sale. But Sunday’s win endeared himself to Singaporean racing fans even further, scripting a fairytale return to racing following a wind operation.
Group 1 South Australian Derby win for Volatile Mix (NZ)
Sunday, May 14, 2017
The dominance of New Zealand-bred three-year-olds in Australia this season continued with an impressive win by Volatile Mix (NZ) (Pentire) in Saturday’s A$600,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville – a story that began in the Karaka sale ring almost a decade ago.
The Derby winner’s dam Utopia(NZ) (High Chaparral) was bought for $170,000 by Bruce Perry Bloodstock at the 2008 Premier Sale. She herself went on to win two races, and she picked up black type with a second placing in the Group 3 Manawatu Classic.
Shocking Luck (NZ) Stakes Derby Claim in Rough Habit Plate
Sunday, May 14, 2017
The tangerine colours of Te Akau and trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards have already won the New Zealand Derby this year with low-priced Weanling Sale and Ready to Run Sale graduate Gingernuts(NZ) (Iffraaj), and now the Queensland Derby looms large on the horizon for another three-year-old with strong Karaka connections.
Shocking Luck (NZ) (Shocking), whose dam Shamardal Luck (Shamardal) was bought for $5,000 at the 2010 National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale, staked his claim for the A$600,000 classic in June with a dominant victory in Saturday’s A$125,000 Group 3 Mitty’s Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at Doomben.
Buyers from New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore were active with a total of $5,295,850 traded for 361 horses over the two-day Sale, resulting in a 83% overall clearance rate. Domestic buyers accounted for 72% of the total spend, with the international buying bench contributing the remaining 28%.
Following on from last year’s record-breaking Sale, this year’s edition delivered a variety of highlights including a new Day One top price of $175,000 which came at Lot 217, a son of Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill) offered by Dan Myers and knocked down to the successful bid of Sydney based ex-pat Kiwi Andrew Williams.
Sakhee’s Secret mare Twoznotenough (NZ), who cost $21,000 as a yearling at the 2012 Select Sale, sent her prize-money earnings past $100,000 and greatly enhanced her prospective broodmare value with a first black-type win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Speight’s Mid Ale Great Easter Stakes at Riccarton.
The six-year-old went straight to the lead and defied all challengers in the 1400-metre race, holding on strongly under a well-paced ride by Leah Hemi to beat fellow Karaka graduate Maybe Miami (NZ) (Iffaaj) by three-quarters of a length.
Among the most significant is Lot 153, Novara Park’s weanling filly by Jakkalberry out of La Pinnicle. She comes from the same family as Jon Snow (NZ) (Iffraaj), who came of age after a summer of big-race placings with Group 1 Australian Derby and Group 2 Tulloch Stakes victories in the Sydney autumn. Another member of the family is Showemup (NZ) (Showcasing), who won the Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes and placed in the Listed NZB Warstep Stakes to claim the title of NZB Southern Filly of the Year.
Waikato Stud’s champion sire Savabeel swept all before him last season, topping the New Zealand sires’ premiership and completing a clean sweep of all three of the country’s stallion awards. He is on course for a repeat result in 2016-17, leading the New Zealand sires’ premiership by $800,000 and in a similar position in the two other categories – combined Australasian earnings and combined worldwide earnings.
The first three horses home in Saturday’s prestigious $100,000 Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa were all graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock sales at Karaka.
The Karaka gold rush was led by Mime (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), who was also a Group 2 winner as a three-year-old but until Saturday had endured a season of big-race placings as a four-year-old mare in 2016-17 – second in the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m), second in the Group 2 Westbury Classic (1400m) and third in the Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m).
A Group 1 winner in Brisbane last winter, Karaka graduate Music Magnate (NZ) (Written Tycoon) returned to Queensland on Saturday and scored another big-race win in the A$200,000 Group 2 Ellyce Galvin Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm.
Ridden by Jeff Lloyd for expat New Zealand trainer Bjorn Baker, the five-year-old gelding led all the way and kicked strongly in the straight to win by a length and a quarter.
The leading vendor last year was Curraghmore, who sold 11 horses for a total of $766,000 at an average price of $69,636. Their draft included two Tavistock colts who were among the highest-priced weanlings in the Sale, fetching $170,000 and $140,000.
Savabeel four-year-old River Treasure (NZ), who was sold at Karaka as a weanling and a yearling, scored a highly impressive win in Saturday’s M$750,000 Listed Macau Guineas (1500m).
