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Major Pedigree Updates for Karaka 2020 Catalogues

Lot 86 is a half-brother to 10-time Group One-winning Karaka graduate Melody Belle.
Lot 86 is a half-brother to 10-time Group One-winning Karaka graduate Melody Belle.

Since the beginning of November, elite races across New Zealand, Australia and Asia have delivered a series of major pedigree updates to the catalogues for Books 1, 2 and 3 of Karaka 2020.

Most notably, the catalogues feature three half-brothers to recent Group One winners.

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Stage Set for Another Spectacular Karaka Million 2YO

Probabeel (NZ), dominating last year's Karaka Million 2YO.
Probabeel (NZ), dominating last year's Karaka Million 2YO.

Ellerslie Racecourse will play host to arguably the most exciting 70 seconds in New Zealand sport on Saturday when 14 highly talented two-year-olds clash in the 13th Karaka Million 2YO.

Introduced in 2008, the Restricted Listed 1200-metre race has rapidly grown into one of the most iconic races on the New Zealand calendar.

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Twelve Rivals for Probabeel (NZ) in Quest for Karaka Million History

2019 Karaka Million 3YO Classic winner Long Leaf (Fastnet Rock).
2019 Karaka Million 3YO Classic winner Long Leaf (Fastnet Rock).

There are 12 opponents standing between exceptional filly Probabeel (NZ) (Savabeel) and a piece of Karaka Million history at Ellerslie on Saturday evening.

Probabeel scored a brilliant and dominant victory in last year’s Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) after jumping from the extreme outside gate. This year she is back and shooting for a repeat result in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m).

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Talented Mares Head Field for Karaka Cup

Last year's Karaka Cup victor, Five to Midnight (NZ) (Domesday).
Last year's Karaka Cup victor, Five to Midnight (NZ) (Domesday).

Saturday’s star-studded Karaka Million twilight race meeting at Ellerslie will get underway with a small field of stayers in the $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup (2200m), but there is plenty of quality among some well-performed mares at the top of the line-up.

Introduced in 2014, the Karaka Cup is open for graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series to compete in every year for the remainder of their racing careers.

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Barriers Drawn for Saturday’s Karaka Million Fields

2020 Karaka Million 2YO & 3YO Classic Barrier Draw Results.
2020 Karaka Million 2YO & 3YO Classic Barrier Draw Results.

A live barrier draw with a new format at Karaka’s iconic Sales Centre has confirmed the final fields for the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO and $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic at Ellerslie this Saturday 25 January.

Similar to the Cox Plate barrier draw, horses that were drawn out early gave their connections the opportunity to pick the best starting gate for the million dollar features.

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Beat The Clock Goes Back-to-Back in Centenary Sprint Cup

Ready to Run graduate Beat The Clock defends his title in G1 Centenary Sprint Cup. Photo: HKJC
Ready to Run graduate Beat The Clock defends his title in G1 Centenary Sprint Cup. Photo: HKJC

$200,000 Ready to Run Sale graduate Beat The Clock (Hinchinbrook) successfully defended his title in Sunday’s HK$10 million Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin.

It was the fourth Group 1 victory for the John Size-trained star, who has been a massive contributor to the dominant form of Karaka graduates in Hong Kong’s biggest sprints.

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Stellar Sires at Karaka 2020

Superstar stallions have lit up racetracks on both sides of the Tasman this season, and now their yearlings are set to impress at Karaka 2020.

Buyers at Karaka will have access to the progeny of nine of the top 10 stallions on the 2019-20 New Zealand sires’ premiership, and nine of the top 10 on the Australian table.

New Zealand

A thoroughly deserving table-topper in New Zealand this season is Darci Brahma (NZ). Himself a Karaka sale-topper at $1.1 million back in 2004, the son of Danehill won five Group One races before retiring to The Oaks Stud. He has delivered top results season after season, finishing in the top four on the New Zealand premiership every year since 2012-13.

Darci Brahma (NZ) standing at The Oaks Stud.
Darci Brahma (NZ) standing at The Oaks Stud.

In an amazing 2019-20 New Zealand racing season, Darci Brahma has sired 30 winners from 74 runners with eight individual stakes winners and more than $1.4 million in prize-money.

The highlight came in the prestigious Group One New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton in early November, won by boom three-year-old Catalyst (NZ) with the highly promising Harlech (NZ) a strong-finishing second.

