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Book 3 Closes Top-Class Week at Karaka 2018

Lot 1210 provided the highest price of Book 3 - a colt by Showcasing. Photo: Trish Dunell
Lot 1210 provided the highest price of Book 3 - a colt by Showcasing. Photo: Trish Dunell

In a solid day of trading at the Book 3 session, the new format at Karaka 2018 has delivered a remarkable sales-week. With a steady buying bench today, and 72 fewer lots catalogued than last year’s Festival Sale, 113 lots sold for a turnover of $1,537,750. With a healthy clearance rate of 84%, the median held at $10,000 and the average settled at $13,608.

“Whilst the average was slightly down on last year’s third catalogue, the median remained the same,” NZB’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook said.

“The highlight of today’s Sale was the 84% clearance rate, which equals the record 2008 Festival Sale, and rounded off a fabulous week of selling.”

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New Format Pays Dividends at Karaka 2018

Today's highest-priced yearling (Lot 612).
Today's highest-priced yearling (Lot 612).

It has been an extremely successful conclusion to the new Book 1 of Karaka 2018, highlighted by total takings already exceeding the entire sales week at Karaka 2017 with three days of selling to go.

Book 1 turnover (700 lots catalogued) is $83,549,000, representing an average of $155,007 across 539 horses sold at a median of $110,000, with all key measures – turnover, median, average and clearance – surpassing the Premier, Select and Festival Sales combined results in 2017.

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Tavistock Colt Makes $700,000

Dean Hawthorne secured Lot 667  for $700,000. Photo: Darryl Sherer
Dean Hawthorne secured Lot 667 for $700,000. Photo: Darryl Sherer

Dean Hawthorne, who has been a prominent buyer over the four-day Book 1 Sale, has struck again with Lot 667. The colt by Tavistock was knocked down to his final bid of $700,000.

The Cambridge Stud-prepared colt is out of the winning O’Reilly mare Tricia’o (NZ) and a grandson of the prolific stakes producing mare Tricia Ann.

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Filly Fireworks Resume on Day Four

Cambridge Stud's Tavistock filly (Lot 612) sold for $975,000. Photo: Darryl Sherer
Cambridge Stud's Tavistock filly (Lot 612) sold for $975,000. Photo: Darryl Sherer

The appeal of young fillies offered in Book 1 at Karaka 2018 couldn’t have been better illustrated with the sale of three fillies for more than $600,000 early in the piece on Day Four.

From the draft of Cambridge Stud Lot 612 is a filly by Tavistock out of the Zabeel mare Special Diamond (NZ), herself a daughter of Group 1 winner Diamond Lover. China Horse Club’s Bloodstock and Racing Manager, Michael Wallace, was pleased to secure the filly placing the final bid at $975,000.

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Day Four of Book 1 Sale

Karaka's outdoor parade ring.
Karaka's outdoor parade ring.

The fourth and final day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 1 Sale takes place today with Lot 541 to Lot 700 going through the auction ring from 11am.

The Sale will be streamed live online, on the NZB facebook page, and on Karaka Pop Up (SKY Channel 263). In Australia, Racing.com will broadcast live online.

Pedigree pages of blueblood fillies were to the fore at Day Three pushing sales to $63.63 million and lifting the clearance rate to 79%.

NZB will be making a special presentation to Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan in recognition of their significant achievements at Karaka. The public presentation will take place at Karaka in the auditorium today from 10.30am.

Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3 catalogues are available at reception or can be viewed online.

Visit www.nzb.co.nz for all Sale news and information.


Fillies Feature in Top Picks of Day Three

Day Three's top-priced yearling - Lot 371.
Day Three's top-priced yearling - Lot 371.

Pedigree pages of blueblood fillies were to the fore at Day Three of Karaka 2018 pushing sales to $63.63 million and lifting the clearance rate to 79%.

Te Akau's David Ellis showed his strength yet again when he boldly opened with an $800,000 bid and quickly secured the highest-priced lot of Day Three, Lot 371 by Not a Single Doubt, for $900,000.

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Ellis Secures Three Colts for Stallion Syndicate

Pencarrow Stud' colt by Exceed and Excel - Lot 455. Photo: Darryl Sherer
Pencarrow Stud' colt by Exceed and Excel - Lot 455. Photo: Darryl Sherer

Perennial buyer David Ellis is at it again on Day Three of Karaka 2018.