Ridden by Martin Cangas for trainer Cheong Sio Hun, River Treasure dropped to the rear of the 13-horse field before storming home down the outside of the track to win by an ever-widening two and three-quarter lengths.
A major review of NZB's annual yearling showcase has resulted in a brand new sales format for Karaka 2018.
The first session of the 2018 National Yearling Sales Series will now take place on the evening of Sunday 28 January, instead of Monday morning. With around 100 yearlings to be offered, this night session will also kick off the new-look catalogue structure, being the first of 700 horses catalogued together in the new 'Karaka Book I'.
As part of NZB's newly enhanced Sales Series in 2018, one of the best race days in the country is set to showcase a major upgrade, with two key changes to the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting at Ellerslie.
New Zealand Bloodstock and the Auckland Racing Club are excited to announce that the 2018 Karaka Million Twilight Meeting will be run on Saturday 27 January*, rather than its traditional Sunday slot. It will continue as a six race twilight meeting, but in addition to two $1million feature events, the support card will now comprise four new Group races*.
Nikita (NZ) and Showemup (NZ) the Big Winners in Warstep Stakes
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017
North Island raider Nikita (NZ) (Shamoline Warrior) won the battle in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton, but it was Invercargill filly Showemup (NZ) (Showcasing) who won the war – crowned New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year.
In a gruelling 2000-metre slog in Slow9 track conditions, Showemup was flattened by an early speed duel and was running on empty in the home straight. She still fought her way home in third place, but Nikita and Tuilana (NZ) (Showcasing) finished over the top of her down the outside and had the finish to themselves. Nikita came out on top, edging out her worthy rival by a neck.
Exciting two-year-old Qiji Phoenix (Not A Single Doubt), purchased for $75,000 at the 2016 Select Sale, extended his unbeaten career record to three out of three with a dominant win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Diamond Lodge Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie.
Confidently ridden by Leith Innes, Qiji Phoenix went forward to sit outside the leader before asserting his superiority in the home straight. He bounded away from his opposition under minimal urging from Innes and cruised to a two-length win.
This year’s catalogue is made up almost entirely of yearlings, accounting for 103 of the 106 lots catalogued. And with the added benefit of the inclusion of the South Island Session in the National Yearling Sale Series, any yearling purchased is eligible to enter the lucrative Karaka Million Series, including the $1m Karaka Million in 2018, the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic in 2019, and the $100,000 Karaka Stayers Cup for the duration of their racing careers.
NZB Airfreight Stakes (1600m) winner Showemup (NZ) (Showcasing) will attempt to clinch the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year title when she runs in the final leg, the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
The Sally McKay-trained Showemup earned 7 points for her New Zealand Bloodstock Airfreight Stakes win two weeks ago, and she now sits in second place on the points table. She shares that position with Residential (NZ) (Pins) and La Diosa (NZ) (So You Think), and they are one point behind the leader Starvoia(Starcraft).
Iffraaj gelding Listen (NZ), a $50,000 weanling purchase at the 2010 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, recorded the eighth win of his career when he went back-to-back in the Listed Selangor Gold Cup (1600m) on Sunday.
Listen won the 220,000 Rgt. feature by half a length last year, and on Sunday he emphatically defended his title for owner BC Low and trainer Anna Scott. Ridden by Jai Shankar, Listen produced a powerful finish in the home straight to race past the favourite Volcanic General (Magnus) and win by three-quarters of a length.
Recent race results have provided numerous significant pedigree updates for New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale, which will be held at the Riding for the Disabled Building at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch on 21 April.
One of the yearlings has a close relative who has won a Group 1 race since the catalogue went to print.
Timely Stakes Win for Weanling Sale Graduate Infantry (NZ)
Monday, Apr 17, 2017
With the National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka less than a month away, weanling graduate Infantry (NZ) (Tavistock) was an impressive and very timely winner of Sunday’s S$200,000 Listed JBBA Moonbeam Vase (1800m) at Kranji.
The gelding had already won six races and more than S$560,000 in prize-money, dwarfing his Weanling Sale purchase price of $7,000. But he went into Sunday’s race with a point to prove following a disappointing last-start fourth. He emphatically redeemed himself.
Five To Midnight (NZ) Heads Karaka Quinella in Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup
Sunday, Apr 16, 2017
After a series of close-up finishes in major races, Karaka graduate Five To Midnight (NZ) (Domesday) broke through for a first stakes win in Saturday’s $75,000 Listed Winning Edge Presentations Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup (2200m) at Hastings).
