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Boutique Drafts Equipped to Impress

Lyndhurst Farm's Fastnet Rock filly sold for $800,000 in 2015.
Lyndhurst Farm's Fastnet Rock filly sold for $800,000 in 2015.

Gearing up for another busy Karaka are a host of returning vendors who continue to present strong drafts by proven and up-and-coming sires.

The 2017 Yearling Sales delivered for Janine Dunlop’s Phoenix Park selling 16 youngsters for over $1.8 million with the likes of Australian-based DGR Thoroughbreds outlaying $400,000 for their Savabeel colt out of dual Group 1-winning mare The Jewel (Lot 447).

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Counting Down to the Biggest Karaka Million Yet

Last year's Karaka Million 2YO winner Melody Belle (NZ).
Last year's Karaka Million 2YO winner Melody Belle (NZ).

Through its first 10 years the Karaka Million has established itself as one of the biggest events on New Zealand’s racing calendar. Now, as it moves into its second decade, the twilight spectacular at Auckland’s Ellerslie Racecourse is going to a whole new level.

Tied in with a revamp of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series, which kicks off at Karaka the following day, the six-race Karaka Million Twilight programme has been given a massive upgrade.

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Classy Fillies Draw Attention at Karaka

Champion Two Year Old Melody Belle (NZ) pictured as a yearling.
Champion Two Year Old Melody Belle (NZ) pictured as a yearling.

The fact that 19% of all Group 1 winners in Australia over the past five seasons have first and/or second dams that carry the NZ suffix comes as no surprise to breeders, trainers and owners alike wanting to tap into New Zealand’s matriarchal strength.

Well-bred New Zealand fillies proving their worth include $150,000 Karaka yearling Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi) who represented the fourth consecutive kiwi-bred winner in the world’s richest Oaks race – the A$1 million Group 1 Australian Oaks. Accolades came after her three-year-old campaign with Oaks wins on both sides of the Tasman and then picked up right where she left off this season with a win in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes.

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Winning Journey to the Karaka Million 2YO & 3YO Classic

Melody Belle winning the Karaka Million 2YO 2017
Melody Belle (NZ) winning the Karaka Million 2YO 2017

The race to the richest meeting on the calendar has begun with a number of talented youngsters vying for a coveted start.

2018 is set to showcase the enhanced Series with the $1,000,000 Karaka Million 3YO Classic a new addition to the $1,000,000 Karaka Million 2YO. The two $1 million feature events will include a sensational support card of four Group races to be run at the Auckland Racing Club.

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Five Year Sale Topper for South Island Sale

Five Year Sale Topper for South Island Sale
Five Year Sale Topper for South Island Sale

The 2017 edition of the National Yearling Sales Series: South Island Sale drew to a close at the RDA Building in Christchurch today after an action-packed day of inspections and bidding.

A total of sixty-one horses sold for receipts totalling $1,070,000 to a strong domestic and international buying bench.

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Southern Sires to the Fore in South Island Sale

New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2017 South Island Sale will feature the progeny of a wide range of both proven and up-and-coming stallions, with a particular focus on those based in the South Island.

The 104 Lots in the Sale catalogue are the progeny of 41 different stallions. They include 53 horses by eight prominent South Island-based stallions.

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NZB Future Sale Dates

NZB Auction Ring.
NZB Auction Ring.

Karaka graduates won 23 Group 1 races last season and have won the most Group 1 races at The Championships of any sales company.

NZB graduates Lucia Valentina (NZ), Tavago (NZ) and Sofia Rosa (NZ) collectively won over A$4.5 million in prize money at The Championships, yet combined they cost only NZ$185,000. 

As a subscriber to NZB's News Desk, we would like to give you advance notice of upcoming Sale dates:

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Final Results for Karaka 2017

Lot 10 O'Reilly - Volkrose sold for $825,000 on Day One of the Premier Sale. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Lot 10 O'Reilly - Volkrose sold for $825,000 on Day One of the Premier Sale. Photo: Trish Dunell.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s 91st National Yearling Sales Series concluded on Sunday after six action-packed days of selling.

The increased international presence at Karaka 2017 was a highlight of the Sale Series, with purchasers from nine countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ireland, Great Britain, and Japan securing purchases through the three Sale sessions.

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Drop in Domestic Spend Hits Select Sale

Waikato Stud's Mark Chittick and Dave O'Leary with Lot 1097. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Waikato Stud's Mark Chittick and Dave O'Leary with Lot 1097. Photo: Trish Dunell.

