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Callsign Mav (NZ) wins the $200,000 Group One Tarzino Trophy (1400m).
Callsign Mav (NZ) wins the $200,000 Group One Tarzino Trophy (1400m).

Group One Glory on Both Sides of Tasman for Karaka Graduates

Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales enjoyed a special Saturday of racing in New Zealand and Australia, winning coveted Group One prizes on both sides of the Tasman.

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Miss Aotearoa (NZ) Draws First Blood in NZB Filly of the Year Series

Miss Aotearoa (NZ) claims the first Leg of the 2020-21 NZB Filly of the Year Series.
Miss Aotearoa (NZ) claims the first Leg of the 2020-21 NZB Filly of the Year Series.

Miss Aotearoa (NZ) (Per Incanto) emerged as a budding star of her generation when the 2020-21 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series kicked off in Saturday’s $70,000 Group Three Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings.

There were nine winners among this year’s particularly talented line-up, with several big reputations and high expectations for the season ahead.

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 The NZB Ready to Run Sale Trainers Series (1400m) was won by Danny Frye-trained Boyslightup (NZ).
The NZB Ready to Run Sale Trainers Series (1400m) was won by Danny Frye-trained Boyslightup (NZ).

Ready to Run Sale Trainers Series Schedule Announced

New Zealand Bloodstock has confirmed dates for their new NZB Ready to Run Sale race sponsorships and incentivised prize package for domestic trainers over the duration of spring.

The next race in the series is the $70,000 Group Three NZB Ready to Run Sale Trainers Series (1400m), held as race three on 26 September at New Plymouth Raceway.

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49th NZB Filly of the Year Series Springs to Life in Gold Trail

Group Three Woburn Farm 2YO Classic (1200m) winner Bonita Aurelia (NZ).
Group Three Woburn Farm 2YO Classic (1200m) winner Bonita Aurelia (NZ).

The New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series is an iconic event on the New Zealand calendar, bringing the country’s finest fillies together every year for almost half a century to battle for the prestigious and coveted title. Now it’s this generation’s time to shine.

Saturday’s $70,000 Group Three Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings is the opening leg of the 49th New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series, which runs from early spring right through to the Group One Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham in March.

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Catalogue Out Now for Number One Sale of its Kind

In the last six seasons alone, the graduates of NZB’s Ready to Run Sale have claimed 20 Group Ones and 135 stakes races.
In the last six seasons alone, the graduates of NZB’s Ready to Run Sale have claimed 20 Group Ones and 135 stakes races.

Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale have reached heights unmatched by any other Australasian two-year-old sale and now another quality catalogue of talented juveniles has been confirmed for 2020, set to be held as a physical sale at Karaka on 18 and 19 November commencing at 1PM (NZT) both days.

View the online catalogue here.

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Waller Marvels at Undefeated Mo’unga (NZ)

Mo'unga untouched over the line in the Listed Dulcify Quality (1500m).
Mo'unga untouched over the line in the Listed Dulcify Quality (1500m).

After a powerful performance in Saturday’s A$150,000 Listed Drinkwise Dulcify Quality (1500m) at Rosehill, champion trainer Chris Waller is excited about what the future holds for Karaka graduate Mo’unga (NZ) (Savabeel).

Bought for $325,000 from Book 1 of Karaka 2019, the super-talented colt has an unblemished record of three starts for three wins and is now the hot favourite for next month’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.

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Crosshaven Shines in Exford Plate

Crosshaven claims the Listed Exford Pate (1400m). Photo: Racing Photos.
Crosshaven claims the Listed Exford Pate (1400m). Photo: Racing Photos.

Karaka graduate Crosshaven (Smart Missile) booked his ticket to the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) with an emphatic win in Saturday’s A$140,000 Listed Antler Luggage Exford Plate (1400m) at Flemington.

An $80,000 purchase from Book 1 of Karaka 2019, Crosshaven has now won three of his four starts and A$154,588 in stakes. His only defeat was a luckless last-start sixth in the Group Three HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m), where trainers Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes believe he would have gone close to winning if he had not been checked in the last 150 metres.

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Karaka a Proven Source of World-Class Talent

NZB Ready to Run graduate Golden Sixty dominated in 2020 Hong Derby.
NZB Ready to Run graduate Golden Sixty dominated in 2020 Hong Derby.

