With a classy come-from-behind performance in Saturday’s $100,000 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa, Karaka graduate Belle du Nord (NZ) (Reliable Man) claimed a valuable Group 2 win to sit alongside her multiple big-race placings.
A $50,000 yearling purchase at Karaka in 2016, Belle du Nord won on debut as a two-year-old and has subsequently placed in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) and the Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) in Adelaide.
Marshal Provides More of the ‘Mongolian Khan’ Magic
Saturday, Dec 15, 2018
The Karaka sale ring and Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman were the key ingredients for the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry’s biggest success story to date, and on Saturday at Te Rapa they combined for another big-race win.
Rider Horse’s red and white colours became famous on both sides of the Tasman through the deeds of the $220,000 Ready to Run Sale graduate Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor), who won the Group 1 New Zealand Derby, Australian Derby and Caulfield Cup and was a two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year.
Promising Field for Third Leg of NZB Filly of the Year Series
Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018
With only one runner in the $70,000 Group 3 LawnMaster Eulogy Stakes (1550m) field already having points to her name, Saturday’s third leg of the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series at Awapuni presents the chance for promising newcomers to stake their claims.
Rocket Fuel (Smart Missile) collected 1.5 points for her third placing in the Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings in September. She has since picked up another stakes placing, a third in the Group 3 Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie.
Beauty Generation Breath-taking in Hong Kong Mile Repeat
Monday, Dec 10, 2018
Superstar Karaka graduate Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) has produced another breath-taking performance, brilliantly defending his title in Sunday’s HK$25 million Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin.
Bought for $60,000 at the 2014 Select Sale, Beauty Generation is the reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year and went into Sunday’s race with victories in seven of his last nine starts.
Mr Stunning Heads Massive Karaka Result in Hong Kong Sprint
Monday, Dec 10, 2018
Karaka graduates filled all of the first four placings in Sunday’s HK$20 million Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin, with defending champion Mr Stunning (Exceed and Excel) again leading the charge.
Mr Stunning, who was bought for $250,000 at the 2014 Premier Sale, reaffirmed his claim to Hong Kong sprinting supremacy with an exact repeat of last year’s result. Again he narrowly defeated his gallant rival D B Pin(NZ) (Darci Brahma), who was a $200,000 purchase at the same Sale.
Karaka graduate Celebrity Dream (NZ) (Thorn Park) defended her title in the A$100,000 Listed Ascend Sales-Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday, lifting her tally of career black-type victories to four.
With champion Perth jockey William Pike in the saddle, the $260,000 Premier Sale purchase raced in third position in the 11-horse field before asserting her superiority in the straight and winning by a length.
Danzdanzdance (Mastercraftsman) cost just $5,000 as a yearling at Karaka, and on Saturday she became a Group 1 winner with an outstanding performance in the $200,000 Rydges Wellington Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham.
The Chris Gibbs and Michelle Bradley-trained runner had already proven that she belonged at the elite level, placing in this year’s New Zealand Derby (2400m) and Livamol Classic (2040m). Saturday’s big breakthrough performance boosted her career earnings past $300,000, and her overall value far beyond that.
Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie produced a trifecta of Karaka graduates, headed by Spirits Aubeer (Spirit of Boom).
Spirits Aubeer was bought for $55,000 at the 2017 Select Sale, and Saturday’s win was his third and the biggest of his career to date. The $160,000 Premier Sale graduate Surely Sacred (NZ) (Rock ‘N’ Pop) was a fast-finishing second, with $50,000 Select Sale graduate Hypnos (NZ) (Reliable Man) third.
Karaka Book 1 graduate Aotea Lad (NZ) (Savabeel) began his career on the perfect note at Trentham on Saturday, winning the $100,000 Group 2 Anuka Smoker Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1100m) in his very first start.
The Jamie Richards-trained gelding had shown good ability in a recent trial win and was the $2.20 favourite for the time-honoured two-year-old feature, and he lived up to expectations with a stylish performance.
Valuable Stakes Win for Well-Bred Espresso Martini (NZ)
Saturday, Dec 1, 2018
Blue-blooded Premier Sale graduate Espresso Martini(NZ) (High Chaparral) greatly enhanced her value with a black-type win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial (1500m) at Ellerslie.
