Hasahalo (NZ) Excels in gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017
Savabeel filly Hasahalo(NZ) was one of the best two-year-old fillies of her generation last season, and on Saturday she roared into New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year contention with a block-buster performance in the $300,000 Group 1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.
The winner of the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1200m) on New Year’s Day and a fast-finishing second in the Karaka Million (1200m) four weeks later, Hasahalo had failed to fire in two spring starts in a campaign plagued by wet weather.
Unbeaten Karaka Graduate May Return to New Zealand
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017
Beautifully bred colt Long Leaf (Fastnet Rock) was a star performer in the Karaka sale ring and may now be given the chance to shine on a New Zealand racetrack.
The David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Long Leaf, who was bought for $750,000 at the Premier Sale in January of this year, kept his unbeaten record intact with a strong performance in Saturday’s A$120,000 Listed Thoroughbred Club Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) at Sandown.
Well-bred entire Ocean Emperor (NZ) (Zabeel) stepped up to black-type level and greatly enhanced his value with victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Gartshore Tauranga Stakes (1600m).
Ridden by Mark Hills for Matamata trainer Gary Hennessy, the six-year-old finished over the top of well-performed rivals Miss Wilson (Stratum) and Kawi (NZ) (Savabeel) to win the weight-for-age feature by a length and a quarter.
Blue-Blooded Al Hasa (NZ) Dominates Welcome Stakes
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017
Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis had big plans in mind for Al Hasa (NZ) (Exceed And Excel) when he bought him at Karaka, and the blue-blooded colt took a huge step in the right direction in the $50,000 Listed Barneswood Farm Welcome Stakes (1000m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
The perennial leading buyer at the Premier Sale, Ellis paid $625,000 to buy the son of Group 1-placed mare Oasis Rose (Oasis Dream) and made no secret of his opinion of the colt.
Racetrack’s in New Zealand, Australia, and further afield have delivered some outstanding results to further boost the calibre of pedigrees on offer at the fast approaching Ready to Run Sale of 2YO’s held at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka Sale Centre next week.
Flemington in particular saw Ready to Run graduate Luvaluva (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) come from the back to score an outstanding win in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes as well as Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes-placed Formality (Fastnet Rock) who added to his record of two recent Group wins. Both of these recent Group winners have siblings set to go through the auction ring with Lot 424 (a Per Incanto half-brother to Luvaluva) and Lot 174 (a full brother to Formality).
A horse that could have been bought for just $10,000 at the 2014 South Island Sale has played a starring role in a historic running of one of the biggest races in Christchurch’s New Zealand Cup carnival.
The 13th running of the $230,000 Group 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton on Wednesday ended in an unprecedented dead-heat for first place between Shadows Cast (NZ) (Per Incanto) and Son Of Maher (Al Maher).
$10,000 Festival Sale purchase Gilt Complex (NZ) (Gold Centre) hit the pinnacle of Singapore racing with a superb fightback victory in Sunday’s S$1.35 million Dester Singapore Gold Cup (2200m) at Kranji.
The Cliff Brown-trained runner had also won the S$700,000 Raffles Cup (1800m) in his previous start, giving him victories in the final two legs of Singapore’s Triple Crown series and an additional S$50,000 bonus for connections.
The prestigious $500,000 Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) is developing a reputation as a stallion-making race, and the blue-blooded $775,000 colt Embellish (NZ) (Savabeel) could follow that path after a superb win in the Riccarton classic on Saturday.
Embellish was one of three runners in Saturday’s race carrying the tangerine colours of Te Akau Racing, which is headed by Karaka’s perennial leading buyer David Ellis. The outstanding colt lived up to his pedigree, his looks and his hot favouritism as he cruised to the lead in the straight and beat a star-studded field by a length and a quarter.
Talented mare Savapinski(NZ) (Savabeel), who cost just $70,000 as a yearling at Karaka, picked up the biggest win of her short career to date when she dominated Saturday’s A$300,000 Group 2 7News Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
The four-year-old, trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, when straight to the lead in the fillies and mares’ feature and never looked back. With Brenton Avdulla in the saddle she powered to victory by two and three-quarter lengths. It was her fourth win from seven starts and boosted her prize-money earnings to A$267,880.