Darci Brahma has sired a total of 256 winners from 380 runners, with 59 individual winners at black-type level.

There are 12 Darci Brahma yearlings in Book 1 of Karaka 2020, and another eight in Book 2. They include Lot 139, who is a full-sister to Harlech, and Lot 108, who is out of Group One winner Miss Raggedy Ann (NZ) (Faltaat).

In the unusual position of second on the table is the superstar Savabeel, the undisputed king of New Zealand’s current stallions.

Champion Sire Savabeel standing at Waikato Stud.
Champion Sire Savabeel standing at Waikato Stud.

The Waikato Stud titan has won the Grosvenor Award (champion New Zealand sire) for five consecutive seasons, as well as the Dewar and Centaine Awards for Australasian and worldwide earnings four times each.

Karaka has played a huge part in Savabeel’s spectacular success. He has sired 18 individual Group One winners, of which 14 went through the ring at Karaka – Lucia Valentina (NZ), Sangster (NZ), Soriano (NZ), Scarlett Lady (NZ), Savvy Coup (NZ), Costume (NZ), Diademe (NZ), Brambles (NZ), Sword of Osman (NZ), Nicoletta (NZ), Savaria (NZ), Hall of Fame (NZ), Hasahalo (NZ) and Embellish (NZ).

As well as his outstanding older performers, Savabeel has also had elite success with two-year-olds, such as Sword of Osman, Karaka Million winner Probabeel (NZ) and Sydney Group One winner Pasadena Girl (NZ).

Karaka is unparalleled as a source of Savabeel’s progeny. He has consistently been in massive demand at the National Yearling Sales in recent seasons, including a $1.4 million Sale-topping colt during Book 1 last year. His 48 yearlings at Karaka 2019 sold for a total of $14.22 million, averaging $296,250 each, with four going past the $500,000 mark.

Karaka 2020 looks like more of the same, with a bumper crop of 74 well-bred Savabeel yearlings in the catalogue for Book 1. They include the progeny of Group One-winning mares Shez Sinsational (NZ) (Ekraar), Sofia Rosa (NZ) (Makfi) and Valley Girl (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), while Lot 454 is out of a full-sister to Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Royal Ascot Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) winner Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock).

Per Incanto sits in third place on the New Zealand sires’ premiership this season with 35 winners, lifting his overall total to 131 from 219 runners. He has sired 18 individual stakes winners, including three at the elite level.

Per Incanto stands at Little Avondale Stud.
Per Incanto stands at Little Avondale Stud.

Karaka 2020 will showcase 14 Per Incanto yearlings in Book 1 and 21 in Book 2. Lot 403 is the second foal out of the dual Group One winner Xanadu (NZ) (Elusive City).

There should be plenty of interest in the Karaka yearlings by the fourth-placed stallion on the New Zealand premiership – the final southern hemisphere crop of Showcasing.

Proven stallion Showcasing stands at Haunui Farm.
Proven stallion Showcasing stands at Haunui Farm.

The son of Oasis Dream shuttled to Haunui Farm from 2011 to 2017 and has made a massive impression in this part of the world, siring 134 winners from 255 runners in Australia and New Zealand including 15 individual stakes winners.

In the 2018-19 season, Showcasing set a modern-day New Zealand record with 12 individual two-year-old winners – more than twice as many as any other sire on the premiership. He has become renowned for his outstanding two-year-olds, with 10 of his 15 stakes winners in this part of the world doing so as juveniles.

Showcasing’s final season shuttling to New Zealand produced 74 foals, with 24 set to go through the ring in Karaka 2020 – three in Book 1, 19 in Book 2 and two in Book 3. Lot 28 is a half-brother to the Singapore Gold Cup winner Bahana (NZ) (Elusive City).

The other leading New Zealand sires this season who will feature at Karaka 2020 include the internationally proven Tavistock (NZ), who sadly died at Cambridge Stud last month, plus top-quality shuttler Iffraaj, Zed (NZ), Swiss Ace and Rip Van Winkle.

Australia

On the other side of the Tasman, Pierro has been the standout sire through the first four months of this season. His 165 runners have featured 70 individual winners, who have amassed more than A$8.3 million in prize-money.

Pierro has sired five individual Group One winners, including Regal Power and Shadow Hero this season. In New Zealand, meanwhile, he is the sire of Dragon Leap, the impressive winner of this month’s Group 2 Auckland Guineas (1600m) and favourite for the Group One New Zealand Derby.