Previous racetrack achievements attained by graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales reinforce their immense stamina and Group One-winning abilities. Featured below is a seasonal review of NZB’s compelling graduate successes.

NZB’s 2019-20 Group One honour roll features an outstanding list of top-class performers over a range of distances and jurisdictions, including the likes of Avantage (Fastnet Rock), Beat The Clock (Hinchinbrook), Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock), Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands), Mr Stunning (Exceed and Excel), Te Akau Shark (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) and many more.  

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NZB to Sponsor New Ready to Run Sale Trainer Series

NZB has introduced a new incentive to support New Zealand trainers.
NZB has introduced a new incentive to support New Zealand trainers.

New Zealand Bloodstock is pleased to announce eight new NZB Ready to Run Sale race sponsorships as well as a new, incentivised prize package for domestic trainers over the duration of spring.

NZB has introduced the new incentive to support New Zealand trainers to attend the Ready to Run Sale in November.

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Super Spring Saturday for Karaka Graduates

Avantage (Fastnet Rock) dominates the Group Two Valachi Downs Foxbridge Plate (1200m).
Avantage (Fastnet Rock) dominates the Group Two Valachi Downs Foxbridge Plate (1200m).

The first Saturday of spring brought a flurry of high-quality Group races across Australasia, and graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales played a starring role.

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New Addition for Coveted Filly of the Year Series

2019-20 NZB FOTY Series winner Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle).
2019-20 NZB FOTY Series winner Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle).

The schedule for New Zealand Bloodstock’s highly prestigious Filly of the Year Series has been confirmed for 2020-21, with NZB committed to delivering another successful year of sponsorship towards the sought-after title.

The new season will see the number of legs contested increase from 10 to 11, with Waikato Racing Club to host the new addition in the $70,000 Group Three Soliloquy Stakes (1400m).

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DoubleTree by Hilton to Sponsor Karaka Million 2YO

The DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO is set to take place 23 Janaury 2021.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO is set to take place 23 Janaury 2021.

New Zealand Bloodstock is excited to announce the first-ever sponsorship of the prestigious $1 million Karaka Million two-year-old race held at the NZB Karaka Million Twilight Meeting on the eve of the National Yearling Sales Series.

The most iconic two-year-old race of the season will now be known as the DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO and will continue to be contested by eligible graduates of NZB’s sales at Ellerslie Racecourse.

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Superb Sprint Victories for Karaka Graduates

Inferno (Holy Roman Emperor) claims the S$250,000 Singapore Classic (1400m) at Kranji.
Inferno (Holy Roman Emperor) claims the Listed S$250,000 Singapore Classic (1400m).

Karaka graduates Inferno (Holy Roman Emperor) and Sky Punch (NZ) (Alamosa) delivered standout performances to win black-type features over 1400 metres in Singapore and Australia over the weekend.

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NZB to Host National Yearling Sale in Traditional January Timeslot

Karaka 2021 will kick off on Sunday 24 January.
Karaka 2021 will kick off on Sunday 24 January.

New Zealand Bloodstock has today announced that the 95th National Yearling Sales Series will be held in the original timeslot in January next year.

While a secondary April date was initially set aside to allow for travel restrictions to ease; with the ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, non-confidence from government and airlines and the lack of certainty that any change should amount between now and April, the decision was made not to delay the Sale.

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Stakes Successes for Ready to Run Graduates

Excelling (Manhattan Rain) claimed the Listed Merlion Trophy (1200m) at Kranji.
Excelling (Manhattan Rain) claimed the Listed Merlion Trophy (1200m) at Kranji.

Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale played starring roles in Sunday’s feature races in Singapore and Macau.

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Savacool (NZ) Storms to Stakes Success

Savacool claims A$150,000 Listed Pioneer Services Rowley Mile (1600m) at Hawkesbury.
Savacool claims the A$150,000 Listed Pioneer Services Rowley Mile (1600m) at Hawkesbury.

Karaka graduate Savacool (NZ) (Savabeel) lifted her earnings past A$500,000 with an important black-type victory in the A$150,000 Listed Pioneer Services Rowley Mile (1600m) at Hawkesbury on Thursday.