Lot 455, the Exceed and Excel colt out of Pencarrow-bred mare Our Ella Belle (NZ) (Encosta de Lago), went to Ellis for $750,000.

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Melody Belle’s Younger Sister Makes $900,000

Haunui Farm's high-class filly - Lot 371.
Haunui Farm's high-class filly - Lot 371. Photo: Darryl Sherer

Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis showed his strength yet again when he went to $900,000 for a Not a Single Doubt filly from the iconic “Belle” family at Lot 371.

Out of the winning mare Meleka Belle (Iffraaj), she is a half-sister to Karaka Million winner and Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes winner Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands).

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Day Three of Book 1 at Karaka 2018

Outdoor parade ring at Karaka.
Outdoor parade ring at Karaka.

The third day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 1 Sale continues today with Lot 321 to Lot 540 going through the auction ring from 11am.

The Sale will be streamed live online, on the NZB facebook page, and on Karaka Pop Up (SKY Channel 263). In Australia, Racing.com will broadcast live online.

An action-packed Day 2 at Karaka 2018 saw leading local buyer David Ellis provide the fireworks with a sale-topping bid of $1,025,000 to acquire Cambridge Stud’s striking Savabeel colt at Lot 301. The second seven-figure yearling yesterday came at Curraghmore’s Lot 156 with Mark Pilkington Bloodstock and Lindsay Park Racing outlaying $1 million for the Fastnet Rock colt.

Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3 catalogues are available at reception or can be viewed online.

Visit www.nzb.co.nz for all Sale news and information.


Million-dollar Day at Karaka 2018

Cambridge Stud's sale-topping Savabeel colt Lot 301.
Cambridge Stud's sale-topping Savabeel colt Lot 301.

An action-packed Day 2 at Karaka 2018 saw leading local buyer David Ellis provide the fireworks with a sale-topping bid of $1,025,000 to acquire Cambridge Stud’s striking Savabeel colt at Lot 301.

Lot 301 is from New Zealand champion three-year-old Katie Lee (NZ) whose stellar career was highlighted with victories in both the Group 1 1000 Guineas and Group 1 2000 Guineas, herself the progeny of Group winner Miss Jessie Jay.

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Blueblood Fillies Continue Cracking Pace

Cambridge Stud produced another gem in a Tavistock filly (Lot 159) who fetched $750,000. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Cambridge Stud produced another gem in a Tavistock filly (Lot 159) who fetched $750,000. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Two royally-bred fillies are among the highest priced yearlings at Day 2 of Karaka 2018 with a Tavistock filly fetching $750,000 and a Fastnet Rock filly following suit when purchased for $725,000.

Cambridge Stud prepared the daughter of Tavistock who came through the ring at Lot 159. The bay filly is out of the outstanding stakes-winning Danehill mare Diamond Like who has produced two Group winners in Forever Loved (NZ) (High Chaparral) and Zephyron (NZ) (Zabeel) along with stakes performed siblings Zenella (NZ) (Zabeel) and Ardeche (Dehere).

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$1 Million Fastnet Rock Colt Leads Day 2 Action

Curraghmore's Lot 156, a son of Fastnet Rock, joins the $1 million honour roll. Photo: Darryl Sherer
Curraghmore's Lot 156, a son of Fastnet Rock, joins the $1 million honour roll. Photo: Darryl Sherer

The first foal out of Group 1-winning Savabeel mare Diademe (NZ) has joined the million dollar honour roll at Karaka 2018 in a bidding duel from three prominent buyers to secure the colt by Fastnet Rock.

The expected demand for the colt (Lot 156) who is out of a full sibling to current Group 1 2000 Guineas winner Embellish (NZ) (Savabeel), and recently secured stallion profile, lived up to its billing when knocked down for $1,000,000 to astute bloodstock agent Mark Pilkington in conjunction with Lindsay Park Racing.

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Early Action Bodes Well for Kaha Syndicate and Mulcaster Bloodstock

Waikato Stud's Lot 108 Savabeel - Chilled Out.
Waikato Stud's Lot 108 Savabeel - Chilled Out.

Experienced bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster has come out guns blazing on the second day of NZB’s Book 1 Karaka 2018.

Within the first half hour Kaha Syndicate and Mulcaster Bloodstock joined forces to acquire a Savabeel colt (Lot 108) for $425,000. Consigned by Waikato Stud, the striking colt is out of Chilled Out (NZ) (Anabaa) who is a half-sister to the Group 1 performed mare The Big Chill (NZ) (O’Reilly).

