Karaka Million Series

Two Million Reasons

The Karaka Million Series offers graduates of NZB’s National Yearling Sales Series the opportunity to compete for a share in two $1 million features.

Just ten short months after the yearlings make their sale ring debut, in 2023 they are eligible to compete in the lucrative $1 million DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO and in 2024 they will be able to contest the $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic.

The Karaka Million Twilight Meeting, held at Auckland Racing Club’s Ellerslie Racecourse will host the two million-dollar features, the CollinsonForex Karaka Cup and a support card of three Group races cementing its position as the country’s richest race meeting.

The “KM” logo displayed on the nominations and fields produced by NZTR denotes that the horse is qualified for a start in the Karaka Million 2YO, the Karaka Million 3YO Classic and the CollinsonForex Karaka Cup.

All yearlings and select weanlings purchased at Karaka are eligible for the Series. To nominate your purchase following a Sale, email [email protected] or call +64 9 298 0055. Entry deadlines apply, check the Terms & Conditions for the relevant sale for which the horse was purchased from. 

The Race Towards the 2022 DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO

2022 $1M Karaka Million 2YO winner Dynastic (NZ).

A Restricted Listed 1200m race for two-year-olds, the order of entry for the $1m DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO is determined by prizemoney won with the field limited to 14 starters. 

For the sixth year in a row in 2022, a packed and sun-soaked Ellerslie saluted syndication superstars Te Akau Racing and record-breaking trainer Jamie Richards as the winners of the $1m DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO (1200m).

Dynastic (NZ) (Almanzor), who was bought by David Ellis for $360,000 from Book 1 of Karaka 2021, joins an exceptional stable honour roll alongside the subsequent Group One winners Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands), Avantage (Fastnet Rock), Probabeel (NZ) (Savabeel), Cool Aza Beel (NZ) (Savabeel) and On The Bubbles (Brazen Beau).

Eligible Horses for the 2022 Karaka Million 2YO Race (Sold at Karaka 2021)

Second Share of $1 million in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic

2022 Karaka Million 3YO Classic winner Pin Me Up.

Formerly named the Karaka 3YO Mile, the stakes quadrupled since its $250,000 running in 2012 to the inaugural $1 million running in 2018. Also carrying Restricted Listed status, in 2022 the three-year-olds raced over 1600m in their second chance at $1 million with the field limited to 18 horses.

The order of entry is determined by NZTR domestic ratings – those with the lowest ratings will be eliminated first.

In 2022, Te Akau Racing and Jamie Richards swept another million-dollar double at New Zealand Bloodstock’s iconic Karaka Million twilight race meeting at Ellerslie, with Pin Me Up (NZ) (Pins) winning $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m). Pin Me Up was purchased for $270,000 at Waikato Stud's Karaka 2020 Book 1 draft by Andrew Williams Bloodstock and Konj.

Eligible Horses for the 2022 Karaka Million 3YO Classic Race (Sold at Karaka 2020)

2022 $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup

2022 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup winner Rapid Falls (NZ).

Run over 2200m, graduates are eligible to compete in the $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup (formely names the Karaka Stayers Cup) for the remainder of their careers.

The order of entry will be determined by NZTR domestic ratings – in the event of horses being on equal ratings these horses will be separated by the Handicapper based on each of the horse’s last three starts.

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike landed his second $110,000 Collinson Forex Karaka Cup (2200m) when Rapid Falls (NZ) (Sacred Falls) powered out of the pack to win the opening race of the 2022 Karaka Million twilight extravaganza at Ellerslie.

Eligible Horses (sold at Karaka 2016)
Eligible Horses (sold at Karaka 2017)
Eligible Horses (sold at Karaka 2018)
Eligible Horses (sold at Karaka 2019)
Eligible Horses (sold at Karaka 2020)

Eligible Horses (sold at Karaka 2021)

Karaka Million Terms & Conditions - 2021 New Zealand Bloodstock Sales Series
Karaka Million Terms & Conditions - 2022 New Zealand Bloodstock Sales Series

Karaka Million 2YO Honour Roll

YEAR  WINNER SIRE X DAM VENDOR SALE PURCHASER
2022 Dynastic (NZ) Almanzor x Meir Windsor Park Stud $360,000 Book 1 Mr DC Ellis
2021 On The Bubbles  Brazen Beau x More Bubbles Leanach Lodge $90,000 Book 1 Mr DC Ellis
2020 Cool Aza Beel (NZ) Savabeel x Cool 'N' Sassy Fairdale Stud $150,000 Book 1 Mr DC Ellis
2019 Probabeel (NZ)  Savabeel x Far Fetched Waikato Stud $380,000 Book 1  Mr DC Ellis
2018 Avantage Fastnet Rock x Asavant The Oaks Stud $210,000 Premier Sale  Mr DC Ellis
2017 Melody Belle (NZ) Commands x Meleka Belle Haunui Farm $57,500 Premier Sale Mr DC Ellis
2016 Xiong Feng (NZ)   Iffraaj x Stray Monovale Farm  $30,000 Select Sale ZL Mok
2015 Hardline (NZ) Showcasing x Midnight Breaker Hallmark Stud $130,000 Select Sale  LB Racing
2014 Vespa (NZ)  Elusive City x Miss Avalon Valachi Downs  $34,000 Select Sale  Cavallo Agistment Centre
2013 Ruud Awakening Bernardini x Dawn Almighty Westbury Stud  $90,000 Premier Sale Go Racing Ltd  
2012 Ockham's Razor (NZ)  Any Suggestion x Shadow Ray Rich Hill Stud  $170,000 Premier Sale Bahen Bloodstock
2011  Fort Lincoln Charge Forward x Belle Toujours Curraghmore $110,000 Premier Sale Lisa Latta Racing Stables
2010 Sister Havana (NZ)  General Nediym x Ultima Vita  Shelby Park  $40,000 Select Sale Aquanita Racing
2009 The Heckler  Lucky Owners x Comedy Café Woodridge Farm $70,000 Select Sale Peter Walker
2008 Vincent Mangano No Excuse Needed x Rationable  Waikato Stud $80,000 Premier Sale Mr PN & Mrs K Mckay

 

Karaka Million 3YO Classic Honour Roll

YEAR WINNER SIRE X DAM VENDOR SALE PURCHASER
2022 Pin Me Up (NZ)  Pins x Brampton Loco Waikato Stud $270,000 Andrew Williams Bloodstock / Konj 
2021 Aegon (NZ) Sacred Falls x Toss Up Waikato Stud $150,000 Book 1 Mr AC Forsman
2020 Probabeel (NZ) Savabeel x Far Fetched   Waikato Stud $380,000 Book 1 Mr DC Ellis
2019 Long Leaf  Fastnet Rock x Frustrating   Curraghmore   $750,000 Premier Sale BBA Ireland
2018 Scott Base (NZ) Dalghar x Extra Celestial  Brighthill Farm $70,000 Select Sale Chris Rutten Bloodstock

 

Your Invite Oncourse

Karaka Million Twilight Meeting is an event not to be missed.

The 2023 Karaka Million Twilight extravaganza will showcase two million dollar features at New Zealand's most lucrative race day.

Venue: Counties Racing Club
Date: Saturday 21 January 2023
Dress: Cocktail Racewear
Watch: Trackside 1 or LoveRacing.co.nz

Race Card:

$1M Doubletree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO (1200m, RL)
$1M Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m, RL)
$110,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup (2200m)
$110,000 G2 Westbury Classic (1400m)
$80,000 G3 Brighthill Farm Concorde Handicap (1200m)
$80,000 G3 Cambridge Stud Almanzor Trophy (1200m)