Bought for $220,000 at the 2016 Premier Sale, the Chris Waller-trained mare has been a consistent big-race performer with placings in the Group Three Tattersall’s Cup (2400m), Aspiration Quality (1600m), Easter Cup (2000m) and Chairman’s Handicap (2000m).

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NZB to Unveil New Bidding Technology

NZB announces the development of a new, robust online bidding platform.
NZB announces the development of a new, robust online bidding platform.

While versatility and preparation in the thoroughbred industry is at its peak, New Zealand Bloodstock is pleased to announce the development of a new, robust online bidding platform specifically developed for the future of their thoroughbred and standardbred auction sales.

After introducing market-leading technology into the digital auction-sphere four years ago via popular online subsidiary gavelhouse.com, NZB has now been able to adapt the technology to be used extensively during their upcoming physical sales.

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NZB Ready to Run Sale Breeze Up Dates Confirmed

The Breeze Ups will take place on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 October at Te Rapa.
The Breeze Ups will take place on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 October at Te Rapa.

Breeze Up dates for NZB’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds have been adjusted and will now take place on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 October at Te Rapa Racecourse, with all prospective buyers welcome to attend.

With the recently released trial and racing programs announced for October, the decision was made to move the dates forward slightly to better fit with the industry’s wider schedule. Timing for the Breeze Ups will remain the same, commencing at 10am both days.

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Esteemed NZB Filly of the Year Title to be Awarded in August

Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) dominated in the 2019-20 NZB Filly of the Year Series.
Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) dominated the 2019-20 NZB Filly of the Year Series.

The undisrupted portion of New Zealand’s 2019-20 racing season marked the 48th year of New Zealand Bloodstock’s highly prestigious Filly of the Year Series.

The coveted honour endowing thoroughbred excellence will be presented to winning connections at the 2020 NZTBA National Breeding Awards held at the Don Rowlands Centre in Cambridge on Saturday 22 August.

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Last Opportunity to Secure Pearl Series Bonuses for the Season

Rapid Falls (NZ) (Sacred Falls) will contest the Pearl Series bonus this weekend.
Rapid Falls (NZ) (Sacred Falls) will contest the Pearl Series bonus this weekend.

The impending end of what has been a testing racing season will provide a final opportunity for Pearl Series registered fillies and mares to secure Pearl bonuses, as well as the one-off incentive for second-placegetters running until the end of July.

The first of three NZB Insurance Pearl Series races taking place this weekend is the Maiden 1200m event at Wanganui, where six Pearl registered fillies and mares have been accepted among a mixed sex field of 11 runners.

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Golden Sixty Stars at Hong Kong’s Champion Awards

NZB graduate Golden Sixty claims the Most Popular Horse of the Year Award.
NZB graduate Golden Sixty claims the Most Popular Horse of the Year Award.

Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales claimed six trophies at Hong Kong’s 2019-20 Champion Awards dinner at Sha Tin, with superstar four-year-old Golden Sixty (Medaglia d’Oro) leading the charge.

Bought for $300,000 from Riversley Park’s draft at the 2017 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, Golden Sixty was named Champion Four-Year-Old and also won the Most Popular Horse of the Year award, which is decided by public vote.

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Stakes Success for Solar Star

Solar Star pictured as a Yearling
Solar Star pictured as a Yearling

Well-related Karaka graduate Solar Star (Zoustar) enhanced her value with a black-type victory in Saturday’s A$125,000 Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) at Ipswich.

Solar Star is by boom stallion Zoustar out of the class mare Petty Cury (Not a Single Doubt), whose six wins included the Group Three Darley Plate (1200m) at Ellerslie.

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Sacred Capital (NZ) Too Strong in Chairman Memorial Cup

Sacred Capital (NZ) pictured as a Two-Year-Old
Sacred Capital (NZ) pictured as a Two-Year-Old

Karaka graduate Sacred Capital (NZ) (O’Reilly) marked the anniversary of his Macau Derby (1800m) heroics with another stellar performance at the same meeting.

Bought for $580,000 at the 2016 Ready to Run Sale, the quality gelding dominated Sunday’s M$800,000 Chairman Memorial Cup (1200m) to lift his career earnings past M$4 million – the equivalent of more than NZ$800,000.