Espresso Martini is the third foal to race, and the third winner, out of the Keeper mare Keepa Cruisin(NZ). A half-sister to the seven-time Group 1 winner Seachange (NZ) (Cape Cross), Keepa Cruisin herself won the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) as a three-year-old in 2007. She also won the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m) and ran second in the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).
High-class Karaka graduate Gift Of Power (NZ) (Power) made a brilliant return to top form with an all-the-way win in Friday’s $50,000 Listed FastTrack Insurance Levin Stakes (1200m) at Otaki.
The $180,000 Premier Sale purchase had won eight races and more than $229,000 in prize-money before Friday’s race, headed by black-type victories in the Listed Wellesley Stakes (1000m) and Group 2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1100m) as a two-year-old.
Featuring an outstanding showcase of 1,284 yearlings for the 93rd National Yearling Sales Series, buyers can now take their first look at the catalogues online with printed copies arriving in letterboxes from early December.
Time and again the quality New Zealand-bred attracts the industry’s heavy hitters from near and far and Karaka 2019 will once again offer an extensive selection of kiwi sire power, along with strong representation from leading Australian sires and shuttlers. There are 116 stallion profiles represented across all three Books, including the first crop of 20 exciting young sires.
NZ Sires Take Centre Stage at NZB’s Ready to Run Sale
Thursday, Nov 22, 2018
As the hammer fell on the final run of NZB’s 2018 Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds, continued demand was evident for the progeny of leading New Zealand sires Savabeel and Tavistock.
The aggregate at the close of selling reached $24,325,500 for 252 horses sold, while the average reached $96,530 and the clearance rate settled at 68%. Overall, results were back on last year’s Australasian record-breaking Sale.
Beauty Generation (NZ) Outstanding Again in Jockey Club Mile
Monday, Nov 19, 2018
Select Sale graduate Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) has carried on his unstoppable form, treating the Sha Tin crowd to another sparkling performance in Sunday’s HK$4.25 million Group 2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile.
The reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year, Beauty Generation registered his eighth win from his last 11 starts and his fourth in a row. Bought for just $60,000 at Karaka, he has now earned more than HK$46.44 million (NZ$8.65 million) for owner Patrick Kwok.
Media Sensation Announces Arrival on Biggest Stage
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018
Media Sensation (I Am Invincible) was a $425,000 yearling purchase at Karaka and already had a Group 3 victory to her name, but on Saturday she took her value to a whole new level.
The classy bay filly scored an outstanding Group 1 victory in the prestigious $300,000 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton, moving to the top of the leaderboard in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series.
A few hours after South Island Sale graduate Yogi (NZ) (Raise The Flag) won the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) in Australia, the $250,000 Group 3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton on Saturday provided an even bigger result for stayers sourced from New Zealand Bloodstock Sales.
Bizzwinkle (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle), who went through the ring in the 2015 Select Sale and Ready to Run Sale, headed a Karaka trifecta in the time-honoured two-miler.
$1,000 South Island Sale Graduate wins Sandown Cup
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018
Yogi (NZ) (Raise The Flag) cost just $1,000 at the 2014 South Island Sale, and he took his earnings past A$450,000 with an impressive come-from-behind win in Saturday’s A$150,000 Listed Sandown Cup (3200m).
Ridden by Craig Williams, the gelding finished powerfully from the back of the field to win by a long neck.
Stunning Mile win for Ready to Run Star Te Akau Shark (NZ)
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018
A week out from New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2018 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, a budding superstar graduate of the Sale has produced a breath-taking performance during the New Zealand Cup carnival at Riccarton.
Te Akau Shark (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle), who cost $230,000 at the 2016 Ready to Run Sale, scored his fifth win from six career starts with a runaway victory in Wednesday’s $230,000 Group 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m).
With a remarkable front-running performance, $16,000 Select Sale graduate Dee And Gee (NZ) (Darci Brahma) collected her first stakes win in Saturday’s $75,000 Listed Redwood Metropolitan Trophy (2500m) at Riccarton.
Trapped wide in the early stages, rider Cameron Lammas elected to send the five-year-old forward to take the lead. Dee And Gee kicked away in the straight, moving well clear of her challengers.
Classy sprinting mare Indecision (NZ) (Per Incanto) collected her second black-type win with a dominant front-running performance in the $50,000 Listed Legacy Lodge Sprint (1200m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.