A clear drop in domestic spend has had a significant impact on this year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Select Sale and was the difference between matching last year’s healthy results.

After a tentative start on Wednesday, clearance strengthened throughout the sale to settle at 76% today with 437 individuals sold over the three days for total receipts of $20,679,500 and an average price of $47,363. The median price remained steady at $40,000, a 16% drop however on last year’s median price of $47,500.

“Our flat domestic racing industry has had a disappointing effect on the Select Sale and the devastating impact it is having is even more evident when looking at the Premier and Select sessions from this week combined.”

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Favour Swings to Buyers on Day One of Select Sale

Lot 533 Zacinto x Anya fetched today's equal high price of $180,000. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Lot 533 Zacinto x Anya fetched today's equal high price of $180,000. Photo: Trish Dunell.

After two solid days of selling in New Zealand Bloodstock’s Premier Sale, buyers found securing the Lots they wanted an easier task on day one of the three-day Select Sale.

Total turnover in the opening session amounted to $6.8 million from 139 Lots sold for an average price of $48,975. Clearance currently sits at 66% while the median settled at $40,000.

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High Praise for International Premier Sale

The 'Voice of Karaka' Joe Walls raises the gavel for the final time.
The 'Voice of Karaka' raises his gavel for the final time.

This year’s edition of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Premier Sale held steady off the back of last year’s record-smashing Sale.

After 17% increases in median and average last year this year saw the average settle at $172,803, down 2%, while the aggregate rose 5% to $58,407,500 ($2,720,000 more than last year’s figure).  

Clearance equalled last year’s figure of 78% with 338 horses sold and Managing Director Andrew Seabrook confident vendors and buyers alike should be pleased with the overall results.

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Second Day of NZB National Yearling Sales Series

The second day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Premier Sale commences today with Lot 241 to Lot 465 going under the hammer from 10am.

The Sale will be streamed live online. To view the live stream, click here.

On the first day a total of $30.3 million was traded for 169 Lots, up 8% on last year’s day one aggregate with the clearance rate currently sitting level with last year’s at 76%. The average currently sits at $179,083, ahead of last year’s final figure of $176,226 with the median at $135,000.

NZB’s National Yearling Sales Series celebrated 20 Group 1 wins last season, with 13 of them purchased from the Premier Sale.  

For news and sale information from New Zealand Bloodstock visit www.nzb.co.nz


International Investment Highlight of Premier Sale Day One

Lot 10 O'Reilly - Volkrose sold for $825,000 on Day One of the Premier Sale. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Lot 10 O'Reilly - Volkrose sold for $825,000 on Day One of the Premier Sale. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Some of the bloodstock industry’s biggest names descended on New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka Sales Centre today.

The international buying bench provided the bulk of the investment in today’s Premier offering, accounting for 69% of the day’s spend ($20,817,500) and highlighting the high esteem the New Zealand product is held in on the world stage.

In total $30.3 million was traded for 169 Lots, up 8% on last year’s day one aggregate with the clearance rate currently sitting level with last year’s at 76%.

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First Day of NZB Premier Sale

The first day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series commences today with Lot 1 to Lot 240 of the Premier Session going under the hammer from 10am.

The Sale will be streamed live online. To view the live stream, click here.

NZB’s National Yearling Sales Series celebrated 20 Group 1 wins last season, with 13 of them purchased from the Premier Sale.  

NZB National Yearling Sales Series catalogues are available from Reception or can be viewed online. For news and sale information from New Zealand Bloodstock visit www.nzb.co.nz


$57,500 Purchase Melody Belle Wins Karaka Million

Melody Belle Wins Karaka Million. Photo: Auckland Racing Club.
Melody Belle Wins Karaka Million. Photo: Auckland Racing Club.

Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands), purchased for $57,500 by perennial leading buyer David Ellis at Karaka last year, won ten times that amount in just over a minute when she scored an outstanding win in the 10th Karaka Million at Ellerslie today.

Ridden by Opie Bosson for trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards and owners the Fortuna Melody Belle Syndicate, the filly sat in fourth place before bursting to the lead soon after the field turned for home. Hasahalo (NZ) (Savabeel) and Felton Road (NZ) (Pins) tried hard to run her down, but she was out of reach and won by a length and a quarter.

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Volpe Veloce Remains Unbeaten in Thrilling Karaka 3YO Mile

Volpe Veloce Remains Unbeaten in Thrilling Karaka 3YO Mile
Volpe Veloce Remains Unbeaten in Thrilling Karaka 3YO Mile. Photo: Auckand Racing Club.