Pierro is the sire of 10 yearlings in Book 1 of Karaka 2020. Lot 156 is a half-brother to the Group One winner Rollout The Carpet (Holy Roman Emperor).

Rubick has only two crops of racing age, but he has soared up to second on the Australian sires’ standings with 20 winners and more than $7.8 million in stakes. A big contributor to that has been Yes Yes Yes, who won the world’s richest turf race, The Everest (1200m) at Randwick in October.

Buyers can capitalise on Rubick’s rising stocks with two of his yearlings in Book 1 of Karaka 2020. Lot 482 is out of the multiple Group Two placegetter Calm Smytzer (NZ) (Zabeel), whose daughter Star Karen (Camelot) placed in the Group One New Zealand Oaks (2400m).

I Am Invincible has become one of the biggest names on the Australian stallion line-up. Starting out at a service fee of just A$11,000 in 2010, he now commands a fee of A$247,500.

He has sired 460 winners from 603 runners, with 117 individual stakes winners including nine at Group One level. His influence has also been felt on this side of the Tasman with Media Sensation, who was a $425,000 purchase at Karaka and won the Group One New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).

There are two colts by I Am Invincible in Book 1 of Karaka 2020. Lot 247 is out of a daughter of the Group One winner Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel).

Ocean Park (NZ) is one of the rising stars of New Zealand’s crop of stallions, and he has made a big name for himself in Australia – sitting in fifth on the Australian premiership with 28 winners and more than $7 million in prizemoney this season.

The Waikato Stud up-and-comer has sired a total of nine individual stakes winners, headed by Kolding (NZ), the $170,000 Karaka purchase who has won this year’s A$1 million Group One Epsom Handicap (1600m) and A$7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m).

Ocean Park has nine yearlings in Book 1 of Karaka 2020 and 13 in Book 2.

Lot 58 is a half-sister to Group One Australian Guineas (1600m) placegetter You’re So Good (NZ) (Savabeel), whose dam is a half-sister to the multiple Group One winner Melito (Redoute’s Choice).

Lot 243 is out of the multiple Group winner and Group One-placed Ruud Van Slaats (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy), who is a dam of three stakes performers from five foals to race.

Zoustar is another bright young stallion star, prominently placed on the Australian premiership with only three crops of racing age.

Zoustar has sired a total of 106 winners from 177 runners, with 13 individual stakes winners. His best performer is the multiple Group One-winning sprinter Sunlight, who headed an all-Zoustar trifecta in the 2018 edition of the prestigious Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

Zoustar’s four yearlings in the Book 1 catalogue include Lot 254, out of the three-time Group Two winner Satinka (NZ) (Stravinsky), Lot 295, out of Group Two winner So Pristine (Zabeel), and Lot 676, whose dam was a two-time stakes placegetter in Germany.

The remainder of the top 10 sires in Australia this season are all big names and all have representation at Karaka 2020 – multiple Australian champion sires Snitzel and Exceed and Excel, Nature Strip’s sire Nicconi and the outstanding sire Not a Single Doubt.

Karaka 2020 begins with Book 1, which runs from 11am on Sunday 26 January until the end of Tuesday 28 January. Book 2 takes place between Wednesday 29 January and Friday 31 January.

In a change from previous years, Book 3 will take place on the afternoon of Friday 31 January, instead of Sunday 2 February. 115 yearlings will go under the hammer immediately after the conclusion of the Book 2 Sale, rounding off a terrific week of selling.

Adding further appeal to the bloodstock that will be on offer, all yearlings offered at Karaka 2020 are eligible for the lucrative Karaka Million Series. They will have the opportunity to race for $2 million with the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO in 2021 and the $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic in 2022.

KARAKA 2019 SCHEDULE

Karaka Million Twilight Meeting: Saturday 25 January

Book 1: Sunday 26 January – Tuesday 28 January

Book 2: Wednesday 29 January – Friday 31 January

Book 3: Friday 31 January

You can request catalogues by emailing reception@nzb.co.nz or view them online. For news and sales information from NZB visit www.nzb.co.nz.


Fresh Wave of Talent Embarks at Karaka

An exciting crop of youngsters will be out in force with both quantity and quality as Karaka 2020 provides unmatched access to their first crops of yearlings.

Alphabetically, here is another snapshot of the following five new stallion prospects with progeny on offer at Karaka 2020. The other 14 new stallions in Book 1 are embarking on exciting stud careers across the Tasman.

