With a dominant performance in Sunday’s $50,000 Listed Haunui Farm Karaka Classic (1600m) at Pukekohe, the $15,000 Festival Sale purchase Tomelilla (NZ) (Tavistock) scored her third black-type win and took her stakes earnings past $200,000.
Ridden by Matt Cameron for trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, the six-year-old burst out of midfield to hit the lead 300 metres from home. She quickly put the result beyond doubt, scoring by three lengths from fellow Karaka graduate Excalibur (NZ) (Tavistock).
Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) continued her amazing spring with another Group 1 win in Saturday’s $200,000 Windsor Park Plate (1600m), completing a huge day at Hastings not only for her connections, but also for Karaka graduates and Karaka Million winners.
Earlier the same day, her stablemate Avantage (Fastnet Rock) won the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m). Remarkably the top-quality pair, trained by Jamie Richards for Te Akau and Fortuna syndicates, are the last two winners of the Karaka Million (1200m) at Ellerslie.
Star Fillies Provide Thrilling Start to NZB Filly of the Year Series
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018
Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings was the first leg of the 47th New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series, and it has set the bar high with a thrilling battle down the home straight.
Star billing in the lead-up to the race deservedly belonged to last season’s champion two-year-old Avantage.
Local Excels in First Leg of NZB Southern Filly Series
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018
A clash of the islands was won by the locals in the first leg of the New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year series, the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
Home-town hopes rested with Emily Margaret (NZ) (Pins), a Select Sale graduate who had scored an impressive come-from-behind win in her previous appearance. She stepped up to stakes level on Saturday and faced a much sterner test, clashing with highly rated northern raiders such as Wekaforce (NZ) (Showcasing).
Exciting colt Brutal (NZ) (O’Reilly), a graduate of the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka, extended his perfect record to three out of three in Saturday’s A$120,000 Listed Antler Luggage Plate (1400m) at Flemington.
She’s Poppy (NZ) Passes $200,000 With Second Stakes Win
Sunday, Sep 16, 2018
She’s Poppy(NZ) (Alamosa), who cost $40,000 at the 2013 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, took her earnings past $200,000 with victory in Saturday’s $80,000 Group 3 Boehringer Ingelheim 1550 at Awapuni.
The Wanganui mare has been in outstanding form this year, winning the Listed Rangitikei Gold Cup (1550m) in May and adding placings in the Listed Ag Challenge Stakes (1590m) and Group 3 Winter Cup (1600m) in her two subsequent appearances.
Six months on from his victory in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington, high-class Karaka graduate Grunt (NZ) (O’Reilly) returned to Australian racing’s headquarters and won another elite race over the same course and distance.
The four-year-old triumphed over a stellar field in the A$750,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on Saturday, bursting out of midfield 300 metres from the finish and racing to victory by two lengths in a slick time of 1:34.91.
After closing out her juvenile season with an impressive Listed win, the $260,000 Premier Sale purchase Peaceful (NZ) (Savabeel) has begun her three-year-old campaign on the same note.
Trained by the champion stable of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman for a group that includes prominent owner Lib Petagna’s JML Bloodstock, Peaceful was an easy two-length winner of the $50,000 Listed Auckland Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Te Rapa in June.
New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds has cemented itself as the leading sale of its kind in Australasia with an incomparable 17 Group One wins and 117 stakes wins claimed by graduates of the Sale in the last five seasons.
The Sale catalogue will offer 445 two-year-olds and is available to be viewed online now, and on the free iPad application, with printed catalogues arriving in letterboxes from mid-September.
The $60,000 Ready to Run Sale recruit Nova Strike (NZ) (Red Giant) collected the second stakes win of his career with an impressive performance in Sunday’s S$200,000 Listed Moonbeam Vase (1600m) at Kranji.
Previously the winner of the Colonial Chief Stakes (1700m) and Singapore’s Champion Polytrack Horse of 2017, Nova Strike has also been placed seven times at black-type level including the Singapore Derby, Kranji Mile, 3YO Classic and Jumbo Jet Trophy.
The $57,500 Premier Sale purchase Melody Belle(NZ) (Commands) became a millionaire when she scored her second Group One victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings.
Sent out as favourite after winning the Group Two Foxbridge Plate (1200m) two weeks ago, the four-year-old mare produced another outstanding performance to capture the first Group One race of the 2018-19 New Zealand racing season.
Saturday’s A$1 million Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) was won by a New Zealand-bred as Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo) captured the Caulfield feature with an incredible late surge.
The favourite and defending champion Vega Magic (Lope de Vega) had taken the lead in the straight in what looked like a winning move, but a line of horses charged at him in the last 100 metres. The strongest of all was Humidor, who dived through the inside with Damian Lane in the saddle for the third Group 1 win of his career.
Unforgotten(Fastnet Rock), the $360,000 Premier Sale purchase who captured the Group One Australian Oaks (2400m) in the autumn, began her spring campaign on a perfect note at Randwick on Saturday.