The NZB Insurance Karaka 3YO Mile was billed as an epic, mouth-watering showdown and it lived up to expectations as Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) extended her unbeaten record to seven out of seven with a thrilling win.

The eight-horse field featured two Group 1 winners (Sacred Elixir and Heroic Valour), a Group 1 placegetter (Jon Snow) and two Group 2 winners (Swissta and Volpe Veloce).

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Music Magnate (NZ) Makes Stylish Return in G2 Expressway

Music Magnate (NZ) Makes Stylish Return in G1 Expressway. Photo: Equine Images.
Music Magnate (NZ) Makes Stylish Return in G2 Expressway. Photo: Equine Images.

Group 1-winning Karaka graduate Music Magnate (NZ) (Written Tycoon) returned to racing in style on Saturday with a polished win in the A$200,000 Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill.

Music Magnate is an outstanding Karaka success story, and trainer Bjorn Baker acknowledged the good timing of Saturday’s win with the 2017 National Yearling Sales Series about to get underway.

"Those sales are this week so hopefully we can get another few cheap buys that go on to succeed as well as this guy has," said Baker.

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Begin Your Winning Journey at Karaka 2017

On Monday the hammer will fall on the first of over 1300 of the finest thoroughbreds on offer.

Last season the Carnivals, the Cups, the Derbies, the Classics and the Miles were all impacted by the kiwis, further enhancing a reputation for delivering results in the races that count. The primary source of these gutsy athletes with their hearts of gold is Karaka.

Gr1 75p Karaka graduates won 23 Group 1 races last season and have won the most Group 1 races at the Championships of any sales company
Twenty 75p Last season a massive 20 Group 1 races were won by 15 individual G1 winning graduates of NZB’s National Yearling Sales Series
25P 75p Last season in Australia, New Zealand thoroughbreds won 25% of the G1 races, yet they make up only 5.4% of the racehorse population
34P 75p The past five seasons has seen 34% of all Group 1 races for three-year-olds in Australia at 2000m and above won by New Zealand-bred horses
38P 75p Last season NZ bred or sold horses won 38% of G1 races during the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup carnival
33P 75p 33% of Group 1 filly races in Australia in the past six seasons have been won by NZ bred or sold fillies
Four 75p Four of the last five Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the richest weight for age race in Australia, have been won by NZ thoroughbreds – 2016 Lucia Valentina, 2015 Criterion, 2014 Dundeel, 2012 More Joyous
No1 75p Last season both of Australia’s big derbies were won by NZB graduates – Tarzino Victoria Derby, Tavago Australian Derby
Two 75p Last season both of the big Asian derbies were won by kiwi thoroughbreds – Werther Hong Kong Derby, Well Done Singapore Derby
No1 75p Kiwi thoroughbreds dominated up the Singapore Racing Awards collecting nine of the eleven racehorse categories including Debt Collector who was crowned Horse of the Year
Seven 75p The coveted Group 1 Hong Kong Mile has been won by NZ bred or sold horses seven times since 2000
Three75p Kiwi fillies have won the last three Australian Oaks -  2016 Sofia Rosa, 2015 Gust of Wind, 2014 Rising Romance

The team at NZB keenly await your arrival at Karaka where first-class thoroughbreds are presented alongside our unique brand of hospitality and service. See you at Karaka 2017.

Karaka 2017 Schedule

NZB’s Yearling Sales Series catalogues are available on the free iPad application, can be collected from the Karaka Sales Centre or viewed online at www.nzb.co.nz


Final Field for $1m Karaka Million

A full field of 14 plus one emergency has been confirmed for the 10th Karaka Million, to be held at the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting Ellerslie on Sunday 29 January.

New Zealand’s equal richest race, the Karaka Million (1200m) is held on the eve of the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales Series commencing at Karaka and consists of graduates from Karaka 2016.

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High-Class Field for $250,000 NZB Insurance Karaka 3YO Mile

A star-studded field of nine three-year-olds has been attracted for the $250,000 NZB Insurance 3YO Mile (1600m), which will be held at the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting at Ellerslie on Sunday.

The race will be contested by horses purchased at Karaka 2015 and nominated for the Karaka Million Series.

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Field of 12 for $100,000 Karaka Stayers Cup

A field of 12 horses has been assembled for the $100,000 Windsor Park Stud Karaka Stayers Cup (2200m) during the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting at Ellerslie on Sunday.