New Zealand-based Stallions

TIVACI

Tivaci stands at Waikato Stud for a service fee of $20,000.
Tivaci stands at Waikato Stud for a service fee of $20,000.

Tivaci (High Chaparral) is the latest addition to the stallion roster at Waikato Stud, who have been leading vendors at Karaka for the last six years. Their headline stallion Savabeel (Zabeel) has become a dominant force on New Zealand racetracks and in the sale ring.

Tivaci is by High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells), whose outstanding sons So You Think (NZ) and Dundeel (NZ) have already followed up their racetrack heroics with multiple Group One successes at stud. Dundeel is the sire of Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth, last season’s dual Group One-winning New Zealand two-year-old Yourdeel (NZ), and Group One-winning Sydney two-year-old Castelvecchio.

From 21 career starts, Tivaci won six including the Group One All-Aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney. He is the only son of High Chaparral to win a Group One race at a distance shorter than 1600m.

Among the horses he defeated during his high-class career were the Group One winners Le Romain (Hard Spun), Redkirk Warrior (Notnowcato), English (Encosta de Lago) and Palentino (Teofilo).

A weanling from Tivaci’s first crop fetched $95,000 at the Karaka May Sale, the highest price of the weanling session.

Tivaci has 46 yearlings on offer at Karaka 2020. Lot 241 is outstandingly bred, being a half-brother to the Group One Australian Guineas (1600m) and Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) winner Grunt (NZ) (O’Reilly). The colt’s dam is a half-sister to the multiple Group One winner and exciting young sire Ocean Park (NZ) (Thorn Park).

Lot 336 is a half-brother to two Group One winners – the Thorndon Mile (1600m) winner A Touch Of Ruby (NZ) (Pins), and last month’s New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) heroine Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice).

Lot 625 is a half-brother to two stakes performers including two-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon (NZ) (Pins).

Lots 92, 175, 287, 494, 632 and 654 are also half-siblings to stakes winners, while Lots 40, 208, 494, 560 and 661 are sons or daughters of stakes winners.

TURN ME LOOSE

Turn Me Loose, standing at Windsor Park Stud for $15,000.
Turn Me Loose, standing at Windsor Park Stud for $15,000.

The second of the Windsor Park Stud up-and-comers is Turn Me Loose (NZ) (Iffraaj). His service fee is $15,000.

Turn Me Loose is one of only two sons of Iffraaj (Zafonic) at stud in New Zealand, and the only one with foals on the ground. Another of his Group One-winning sons, Ribchester, commands a service fee of A$22,000 in Australia.

The winner of the Group One New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) as a three-year-old, Turn Me Loose later proved himself against Australia’s best with brilliant Group One victories in the Emirates Stakes (1600m) and Futurity Stakes (1400m). He was New Zealand’s champion sprinter and middle-distance horse in 2015-16.

Turn Me Loose beat such horses as Stratum Star (Stratum), Scissor Kick (Redoute’s Choice) and Trust in a Gust (Keep the Faith), who stand at stud in Australia.

His first three damsires are the legendary Danehill (Danzig), Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer) and Shirley Heights (Mill Reef).

Turn Me Loose has 56 Lots catalogued for Karaka 2020.

Lot 38 is out of Lady Kipling (NZ) (Savabeel), a multiple Group Two winner who also placed at Group One level four times.

Lot 48 is a half-sister to two Group performers, while Lot 53 is out of Let Me Roar (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle), a Group Two-placed half-sister to multiple Group One winner Lion Tamer (NZ) (Storming Home).

The dam of Lot 167 is the unraced Street Cry mare Peace Cry, a daughter of the multiple Group One winner Keep The Peace (NZ) (Keeper). The dam of Lot 197 is a Snitzel mare whose half-sister Planet Rock (Fastnet Rock) won the Group One New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).

Lot 221 is out of a three-quarter-sister to Group One winner Royal Descent (Redoute’s Choice).

VADAMOS

Rich Hill Stud stallion Vadamos stands for a service fee of $15,000.
Rich Hill Stud stallion Vadamos stands for a service fee of $15,000.

Rich Hill Stud’s member of the new-stallion brigade is Vadamos (Monsun), whose service fee is $15,000.

Vadamos is by Monsun, the sire of 2013 Melbourne Cup winner and sire Fiorente, 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist and 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin.