In stark contrast to the 2000 Guineas victory by a $775,000 yearling purchase, Saturday’s $75,000 Listed Redwood Metropolitan Trophy (2500m) at Riccarton was won by a horse whose two trips through the Karaka sale ring amassed a total of just $30,000.
Aspen Lass (NZ) (Alamosa) cost $5000 as a Select Sale yearling and $25,000 at the Ready to Run Sale. After a come-from-behind win in Saturday’s staying feature, she is now the winner of five races and more than $112,000 in prize-money.
Important Pedigree Updates Midway Through Carnival
Thursday, Nov 9, 2017
The Melbourne Spring Carnival provided an exciting start on the Victoria Derby Day when Ready to Run Sale graduate Luvaluva (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) came from the back to score an outstanding win in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes. Nearly one year on since she was purchased at the Sale for $55,000 her half-brother at Lot 424 is set to be offered at the Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs.
Luvaluva’s kiwi breeders Christopher Grace and wife Susanna had multiple success on the first day of the carnival with home-bred mare Shillelagh (NZ) (Savabeel) winning the Group 1 Kennedy Mile. Lot 134 who is out of a sibling to Shillelagh will be offered at the Sale.
The A$150,000 Listed James Boag’s Premium Stakes (1800m) on Melbourne Cup day at Flemington was taken out in impressive style by Odeon(NZ) (Zacinto), who was bought for $77,500 at the 2015 Select Sale at Karaka and was passed in at the Ready to Run Sale the same year.
With Chris Symons in the saddle, Odeon was slow out of the gates but moved into striking position turning for home and sprinted clear down the straight to win by two lengths.
As anticipation grows in the countdown to this month’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, another big race has been added to the impressive roll of honour for Ready to Run Sale graduates.
Kelowna Star (NZ) (Sufficient) collected the seventh win of his career and his fourth at stakes level when he scored impressively in the M$600,000 Autumn Trophy (1600m) in Macau, while Sacred Missile (Smart Missile) came in runner up to finish by a quarter and a length.
With the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale now just a couple of weeks away, a graduate of last year’s Sale has starred on one of Australasian racing’s greatest stages.
Luvaluva (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), who was bought for $55,000 last November, came from the back to score an outstanding win in the A$300,000 Group 2 GH Mumm Wakeful Stakes (2000m) on Victoria Derby day at Flemington.
Karaka graduate Cismontane (NZ) (High Chaparral) showed all the attributes that New Zealand thoroughbreds are renowned for when he scored a tenacious front-running win in Saturday’s A$300,000 Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington.
The five-year-old had never raced at black-type level until September, when he finished 12th in the Listed JRA Trophy. Third placings followed in the Group 3 Sydney St Leger and Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup in his next two starts, and on Saturday he took another big step forward.
Bought for $110,000 at Karaka in 2012, accomplished stayer Maygrove (Authorized) took his prizemoney earnings to almost four times that amount with another tenacious performance in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Ricoh Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) at Awapuni.
Ridden by Johnathan Parkes for Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Maygrove trailed the early leader and then made his move as the field rounded the home turn.
Sebring gelding Ever Loyal, bought for $240,000 at the 2016 Premier Sale, stepped up to stakes level for the first time in Saturday’s $70,000 Listed Zacinto Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton and made an immediate black-type impact.
An easy maiden winner at Te Aroha 10 days earlier, the Tony Pike-trained gelding was unfazed by classier opposition on Saturday. Ridden by Jason Waddell, he burst through the inside to take the lead at the top of the straight and held on strongly to win by a length and a quarter.
Well-related mare Grazia(NZ) (Savabeel), who was bought for $100,000 at the 2014 Premier Sale at Karaka, greatly enhanced her value with a Listed win in Saturday’s $50,000 Christchurch Casino Spring Classic (2000m) at Riccarton.
A full-sister to Brisbane Cup winner and Caulfield Cup placegetter Tullamore (NZ), Grazia settled towards the rear of the field before powering clear in the straight to win by three and a half lengths with Sam Weatherley in the saddle.
