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.
New Zealand Bloodstock’s Festival Sale concluded the National Yearling Sales Series today with pleasing results in terms of clearance and the day’s top price.
In total 157 horses sold for a clearance rate of 78% with the top price of $90,000 the highest price paid in the session since 2013. The total traded was $2,332,000 (down from $3,020,200 last year) for an average of $14,854 (down from $16,065 last year) and the median dropped from last year’s figure of $12,000 to equal 2015’s figure of $10,000.
“It was pleasing to see the Sale end up with 78% clearance and to have buyers from Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore stay on,”
The final day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series commences today with Lots 1107 to 1347 going under the hammer from 11am for the Festival Sale session.
The Sale will be streamed live online. To view the live stream, click here.
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.
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.
Drop in Domestic Spend Hits Select Sale
Friday, Feb 3, 2017
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.”
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.”
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.
Karaka graduates won 23 Group 1 races last season and have won the most Group 1 races at the Championships of any sales company
Last season a massive 20 Group 1 races were won by 15 individual G1 winning graduates of NZB’s National Yearling Sales Series
Last season in Australia, New Zealand thoroughbreds won 25% of the G1 races, yet they make up only 5.4% of the racehorse population
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
Last season NZ bred or sold horses won 38% of G1 races during the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup carnival
33% of Group 1 filly races in Australia in the past six seasons have been won by NZ bred or sold fillies
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
Last season both of Australia’s big derbies were won by NZB graduates – Tarzino Victoria Derby, Tavago Australian Derby
Last season both of the big Asian derbies were won by kiwi thoroughbreds – Werther Hong Kong Derby, Well Done Singapore Derby
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
The coveted Group 1 Hong Kong Mile has been won by NZ bred or sold horses seven times since 2000
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.
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
Monday, Jan 23, 2017
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.
Freshman Sires Make National Yearling Sales Series Debut
Monday, Jan 16, 2017
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.
Karaka 2017 to Showcase the Cream of the Australasian Sire Crop
Monday, Jan 16, 2017
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.
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.
Full-sister to Zabeel Classic winner at Karaka 2017
Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016
Quality mare Consensus (NZ) (Postponed) achieved a new career highlight in the $200,000 Group 1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, greatly enhancing both her own pedigree and that of a full-sister entered for the 2017 Festival Sale.
Ridden by in-form jockey Alysha Collett for trainer Stephen McKee, Consensus downed an elite weight-for-age field with a potent finishing burst down the Ellerslie straight. She edged out Volkstok’n’barrell (NZ) (Tavistock) by a short neck, with Authentic Paddy (NZ) (Howbaddouwantit) a length and a half away in third.
“The fast tempo helped her and she always seems to run her best races here,” McKee said, “She was certainly unlucky back in March in the New Zealand Stakes. It’s always great for a mare to get a Group One though.”
Consensus was bred by M2 Racing Limited and is raced by Mrs T Gibbens, S Lamond, Mrs D P and M D J Molloy, Touchdown Racing Ltd and Est late M C Molloy. She has had 32 starts for seven wins, nine placings and more than $335,000 in prize-money. She had previously won the Group 3 Sofitel Stakes (2000m) and placed in the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) along with two other Group races.
Haunui Farm will offer the full-sister as Lot 1223 in the 2017 Festival Sale. The bay filly is by Postponed out of the Cape Cross mare Kate Cross.
First-Class Fillies at Karaka 2017
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016
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.
NZB National Yearling Sales Series Catalogues Online Now
Sunday, Nov 20, 2016
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.
Karaka 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.
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.
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
New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series catalogues can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org or can be viewed online. For news and sales information from New Zealand Bloodstock visit www.nzb.co.nz.