Vadamos is a half-brother to the stakes winner Volfango (Dutch Art), and to the dam of Group winner Tornibush (Dream Ahead).

The dam of Vadamos is a half-sister to the multiple Group One winner and sire Valixir (Trempolino).

Vadamos won eight races including the Group One Prix du Moulin (1600m), two Group Two races and a Group Three. He placed in the Group One Prix Jacques le Marois (1600m) and was fourth in the Group one Cox Plate (2040m) and Emirates Stakes (2000m).

There are 46 progeny of Vadamos catalogued in Books 1, 2 and 3.

Lot 43 is out of Lafleur (NZ) (Zabeel), a multiple Group Two winner who has produced six winners from seven foals to race including two stakes winners.

Lot 312 is a half-brother to three stakes winners, while Lots 103 and 168 are half-brothers to two stakes performers apiece.

Lot 106 is a half-sister to Group One performer Chambord (NZ) (Zabeel), and Lot 262 is out of multiple Group One winner Say No More (NZ) (Pentire).

The dam of Lot 169 is a full-sister to Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance (NZ) (Pentire). Lot 129 is out of a half-sister to Singapore Derby winner Infantry (NZ) (Tavistock), and Lots 30 and 271 are closely related to Group One winners (King) Mufhasa (NZ) (Pentire) and (The) Bostonian (NZ) (Jimmy Choux).

VANBRUGH

Vanbrugh stands for a service fee of $5,000.
Vanbrugh stands for a service fee of $5,000.

Completing the Windsor Park trio is Vanbrugh (Encosta de Lago), who stands for a $5,000 service fee.

Vanbrugh’s sire Encosta de Lago (Fairy King) has been a champion sire and is making his mark as a sire of sires. He is grandsire of Group One stars such as Golden Slipper heroine She Will Reign (Manhattain Rain) and Australian Guineas winner Mystic Journey (Needs Further).

On the maternal side, Vanbrugh’s dam is one of 11 winners from the Centaine mare Professionelle. Four of those won at stakes level, including four-time Group Two winner Sportsman (Supremo).

The high point of Vanbrugh’s career came with his victory in the Group One Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), which has been a springboard to enormously successful stud careers in the last 20 years for the likes of Savabeel (Zabeel) and Dundeel (NZ) (High Chaparral), along with promising young sires such as Complacent (Authorized) and Hampton Court (Redoute’s Choice).

Vanbrugh also won the Group Three Coongy Handicap (2000m), beating the subsequent Group One Doncaster Handicap (1600m) and multiple Group Two winner It’s Somewhat (Dynaformer).

Vanbrugh is the sire of four Lots offered at Karaka 2020. Lot 656 is a half-brother to Helena Baby (NZ) (Guillotine), who won this year’s Listed Opunake Cup (1400m) and placed behind superstar Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) in the Group One Tarzino Trophy (1400m).

WROTE

Highview stallion Wrote standing for $5,000.
Vanbrugh stands for a service fee of $5,000.

The last of the New Zealand-based first season sires featuring at Karaka 2020 is Wrote (High Chaparral), who stands at Highview for $5,000.

Wrote has made an exciting start to his stud career in the northern hemisphere, siring 22 winners from 43 runners in his first two crops including the stakes-placed High Providence.

Wrote is by High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells), whose outstanding sons So You Think (NZ) and Dundeel (NZ) have already followed up their racetrack heroics with multiple Group One successes at stud. Dundeel is the sire of Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth, last season’s dual Group One-winning New Zealand two-year-old Yourdeel (NZ), and Group One-winning Sydney two-year-old Castelvecchio.

Wrote comes from the same family as legendary sires Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer) and Nureyev (Northern Dancer), along with Encosta de Lago’s sire Fairy King (Northern Dancer) and top-class Hong Kong gallopers Time Warp (Archipenko) and Glorious Forever (Archipenko).

While High Chaparral is best known for his feats with progeny aged three and older, Wrote showed exceptional early talent with his win in the Group One Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (1600m).

Wrote is the sire of 14 catalogued lots in Karaka 2020. Lot 624 is a half-brother to the dam of this year’s Group One Schweppes Oaks (2000m) winner Princess Jenni (NZ) (High Chaparral).

Australian-based sires

Karaka 2020 also features a quality selection of debut yearlings from an outstanding group of young Australian-based stallions.

