Mega Maiden Series

Karaka Millions riches are set to be amplified from the 24/25 season, with horses eligible for the lucrative Karaka Millions Series racing for an additional $1m in bonuses.

In an exciting new initiative, NZB and NZTR, generously supported by Entain, are delighted to announce the NZB Mega Maiden Series, which will see $1m in bonuses up for grabs across 40 maiden races each season, for the next three years.

Comprised of 40 non-Saturday maiden races located throughout New Zealand, a $25,000 bonus will be struck if a Karaka Millions eligible horse, three years or older, wins. The winning owner will take home $20,000 and the successful trainer $5,000.

NZB Managing Director Andrew Seabrook said NZB has been wanting to see more of its sales graduates reap the benefits of the Karaka Millions Series for some time.

“By hosting a $1m maiden series over 40 races, that goal will be well and truly satisfied,” he said.

“I'd like to thank Bruce Sharrock, Cameron George and the NZTR Board for their continued support of NZB and the Karaka Millions Series.

"Because of NZTR's financial contribution, we were able to raise the TAB Karaka Millions 3YO to $1.5m this year which in turn led to a much larger uptake in nominations. As a result of that we are now able to introduce this new maiden series, which will get to the grass roots of racing in this country.

“I'd also like to thank Dean Shannon, Lachlan Fitt, Cameron Rodger and their wider team, whose contribution to this new initiative underscores Entain’s desire to see our industry thrive at every level.”

NZTR will determine which 40 maiden races will feature in the 24/25 season Series, which will run from September to May of each racing year. The selected races will be announced next week with NZTR Chief Executive Officer Bruce Sharrock pleased to see additional bonuses elevate the New Zealand racing product across the board.

“NZTR is proud to be working with NZB and Entain to bring an additional million dollars in bonus funding to benefit owners and trainers across the regions,” he said.

NZTR to determine 40 maiden races eligible for the Karaka Millions bonuses.

“Following on from other collaborations recently, this is yet another initiative to encourage people to breed, purchase and race horses in New Zealand.”

In 2023 Entain partnered with NZB as naming sponsor of the TAB Karaka Millions Twilight Meeting; the $1m TAB Karaka Millions 2YO (1200m) and the $1.5m TAB Karaka Millions 3YO (1600m). Entain’s additional support of the NZB Mega Maiden Series further strengthens that partnership and signals their confidence in the lucrative Karaka Millions Series.

“This is a great initiative that we envisage will boost field sizes across the country,” Entain Australia and New Zealand Managing Director – New Zealand, Cameron Rodger said.

“Having $25,000 worth of bonuses to chase in a maiden race will undoubtedly encourage Kiwi owners and trainers to keep striving for that maiden win. This series, as well as series like the Entain NZB Insurance Pearl Series, means there are more bonus opportunities for more horses in New Zealand than ever before.”

For more information on the new NZB Mega Maiden Series, contact NZB's Client Relations & PR Manager Jessie Gower (+64 21 524 443 or [email protected]) or NZTR's Communications and PR Lead Catlyn Calder (+64 27 252 2803 or [email protected]).


NZB Karaka Millions Maiden Series Races for 2024/25 Season

Karaka Millions riches are set to be amplified next season, with horses eligible for the lucrative Karaka Millions Series racing for an additional $1m in bonuses.

This exciting series is comprised of 40 non-Saturday Maiden races to be run from September 2024 through to May 2025.

A $25,000 bonus will be struck if a Karaka Millions eligible horse, three years or older, wins one of the races shown below. The winning owner(s) will receive $20,000 and the successful trainer $5,000.

“This series is a great opportunity to boost field sizes across the country outside of our premier racedays, and will give those Karaka Million Eligible horses a chance to compete for a significant bonus,” Darin Balcombe, NZTR COO said

“The selected races provide a spread of region and distance to provide maximum opportunity. We are excited to bring this series to the regions.”

The following conditions also apply to the 40 NZB Mega Maiden Series races:

  • No horse that is KM eligible will be given preference in terms of entry to a race, normal maiden balloting conditions will apply.
  • In the event of a KM Bonus race being divided KM Eligible horses will be placed in one race. This will be given priority.


Date Club & Venue Race Condition & Distance
Friday 20 September Taupo RC@Taupo Mdn 1200m
Sunday 22 September Waverley RC@Waverley Mdn 1200m
Wednesday 25 September Sth Canterbury@Timaru Mdn 1200m
Sunday 29 September Te Aroha JC@Te Aroha Mdn 1200m
Wednesday 16 October ATR@Pukekohe Park Mdn 1600m
Wednesday 23 October Gore RC@Gore Mdn 1335m
Thursday 24 October Taranaki RI@New Plymouth Mdn 1400m
Wednesday 30 October Te Aroha JC@Te Aroha Mdn 1200m
Sunday 3 November Otaki-Maori RC@Otak Mdn 1200m
Thursday 21 November Sth Canterbury RC@Timaru Mdn 1600m
Wednesday 27 November Te Aroha JC@Te Aroha Mdn 2200m
Wednesday 11 December Hawke’s Bay RI@Hastings Mdn 2000m
Wednesday 18 December Whangarei RC@Ruakaka Mdn 1400m
Wednesday 18 December Ashburton RC@Ashburton Mdn 1200m
Wednesday 1 January Riverton RC@Riverton Mdn 1400m
Thursday 2 January Racing Tauranga@Tauranga Mdn 1200m
Thursday 16 January WTR@Te Rapa Mdn 1600m
Monday 20 January Wanganui JC@Whanganui Mdn 1340m
Thursday 23 January Southland RC@Invercargill Mdn 1600m
Wednesday 29 January Hawke’s Bay RI@Hastings Mdn 1200m
Friday 31 January WTR@Te Rapa Mdn 1400m
Thursday 6 February WairarapaRC@Tauherenikau Mdn 1600m
Wednesday 12 February Te ArohaJC@Te Aroha Mdn 1200m
Wednesday 19 February CanterburyJC@Riccarton Park Mdn 2000m
Friday 21 February Wanganui JC @Whanganui Mdn 1340m
Wednesday 26 February Taupo RC @Taupo Mdn 1400m
Sunday 2 March Marton JC@Awapuni Mdn 1600m
Wednesday 5 March CanterburyJC @R iccarton Park Mdn 1400m
Wednesday 12 March Sth WaikatoRC@ Matamata Mdn 2000m
Sunday 23 March Matamata RC @ Matamata Mdn 1400m
Wednesday 26 March Egmont RC @ Hawera Mdn1400m
Wednesday 2 April ATR@ Pukekohe Park Mdn 1600m
Wednesday 16 April Ashburton RC @ Ashburton Mdn 1200m
Thursday 17 April Matamata RC @ Matamata Mdn 1200m
Monday 21 April Otaki-Maori RC @ Otaki Mdn 2000m
Wednesday 30 April Hawke’s Bay RI @ Hastings Mdn 1200m
Thursday 1 May Canterbury JC @ Riccarton Syn Mdn 1400m
Sunday 11 May Wanganui JC @ Whanganui Mdn 1340m
Friday 23 May Otago RC @ Wingatui Mdn 1600m
Sunday 25 May ĀTR @ Ellerslie Mdn 1500m