The Lisa Latta-trained runner had previously run second in the Listed New Zealand St Leger (2500m), second in the Group 3 Manawatu Classic (2000m), third in the Listed Feilding Gold Cup (2100m), third in the Group 3 Manawatu Cup (2300m), third in the Group 3 City of Auckland Cup (2400m), fourth in the Group 2 Avondale Cup (2400m), fifth in the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) and second in the Group 2 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m).
Bonniegirl (NZ) Claims Valuable Black-Type Win in NZB Finance Sprint
Sunday, Apr 16, 2017
Highly talented mare Bonniegirl (NZ) (Darci Brahma) greatly enhanced her value as a broodmare with a first stakes win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed NZB Finance Sprint (1200m) at Hastings.
Bonniegirl was the winner of five of her 15 starts before Saturday’s race, and she also ran third in last year’s NZB Finance Sprint and fourth in the Group 3 Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m). A half-sister to Group 3 winner So Wotif (NZ) (Iffraaj), all she needed was a black-type win of her own.
Group 3 Win on Australian Debut for Ready to Run Sale Graduate Mongolian Wolf
Sunday, Apr 16, 2017
Mongolian Wolf (Pluck), who was bought for $200,000 at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale and was Group 2-placed in New Zealand, made a winning start for new connections in Saturday’s A$150,000 Group 3 Mostyn Copper Group Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick.
Originally trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman for owners the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry, Mongolian Wolf won three of his eight starts in New Zealand and ran third behind Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj) and Charles Road (Myboycharlie) in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie.
Five From Five for Latest Ready to Run Star Countofmontecristo (NZ)
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017
Undefeated Ready to Run Sale graduate Countofmontecristo (NZ) (Echoes Of Heaven) made it five out of five when he captured the second leg of Singapore’s Three-Year-Old Challenge, the S$350,000 Listed Singapore Three-Year-Old Classic (1400m) at Kranji on Friday.
The first stakes winner for Linwood Park stallion Echoes Of Heaven, Countofmontecristo had already made a big impression with his first four wins including the first leg of the Three-Year-Old Challenge, the S$250,000 Listed Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint (1200m) in late March.
Sunday’s Classic was the exciting three-year-old’s toughest test to date, but he passed it with flying colours.
A high-class field of 14 speedsters will clash at Hastings on Saturday in a high-octane renewal of the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Finance Sprint (1200m).
One of the feature sprints of the autumn in New Zealand, the race has carried black-type status for the last three years. It was won by Whosyourmaster (NZ) (Captain Rio) in 2014 and 2015, and by Passing Shot (NZ) (Swiss Ace) in 2016.
Passing Shot has returned to defend his title in the 2017 edition of the race, in which he will be opposed by the stakes winners Taurus (NZ) (No Excuse Needed), Amarula (NZ) (Thorn Park), Underthemoonlight (NZ) (El Hermano), Reilly Lincoln (NZ) (Pins) and Rocanto (NZ) (Per Incanto), along with stakes placegetters Volks Lightning (NZ) (Volksraad), Smashing (NZ) (Pins), Snowdrop (NZ) (Pins) and Bonniegirl (NZ) (Darci Brahma).
The NZB Finance Sprint will be run as Race 7 at Hastings on Saturday, with a start time of 4.00pm.
Abundant Pinhooking Opportunities in Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale
Monday, Apr 10, 2017
New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale has recently received widespread attention as an early part of the story of dual Group 1 winner Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj). But in addition to its proven record as a source of top-drawer racetrack performers, it also presents a golden opportunity for astute buyers to secure potential sale ring stars of the future.
The last few years of the sale are littered with examples of outstanding pinhooking prowess – relatively low-priced weanling purchases that have returned as yearlings or Ready to Run two-year-olds and gone to a whole new level.
Star filly Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi), who sold for $150,000 at the 2015 Premier Sale at Karaka, became the first filly since 1990 to win the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks-Australian Oaks double when she ran away with the A$1 million Randwick fillies’ classic on Saturday.
Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, who won the previous weekend’s Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) with fellow Karaka graduate Jon Snow (NZ) (Iffraaj), Bonneval had won stakes races in all of her three previous starts and was a highly respected equal favourite for Saturday’s 2400-metre race.