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NZB Airfreight Proud Sponsor of Road To Jericho Qualifiers

NZB Airfreight will offer a $5,000 equine airfreight credit for the winner of each qualifying race.
NZB Airfreight will offer a $5,000 equine airfreight credit for the winner of each qualifying race.

For the second year, NZB Airfreight is pleased to announce the sponsorship of the qualifying heats for Australia’s longest flat race, the annual Jericho Cup (4600m).

The Jericho Cup is open to Australian and New Zealand-bred horses only, commemorating the light horse involvement in World War I and run on the fourth Sunday after the Group One Melbourne Cup (3200m).

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Unreserved Dispersal Sale Featuring Rollout The Carpet Live Now

Rollout The Carpet (Holy Roman Emperor) has a current bid of AUD$30,000.
Rollout The Carpet (Holy Roman Emperor) has a current bid of AUD$30,000.

The first stand-alone Gavelhouse Plus auction is live and available to view here.

Australian-based Group One-winning mare Rollout The Carpet (Holy Roman Emperor) will be auctioned as part of a high-profile unreserved dispersal sale on the digital platform. 

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Bonus Pearl Series Payments Claimed at Riccarton

Our Girl Gilly (NZ) secured the first NZB Insurance Pearl Series bonus since the COVID-19 lockdown.
Our Girl Gilly (NZ) secured the first NZB Insurance Pearl Series bonus since the COVID-19 lockdown.

Five NZB Insurance Pearl Series registered fillies and mares put on a solid performance in the the NZB Insurance Handicap (1200m) at Riccarton last Saturday, with Our Girl Gilly (NZ) (Guillotine) secured the first NZB Insurance Pearl Series bonus since the COVID-19 lockdown.

Storming down the home straight to place second in the race, the Michael & Matthew Pitman-trained mare was the first Pearl Series registered horse home earning her connections an $11,500 bonus.

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Double Pearl Bonus on Offer at Riccarton

There are six remaining Pearl Series races in the 2019-20 racing season.
There are six remaining Pearl Series races in the 2019-20 racing season.

A return to racing in the South Island isn’t the only thing filly and mare owners will be excited about this weekend.

Canterbury Jockey Club’s NZB Insurance Pearl Series race (1200m) on 27 June will give Pearl Series registered fillies and mares their first opportunity since the COVID-19 lockdown to secure Pearl bonuses, as well as a one-off incentive for second-placegetters running until the end of this July.

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NZB Graduates Take Seoul by Storm

Mighty New (NZ) (Red Giant) stormed home to win a Class 4 race over 1200m in Seoul.
Mighty New (NZ) (Red Giant) stormed home to win a Class 4 race over 1200m in Seoul.

Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale put on a solid performance in Seoul, South Korea after racing recommenced in the country on 21 June.

After a number of months in COVID-19 lockdown, the resumption of racing on Sunday marked the first win in a new purchasing venture secured by NZB with the Seoul Racing Owners Association (SROA) in 2019.

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Group Three Romp for Ready to Run Graduate

Dances With Dragon (NZ) claims the HK$3.25 million Group Three Premier Plate (1800m) at Sha Tin.
Dances With Dragon (NZ) claims the HK$3.25 million Group Three Premier Plate (1800m) at Sha Tin.

Previously a Group One winner in New Zealand, Karaka graduate Dances With Dragon (NZ) (Savabeel) demonstrated his black-type qualities in Hong Kong on Sunday with a blistering performance in the HK$3.25 million Group Three Premier Plate (1800m) at Sha Tin.

Bought for $230,000 by Te Akau principal David Ellis at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale, the highly talented galloper won the Group One Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham under his previous name of Hall of Fame.

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Strong Results Conclude First-Ever Online National Weanling Sale

Lot 19 (Proisir x Pennacchio) secured by Sydney-based trainer Anthony Cummings for $107,500.
Lot 19 (Proisir x Pennacchio) secured by Sydney-based trainer Anthony Cummings for $107,500.

A solid afternoon of trading has concluded New Zealand Bloodstock’s first-ever National Weanling Sale conducted on Gavelhouse Plus.

The dedicated weanling session saw 60 lots sell for a total turnover of $1,044,051. The average reached $17,401 while the median closed at $8,250 and the clearance rate settled at a healthy 75%.