Coolmore shuttler American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) made history in 2015, becoming the first horse in 37 years to win America’s famed Triple Crown. He later added the Group One Breeders’ Cup Classic (2000m), an unprecedented achievement dubbed ‘the Grand Slam’.

American Pharoah’s yearlings have sold for massive amounts in the northern hemisphere, including a filly who fetched US$8.2 million at Keeneland in September of this year.

There are eight American Pharoah yearlings in the Book 1 catalogue, including the progeny of stakes winners Posavina (NZ) (Tiger Hill), Soubrettes (NZ) (High Chaparral) and Strada Cavallo (NZ) (Alamosa). Lot 598 is a half-brother to Group One placegetter and sire Savile Row (NZ) (Makfi).

Exciting young Darley stallion Astern (Medaglia d’Oro) is a half-brother to the multiple Group One winner Alizee (Sepoy), along with black-type performers Tassort (Brazen Beau) and Mogador (Lonhro).

Astern won five of his nine starts including a dominant performance in the Group One Golden Rose (1400m). He also won the Group Two Silver Slipper (1100m), Group Two Run to the Rose (1200m) and Group Three Kindergarten Stakes (1100m), and finished second in the famously ‘stallion-making’ Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

Astern is the sire of 10 yearlings in Book 1 of Karaka 2020. Lot 7 is out of a half-sister to Group One winners Shamrocker (NZ) (O’Reilly) and Rock Diva (NZ) (Lucky Unicorn), while the dam of Lot 294 is a half-sister to Group One performers Eleonora (NZ) (Makfi) and Supera (NZ) (Savabeel).

Capitalist (Written Tycoon), who stands at Newgate Farm, has attracted plenty of attention at stud through his brilliant victory in the Group One Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill.

A quartet of his yearlings will be offered at Karaka, including Lot 118, who is a close relative to a number of stakes winners. Lot 373 is out of Uberalles (NZ) (Giant’s Causeway), a Group One-placed daughter of champion mare Ethereal (NZ) (Rhythm).

Other Australian-based first season sires to feature in Book 1 include Group One winners Divine Prophet (Choisir), Extreme Choice (Not a Single Doubt), Flying Artie (Artie Schiller), Frosted (Tapit), Maurice (Screen Hero), Mikki Isle (Deep Impact), Territories (Invincible Spirit) and Xtravagant (NZ) (Pentire).

KARAKA 2020 SCHEDULE

Karaka Million Twilight Meeting: Saturday 25 January

Book 1: Sunday 26 January – Tuesday 28 January

Book 2: Wednesday 29 January – Friday 31 January

Book 3: Friday 31 January

You can request catalogues by emailing reception@nzb.co.nz or view them online. For news and sales information from NZB visit www.nzb.co.nz.


New Stallions Set to Shine at Karaka

The young guns will come out to play at Karaka 2020, with a new wave of exciting young stallions set to make a massive impact. This year’s Sale will showcase an especially high number of first season sires, with 25 featuring in the catalogue for Book 1 alone.

Here is a snapshot of the first six exciting stallion prospects with progeny offered at Karaka 2020.

New Zealand-based Stallions

BELARDO

Belardo who shuttles to Haunui Farm for a service fee of $12,000.
Belardo who shuttles to Haunui Farm for a service fee of $12,000.

Alphabetically, the first of the New Zealand-based newcomers is Belardo (Lope de Vega), who shuttles to Haunui Farm for a service fee of $12,000.

Belardo was a Group One winner as a two-year-old in the Dewhurst Stakes (1400m), then added the Lockinge Stakes (1600m) as a four-year-old to earn a Timeform rating of 126. He also ran second to champion American mare Tepin (Bernstein) in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot, and ran second to five-time Group One winner Solow (Singspiel) in the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1600m).

Belardo is by Lope de Vega (Shamardal), the outstanding sire of more than 50 stakes winners including the sprint stars Santa Ana Lane and Vega Magic. Belardo is his only son at stud in Australasia.

Belardo’s dam, the Danehill mare Danaskaya, placed at Group One and Group Two level as a two-year-old in the UK.

Belardo is the sire of 26 yearlings offered at Karaka 2020. Lot 476 is out of the New Zealand Oaks winner Boundless (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy), while Lot 60 is a half-brother to stakes winner London Line (Blackfriars) and Lot 144 is a half-brother to this season’s stakes-performed two-year-old Ohio Showgirl (NZ) (Showcasing).

