Karaka 2021

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Experience the heat at NZB's 2021 National Yearling Sale from 24 - 28 January at the Karaka Sales Centre. • nzb.co.nz

Join Emily Bosson, Michael Guerin and Danny Rolston as they discuss the Karaka 2021 National Yearling Sale.

The 2021 Karaka Million Barrier Draw held at Karaka Sales Centre. Connections are invited to personally draw their barrier for the $1 million DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) and $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic races, to be held at Ellerslie on Saturday 23 January.

Te Akau Principal David Ellis and Waikato Stud’s Mark Chittick chat all things Savabeel. The dynamic duo took the time to reflect on the prolific stallions career, siring five black-type performers for the powerhouse stable in the 2020-21 season alone. Savabeel has also produced elite Group One winners for Te Akau, headed by superstar mare #Probabeel and other star performers #CoolAzaBeel, #HallofFame, #SwordofOsman and #Embellish. He has now sired 109 Group winners to-date and his continuous success is pivotal to the New Zealand industry.

A three-time New Zealand Breeder of the Year, Windsor Park Stud is owned by the Schick family and has expanded into a huge presence on the New Zealand breeding scene. Windsor Park has bred, reared or sold 46 individual Group One winners and over 150 stakes winners, including the likes of the legendary Might and Power (NZ) (Zabeel). Windsor Park will offer an outstanding selection of proven, emerging and freshman sires at #Karaka 2021, including their own resident sires #CharmSpirit, #MongolianKhan, #Shamexpress, #TurnMeLoose, #Rageese and #Vanbrugh. Check out what Nick Hewson had to say about this year’s standout draft. #WhereWinningBegins

A world-renowned breeder of thoroughbred talent, Sir Peter Vela’s Pencarrow Stud has sent numerous Group One winners through the Karaka sale ring. One of the biggest success stories is #DarciBrahma (NZ), who was bought by Te Akau’s David Ellis for a sale-topping $1.1 million in 2004. Each year Pencarrow's select draft consistently delivers outstanding quality, with an elite section of yearlings and enviable bloodlines available again at #Karaka 2021. Check out what Stud Manager Leon Casey had to say about their draft. #WhereWinningBegins

Westbury Stud has grown rapidly since it began in 2000 with the establishment of a state-of-the-art farm in Karaka. Westbury’s influence has grown equally fast, selling a number of high-class racehorses through its Karaka yearling drafts. #RuudAwakening was a $90,000 purchase in 2012 and became New Zealand’s champion two-year-old, winning the $1m Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) and the Group One Diamond Stakes (1200m). #SofiaRosa (NZ) cost $65,000 at the 2014 Select Sale and was New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year as a three-year-old, winning two Group races on home soil and later adding the Group One Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick. Check out what General Manager Russell Warick had to say about their #Karaka 2021 draft.#WjereWinningBegins

Established in Otago in 1956, White Robe Lodge has earned an international reputation as a nursery for top-class racehorses. It has stood two Australasian champion sires, #Mellay and #NobleBijou. Now father-son duo Wayne and Jack Stewart are at the helm, offering a small but select draft of yearlings at Karaka 2021 including progeny by exciting first season sires #Almanzor and #WarDecree. #WhereWinningBegins

North Canterbury’s Beaufort Downs is a new player on the vendors scene but has already made an impact, selling horses for up to $200,000. An early standout graduate is Da Vinci Girl (NZ) (Zacinto), who has placed in three of her six starts to date, and contested the Group One New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton in November. Beaufort Downs will offer their largest Book 1 draft to-date, with eight standout yearlings set to go through the ring. #WhereWinningBegins

Inglewood was founded by Ken Austin in Ohoka in 1938. Austin’s great-grandson Gus Wigley is now at the helm of the family operation, which still operates at that same North Canterbury property. Inglewood’s history includes one of the all-time greats of South Island racing, their multiple Group One-winning homebred from the 1980s, #CanterburyBelle (NZ). This year, the stud will again offer a quality selection of yearlings at #Karaka 2021, including progeny by their exciting first season sire #WarDecree. #WhereWinningBegins

Owned and operated by the Corcoran family since 1989, Grangewilliam’s Karaka yearling graduates have been a launchpad to Group One success on both sides of the Tasman. This year they will offer a number of quality yearlings by brilliant sire #Zed, including a three-quarter-brother to elite G1-winning mare #VerryElleegant (NZ) (Lot 436) and progeny by exciting first season sire #Derryn.

