Karaka Millions Series
Millions of Reasons
New Zealand's richest raceday has been enhanced further, with the Karaka Millions Series offering graduates of NZB’s Sales the opportunity to compete for a share in the TAB Karaka Millions races. Now featuring a $1.5 million three-year-old race alongside the $1 million two-year-old race.
Just twelve short months after the yearlings make their sale ring debut, they are eligible to compete in the lucrative $1 million TAB Karaka Millions 2YO race and another twelve months later they will be able to contest the boosted $1.5 million TAB Karaka Millions 3YO race.
The “KM” logo displayed on the nominations and fields produced by NZTR denotes that the horse is qualified for a start in the two TAB-sponsored features for graduates.
All yearlings and 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 2024 TAB Karaka Millions 2YO
In 2023, the 16th running of the $1m Karaka Millions 2YO (1200m) was a Karaka Millions like no other – the first million-dollar race ever run at Pukekohe, with regular venue Ellerslie closed for redevelopment. But as soon as the starting gates opened, it was business as usual.
Syndication powerhouse Te Akau Racing won New Zealand’s richest two-year-old race for the seventh year in a row, with Tokyo Tycoon (NZ) (Satono Aladdin) extending his unbeaten record to three out of three. Bought by David Ellis for $125,000 from Book 1 of Karaka 2022, the Karaka Millions-winning gelding was bred and sold by Rich Hill Stud.
$1.5 million Opportunity in the TAB Karaka Millions 3YO
In 2023, super-talented filly Prowess (NZ) (Proisir) was slightly under the radar as she arrived at Pukekohe to face one of the strongest fields in the history of the $1m Karaka Millions 3YO (1600m), but she stepped out of the shadows and stole the show.
Many had expected a match race between prolific winners Legarto (NZ) (Proisir) and Wild Night (NZ) (Vanbrugh), but the favourites were upstaged by a brilliant performance from Prowess. Bought by trainers Roger James and Robert Wellwood for $230,000 from Book 1 of Karaka 2021 from breeders Hallmark Stud.
Your Invite On Course in 2024
TAB Karaka Millions Raceday
Venue: Ellerslie Racecourse
Date: Saturday 27 January 2024
Dress: Cocktail Racewear
Watch: Trackside Premier, Trackside 1 or LOVERACING.co.nz
$1m TAB Karaka Millions 2YO (1200m)
$1.5m TAB Karaka Millions 3YO (1600m)
$1m Elsdon Park Aotearoa Classic 4YO (1600m)
$500,000 Group Two Westbury Classic (1400m)
$225,000 Group Three Brighthill Farm Concorde Handicap (1200m)
$225,000 Group Three Cambridge Stud Almanzor Trophy (1200m)