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Last Chance to Secure Classy Juveniles

The current leading Lot is Curraghmore's Lot 19, a colt by Proisir out of Pennacchio at $107,500.
The current leading Lot is Curraghmore's Lot 19, a colt by Proisir out of Pennacchio at $107,500.

Bidding for New Zealand Bloodstock’s dedicated National Weanling Sale on Gavelhouse Plus is set to close incrementally today starting with Lot 1 from 3PM (NZT).

Running on the enhanced online platform, the Sale features 82 weanlings, many of which boast exceptional pedigree credentials, including three siblings to Group One winners and close relations to high-class performers.

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Lindsays ecstatic following Group One Royal Ascot triumph

Royal Ascot winner Hello Youmzain to stand at Cambridge Stud in 2021.
Royal Ascot winner Hello Youmzain to stand at Cambridge Stud in 2021.

Hello Youmzain landed the second Group One sprint of his career when taking the Gr.1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot overnight (Sunday morning NZ time), sporting the colours of Cambridge Stud proprietors Brendan and Jo Lindsay.

The four-year-old Kodiac entire, who is owned by Haras d'Etreham and Cambridge Stud and trained by Kevin Ryan, landed the Gr.1 Haydock Sprint Cup (1200m) in 2019 and was also third at the 2019 Royal Meeting in the Gr.1 Commonwealth Cup (1200m).

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Entries Open for Karaka 2021

Karaka 2021 to be held as normal with entries closing 17 July.
Karaka 2021 to be held as normal with entries closing 17 July.

Entries for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2021 National Yearling Sales Series are now open with the Sale set to take place next summer at the Karaka Sales Centre from Sunday 24 January until Friday 29 January.

With an established reputation of producing world-class thoroughbreds, graduates of the National Yearling Sales Series have claimed 17 Group One races this season alone. From 1200 metres to 2400 metres, the alumni have exhibited their diverse power to dominate fields in New Zealand, Australia, and Hong Kong.

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Stallion Star Power in National Weanling Sale

Freshman sire Almanzor (FR) has sired two lots in the catalogue.
Freshman sire Almanzor (FR) has sired two lots in the catalogue.

From proven superstars to exciting up-and-comers, freshman and everything in between, the 2020 New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling Sale on Gavelhouse Plus is showcasing the progeny of a superb selection of stallions.

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NZB Insurance Pearl Series Offers Exciting New Bonus

 NZB Insurance and NZTR will contribute a total sum of $3,000 to second placegetters.
NZB Insurance and NZTR will contribute a total sum of $3,000 to second-placegetters.

NZB Insurance in conjunction with NZTR are contributing further rewards to owners of NZB Insurance Pearl Series registered fillies and mares with a one-off incentive this July.  

For the six remaining Pearl Series races of the 2019-20 racing season, NZB Insurance and NZTR will contribute a total sum of $3,000 to the owners of Pearl Series registered fillies or mares who finish second in any of the scheduled Pearl bonus races.

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Classy Youngsters on Offer in National Weanling Sale

Lot 50 (Sacred Falls x Akris) a half-sister to New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) winner Planet Rock.
Lot 50 (Sacred Falls x Akris) a half-sister to New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) winner Planet Rock.

In a silver lining to the COVID-19 cloud that forced the cancellation of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale, buyers now have access to a high-quality catalogue of weanlings in the National Weanling Sale on Gavelhouse Plus.

Running on the enhanced online platform from June 11 to 21, the Sale features 82 weanlings, many of which boast exceptional pedigree credentials. Bidding will close at 3PM (NZT) on Sunday 21 June. 

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Dedicated Weanling Sale Live on Gavelhouse Plus

Lot 39 (Sacred Falls x Tiptoes), a half-sister to Herbie Dyke Stakes winner Tiptronic (NZ).
Lot 39 (Sacred Falls x Tiptoes), a half-brother to Herbie Dyke Stakes winner Tiptronic (NZ).

New Zealand Bloodstock’s first-ever National Weanling Sale is now live, with the 82-lot catalogue available to view on Gavelhouse Plus.

Bidding on the weanling only sale launched today and will run for an 11-day period, with the first lot closing on Sunday 21 June at 3PM (NZT).

