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Fillies Set to Clash in Special Caulfield Feature

Ethereal's granddaughter Eleonora (NZ) winning the 2016 Ethereal Stakes.
Ethereal's granddaughter Eleonora (NZ) winning the 2016 Ethereal Stakes.

New Zealand Bloodstock takes special pride in sponsoring Saturday’s A$150,000 Group 3 New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield.

The three-year-old fillies’ race is named in honour of the legendary Ethereal (NZ) (Rhythm), bred and raced by New Zealand Bloodstock principal Sir Peter Vela and his late brother Philip.

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Breeze Up Form Matches NZB’s Quality Catalogue

Prima Park's Lot 67 and Lot 77 breezing down the Te Rapa straight.
Prima Park's Lot 67 and Lot 77 breezing down the Te Rapa straight.

NZB’s Ready to Run Sale Breeze Ups came to a close today with the final 201 two-year-olds breezing down the Te Rapa straight.

Yesterday’s track conditions started as a Slow 7 and during the day was upgraded to a Dead 6 while heats 105 to 210 galloped on an improved Dead 5 track today.

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Quality 2YOs Impress at Day 1 Breeze Ups

Kilgravin Lodge's Lot 21 and Lot 243 breezing up at Day 1.
Kilgravin Lodge's Lot 21 and Lot 243 breezing up at Day 1.

Day 1 of the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale Breeze Ups saw 197 two-year-olds gallop down the straight of Te Rapa Racecourse.

View Breeze Up times here.

Track conditions were recorded as a Slow 7 in the morning and as the day progressed it was upgraded to a Dead 6 from Heat 31 onwards.

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Humidor (NZ) Wins Caulfield WFA Championship

A fast-finishing third in the A$1 million race by New Zealand-bred star Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo) secured him the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield WFA Championship title.
A fast-finishing third in the A$1 million race by New Zealand-bred star Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo) secured him the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield WFA Championship title.

Godolphin stars Benbatl (Dubawi) and Blair House (Pivotal) went to war in an exciting Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on Saturday, but a fast-finishing third in the A$1 million race by New Zealand-bred star Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo) secured him the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield WFA Championship title.

Humidor headed into Saturday’s final leg of the Series with 17 points to his name, having won the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m), along with a third placing in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m). A top-four finish was all he needed with the title, with Homesman (War Front) and Tosen Basil (Harbinger) his only potential threats with 10 and 8 points respectively.

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Nicoletta (NZ) Too Tough in Breeders’ Stakes

Nicoletta (NZ) lead all the way in the $80,000 Group 3 Rich Hill Stud Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Hawera.
Nicoletta (NZ) lead all the way in the $80,000 Group 3 Rich Hill Stud Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Hawera.

Quality mare Nicoletta (NZ) (Savabeel) began her 2018-19 campaign in strong style on Saturday, leading all the way in the $80,000 Group 3 Rich Hill Stud Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Hawera.

Bought for $90,000 at the 2015 Select Sale, Nicoletta emerged as a black-type performer during her three-year-old season with victory in the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) and a placing in the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m).

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2YOs Set to Breeze Up Next Week

NZB's Ready to Run Sale Breeze Ups on next week.
NZB's Ready to Run Sale Breeze Ups 15 & 16 October.

Breeze Ups for New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds will take place next week on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 October with each day commencing at 10am.

View the Breeze Ups schedule here.

Held at Te Rapa Racecourse over two days, there will be 210 heats filmed and timed from the 200 metre mark to the winning post.

Video clips of the Breeze Ups will be made available for viewing on the NZB website by Friday 19 October.

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Big Finish to NZB Caulfield WFA Championship

Current series leader Humidor (NZ) winning the first leg in the NZB Memsie Stakes.
Current series leader Humidor (NZ) winning the second leg in the NZB Memsie Stakes.

The stage is set for an exciting finale to the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield Spring WFA Championship.

The fourth and final race in the Series is Saturday’s A$1 million Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m), featuring series leader Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo) and his closest challenger Homesman (War Front).

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High Profile Sires With Dominant Records

Waikato Stud's reigning Champion New Zealand Sire Savabeel.
Waikato Stud's Savabeel claimed his fourth straight NZ Sires Premiership.

One of the biggest selling points at the NZB Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds is the sire power of 110 varied stallion profiles, each offering unique value. Amongst this selection are internationally renowned Group One producers whose high profiles offer buyers the opportunity to capitalise on their sought after progeny.

Fourteen years have passed since Darci Brahma (NZ) (Danehill) himself went through the sale ring, topping the 2004 Premier Sale with a price tag of $1.1 million. Retired to The Oaks Stud in 2007, he has been named the Champion Sire in Singapore five times including the last three years in succession. Also the Leading New Zealand Sire of 3YOs in 2015-16, Darci Brahma has sired eight Group One winners in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia in the last five seasons. In total, he sired 34 individual stakes winners in those five seasons with a 9% stakes winners to winners ratio.