The Chris Waller-trained mare weaved her way out of midfield to score impressively in the A$250,000 Group 2 Bisley Workwear Chelmsford Stakes (1600m), winning by a length and a quarter with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
Karaka Clean Sweep in El Roca-Sir Colin Meads Trophy
Sunday, Sep 2, 2018
Graduates of the Karaka Sales Centre dominated the first black-type feature of the 2018 Hawke’s Bay spring carnival at Hastings on Saturday, filling the first three placings in the $50,000 Listed El Roca-Sir Colin Meads Trophy (1200m).
Leading the charge was the Shamexpress gelding Cyber Attack(NZ), who cost $47,500 at the 2016 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale.
Theanswermyfriend(High Chaparral), who cost $70,000 at the 2015 Premier Sale, took his earnings to the brink of A$500,000 with victory in Saturday’s A$100,000 Listed Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) at Morphettville.
From the all-conquering stable of Darren Weir, who won the Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on the same afternoon with Humidor(NZ) (Teofilo), Theanswermyfriend led all the way and produced a fierce kick in the straight.
In a blanket finish to the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) two weeks ago, Showtime (Snitzel) claimed victory by a long neck from the defending champion Hartnell (Authorized). Widgee Turf (Turffontein) was another neck away in third, while Kings Will Dream (Casamento), Grunt (NZ) (O’Reilly) and Jungle Edge (Dubawi) all finished within a length of the winner.
River Control (NZ) (Choisir), who was purchased for $40,000 at the 2014 Premier Sale, picked up the eighth and most significant victory of his career to date in Sunday’s M$800,000 Macau Gold Cup (1800m).
With Brazilian jockey Ruan Maia in the saddle, the gelding raced in midfield before producing an irresistible late surge down the outside to win by three-quarters of a length. Another Karaka graduate, River Treasure (NZ) (Savabeel), was third for the same owner-trainer combination of King Ho and Cheong Sio Hun.
Karaka Graduates Shine in New Zealand Horse of the Year Awards
Monday, Aug 27, 2018
Graduates of the Karaka sales complex had a spectacular night at Sunday’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Awards in Auckland, scooping seven awards including a second Horse of the Year title for Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi).
Trained by Murray Baker for owners Terry Jarvis, Alastair Lawrence and John Rattray, Bonneval added the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) in Melbourne to her victories in the previous season’s Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) and Australian Oaks (2400m).
Impressive debut winner Brutal (NZ) (O’Reilly) stepped up to stakes level on Saturday and kept his unbeaten record intact, heading a Karaka quinella in the A$120,000 Listed McMahon’s Dairy McKenzie Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
Bought for $220,000 at the 2017 Premier Sale, Brutal created a huge impression with a five-length romp at Caulfield on July 14.
Melody Belle (NZ) Scores Fifth Stakes Win in Foxbridge
Saturday, Aug 18, 2018
Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands), the $57,500 Premier Sale purchase who found fame in the 2017 Karaka Million 2YO, began her four-year-old campaign with an immediate big-race impact at Te Rapa on Saturday.
Lining up in the $100,000 Group 2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (1200m) for the 13th start of her career, Melody Belle defeated a strong weight-for-age field to record her sixth win and fifth at stakes level.
Showtime Impresses in NZB Caulfield WFA Championship Opener
Saturday, Aug 18, 2018
Close up behind some of Australia’s very best last season, Showtime (Snitzel) went to a new level and greatly enhanced his value with a gritty win in Saturday’s A$200,000 Group 2 Sir John Monash P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m), opening leg of the New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield Spring WFA Championship.
The Team Hawkes runner had won only two of his 16 starts leading into Saturday, but he had recorded eight placings and earned more than A$500,000 in prize-money. His previous best win came in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes, and he had placed in another six stakes races including the Group 1 All Aged Stakes and Futurity Stakes and the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint and Silver Slipper.
The series spans four spring features at Caulfield with combined prizemoney of A$2.95 million. The Lawrence Stakes will be followed by the A$1 million Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on September 1, the A$750,000 Underwood Stakes (1800m) on September 30 and the A$1 million Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 13.
Savabeel six-year-old Preditor (NZ) produced an electrifying finishing burst to come out on top in an all-Karaka finish to Sunday’s S$200,000 Listed Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m) at Kranji, registering his first black-type win.
Bought for $75,000 at the 2014 Premier Sale, Preditor sprouted wings in the straight to charge home from a seemingly impossible position and beat the Select Sale and Ready to Run Sale graduate Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park) by a head. Debt Collector himself won the race in 2016.
Graduates of the Karaka sales complex finished first and second in the opening black-type race of the 2018-19 New Zealand racing season, the $100,000 Group 3 Winning Edge Presentations 121st Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton Park on Saturday.