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Delivery of New Zealand’s Sixth Horse Ambulance on Track for Racing’s Re-start

By the end of 2020 Dr Gillespie expects that a horse ambulance will be able to attend every race meeting in New Zealand.
By the end of 2020 Dr Gillespie expects that a horse ambulance will be able to attend every race meeting in New Zealand.

Otago equine veterinarian, Dr Peter Gillespie, is proud to personally deliver the latest horse ambulance manufactured at TL MacLean’s Dunedin workshop to its new home base in Auckland.

Dr Gillespie and his colleague, Dr Bill Bishop came up with the idea of a national horse ambulance service eight years ago and Dr Gillespie acknowledges the hard work and determination of NZHAT Trust Chair Martin Burns to help make it happen.

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Quality Stock Secured at Digital South Island Sale

Lot 19, a colt by Burgundy out of Precious secured for $42,000.
Lot 19, a colt by Burgundy out of Precious secured for $42,000.

Moving into uncharted territory, New Zealand Bloodstock’s annual South Island Sale saw its first-ever online session conclude on Gavelhouse Plus on Sunday 7 June.

Prominent agent Phill Cataldo was busy throughout the Sale, investing in four yearlings including the top-priced lot early on in the session.

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Last Chance to Secure Quality South Island Sale Yearlings

All horses have been inspected by NZB Agents who are available to assist buyers with enquiries.
All horses have been inspected by NZB Agents who are available to assist buyers with enquiries.

Bidding for New Zealand Bloodstock’s first-ever online sale on Gavelhouse Plus, the 2020 South Island Sale, is set to close incrementally today starting with Lot 1 from 5pm (NZT).

There are 65 quality yearlings on offer, with plenty of close relatives to top-class racehorses and progeny of black-type performers.

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Pinhooking Gold Available in National Weanling Sale

2018 May Sale pinhook purchased for $475,000 at Karaka 2019, a colt by Written Tycoon out of Into the Groove.
2018 May Sale pinhook sold for $475,000 at Karaka 2019 (Written Tycoon x Into the Groove).

Astute pinhookers have enjoyed rich rewards with weanlings purchased through New Zealand Bloodstock in recent years, and from June 11 to 21, the National Weanling Sale on Gavelhouse Plus promises to deliver more of the same.

Over the last few editions of the Karaka May Sale and its predecessor the National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, there is a long list of pinhook purchases who fetched significantly higher prices at the National Yearling Sales Series or Ready to Run Sale.

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Walker excited about digital move

Park Hill Stable's Lot 19 (Burgundy x Precious) colt.
Park Hill Stable's Lot 19 (Burgundy x Precious) colt.

- NZ Racing Desk

Canterbury breeder Susan Walker has been selling yearlings at New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale for several decades and she is enjoying the sale’s unique take this year.

The sale has moved online to the gavelhouse.com plus platform as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and Walker hailed NZB for the move.

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South Island Sale Stacked With Quality

Lot 65 (Ghibellines x Italian Miss), half-sister to Group One NZ Oaks winner The Party Stand (NZ).
Lot 65, a close relation to Group One NZ Oaks winner The Party Stand (NZ).

Taking place online on Gavelhouse Plus between May 28 and June 7, the South Island Sale looks a little different this year, but its catalogue remains right up to the usual standard expected from a New Zealand Bloodstock Sale.

There are 65 quality yearlings on offer, with plenty of close relatives to top-class racehorses and progeny of black-type performers.

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South Island Yearling Sale Live on Gavelhouse Plus

Lot 36 (Highly Recommended x Vannista Belle), a close relation to Melody Belle.
Lot 36 (Highly Recommended x Vannista Belle), a close relation to Melody Belle.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s annual South Island Sale of yearlings is now live and available to view on NZB’s new online subsidiary platform, Gavelhouse Plus.

Bidding on the first-ever sale of its kind launched today and will run for an 11 day period, with the first lot closing on Sunday 7 June at 5pm (NZT).

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NZB Airfreight on Track to Resume Flights

Flights set to resume in the next two to three weeks with increased pre-export testing.
Flights set to resume in the next two to three weeks with increased pre-export testing.

Following the temporary suspension of equine exports last week due to a positive case of equine piroplasmosis, NZB Airfreight is confident that travel will resume shortly with increased testing and pre-export protocols.