PREFERMENT

Preferment stands at Brighthill Farm for $12,500.
Preferment stands at Brighthill Farm for $12,500.

Standing for $12,500 at Brighthill Farm, Preferment (NZ) is by the legendary Zabeel (NZ) (Sir Tristram), who has become an outstanding sire of sires – headed by the current champion Kiwi stallion Savabeel.

There are only three Group One-winning sons of Zabeel currently standing at stud in Australasia – Savabeel, Don Eduardo (NZ) and Preferment.

Preferment won the Group One Victoria Derby (2500m) as a three-year-old, and he was voted champion stayer in Australia following a four-year-old season that featured Group One victories in the Turnbull Stakes (2000m), Australian Cup (2000m) and BMW (2400m).

Preferment defeated Group One-winning gallopers such as Hallowed Crown (Street Sense) and Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock), who are embarking on their own stud careers in Australia.

Preferment’s brother to Rezoned (NZ) (Zabeel) won at Group Three level and is the dam of this season’s Group One MRC Thousand Guineas (1600m) placegetter Southbank (Fastnet Rock).

There are 30 progeny of Preferment catalogued.

Lot 87 is a half-sister to three stakes performers including the current Queensland cult hero The Candy Man (Casino Prince). Lot 503 is out of a half-sister to the Group Two winner Natalie Wood (NZ) (Yachtie), dam of Melbourne Cup placegetter Maluckyday (NZ) (Zabeel). Lot 591 is out of a full-sister to the Group One winner Age of Fire (Fastnet Rock).

PUCCINI

Puccini, standing at Mapperley Stud for $5,000.
Puccini, standing at Mapperley Stud for $5,000.

A multiple Group One-winning son of Encosta de Lago, Puccini (NZ) commands a $5,000 service fee at Mapperley Stud.

A champion sire himself, Encosta de Lago (Fairy King) is making his mark as a sire of sires. He is grandsire of Group One stars such as Golden Slipper heroine She Will Reign (Manhattain Rain) and Australian Guineas winner Mystic Journey (Needs Further).

Puccini is one of seven winners from six foals to race out of the Paris Opera mare Miss Opera (NZ). Two of that group were successful at Group One level.

Sir Slick (NZ) (Volksraad) won a total of 22 races in his remarkable career, six of them at the elite level.

Miss Opera’s other successful foals include Mr Jinky (NZ) (Volksraad), who placed at Group Two level, and the Group Three performer and successful broodmare Shortblackmini (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe). She is the dam of Group Two winner Amarula (NZ) (Thorn Park), Group Three winner and Group One-placed Little Wonder (NZ) (Volksraad) and Group Two-placed Langkawi (NZ) (Helmet).

Puccini himself was New Zealand’s champion three-year-old in 2013-14, winning four stakes races including the Group One New Zealand Derby (2400m). He returned as a four-year-old to win the Group One Thorndon Mile (1600m).

Puccini is the sire of Lot 126 at Karaka 2020, a half-brother to the stakes-placed Naval Fleet (NZ) (Declaration of War). The colt’s dam is a three-quarter-sister to Don Garcia (NZ) (Danehill), who was a million-dollar yearling at Karaka in 2005 and won at stakes level.

RAGEESE

Rageese, a new sire standing at Windsor Park for $5,000.
Rageese, a new sire standing at Windsor Park for $5,000.

Rageese (Street Cry) is one of a trio of new sires at Windsor Park Stud who will feature at Karaka 2020. His service fee is $5,000.

Windsor Park has been a nursery for terrific young stallions in recent seasons, claiming first season sire titles with Shamexpress (NZ) (O’Reilly) and Charm Spirit (Invincible Spirit) in the last two years.

Rageese is by Street Cry (Machiavellian), the sire of champion mares Winx and Zenyatta. He is also a successful sire of sires, with Per Incanto consistently ranking among the top three on New Zealand’s sire standings.

Rageese won four races including the Group Three L’Oreal Paris Stakes (1400m) at Flemington. He ran second to the highly rated young Australian stallion Pride of Dubai (Street Cry) in the Group One ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), beating another stallion prospect in Odyssey Moon (Snitzel).

Rageese descends from fourth dam Emancipation (Bletchingly), who was an Australian Horse of the Year and won six Group One races including the Doncaster Handicap (1600m) and George Main Stakes (1600m). The family also features the Group One winners Rumya (Red Ransom), Stratum Star (Stratum), Virage de Fortune (Anabaa) and Caulfield Cup winner Railings (Zabeel).