Showemup (NZ) Stakes Claim for Southern Filly Series
Sunday, Apr 9, 2017
Invercargill filly Showemup (NZ) (Showcasing) joined a tight race for the New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series title when she scored a dominant win in Saturday’s third leg, the $50,000 Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes at Riccarton.
The Sally McKay-trained runner had run fast-finishing placings in the Listed Gore Guineas (1335m) and Dunedin Guineas (1500m) earlier this season, and on Saturday she stretched out to 1600 metres for the first time in her career.
Group 1 Winner Charmont a Missed Opportunity at Karaka
Sunday, Apr 9, 2017
There was a missed Group 1 opportunity at the 2013 Premier Sale at Karaka as one of the yearlings passed in at that Sale was Saturday’s $200,000 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) winner Charmont (High Chaparral).
A granddaughter of the multiple Group 1 winner and Melbourne Cup runner-up Champagne (NZ) (Zabeel), Charmont didn’t meet her $250,000 reserve at Karaka and was instead retained by her breeder Bob Emery.
The current Series leader with 8 points is Starvoia (Starcraft), who ran second to La Diosa (NZ) (So You Think) in the Canterbury Belle Stakes and second to Residential (NZ) (Pins) in the New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Stakes. But Starvoia is not lining up in Saturday’s race, which throws the Series wide open.
Jon Snow (NZ) Continues Karaka Graduates’ Australian Derby Dominance
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017
The flags of the Kiwi breeding industry and New Zealand Bloodstock flew high yet again in the A$2 million Group 1 BMW Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Jon Snow(NZ) (Iffraaj) became the third Karaka graduate in a row to win the Randwick classic, following in the footsteps of the $60,000 Premier Sale purchase Tavago (NZ) (Tavistock) and the $220,000 Ready to Run Sale graduate Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor).
Karaka Million Winner Melody Belle (NZ) Dominates Sires’ Produce Stakes
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017
Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands), who cost just $57,500 at the 2016 Premier Sale at Karaka, capped an outstanding two-year-old campaign with an easy win in Saturday’s $225,000 Group 1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni,
Courtesy of outstanding victories in the Karaka Million at Ellerslie in January and Saturday’s prestigious race at Awapuni, Melody Belle has now earned in excess of $695,000 in prizemoney – more than 12 times her purchase price.
Awapuni Gold Cup Goes to NZB Graduate Sampson (NZ)
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017
Bought for just $20,000 at the 2011 Festival Sale at Karaka, well-performed stayer Sampson (NZ) (Dubai Destination) lifted his career prize-money earnings to $266,025 with victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 City of Palmerston North Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m).
Ridden by Reese Jones for trainer Howie Mathews, the seven-year-old charged home from the back of the 11-horse field to beat fellow Karaka graduate Five To Midnight (NZ) (Domesday) by half a length.
Karaka graduate Charles Road (Myboycharlie) capped a strong run of form with Group 3 victory in the $70,000 Higgins Concrete Manawatu Classic (2000m) at Awapuni on Saturday.
The Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott-trained gelding had won or placed in all of his five starts, including a second to star three-year-old Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj) in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas, before running a solid sixth behind the same horse in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby.
Unbeaten Ready to Run Sale graduate Countofmontecristo (NZ) (Echoes Of Heaven) added to his growing reputation when he boosted his race record to four out of four in Sunday’s S$250,000 Sgp-3 Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint (1200m).
After scoring impressive front-running victories in his first three starts in lower grades, Countofmontecristo stepped up in class for Sunday’s race, the first leg of the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge. He over-raced in the early part of the race and had to work hard to make the lead, but he was still able to sprint again in the home straight and kick clear to score by three-quarters of a length. He was ridden to victory by Glen Boss, who has previously described the three-year-old as “a beast”.
Dream Vinery Stud Stakes Result for Karaka and Phoenix Park
Sunday, Mar 26, 2017
The National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka and the sales preparation company Phoenix Park stole the spotlight at Rosehill on Saturday with a quinella in the A$500,000 Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) for three-year-old fillies.
The race was won by Montoya’s Secret (High Chaparral), who sold for $130,000 from Phoenix Park’s draft at the 2015 Premier Sale. Runner-up Nurse Kitchen (NZ) (Savabeel) was in the same draft but had to be withdrawn the day before the sale.
Jon Snow (NZ) Adds Tulloch Stakes to Karaka Graduates’ Sydney Haul
Sunday, Mar 26, 2017
New Zealand-breds and Karaka graduates have enjoyed wonderful success at the Sydney autumn carnival in recent years, and 2017 is proving to be no different.