The single case of the tick-borne protozoal disease was detected by the Ministry of Primary Industries and grounded flights just two weeks following the resumption of exports post COVID-19.

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South Island Sale Showcases Sires From Both Islands

Ghibellines (AUS)
Ghibellines (AUS)

The South Island’s stallions have had a well-deserved share of the spotlight this season, headed by the Group one Sydney Cup (3200m) heroics of Raise the Flag’s daughter Etah James (NZ).

New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale on Gavelhouse Plus gives buyers an outstanding opportunity to access that unique and renowned southern product, complemented by a quality selection of yearlings by North Island-based stallions.

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Popular NZB Insurance Pearl Series Set to Continue

Now is your chance to take advantage of the early bird nomination fee of $800 + GST.
Now is your chance to take advantage of the early bird nomination fee of $800 + GST.

The NZB Insurance Pearl Series bonus scheme has seen millions of dollars paid out to Southern Hemisphere-bred filly and mare owners, breeders, trainers and nominators.

The Pearl Series has become an important part of the New Zealand racing calendar and 2020 will mark the seventh year NZB Insurance has sponsored the series.  

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Entries Open for Inaugural Weanling Sale

Weanling entries now open for Gavelhouse Plus sale.
Weanling entries now open for Gavelhouse Plus-based sale.

The first dedicated weanling only sale is now open for entries with New Zealand Bloodstock's National Weanling Sale to be held on the Gavelhouse Plus digital platform from Thursday 11 to Sunday 21 June.

The 2020 edition will be the first of its kind, with quality weanlings offered online due to the recent COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions.

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Exceptional Recent Record for NZB Weanling Graduates

2019-20 NZB Filly of the Year Series winner Jennifer Eccles (NZ) was a $5,000 weanling purchase.
2019-20 NZB Filly of the Year Series winner Jennifer Eccles (NZ) was a $5,000 weanling purchase.

Many outstanding success stories in the last decade have begun with the purchase of a weanling through New Zealand Bloodstock. Buyers have the chance to join that ever-growing list when the National Weanling Sale takes place on Gavelhouse Plus from June 11 to 21.

Weanling graduates of the Karaka May Sale and its predecessor the National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock have compiled an exceptional record in recent years.

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Karaka Graduates Strike in Victoria and Queensland

Oceanex (NZ) wins the A$320,000 Listed Andrew Ramsden (2800m) at Flemington.
Oceanex (NZ) wins the A$320,000 Listed Andrew Ramsden (2800m) at Flemington.

Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales struck black-type gold in two states this weekend, winning Listed events at Flemington and the Sunshine Coast.

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South Island a Source of Supreme Stamina

Southern-bred Etah James (NZ) dominated the A$1 million Group One Sydney Cup (3200m).
Southern-bred Etah James (NZ) dominated the A$1 million Group One Sydney Cup (3200m).

Unlike any other racing nation, the rugged terrain, cool artic environments and mineral-rich soils in the South Island of New Zealand gives the Southern-born and raised thoroughbred strength and stamina, reinforcing their immense staying power.

The pristine environment that runs the breadth of the South Island has become the home of an enviable product, with the quality Southern-breds like recent Group One winner Etah James (NZ) continuing to showcase their versatility and durability to perform on the international stage.

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Entries Open for Australasia’s Best Breeze Up Sale

NZB's 2020 Ready to Run Sale now open for entries.
NZB's 2020 Ready to Run Sale now open for entries.

Entries are now open for Australasia's leading horses in training sale, New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds, to be held on 18 & 19 November.

The 2020 edition is set to build on its renowned reputation as being the preferred auction for international buyers to secure the best bred, and prepared, juveniles available in Australasia.

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gavelhouse.com to launch in South Africa

Klawervlei Studto partner in first online sale on gavelhouse.com.
Klawervlei Stud to partner in first online sale on gavelhouse.com.

One of the world’s leading online bloodstock companies is branching out with the launch of New Zealand Bloodstock subsidiary gavelhouse.com in South Africa set for June.

In partnership with champion breeders Klawervlei Stud, it will conduct an online sale of around 160 thoroughbreds from 15 to 21 June with an announcement to be made in due course as to the format and frequency of ongoing gavelhouse.com South Africa auctions.

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