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Group 1 Glory for D B Pin

D B Pin was victorious in Sunday’s HK$10 million Group 1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin. Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club
D B Pin was victorious in Sunday’s HK$10 million Group 1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin. Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club

D B Pin (Darci Brahma), a close relative to the unbeaten Karaka Million winner Avantage (Fastnet Rock), completed a wonderful weekend for that family and for Karaka graduates with victory in Sunday’s HK$10 million Group 1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin.

D B Pin is a half-brother to Avantage’s dam Asavant (NZ) (Zabeel).

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Second Day of Karaka 2018 Book 1

A full auditorium at Karaka's opening session.
A full auditorium at Karaka's opening session.

The second day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 1 Sale continues today with Lot 101 to Lot 320 going under the hammer from 11am.

The Sale will be streamed live online, on the New Zealand Bloodstock facebook page, and on Karaka Pop Up (SKY Channel 263). Racing.com will also broadcast on Free-to-air (Channel 68/78) and Foxtel (Channel 529) in Australia.

Last night the first 100 yearlings in Book 1 saw a total of 76 lots sold for $11.5 million at an average of $151,382. The clearance rate was an extremely pleasing 81%.

Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3 catalogues are available at reception or can be viewed online.

Visit www.nzb.co.nz for all Sale news and information.


Boom Opening Session at Karaka 2018

Tavistock - Bagalollies filly offered on account of Highden Park. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Tavistock - Bagalollies filly offered on account of Highden Park. Photo: Trish Dunell.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka Sale ring has tonight played host to a gun opening session of its 2018 National Yearling Sales Series.

A brand new format has seen the first 100 Lots of the new Book 1 go through the ring, with heated bidding setting a positive tone for the new four-day session. A strong buying bench of both overseas and local buyers competed keenly for the selection on offer, with the clearance rate of 81% a good indicator of the strength of the demand.

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Top-equal Price of Opening Session

Haunui Farm's More Than Ready colt - Lot 84.
Haunui Farm's More Than Ready colt - Lot 84.

Byerley Park-based training duo Bruce Wallace and Allan Peard have secured the top-equal price of the opening session with a colt by More Than Ready for $500,000 under the Wallace Thoroughbreds banner.

The colt who is a half-brother to Group 2 winner Ego (NZ) (E Dubai) and two other stakes performers in Ready Steady (NZ) (Perfectly Ready) and Sans Souci (NZ) (Pins) was prepared by Haunui Farm and offered in their draft at Lot 84.

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Full Sister to Werther makes $500,000 at Karaka

Highden Park's Lot 48 - a filly by Tavistock.
Highden Park's Lot 48 - a filly by Tavistock.

Bloodstock agent Dean Hawthorne is among the early action and kiwi contingent of buyers at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2018 National Yearling Sales Series.

On the first day of selling in Book 1, Hawthorne has paid $500,000 for a full sister to Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther (NZ) (Tavistock) and current Group 3 winner Gobstopper (NZ) (Tavistock) with Highden Park offering the filly at Lot 48.

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First Day of New-look Sale Week

Outdoor parade ring at Karaka.
Outdoor parade ring at Karaka.

The revamped National Yearling Sales Series kicks off this evening with a new night session seeing the first 100 yearlings catalogued in Book 1 go under the hammer from 5pm.

The Sale will be streamed live online, on the New Zealand Bloodstock facebook page, and on Karaka Pop Up (SKY Channel 263).

Last season alone, 10 Group 1 victories were scored by nine individual NZB Yearling Sale graduates while 120 Stakes races were claimed by 95 individual graduates in the same time.

Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3 catalogues are available at reception or can be viewed online. 

Visit www.nzb.co.nz for all Sale news and information.


Black-type Wins Complement Karaka 2018 Draft

Group 1 2000 Guineas winner Embellish (NZ) is among significant pedigree updates at Karaka 2018.
Group 1 2000 Guineas winner Embellish (NZ) is among significant pedigree updates at Karaka 2018.

A flurry of winning performances have boosted the appeal of numerous yearlings catalogued in the upcoming National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka which commences on Sunday 28.

The Fastnet Rock colt Age of Fire enhanced his future stallion value when he triumphed in the Group 1 Levin Classic, his third win from only six appearances, and provided a timely update to the full sister Lot 172 who will be offered as part of Hallmark Stud’s draft.

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Karaka an Opportunity for Ownership Success

2017 Karaka Million winner Melody Belle (NZ) and connections.
2017 Karaka Million winner Melody Belle (NZ) and connections.