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Group Success Prominent Among Young Sires

Windsor Park Stud's NZ Leading First Season Sire in 2017-18, Shamexpress (NZ).
Windsor Park Stud's NZ Leading First Season Sire in 2017-18 Shamexpress (NZ).

In just a few short years, many of Australasia’s recent stallion recruits have had their first crops grace the racetracks and the results seen so far have made a big impression. Buyers will have the opportunity to secure their next juveniles at NZB’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds with bloodstock available by hot sires who have had a string of early success.

Cambridge Stud’s Burgundy(NZ) (Redoute’s Choice), a three-quarter brother to successful sire Darci Brahma, was a five-time stakes winner and Group One performer. The Leading New Zealand Second Season Sire in 2017-18 is also the sire of Group One New Zealand One Thousand Guineas runner-up and NZB Filly of the Year Dijon Bleu, Group Two Hawke’s Bay Guineas winner Hard Merchandise and Singaporean Listed Golden Horseshoe placegetter Bringer of War.

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Savvy Coup (NZ) Dominant in Livamol Classic

Savvy Coup (NZ) Dominant in Livamol Classic. Photo Credit: Trish Dunell.
Savvy Coup (NZ) Dominant in Livamol Classic. Photo Credit: Trish Dunell.

Karaka graduate Savvy Coup (NZ) (Savabeel) added another Group 1 to her sparkling CV with an easy two-length win in Saturday’s $250,000 Group 1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings.

The $65,000 Premier Sale purchase was New Zealand’s champion three-year-old last season, winning three stakes races in an impressive campaign including the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m).

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Te Akau Shark (NZ) Another Rising Ready to Run Star

Te Akau Shark claiming the G3 Spring Sprint in jaw dropping fashion. Photo credit: Trish Dunell
Te Akau Shark claiming the G3 Spring Sprint in jaw dropping fashion. Photo credit: Trish Dunell

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale has unearthed numerous big-race performers in recent years, and a dominant victory in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings has set Te Akau Shark (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) up to join them.

The number-one Sale of its kind in Australasia, the Ready to Run Sale has an impressive honour roll of 17 Group 1 wins including Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor), Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj), Vin De Dance (NZ) (Roc de Cambes), Turn Me Loose (NZ) (Iffraaj), Gaultier (NZ) (Rios), Dukedom (NZ) (Bachelor Duke) and Hall Of Fame (NZ) (Savabeel).

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Madison County (NZ) Hugely Impressive in Guineas

Madison County (NZ) claiming black type status. Photo Credit: Trish Dunell.
Madison County (NZ) claiming Group 2 status. Photo Credit: Trish Dunell.

Madison County (NZ) (Pins), a Karaka graduate from the draft of race sponsors Waikato Stud, scored an outstanding victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings.

Madison County was bred by Waikato Stud’s Garry Chittick and went through the ring in the 2017 Select Sale, selling for $36,000 to high-profile international owners the China Horse Club.

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First Crop of 2YOs for Australasian Group Performers

Waikato Stud resident and four-time Group One winner Sacred Falls (NZ).
Waikato Stud resident and four-time Group One winner Sacred Falls (NZ).

In 2015 a new wave of Group One-performing colts joined the stallion rosters of Australasia’s leading studs and three years on their first crop of two-year-olds are now ready to go through the auction ring.

NZB’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds on 21 & 22 November will have representation from 17 of these sires whose yearlings were well received by buyers at Karaka 2018.

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Tight Rein on Guineas and Derby Victories

Last season's headline act Vin de Dance (NZ) winning the $1 million Group One New Zealand Derby.
Last season's headline act Vin de Dance (NZ) winning the $1 million Group One New Zealand Derby.

The synergy between expertly prepared two-year-olds and Group One accolades will be unleashed at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds.

In the thirty-eight year history of the Sale, countless graduates have performed at the highest level on the international stage and with over one hundred stakes wins and 17 Group One wins in the last five seasons alone, NZB has earnt the title as the leading source of talent in the Australasian breeze up market.

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Beauty Generation (NZ) Heads Karaka Quinella in Celebration Cup

Beauty Generation (NZ) heads Karaka quinella in Celebration Cup. Photo: HKJC
Beauty Generation (NZ) heads Karaka quinella in Celebration Cup. Photo: HKJC

Hong Kong’s Horse of the Year Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) made the perfect return to racing at Sha Tin on Monday, leading home Hong Kong Derby winner Ping Hai Star (NZ) (Nom du Jeu) for a Karaka quinella in the HK$3.25 million Group 3 Celebration Cup (1400m).

Both horses were offered by Highden Park at Karaka. Beauty Generation sold for $60,000 at the 2014 Select Sale, while Ping Hai Star fell short of his $40,000 reserve at the same sale a year later.

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Homesman Enters NZB Caulfield WFA Contention With Thrilling Underwood Win

In his first start in the New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield WFA Championship, Homesman (War Front) moved into title contention with a thrilling victory in Sunday’s A$750,000 Group 1 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes (1800m).