Burgundy filly Dijon Bleu (NZ), who cost just $26,000 at the 2016 Select Sale at Karaka, won her third stakes race in a row when she took out the $50,000 Listed Partners Life Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.
The Lisa Latta-trained runner had won the Listed O’Leary’s Fillies’ Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) in her two previous starts.
Sir Nate (NZ) Remains Unbeaten in Wellesley Stakes
Sunday, Oct 29, 2017
Nadeem colt Sir Nate (NZ) extended his unbeaten record to two out of two with a convincing performance in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Anuka Smoker Wellesley Stakes (1000m) at Trentham.
Bought by trainer Lisa Latta for $65,000 at the 2017 Select Sale, Sir Nate made a winning debut in a three-horse race at Wanganui last month. He faced a far sterner test on Saturday but he came out on top again, surging to the lead in the straight and holding on strongly under Masa Tanaka to win by three-quarters of a length.
A filly that could have been bought at Karaka for just $60,000 has developed into one of the standout three-year-olds of the 2017 Melbourne spring carnival.
Aloisia(NZ) (Azamour) upstaged some highly rated fillies in an emphatic Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) victory at Caulfield earlier this month, and on Saturday she confirmed her quality in the Group 2 Drummond Golf Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley.
The current headline act is undoubtedly Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj), who was purchased for $42,500 at the 2015 Sale by Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis. The chestnut is now a millionaire, courtesy of Group 1 wins in the New Zealand Derby, Rosehill Guineas and Windsor Park Plate. He has earned almost 30 times his purchase price.
Beauty Generation (NZ) Strikes Again in Sha Tin Trophy
Monday, Oct 23, 2017
Karaka graduate Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) continued his rich vein of form in Hong Kong on Sunday, picking up his second feature-race win in three weeks in the HK$4 million Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy (1600m).
After leading all the way to win the Celebration Cup (1400m) on October 1, the five-year-old gelding trailed the leader in Sunday’s race before capitalising when the pace slackened approaching the home turn. He fought strongly down the straight to hold out his stablemate Booming Delight (Fastnet Rock) by a head.
Mr Stunning (Exceed and Excel) added to his burgeoning reputation among Hong Kong sprinters when he scored his eighth win from 14 career starts in Sunday’s HK$4 million Premier Bowl (1200m) at Sha Tin.
Bought for $250,000 at the 2014 Premier Sale at Karaka, the gelding rose to prominence with four wins in the 2016-17 season including the Sprint Cup and a second placing in the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize.
Big Win For Bargain Festival Sale Purchase Gilt Complex (NZ)
Monday, Oct 23, 2017
Gilt Complex (NZ) (Gold Centre), who cost just $10,000 at the 2013 Festival Sale at Karaka, landed one of Singapore racing’s greatest prizes in Sunday’s S$700,000 Raffles Cup (1800m) at Kranji.
Carrying the colours of former champion Singapore galloper Spalato (NZ) (Elusive City), the six-year-old tracked the leader for most of the race before rider A'Isisuhairi ‘Harry’ Kasim made his move at the home turn.
Breeze Up videos for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2017 Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs are now available for viewing online.
393 youngsters breezed into gustily winds down the home straight at Te Rapa Racecourse earlier this week. Filmed and timed for their last 200 metres of work, a full spreadsheet of times can also be downloaded from the online catalogue.
Sires with their eldest Australasian crop in the Sale include Shamexpress, Jakkalberry, Dundeel, Camelot, Albrecht, Dawn Approach, Declaration of War, Epaulette, Eurozone, Ferlax, Shamus Award, Sizzling, The Factor, and Unencumbered.
In addition to the growing reputation the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale at Karaka upholds for its Group 1-winning graduates and rich selection of outstanding young equine athletes, buyers at the Sale can also choose progeny from a cross-section of the very best sires throughout Australasia.
The biggest name among stallions in New Zealand at the moment is undoubtedly the Waikato Stud titan Savabeel, who has achieved clean sweeps of all of the country’s stallion awards in the last two seasons with a procession of big-race winners.