The upcoming Karaka Million Twilight Meeting and National Yearling Sales Series will showcase how exciting and rewarding the industry can be, and there are a number of different ways to get involved in the heart of the sport.

From some of our world-famous stud farms to hobbyists with one or two mares, the value of breeders to the New Zealand thoroughbred industry cannot be measured.

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Proven Vendors Gunning for Supremacy

Group 1 2000 Guineas winner Embellish (NZ) pictured as a yearling.
Group 1 2000 Guineas winner Embellish (NZ) pictured as a yearling.

Securing the top spots on the leading vendors table at Karaka is no easy feat with multiple vendors having the firepower to claim ultimate supremacy.

The signs are strong for title holder Waikato Stud who has had a massive year with their Champion Sire Savabeel producing a Guineas double with 2000 Guineas winner Embellish (NZ) and 1000 Guineas winner Hasahalo (NZ). Rounding that number out in just three short weeks in November, across the Tasman Shillelagh (NZ) won the Group 1 Cantala Stakes in Victoria. Only a month later Kawi (NZ) claimed his seventh Group 1 victory in the Captain Cook Stakes bolstering Savabeel’s record of 15 individual Group 1 winners.

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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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New Names Set to Parade

Karaka's outdoor parade ring.
Karaka's outdoor parade ring.

The yearlings at Karaka 2018 will be presented by a host of respected and skilled vendors, including a fresh group of consignors whose names may be somewhat new to buyer’s ears.

The recently established Koru Thoroughbreds has set up at the former Curraghmore Stud near Hamilton with the Taylor family, comprising of Kevin and Julie Taylor and their son Matthew and his partner Melissa Speers, ready to present their inaugural draft at the Sale later this month.

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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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May Sale Set to Include Karaka Million Incentive

Singapore Horse of the Year Infantry (NZ).
Singapore Horse of the Year Infantry (NZ).

The year of 2018 brings a renewed structure to the National Yearling Sales Series and we’re excited for the fresh format to flow over with changes to the National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale.

The Sale now sports a new name – the ‘Karaka May Sale’, reflecting the diversity of bloodstock on offer at Karaka during this three-day Sale event.

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Big Karaka Cup Payday for August Edition (NZ)

2018 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup winner August Edition (NZ). Photo: Trish Dunell.
2018 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup winner August Edition (NZ). Photo: Trish Dunell.

Low-priced Karaka purchase August Edition (NZ) (Alamosa) had the biggest payday of her career to date when she scored a determined victory in Sunday’s $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup (2200m) at Ellerslie.

The bay daughter of the Reset mare Miranda Miss (NZ) cost just $5,000 at the 2013 National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka, and $12,000 at the Festival Yearling Sale a year later. She went into Sunday’s race with $34,025 in prizemoney to her name – a total she nearly trebled with the $56,000 winner’s prize.

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Karaka Million Barrier Draw Live at Karaka

2017 Karaka Million 2YO winner Melody Belle (NZ).
2017 Karaka Million 2YO winner Melody Belle (NZ).

A live barrier draw at Karaka’s iconic sales complex will set the scene for the two $1 million Karaka Million races in the lead up to the twilight meeting at Ellerslie on the 27 January – the Karaka Million 2YO and the Karaka Million 3YO Classic.

The barrier draw for both of the $1 million races will take place on Wednesday 24 January with Trackside’s Michael Guerin hosting the event from 11.00am where connections of the final fields will personally draw their barriers.

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Kiwi Stallion Ranks Packed with Emerging Talent

Littel Avondale Stud's Per Incanto.
Littel Avondale Stud's Per Incanto.

New Zealand boasts an outstanding line-up of both proven and highly promising sires. Those ranks have been further boosted in the last couple of seasons with an intake of exciting youngsters.

Alamosa was a Group 1 winner at two, three and four and he made a smart start to his breeding career at Wellfield Lodge when he was New Zealand’s leading first season sire. In the following spring his first-crop daughter Kirramosa (NZ) won the Group 1 Victoria Oaks and Group 2 Wakeful Stakes.

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Proven Sires in Force at Karaka 2018

Waikato Stud's reigning Champion New Zealand Sire Savabeel.
Waikato Stud's reigning Champion New Zealand Sire Savabeel.

Global powerhouse sires from the ranks of Australasia’s best stud farms will be represented at the fast-approaching 2018 National Yearling Sales with preceding feature-race winners boosting their demand.