Added to New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka Million Series in 2014, the Karaka Stayers Cup is open to all Karaka Yearling Sale graduates, whether they have been entered in the Karaka Million Series or not. However, the race will become eligible to only horses entered in the Series from 2018.

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Top Studs Vie for Vendor Honours at Karaka 2017

The Outdoor Parade Ring at Karaka
The Outdoor Parade Ring at Karaka

The 2017 National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka is shaping up to be an exciting clash for vendor supremacy between three powerhouses of the New Zealand breeding industry.

Leading vendor honours were once exclusively the domain of Cambridge Stud and then more recently Waikato Stud, but this year those two are set to be joined by Curraghmore in a three-way battle. All three vendors will hit Karaka with drafts brimming with both quantity and quality.

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Karaka Graduate Savaria (NZ) In Form With Wellington Cup Win

Karaka Graduate Savaria (NZ) In Form With Wellington Cup Win. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Karaka Graduate Savaria (NZ) In Form With Wellington Cup Win. Photo: Trish Dunell.

With a half-brother catalogued for the Select Sale, high-class Karaka graduate Savaria (NZ) (Savabeel) made a timely and welcome return to top form when she scored a stirring win in Saturday’s $250,000 Group 3 Wallaceville Estate Wellington Cup (3200m) at Trentham.

The winner of the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at the same track in March 2015, Savaria had picked up just one win in 17 subsequent starts. But luck has not always been on her side, and she always gave the impression that a breakthrough performance was not far away. Saturday was that day.

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Karaka Graduate Ecuador (NZ) Claims Third Stakes Win

In-form Karaka graduate Ecuador (NZ) (High Chaparral), who also has a half-sister catalogued for Karaka 2017, carried on his winning way with a stylish performance in Saturday’s A$150,000 Listed Tattersalls Club Carrington Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.

The seven-year-old gelding has now won four of his last five starts, three of them at stakes level. He had previously won the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m) and McKell Cup (2400m).

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Millions of Reasons to Purchase at Karaka 2017

Significantly boosting the appeal of all Karaka 2017 yearlings is the lucrative Karaka Million Series, which all graduates of the Sales Series are eligible to be entered for.

The Karaka Million Series is bigger and better than ever with an enhancement to the Karaka Million 3YO Classic that sees a huge increase in stakes money to $1 million.

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Karaka Graduates Shine in Singapore Awards

NZB Graduates Debt Collector (NZ) and Well Done (NZ) hit the line at the Sgp-1 Kranji Mile.
NZB Graduates Debt Collector (NZ) and Well Done (NZ) hit the line at the Sgp-1 Kranji Mile.

The 2016 Singapore Racing Awards, held at Fullerton Hotel on Tuesday night, featured an outstanding haul for Karaka graduates including five awards for the superstar Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park).

The Cliff Brown-trained Debt Collector won Champion Three-Year-Old, Champion Miler, Most Improved Horse, Social Media Horse of the Year and the most coveted award of all, Horse of the Year.

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Freshman Sires Make National Yearling Sales Series Debut

Karaka 2017 will showcase the first yearling crops of 18 exciting new sires from throughout Australasia.

Camelot retired to Coolmore Stud as one of the Irish powerhouse’s finest racetrack flag-bearers, winning six of his 10 starts including the Group 1 English Derby, Irish Derby, English 2000 Guineas and Racing Post Trophy. He commands a service fee of 35,000 euros in Ireland, and he formerly shuttled to Coolmore’s Australian base.

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Karaka 2017 to Showcase the Cream of the Australasian Sire Crop

2016 Premier Sale Topper - Lot 455, Frankel x Our Echezeaux
2016 Premier Sale Topper - Lot 455, Frankel x Our Echezeaux

All of the biggest names in New Zealand and Australia’s sire ranks will be represented in force at the upcoming 2017 National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka.

Waikato Stud stallion Savabeel had a boomer of a Sale in 2016, amassing an aggregate of $11.545 million in the Premier session alone. Last season’s champion sire in terms of domestic, Australasian and worldwide earnings, and the leading sire again so far in 2016-17, Savabeel will again be represented by an impressive crop of 64 yearlings in the Premier catalogue.

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Quality Pedigrees Abound at Karaka 2017

Full-brother to G1 winner Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel) to be offered at Karaka 2017.
Full-brother to G1 winner Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel) to be offered at Karaka 2017.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2017 National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka has impressive depth with a large quantity of siblings and progeny of Group 1 winners.

