Rising Star Prise De Fer (NZ) Captures Rich Hill Mile
Thursday, Jan 2, 2020
A dominant two-length victory in Wednesday’s $100,000 Group Two Rich Hill Mile (1600m) at Ellerslie was the fifth win in an 11-start career for Karaka graduate Prise De Fer (NZ) (Savabeel) – and his fourth in a row.
Bought for $100,000 from the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka by Te Akau principal David Ellis, Prise De Fer showed talent last season with a win, two placings and creditable unplaced performances in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m), the Group Two Avondale Guineas (2100m) and the Group One New Zealand Derby (2400m).
NZB Graduates Set Pace towards 2020 Karaka Million 2YO & 3YO Classic
Friday, Oct 4, 2019
The road to New Zealand’s most coveted race meeting has officially begun, with a number of youngsters set to take centre stage leading up to the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million Twilight Meeting (1200m).
2020 will mark yet another milestone event, providing a sensational night of racing with two $1m features. The Karaka Million Twilight Meeting offers the largest purse in New Zealand and will take place on the eve of the NZB National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka in January.
New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale has played a leading part in the recent successes of Group One winners Yourdeel (NZ) (Dundeel) and Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj). Not only has the Sale been a source of top performers, but also a commonplace for the practice of pinhooking.
Yourdeel and Gingernuts are just a couple of the golden opportunities that have been realised by astute buyers who have made a return on investment, followed by bright futures on the racetrack.
The 93rd National Yearling Sales Series kicked off at Ellerslie with two million dollar races in what is the culmination of years of breeding, hard work getting a horse ready for the sale ring and then the training it takes to have a runner on the richest night of racing in New Zealand.
With outstanding fields assembled for the two-year-old and three-year-old races, it shows how attractive the Karaka Million graduate incentive is for buyers, trainers and owners alike.
A broad buying bench at the close of Book 2 trading has seen the key figures reach a turnover of $9,743,000 for 246 lots sold (73% clearance rate). The average has settled at $39,606 with the median $30,000 for the second catalogue of the National Yearling Sales Series.
“There were some solid prices achieved and the quality of horses was of a high standard,” commented New Zealand Bloodstock Managing Director Andrew Seabrook.
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.
With 698 horses having gone under the hammer, the turnover has reached $67,206,500, representing an average of $137,437 for 489 horses sold. The median closed at $100,000 and the clearance rate 77% at the close of Book 1 selling.
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.
Local Commitment Buoys Karaka 2019
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019
With 698 horses now under the hammer at the National Yearling Sales Series, the turnover has reached $67,206,500, representing an average of $137,437 for 489 horses sold. The median closed at $100,000 and the clearance rate 77%.
“I believe the market has held up well considering the lack of pin hooking activity – which traditionally underpins the middle market, the drop off from Singapore buyers due to falling prizemoney, and the continued lack of confidence in the local market,” commented New Zealand Bloodstock’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook.
While the fields are shaping up for the two million dollar Karaka Million races at Ellerslie this Saturday, the performances of the runners that have placed them high in the order of entry are making an impact on their relations catalogued at Karaka 2019.
Queen of Diamonds (NZ) (Savabeel) is currently eleventh on the Karaka Million 3YO Classic order of entry with a victory in the Group Three Eulogy Stakes and third placing in the Group Two Eight Carat Classic – both part of the NZB Filly of the Year series.
Air Max (NZ) (Nadeem) followed in the footsteps of his classy half-brother Boots ’N’ All (NZ) (Perfectly Ready) when he scored his first black-type win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Liquorland Gore Guineas (1335m).
Like Boots ’N’ All, Air Max was offered at the South Island Sale, and like Boots ’N’ All he was passed in. He was retained by his breeders Cheryl Wilson and Bruce Sheat, this time alongside a large syndicate of others.
On both sides of the Tasman there is an all-conquering stallion rewriting the record books and creating a powerful and enduring legacy. Both of those stallions are set to play a big role at Karaka 2019.
In New Zealand, that stallion is Savabeel(Zabeel). The Waikato Stud supremo has topped all of the last four New Zealand sires’ premierships, and he has already opened up a commanding lead in 2018-19 ($1.66 million, with his nearest challenger on $991,521).
The sky appears to be the limit for some of Australasia’s emerging star stallions, and Karaka 2019 will be the perfect time to get on board with their progeny.
Second-season sensation Zoustar (Northern Meteor) has sired 32 winners across the Tasman this season, six of them stakes winners, with A$3.2 million in prizemoney – almost three times as much as the next-best second-season sire in Australia.
Affordable Group One Harvest an Indicator for Karaka 2019
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018
Time and again the quality New Zealand thoroughbred attracts the industry’s heavy hitters from near and far. Their phenomenal record in Australasia’s biggest three-year-old races, and some of the most prestigious races around the world, is evidence to their winning edge.
A remarkable five out of the possible seven Group One Guineas races in Australasia in the 2017-18 season were claimed by these world-beating yearlings who went through the sale ring at Karaka.
Featuring an outstanding showcase of 1,284 yearlings for the 93rd National Yearling Sales Series, buyers can now take their first look at the catalogues online with printed copies arriving in letterboxes from early December.
Time and again the quality New Zealand-bred attracts the industry’s heavy hitters from near and far and Karaka 2019 will once again offer an extensive selection of kiwi sire power, along with strong representation from leading Australian sires and shuttlers. There are 116 stallion profiles represented across all three Books, including the first crop of 20 exciting young sires.