There are nine Rageese yearlings in Book 1 and Books 2 & 3 of Karaka 2020. Lot 274 is a half-brother to stakes winner Flavigny (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) and well-performed Hong Kong sprinter Pingwu Spark (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), while Lot 354 is closely related to Rattan (NZ) (Savabeel), a Group One performer in Hong Kong. Lot 367 is out of the multiple Group One placegetter Trepidation (NZ) (Falkirk), and the dam of Lot 579 won at Group Two level in South Africa.

TARZINO

Tarzino stands at Westbury Stud for $15,000.
Tarzino stands at Westbury Stud for $15,000.

Standing at Westbury Stud for a fee of $15,000, Tarzino (NZ) is the first son of high-class stallion Tavistock (NZ) (Montjeu) to retire to stud.

Tarzino is closely related to the Group One winner Kindacross (NZ) (Cape Cross), the Group Two winner Respect (NZ) (Zabeel) and the Group One-placed Kind Return (NZ) (Zabeel).

On the racetrack, Tarzino collected four wins including the Group One Victoria Derby (2500m) and Rosehill Guineas (2000m).

In the Rosehill Guineas, he defeated the subsequent multiple Group one winners Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) and Jameka (Myboycharlie).

Tarzino was voted champion three-year-old in Australia in 2015-16, beating highly rated young stallions such as Exosphere (Lonhro), Spill the Beans (Snitzel) and Press Statement (Hinchinbrook).

Tarzino is represented in big numbers offered at Karaka 2020, appearing as the sire of 36 quality yearlings.

Lot 39 is a half-sister to Singapore’s Champion 2YO of 2016, Lim’s Racer (NZ) (Red Giant).

The dam of Lot 179 is a three-quarter-sister to the dam of Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist (Monsun).

Lot 15 is out of a half-sister to the multiple Group One winner Turn Me Loose (NZ) (Iffraaj), the dam of Lot 47 is a half-sister to multiple Group One winner Lotteria (Redoute’s Choice), and the dam of Lot 112 is a half-sister to a Grade One-winning two-year-old in America.

TELPERION

Telperion, standing at Westbury Stud with a service fee of $5,000.
Telperion, standing at Westbury Stud with a service fee of $5,000.

A barn mate to Tarzino at Westbury Stud, Telperion (Street Cry) stands at a service fee of $5,000.

Telperion is a half-brother to Kementari (Lonhro), who won the Group One Randwick Guineas (1600m) and is beginning a stud career at Darley Australia for a fee of A$33,000.

Telperion is by Street Cry (Machiavellian), the sire of champion mares Winx and Zenyatta. He is also a successful sire of sires, with Per Incanto consistently ranking among the top three on New Zealand’s sire standings.

In a short racing career, Telperion won the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m), beating subsequent Group One winners Prized Icon (More than Ready) and Spright (Hinchinbrook). Prized Icon now stands at Kooringal Stud for A$11,000.

Telperion finished second to that season’s champion filly Yankee Rose (All American) in the Group One ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. He also finished fourth in the Golden Slipper (1200m) behind Capitalist (Written Tycoon), who commands a A$55,000 fee at Newgate Farm.

Among those behind him in that Golden Slipper were Star Turn (Star Witness), who stands for A$22,000 at Vinery Stud, Extreme Choice (Not a Single Doubt), whose fee at Newgate Farm is also A$22,000, Astern (Medaglia d’Oro), who commands A$33,000 at Darley, and Kiss and Make Up (More than Ready), an A$11,000 stallion at Aquis Farm.

Telperion has 29 yearlings entered for next year’s Sale. Lot 486 is a half-brother to the multiple Listed winner Global Thinking (So You Think), and Lot 502 is a half-brother to Ho Ho Khan (NZ) (Makfi), whose five wins include the Group Three Queen Mother Memorial Cup (2400m) at Sha Tin. The colt’s dam is a half-sister to Group One winner Royal Descent (Redoute’s Choice).

KARAKA 2020 SCHEDULE

Karaka Million Twilight Meeting: Saturday 25 January

Book 1: Sunday 26 January – Tuesday 28 January

Book 2: Wednesday 29 January – Friday 31 January

Book 3: Friday 31 January

You can request catalogues by emailing reception@nzb.co.nz or view them online. For news and sales information from NZB visit www.nzb.co.nz.


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