Sale News

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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Final Day of Karaka 2018

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

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 3 Sale takes place today with Lot 1079 to Lot 1247 going through the auction ring from 11am.

The Sale will be streamed live online and on the NZB facebook page.

The change of format at Karaka 2018 has been vindicated with key figures at the end of Book 2 bettering the 2010 high with receipts of $95,242,000 for the overall Sales Series.

The Book 3 catalogue is available at reception and can be viewed online.

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


Successful Book 2 Vindicates Changes

Book 2's sale-topping colt - Lot 885 by Per Incanto. Photo: Trish Dunell
Book 2's sale-topping colt - Lot 885 by Per Incanto. Photo: Trish Dunell

The change of format at Karaka 2018 has been vindicated with key figures at the end of Book 2 bettering the 2010 high with receipts of $95,242,000 for the overall Sales Series.

Today’s session delivered spectacular results with the sixth day of selling reaching an average of $120,712 – 18% higher than the 2017 Premier and Select combined sessions. The median has risen 23% to reach a strong $80,000 for Book 1 and 2 combined, while the overall clearance rate for the six days of the Sale is an extremely pleasing 80%.

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Day Two of Book 2 Sale

Indoor parade ring at Karaka.
Indoor parade ring at Karaka.

The second and final day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 2 Sale takes place today with Lot 901 to Lot 1078 going through the auction ring from 11am.

The Sale will be streamed live online and on the NZB facebook page.

Selling from the first day of Book 2 has contributed to a phenomenal new overall Sales Series aggregate, reaching heights not seen since 2010, to sit at $90,052,000.

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.


Day One of Book 2 Sale at Karaka 2018

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

The first day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 2 Sale commences today with Lot 701 to Lot 900 going under the hammer from 11am.

The Sale will be streamed live online and on the NZB facebook page.

Yesterday was an extremely successful conclusion to the new Book 1, highlighted by total takings already exceeding the entire sales week at Karaka 2017 with three days of selling to go. You can view full results here.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Barrier Draw Confirms Karaka Million Fields

Results from the barrier draw at Karaka.
Results from the barrier draw at Karaka.

A live barrier draw at Karaka’s iconic Sales Centre has confirmed the final fields for Saturday’s $1 million Karaka Million 2YO and $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic at Ellerslie.

The end result has been a mixed bag for the early favourites with Avantage (Fastnet Rock) who has won all three of her starts drawing in the middle with barrier five and the stakes winner Sir Nate (NZ) (Nadeem) drawing wide at barrier 13 in the Karaka Million 2YO.

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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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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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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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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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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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