Last week it was the New Zealand Derby hero Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj), who cost $5000 and $42,500 in his two visits to Karaka, who flew the flag with a dominant win in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m).
Karaka graduate Bassett(NZ) (Savabeel) scored his second consecutive stakes win when he took out Saturday’s A$120,000 Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) at Mornington.
A last-start winner of the A$120,000 Listed Abell Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley just over a week ago, the four-year-old gelding was similarly impressive on Saturday as he worked forward from a wide gate to sit in second place before sprinting clear in the straight for a one-length win.
Exciting galloper All Roads (NZ) (Road To Rock), a graduate of the 2013 Select Sale, scored the biggest win of his career to date in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Windsor Park Stud Japan-NZ International Trophy (1600m) at Tauranga.
Purchased at Karaka for $40,000, All Roads has earned more than three times that amount in prizemoney – most of it in a remarkable last 12 months.
Six weeks out from the 2017 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka, one of the Sale’s star graduates delivered another supreme performance to win the A$200,000 Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
I Am A Star (NZ) (I Am Invincible) worked hard from her wide draw to take an early lead and dominated the race from there, bringing up the fifth black-type win in her 13-start career. She outclassed her opposition by three and a quarter lengths in a powerful front-running performance reminiscent of the champion Kiwi mare Sunline, in whose honour the Moonee Valley race was named.
South Island Sale Offers Sensational Value For Money
Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017
New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale, which will be held in Christchurch on April 21, is developing a reputation for offering incredible value for money, with a number of high-quality racetrack performers bought for relatively low prices.
Few horses fit that description better than one of this season’s star New Zealand sprinters, Signify (NZ) (Perfectly Ready), who has earned more than 60 times his purchase price for Alex and Tracey Cowan.
Lightly raced four-year-old Consommateur (NZ) (Roc de Cambes) tackled stakes company for the first time in Saturday’s A$150,000 Group 3 Bradford Black Epona Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill, and she came out a winner.
Bought from The Oaks Stud’s draft at the 2014 Select Sale for $30,000, Consommateur came from off the pace in the fillies and mares’ feature and powered through the wet ground to win by two and three-quarter lengths.
Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj), who cost just $5,000 and $42,500 in his two visits to the Karaka sales centre, continued his remarkable rise to stardom with Group 1 victory in his Australian debut in Saturday’s A$600,000 Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas (2000m).
The chestnut burst out of obscurity with a last-to-first win at big odds in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie on February 18, which he followed with an outstanding win in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at the same venue two weeks later. Both victories sparked wild celebrations in the stands among the dozens of members of the Te Akau Gingernuts Syndicate that owns the gelding.
Filly of the Year Bonneval (NZ) Reigns Supreme in New Zealand Oaks
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017
After only collecting her first points in late January, Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi) was crowned the 2016-17 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year when she won the $300,000 Group 1 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on Saturday.
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained filly began her rise with a placing in the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) at Trentham in late January. Since then she has put together successive victories in the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m) at Trentham, the Group 3 Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings and a crowning glory in Saturday’s New Zealand Oaks.
South Island Sale Graduate Signify (NZ) Does It Again
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017
With the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Sale just around the corner, one of the greatest bargain buys in the Sale’s history hit the headlines again on Saturday when Signify (NZ) (Perfectly Ready) won the $50,000 Listed Phill Cataldo Bloodstock Lightning Handicap (1200m) at Trentham.
Bought at the 2013 Sale for just $5,500, Signify rose to stardom with an outstanding win in the $250,000 Group 1 JR & Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham in January.
The catalogue for New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale can be viewed online now and will be mailed out on the 17th of March.
The Sale will be held at the Riding for the Disabled Building at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch on 21 April 2017, commences from Lot 1 at 11am. This year’s catalogue is made up almost entirely of yearlings, accounting for 101 of the 104 lots catalogued. There are also two two-year-olds and one racehorse.
South Island Sale Graduate Parthesia (NZ) Captures Tasmanian Oaks
Monday, Feb 20, 2017
With this year’s South Island Sale now just two months away, a filly purchased at the Sale two years ago for $20,000 scored a timely stakes win in Australia over the weekend.
Parthesia (NZ), a daughter of White Robe Lodge stallion Raise The Flag, won Sunday’s A$100,000 Listed Brooklyn Park Agistment Tasmanian Oaks (2100m) at Launceston to boost her career earnings to A$82,150 – more than four times her purchase price.