Established by Libby and Sam Bleakley a decade ago, Highden Park has quickly made its presence felt at Karaka. In 2014, among just their fourth yearling draft at Karaka, Highden offered Beauty Generation (NZ), who quickly became a legend of Hong Kong racing, winning eight Group One races and scoring an all-time Hong Kong record HK$108 million in stakes (NZ$21.18 million). Other star graduates of Highden Park yearling drafts include Toffee Tongue (NZ), Harlow Gold (NZ) Kinane (NZ) and Milseain (NZ). We paid a visit to the Manawatu hills and chatted with Libby who is excited about their Karaka 2021 draft.

Kane catches up with a very dapper Sam Williams from Little Avondale Stud about the rich history of the farm and how things have changed for the 2021 Sale.

Waikato Stud has developed into one of the world’s leading producers of Group One winners. The world-renowned farm has been New Zealand’s Breeder of the Year on six occasions and has been leading vendor at #Karaka every year since 2014. Resident sire #Savabeel also won four consecutive Dewar Awards for combined New Zealand and Australian earnings – a run that was broken last season by his rising star barn mate Ocean Park (NZ). Waikato Stud will offer a supreme selection of yearlings by their super sires #Savabeel and #OceanPark, as well as #SacredFalls, #Tivaci, #StarWitness and #Almanzor. #WhereWinningBegins

Haunui Farm has gone from strength to strength every year at #Karaka, with their flagbearer during being the incomparable #MelodyBelle (NZ). Bought by David Ellis for $57,500 at Karaka 2016, she has now won 17 races and more than $4 million in stakes for the Fortuna Melody Belle Syndicate. She has won 12 Group One races, including one in Melbourne, and also won the $1m Karaka Million 2YO (1200m). We chatted with Stud Master Mark Chitty who has put forward yet another strong draft to showcase at #Karaka 2021. Buyers will be able to secure progeny from a broad range of sires including proven superstar #Iffraaj, exciting up-and-comer #Belardo and one Lot by their new sire #Ribchester. #WhereWinningBegins

Group One-winning trainer Stephen Mckee and super syndicator Albert Bosma know what it is like to taste #KarakaMillion success. Mckee has two runners in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic, #LordArdmore and #WaimokuFalls, both owned by Go Racing syndications. Bosma is also involved with #Callissident in the DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO and is excited for his group of first-time owners. We thought we would catch up with the dynamic duo earlier in the week to see how they are feeling about tomorrow’s show stopping event. #WhereWinningBegins

2021 marks the first year that trainers Shaun and Emma Clotworthy have a runner in the #KarakaMillion. Their exciting 2YO #SevenTwenty will contest the $1million dollar feature tomorrow, alongside Kingsclere Stables’ brilliant performer #WesternSprings. Stellar trainer Roger James also talks us through Western Springs’ preparation and is pleased with his progress heading into the DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO at Ellerslie. @WhereWinningBegins

Rich Hill has become renowned for raising and selling a quality product capable of competing at the highest level throughout Australasia. A particular highlight came with the 2015 Melbourne Cup (3200m) heroics of #PrinceofPenzance (NZ), who was bought for $50,000 by John Foote Bloodstock at Karaka 2011. We chatted to Stud Master John Thompson about his #Karaka 2021 draft which features yearlings by exciting first season sire #SatonoAladdin, as well as a number of star lots their resident stallions #Shocking, #Proisir and #Vadamos. #WhereWinningBegins

Trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman tasted Karaka Million success after #Aegon won the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie. Aegon was purchased by co-trainer Forsman for $150,000 from Karaka 2019 out of Waikato Stud’s draft. #WhereWinningBegins

Henry Plumptre from Cambridge Stud talks first season sire Almanzor.

Cambridge Stud’s first season sire Almanzor is off to a flying start at #Karaka2021 after multiple Group One-winning trainer Graeme Rogerson secured a quality colt by the exciting stallion. He purchased him earlier today for $300,000 from Cambridge Stud’s draft. #WhereWinningBegins