For the second consecutive year, the National Yearling Sales Series will present a full-sibling to the winner of one of Australia’s richest and most prestigious races. Last year it was a full-brother to the Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance (NZ) (Pentire). In 2017 it will be a full-brother to Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel), who was a dominant winner of the A$4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney in April. That was her third Group 1 win, having previously claimed the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and Turnbull Stakes (2000m). The star mare’s full-brother will be offered by Blandford Lodge and will go through the ring as Lot 429.

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Half-Brother to She Brings Joy (NZ) at Karaka 2017

She Brings Joy (NZ) takes out the Royal Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell
She Brings Joy (NZ) takes out the Royal Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell

An impressive Group 2 win in the $100,000 Stella Artois Royal Stakes (2000m) made She Brings Joy (NZ) (Sebring) one of the stars of the recent Ellerslie Christmas carnival, and a half-brother to the exciting filly will go through the ring at Karaka 2017.

Throughout this season, She Brings Joy’s connections have made no secret of their high regard for the filly. But things had not gone her way early in her racing career and she was still a maiden after her first three starts.

Nevertheless, trainer Stephen Marsh had enough faith in the filly’s potential to follow the same path to the Royal Stakes that he took with former star fillies Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel), who ran second in 2014, and Sofia Rosa (NZ) (Makfi), who won it last year.

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First-Class Fillies at Karaka 2017

Lucia Valentina (NZ) scores scintillating win in the A$4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Photo Credit: Equine Images.
Lucia Valentina (NZ) scores scintillating win in the A$4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Photo Credit: Equine Images.

One of the standout features of New Zealand Bloodstock’s upcoming National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka is the plethora of blue-blooded fillies on offer.

Quality fillies at Karaka is nothing new. A filly by Fastnet Rock out of Il Quello Veloce (NZ) (Captain Rio) topped the 2015 Premier Sale at $800,000, and the National Yearling Sales Series has been a springboard to stardom for many fillies in recent years such as Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel), Provocative (NZ) (Zabeel), Sofia Rosa (NZ) (Makfi), Valley Girl (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), Costume (NZ) (Savabeel), Diademe (NZ) (Savabeel), First Seal (Fastnet Rock), Gust of Wind (NZ) (Darci Brahma) and many more.

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Half-Brother to Jacksstar at Karaka 2017

Half-Brother to Jacksstar at Karaka 2017. Race Images Palmerston North.
Half-Brother to Jacksstar at Karaka 2017. Race Images, Palmerston North.

High-class stayer Jacksstar (NZ) (Zed) took his career to new heights with a win in Sunday’s $100,000 Group 3 Hotel Coachman Manawatu Cup (2300m) at Awapuni, and a half-brother to the five-year-old will go through the ring at Karaka 2017.

Jacksstar had already won five races before Sunday including the Listed New Zealand St Leger (2500m), but Sunday’s defeat of a high-quality field at his home track of Awapuni was a new career highlight.

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Karaka Graduate Lincoln Blue (NZ) Does It Again In Salver

Karaka Graduate Lincoln Blue (NZ) Does It Again In Salver. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Karaka Graduate Lincoln Blue (NZ) Does It Again In Salver. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Exciting Savabeel colt Lincoln Blue (NZ), a graduate of the 2015 Premier Sale at Karaka and a full-brother to a yearling entered for the 2017 Sale, picked up his second consecutive stakes win when he claimed today’s $50,000 Listed Race 4 Life Salver (2100m) at Ellerslie.

Ridden by Masa Tanaka for trainer Lisa Latta, Lincoln Blue was handy throughout the race before kicking clear of his rivals in the home straight and scored a comfortable win by a length and a quarter.

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Coldplay (NZ) Provides Massive Boost to Karaka Yearling’s Pedigree

Coldplay (NZ) WINS the $100,000 Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Coldplay (NZ) claims the $100,000 Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell.

A full-sister to Coldplay (NZ) (Savabeel) will go through the ring at Karaka 2017, and the classy mare has given the yearling’s pedigree a massive boost with two stakes wins since the catalogues went to print.

Already a Group Three winner of the Eulogy Stakes (1600m) last season, Coldplay has gone to another level in this campaign with three wins from three starts. She won the Group 3 Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie two weeks ago, and today she carried on her winning way with a terrific performance in the $100,000 Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa.

