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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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Shocking Luck (NZ) Stakes Derby Claim in Rough Habit Plate

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.

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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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Deserved Waikato Guineas win for Wyndspelle (NZ)

Deserved Waikato Guineas win for Wyndspelle (NZ). Photo: Trish Dunell.
Deserved Waikato Guineas win for Wyndspelle (NZ). Photo: Trish Dunell.

Karaka graduate Wyndspelle (NZ) (Iffraaj) is one of the most consistent horses of his generation, and he scored a richly deserved win in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Darci Brahma Waikato Guineas (2000m) at Te Rapa.

Purchased for $75,000 at the 2015 Select Sale, Wyndspelle showed his class early in his career with a stylish maiden win around this time last year. Since then he has taken on the very best in almost every start, running second in the Group 1 Diamond Stakes (1200m), seventh in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), third in the Listed Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m), fifth in the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m), third in the Group 2 Sarten Memorial (1400m), fifth in the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) and fifth in the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m). On almost all of those occasions he produced a flying finish that was just a bit too late.

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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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Final Day of NZB Select Sale

The fifth day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series commences today with Lots 921 to 1106 going under the hammer from 11am for the Select Sale session.

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

The Select Sale was the source of five individual Group 1 winners last season. Combined they cost just NZ$345,000 and have won over A$8.5m in career prizemoney. 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. 

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


Per Incanto Stars on Day Two of Select

Lot 728 Per Incanto - Grable. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Lot 728 Per Incanto - Grable. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Little Avondale Stud sire Per Incanto starred on day two of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Select Sale with two Victorian-based trainers entering a fierce bidding duel to secure one of his daughters.

Sam Williams of Little Avondale Stud was thrilled with the $300,000 price his filly at Lot 728 reached.

“I was actually really anxious about the Select Sale this year because of the state of our domestic racing industry but then I firmly believed we had our best draft ever on type thanks mainly to the stock of Per Incanto.”

“You have to be bullish about your own stock otherwise who will be and with Per Incanto’s results on the track, and at this year’s sale, all off the back of a $5,000 service fee - that’s just brilliant.”

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Second Day of NZB Select Sale

The fourth day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series commences today with Lot 701 to Lot 920 going under the hammer from 11am for the Select Sale session.

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

The Select Sale was the source of five individual Group 1 winners last season. Combined they cost just NZ$345,000 and have won over A$8.5m in career prizemoney. 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. 

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


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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First Day of NZB Select Sale

The third day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series commences today with Lot 466 to Lot 700 going under the hammer from 11am for the Select Sale session.

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

The Select Sale was the source of five individual Group 1 winners last season. Combined they cost just NZ$345,000 and have won over A$8.5m in career prizemoney. 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. 

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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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


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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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-sister to Blizzard at Karaka 2017

Blizzard winning the Chinese Club Challenge Cup. Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club
Blizzard winning the Chinese Club Challenge Cup. Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club

The National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka gained an important pedigree update when Blizzard (Starcraft) won Sunday’s HK$3 million Group 3 Chinese Club Challenge Cup (1400m) at Sha Tin.

A half-sister to the impressive winner will be offered during the Select Sale.

Ridden patiently by Joao Moreira, Blizzard raced at the rear of the field before moving into contention approaching the home turn. Halfway down the home straight he burst to the lead, asserting his superiority and scoring an emphatic win by a length and three-quarters.

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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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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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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