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Final Results for Karaka 2019

Karaka 2019's sale-topping colt (Savabeel - Make a Wish).
Karaka 2019's sale-topping colt (Savabeel - Make a Wish).

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.

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First Season Sires in Spotlight at Book 3

Book 3 sale-topper - Lot 1090 (Sweynesse x Happy Endings).
Book 3 sale-topper - Lot 1090 (Sweynesse x Happy Endings).

North Island-based first season sires were to the fore on Sunday with 179 lots going under the hammer at the Book 3 session of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series.

With 123 lots sold (69%) for a turnover of $1,229,250, the average reached $9,994 and the median $7,000.

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Book 2 Yields Competition from Diverse Bench

On the second day of Book 2, the highlight lot was Trelawney Stud's Lot 902. Photo: Trish Dunell
On the second day of Book 2, the highlight lot was Trelawney Stud's Lot 902. Photo: Trish Dunell

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.

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Second Day of Book 2

Book 2 parades underway at Karaka.
Book 2 parades underway at Karaka.

The second and final day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 2 takes place today with Lot 901 to Lot 1076 going through the auction ring from 11am.

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

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.


Karaka Studs Set Pace at Book 2

Westbury Stud sold the highlight yearling in a Reliable Man colt (Lot 872).
Westbury Stud sold the highlight yearling in a Reliable Man colt (Lot 872).

Karaka-based vendors vied for the top spot on the first day of selling at Book 2 of the National Yearling Sales Series, with Westbury Stud and Haunui Farm providing the four top lots.

The Reliable Man colt, out of Elusive Quality mare Quality Dream, went through the ring as Lot 872 in Westbury Stud’s draft and set the benchmark at $270,000.

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Day One of Book 2 Sale at Karaka 2019

Inside parade ring at Karaka.
Inside 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.

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

Karaka 2019 Sale-topper from the draft of Waikato Stud (Lot 192).
Karaka 2019 Sale-topper from the draft of Waikato Stud (Lot 192).

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.

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Racetrack Success Boosts Karaka 2019 Catalogues

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

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.

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Air Max (NZ) Takes Gore Guineas

Air Max (NZ) Takes Gore Guineas. Photo: Wild Range Photography.
Air Max (NZ) Takes Gore Guineas. Photo: Wild Range Photography.

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.

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Champion Sires in the Spotlight at Karaka 2019

Waikato Stud's all-conquering stallion Savabeel (Zabeel).
Waikato Stud's all-conquering stallion Savabeel (Zabeel).

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).

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Rising Star Stallions to the Fore

Emerging star stallion Shamexpress (NZ) (O’Reilly).
Emerging star stallion Shamexpress (NZ) (O’Reilly).

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.

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Karaka Graduates Come Full-Circle

Windsor Park Stud's first season sire Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor).
Windsor Park Stud's first season sire Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor).

Karaka 2019 will showcase the first crops of yearlings by a quality group of new sires, including some who themselves went through the ring and are now bringing their careers full-circle.

Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor) sold for $140,000 at the 2013 Select Sale at Karaka and fetched $220,000 at the Ready to Run Sale later that year.

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Affordable Group One Harvest an Indicator for Karaka 2019

Graduates of the National Yearling Sale Series claimed 18 Group One wins and 120 stakes wins last season alone.
Graduates of the National Yearling Sale Series claimed 18 Group One wins and 120 stakes wins last season alone.

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.

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Karaka 2019 Yearling Catalogues Online NOW

NZB's World Renowned Auditorium
NZB's World-Renowned Auditorium

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.

VIEW THE CATALOGUES ONLINE HERE

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.

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