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Full-sister to Group 3 winner Coldplay (NZ) at Karaka 2017

Coldplay (NZ) wins the Group 3 Eagle Technology Stakes at Ellerslie. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Coldplay (NZ) wins the Group 3 Eagle Technology Stakes at Ellerslie. Photo: Trish Dunell.

High-class mare Coldplay (NZ) (Savabeel) picked up the second Group 3 win of her career when she won Saturday’s $70,000 Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie, and she has a full-sister catalogued for the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka.

 

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Lincoln Blue (NZ) Full-Brother at Karaka 2017

Lincoln Blue (NZ) winning the Wellington Stakes
Lincoln Blue (NZ) winning the Wellington Stakes

The result of Friday’s $70,000 Group 3 Lucia Valentina Wellington Stakes (1600m) at Otaki had Karaka significance on multiple levels – the winner Lincoln Blue (NZ) (Savabeel) is a graduate of the Premier Sale, and he also has a full-brother catalogued for Karaka 2017.

The Lisa Latta-trained runner was prominent throughout the race and put the pressure on a long way from home, powering clear under rider Masa Tanaka to beat the fast-finishing Rayas (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) by a length and three-quarters. No Fuss Gus (NZ) (Savabeel) was third.

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NZB National Yearling Sales Series Catalogues Online Now

Brimming with quality, the catalogues for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 91st National Yearling Sales Series are available online now and will be in letterboxes from early December.

PremierKaraka will burst to life in January, showcasing the finest thoroughbred horseflesh, paired with world class service and the best of kiwi hospitality. A combined 1347 yearlings are catalogued to be sold across six days in the Premier, Select and Festival Sales, commencing on Monday 30 January 2017.

The PREMIER SALE presents the very best the New Zealand industry has to offer. The centrepiece of the week, it features some of the world’s finest pedigrees and the progeny of a host of global powerhouse sires. Last year the Premier Sale featured the first yearling by the legendary Frankel to be sold at auction in the Southern Hemisphere, with the colt topping the Sale at $1.3 million. There are 465 yearlings entered for the Karaka 2017 Premier Sale, including another son of Frankel. The Sale will be conducted on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 January.

The SELECT SALE has become an elite session in its own right, the source of this season’s Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas winner Ugo Foscolo (NZ) (Zacinto) along with two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor). It produced a total of five Group 1 winners last season, including Victoria Derby winner Tarzino (NZ) (Tavistock) and New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year and Australian Oaks heroine Sofia Rosa (NZ) (Makfi). This year’s Select Sale has 640 yearlings catalogued and will run from Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 February.Select

The FESTIVAL SALE has produced the likes of Group 1 winners Gaultier (NZ) (Rios) and Iamishwara (NZ) (Keeninsky) in recent seasons, with Gaultier going on to perform successfully in Hong Kong under the name Simply Invincible. There are 240 yearlings catalogued for this year’s Festival Sale, which will be held on Sunday 5 February.

Last season 20 Group 1 races were won by 15 individual Group 1 winning graduates of NZB’s National Yearling Sales Series. These Karaka alumni captured some of the most coveted races in Australasia – the Melbourne Cup, Emirates Stakes, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Victorian Derby, Australian Derby and Australian Oaks.

The National Yearling Sales Series has been the source of 82 Group 1 wins in the past four seasons - the most of any auction house in Australasia.

The Premier Sale attracts the cream of the yearling crop with the Karaka 2017 edition boasting a catalogue stacked with world-class pedigrees. It features siblings to 133 stakes winners and the progeny of 91 stakes-winning mares.

Festival

NZB’s National Yearling Sales Series offers an extensive selection of sires, both proven and young sires, from across the world. There are 127 sires represented in the Premier catalogue, including 14 first season sires.

At Karaka 2017, all yearlings offered at the National Yearling Sales Series are eligible for the Karaka Million Series which now includes two $1 million races. This crop of yearlings will be racing for the $1 million Karaka Million in 2018, the $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic in 2019, plus the $100,000 Karaka Stayers Cup from 2020 and each year thereafter.

KARAKA 2017 SCHEDULE

  • Karaka Million Twilight Meeting: Sunday 29 January
  • Premier Sale: Monday 30 & Tuesday 31 January
  • Select Sale: Wednesday 1 – Friday 3 February
  • Festival Sale: Sunday 5 February

Catalogues are also now available on the free iPad application.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series catalogues can be requested from reception@nzb.co.nz or can be viewed online. For news and sales information from New Zealand Bloodstock visit www.nzb.co.nz