The $40,000 Festival Sale purchase Platinum Command (NZ) (Red Giant) swept to victory, lifting her career earnings past $300,000 with a one-length defeat of the $40,000 Ready to Run Sale graduate She’s Poppy (NZ) (Alamosa).
New York Minute (NZ) (Iffraaj) bolstered her resume with a second black-type feature in a commanding front-running performance in Saturday’s $65,000 Listed Powerworx Opunake Cup (1400m) at New Plymouth.
Purchased out of Little Avondale Stud’s 2013 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale draft for $15,000, Saturday’s win was her eighth from 24 career starts and second at black-type following her last-start win in the $50,000 Listed Woburn Farm Tauranga Classic (1400m).
Beauty Generation (NZ) Named Hong Kong Horse of the Year
Saturday, Jul 14, 2018
$60,000 Select Sale purchase Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) capped a dream season with two awards during Friday night’s Champion Awards ceremony, including the title of Hong Kong Horse of the Year.
Formerly a Group One performer in Australia under his previous name Montaigne, the gelding had eight starts during the 2017-18 season, all at stakes level, for five wins – the HK$3 million Celebration Cup (1400m), the HK$4 million Sha Tin Trophy (1600m), the HK$23 million Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Mile (1600m), the HK$10 million Group 1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m), and the HK$18 million Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m).
Sir Patrick Hogan was acknowledged for his exemplary services to the export sector having been awarded the Exporters’ Champion award at the 2018 Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards.
Recognising individual accomplishment, this award specifically recognises those who over a period of time have made a significant contribution to our export sector. Ultimately promoting New Zealand across the globe, they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to share their experience and knowledge, networks, leadership skills and have helped foster the talents of others in order to develop business offshore.
NZB to Expand with Opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka
Tuesday, Jul 3, 2018
Scheduled to open its doors in 2020 a new property will debut at Karaka with a 120-room hotel under the management of DoubleTree by Hilton.
Attending New Zealand Bloodstock’s Sales and inspecting horses will be even easier with this new-build hotel and the accompanying facilities available to be enjoyed by vendors, buyers and thoroughbred enthusiasts.
Stakes Success for $15,000 Weanling Purchase New York Minute (NZ)
Sunday, Jun 24, 2018
New York Minute (NZ) (Iffraaj), who cost just $15,000 at the 2013 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka, collected a valuable first black-type win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Woburn Farm Tauranga Classic (1400m).
The mare had already demonstrated her racetrack prowess, winning six times and placing in six stakes races including a runner-up finish in last year’s Tauranga Classic.
Sibling Double Act as NZB Graduates Star in Singapore
Monday, Jun 18, 2018
Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales won five races at Kranji on Sunday, and remarkably that winning quintet included two half-brothers – Refresh (NZ) (Rock ‘N’ Pop) and Soonbaby (NZ) (Redwood).
Refresh and Soonbaby are both sons of the Stravinsky mare Wahaha (NZ). A half-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner Wall Street (NZ) (Montjeu), Wahaha is the dam of eight winners from eight foals to race.
Best Yet to Come for Stakes-Winning Savabeel Filly
Saturday, Jun 9, 2018
Two-year-old Karaka graduate Peaceful (NZ) (Savabeel) bolstered her resume with a black-type win in the $50,000 Listed Ssangyong Auckland Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Te Rapa on Saturday, but her connections believe she will make an even better three-year-old.
Lining up for the fifth start of her career, the $260,000 Premier Sale purchase sat in midfield before moving forward to challenge for the lead around the home turn. She went clear in the straight for a two-length win over fellow Karaka graduates Cyber Attack (NZ) (Shamexpress) and Sol Invictus (NZ) (Haradasun).
Entries for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2019 National Yearling Sales Series are now open with the Sale taking place next summer at the Karaka Sales Centre from 27 January until 3 February.
With an established reputation of producing world-class thoroughbreds, graduates of the National Yearling Sales Series have claimed 16 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.
Karaka Graduates to the Fore in Ag Challenge Stakes
Sunday, Jun 3, 2018
Tomelilla (NZ) (Tavistock) and She’s Poppy (NZ) (Alamosa), both Karaka graduates and both black-type winners at their previous starts, fought out an exciting finish in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Ag Challenge Stakes (1590m) at Wanganui.
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Tomelilla sold for only $15,000 at the 2014 Festival Sale, but she has greatly lifted her value with strong racetrack performances including a last-start win in the Group 3 Rotorua Stakes (1400m).
Mr Clint (NZ) Adds to Proud New Zealand record in Singapore Guineas
Sunday, May 27, 2018
With a powerful performance in Saturday’s S$1 million Singapore Guineas (1600m) at Kranji, Mr Clint (NZ) (Power) added his name to a proud recent record for New Zealand-breds and Karaka graduates in the prestigious three-year-old race.
Mr Clint became the fourth Kiwi-bred Singapore Guineas winner in the last five years, joining Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park), Affleck (NZ) (Battle Paint) and War Affair (NZ) (O’Reilly).