Waikato Stud titan and reigning Champion New Zealand Sire Savabeel made a clean sweep of New Zealand’s major sire awards for the second consecutive season and success with his elite Karaka yearling Embellish (NZ) in the Group 1 2000 Guineas has seen him jump to the top of the leader board this season. His star performers around the world include the likes of Karaka graduates Hall of Fame (NZ), Sangster (NZ) and Lucia Valentina (NZ).

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Australasia's Exciting New Blood

Windsor Park Stud's shuttle sire Charm Spirit.
Windsor Park Stud's shuttle sire Charm Spirit.

Karaka 2018 will see a diverse first crop of yearlings representing 19 exciting new sires from New Zealand, Australia, and Europe.

A brilliant Cox Plate winning son of one of the greatest sires Galileo, Coolmore Stud’s young recruit Adelaide is a multiple Group winner who was unbeaten as a two-year-old.

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Karaka the Primary Source of Group 1 Talent

National Yearling Sales Series graduate success last season.
National Yearling Sales Series graduate success last season.

The New Zealand thoroughbred breeding industry is renowned for producing classic three-year-old types and this season’s Group 1 winners have been heavily influenced by race track stars in their three-year-old campaigns. New Zealand’s niche market has also produced a steady flow of raiders in some of the richest races around the world.

New Zealand and Australia

Living up to his pedigree and $775,000 purchase price, Embellish (NZ) (Savabeel) beat a star-studded field in this season’s Group 1 New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas. Hasahalo (NZ) (Savabeel) excelled in the New Zealand Thousand Guineas, Aloisia (NZ) (Azamour) upstaged some highly rated fillies in the Caulfield Thousand Guineas and Mighty Boss (Not a Single Doubt) rose to the occasion in the Caulfield Guineas. The Guineas glory has rounded this season’s Group 1 winners up to seven for Yearling Sale graduates.

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New Sponsors Collinson & Co Partner with the Karaka Cup

He's Our Rokkii winning the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate. Photo: Bradley Photography
He's Our Rokkii winning the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate. Photo: Bradley Photography

New Zealand Bloodstock’s long-time foreign exchange provider, Collinson & Co, have signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with the newly named $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup (2200m).

Formerly named the Karaka Stayers Cup, the race was introduced in 2014 catering to the middle-distance and staying horses as an addition to the Karaka Million Series. This year will showcase even further enhancement to the Series with the Karaka Cup set to be held on Sunday 14 January at Auckland Racing Club’s Ellerslie Racecourse in the lead up to the 2018 Karaka Million Twilight Meeting, and with a prize purse that has quadrupled from the first edition in 2014.

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Chambord (NZ) Claims Deserved Stakes Win

Chambord (NZ) claimed a richly deserved first black-type victory in Friday’s $50,000 Levin Stakes. Photo: Race Images Palmerston North
Chambord (NZ) claimed a richly deserved first black-type victory in Friday’s $50,000 Levin Stakes. Photo: Race Images Palmerston North

A proven Group 1 performer who has had more than his share of setbacks during his racing career, the $200,000 Karaka purchase Chambord (NZ) (Zabeel) claimed a richly deserved first black-type victory in Friday’s $50,000 Listed FastTrack Insurance Levin Stakes (1200m) at Otaki.

The well-bred son of Zabeel and the Montjeu mare Miss Montjeu (NZ) was bought by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis with feature three-year-old racing in mind, and he proved to be right up to that standard.

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NZB’s National Yearling Sales Series Catalogues Online Now

National Yearling Sales Series Catalogues available online now
National Yearling Sales Series Catalogues available online now

Packed with quality, the catalogues for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 92nd National Yearling Sales Series are available online now and will be in letterboxes from early December.

Posing the destination of choice for many to secure their yearlings, the week-long showcase is set to present 1,247 of the best thoroughbreds from around the country at New Zealand Bloodstock’s iconic Karaka Sales Centre.

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gavelhouse.com Hits Record High

gavelhouse.com top lot Ampin (Pins x Ambitious) sold to John Foote for a record $211,000.
gavelhouse.com top lot Ampin (Pins x Ambitious) sold to John Foote for a record $211,000.

NZB subsidiary gavelhouse.com’s record breaking Sale on Monday saw the business hit major milestones.

A total of 40 lots were sold for an aggregate of $587,800, pushing the total turnover for gavelhouse.com Sales to over $3 million since it launched in April 2016.

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