Previously a Group 3 winner in Ireland and placed at Grade 1 level in the United States, Homesman beat the Japanese import Tosen Basil (Harbinger) by a head in an international finish. Quality New Zealand-bred Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo) ran on strongly for third, half a length behind the first two.

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Back-to-back Stocks Stakes for I Am A Star (NZ)

Back-to-back Stocks Stakes for I Am A Star (NZ).
Back-to-back Stocks Stakes for I Am A Star (NZ).

High-class mare I Am A Star (NZ) (I Am Invincible) defended her crown in the Group 3 Sporting Globe Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night, heading a Karaka quinella in the A$200,000 feature.

Bought for just $12,000 at the 2014 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, I Am A Star has now won nine of her 25 starts for prizemoney of A$1,450,450 – more than 120 times her purchase price.

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World-Class Field for Third Leg of NZB Caulfield WFA Championship

Reigning Underwood Stakes winner Bonneval (NZ).
Reigning Underwood Stakes winner Bonneval (NZ).

The New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield WFA Championship continues with the third leg, Sunday’s A$750,000 Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield, which has drawn an outstanding field with global Group 1 credentials.

The early favourites are the New Zealand-breds Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo) and Grunt (NZ) (O’Reilly), who have scored impressive Group 1 victories this spring in the New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) respectively.

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Debt Collector (NZ) Superb in Raffles Cup

Debt Collector (NZ) reaffirmed his place among Singapore’s very best with a come-from-nowhere win in Sunday’s S$1 million Raffles Cup.
Debt Collector (NZ) reaffirmed his place among Singapore’s very best with a come-from-nowhere win in Sunday’s S$1 million Raffles Cup.

Karaka graduate Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park) reaffirmed his place among Singapore’s very best with a come-from-nowhere win in Sunday’s S$1 million Raffles Cup (1600m) at Kranji.

Bought for $30,000 at the 2014 Select Sale and $120,000 at the Ready to Run, Debt Collector rapidly rose to superstardom with eight wins in his first 12 starts and the title of 2016 Horse of the Year.

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Tomelilla (NZ) Scores Third Stakes Win

$15,000 Festival Sale purchase Tomelilla (NZ) wins the feature at Pukekohe Park on Sunday, taking her career earnings past $200,000.
$15,000 Festival Sale purchase Tomelilla (NZ) wins the feature at Pukekohe Park on Sunday, taking her career earnings past $200,000.

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).

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Karaka Million Winners Shine at Hastings

Melody Belle wins her second Gr.1 of the season, taking her earnings to over $1.2M - more than 21 times her purchase price.
Melody Belle wins her second Gr.1 of the season, taking her earnings to over $1.2M - more than 21 times her purchase price.

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.

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Star Fillies Provide Thrilling Start to NZB Filly of the Year Series

Avantage (inside) toughs it out to take the lead in the NZB Filly of the Year Series.
Avantage (inside) toughs it out to take the lead in the NZB Filly of the Year Series.

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.

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Local Excels in First Leg of NZB Southern Filly Series

Emily Margaret wins the NZB Sponsored Canterbury Belle Stakes.
Emily Margaret wins the NZB Sponsored Canterbury Belle Stakes.

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).

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Savvy Coup (NZ) Named South Island Horse of the Year

Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks winner Savvy Coup takes out the 2018 South Island Horse of the Year title.
Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks winner Savvy Coup takes out the 2018 South Island Horse of the Year title.

Group 1-winning Karaka graduate Savvy Coup (NZ) (Savabeel) was named the South Island’s Horse of the Year during the 2017-18 South Island Racing Awards at Riccarton Park Racecourse on Friday.

Bought for $65,000 from Waikato Stud’s draft at the 2016 Premier Sale, Savvy Coup rose to stardom during an outstanding three-year-old campaign in the 2017-18 season.

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Gold Trail Stakes gets NZB Filly of the Year Series Underway

2017 Hawke's Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes winner Dijon Bleu (NZ). Photo: Trish Dunell
2017 Hawke's Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes winner Dijon Bleu (NZ). Photo: Trish Dunell

The 47th New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series begins at Hastings on Saturday with the $70,000 Group 3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders’ Gold Trail Stakes (1200m).

The prestigious Series is made up of 10 Group races, over distances ranging from 1200 to 2400 metres, between September and March.

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Southern Filly Series Kicks Off in Canterbury Belle Stakes

2017 NZB Canterbury Belle Stakes winner Kiwi Ida.
2017 NZB Canterbury Belle Stakes winner Kiwi Ida. Photo: Race Images Christchurch

Saturday’s $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton Park marks the beginning of the 19th New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series.

The Series has been held since the 2000-01 season and covers four Listed races over 1200, 1400, 1600 and 2000 metres.

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CATALOGUE ONLINE: NZB’s Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs

NZB's 2018 Ready to Run Sale catalogue is now online.
NZB's 2018 Ready to Run Sale catalogue is now online.

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.

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