The $260,000 Premier Sale purchase won the Listed NZB Finance Sprint (1200m) at Hastings in April, and she was beaten by a nose when second in the Group 3 Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) at Rotorua last month.
Madison County (NZ) Superb in New Zealand 2000 Guineas
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018
Karaka graduates have shone again in the Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m), winning the Riccarton classic for the eighth year in a row on Saturday with the impressive Madison County (NZ) (Pins).
It’s not only the New Zealand colts and geldings taking top honours in Australasia’s coveted races, the fillies are stamping their mark too and in the past six seasons New Zealand sourced fillies have triumphed in 36% of all Australian Group One filly races.
Saint Emilion (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), who could have been bought for $80,000 at the 2013 Select Sale at Karaka, took his prizemoney earnings to $490,095 with his fourth black-type win in Tuesday’s $70,000 Group 3 OMF Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie.
The grey gelding, who also won this weight-for-age feature in 2016, went straight to the front of the seven-horse field and led for most of the journey.
$425,000 Premier Sale purchase Media Sensation (I Am Invincible) stepped up to stakes level for the first time in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Partners Life Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie, and she scored an emphatic victory.
A last-start winner over 1215 metres at Rotorua just seven days earlier, the Peter and Dawn Williams-trained runner went to the front in the early stages before taking a sit in second position. She regained the lead in the straight and asserted her superiority, scoring by three-quarters of a length.
Dark Princess (NZ) (Cape Blanco), who cost $46,000 at the 2015 Select Sale at Karaka, picked up her first black-type success in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Gee & Hickton Thompson Handicap (1600m) at Trentham.
An impressive winner in Rating 82 grade on Livamol Classic day at Hastings earlier this month, Dark Princess stepped up to the big time on Saturday and was up to the task.
Exuberant (NZ) (Savabeel) became the first stakes winner for the new-look Karaka Book 1 Sale when he made a winning debut in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Hanley Formula Wellesley Stakes (1000m) at Trentham.
Bought for $160,000 during the inaugural Book 1 session in January of this year, the trial-winning colt was thrown in at the deep end for his debut against a 10-horse field that included four individual winners.
Sword Of Osman (NZ) Heads Karaka Trifecta in Group 2 Sarten
Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018
Sword Of Osman (NZ) (Savabeel) collected his third stakes win with a relentless front-running performance in Monday’s $100,000 Group 2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) at Te Rapa, heading an all-Karaka finish to the three-year-old feature.
Bought for $165,000 at the 2017 Premier Sale by Te Akau principal David Ellis, Sword Of Osman emerged as one of the best of his generation with explosive victories in last season’s Group 1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Reid & Harrison Slipper (1200m).
Beauty Generation (NZ) Brilliant Again in Sha Tin Trophy
Monday, Oct 22, 2018
Hong Kong Horse of the Year Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock), who was a $60,000 purchase at the 2014 Select Sale at Karaka, produced another world-class performance in Sunday’s HK$4,250,000 Group 2 Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy (1600m).
Winning the race for the second time, he carried 60 kilograms and led all the way to beat a top-quality field. With regular rider Zac Purton in the saddle, he won by half a length in a slick time of 1:33.07.
Four Karaka graduates combined for a spectacular finish in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Sweynesse Stakes (1215m) at Rotorua, with Volks Lightning(NZ) (Volksraad) scoring by a nose from Indecision (NZ) (Per Incanto), Julius (NZ) (Swiss Ace) and Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge).
Group 1-placed last season in the Sistema Railway (1200m), the $60,000 Ready to Run Sale purchase Volks Lightning claimed a deserved black-type win with a relentless front-running performance.
This week, 397 youngsters breezed down the home straight at Te Rapa Racecourse with their last 200 metres of work filmed and timed – and once again NZB's Ready to Run Sale vendors have delivered a high caliber preparation of the Lots to be offered at the Sale in November.
All Breeze Up videos are now available online. Recorded in high definition, the quality will automatically scale based on your internet connection and device. The video clips can also be downloaded from Vimeo or viewed in ‘Couch Mode’ which plays all clips from start to finish.
$12,000 Karaka weanling purchase I Am A Star (NZ) (I Am Invincible) scored her ninth black-type win, and her third in a row, with another dominant display in Wednesday’s A$150,000 Group 3 Ted Baker Ladies’ Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield.
The high-quality mare overcame an awkward wide gate in the fillies and mares’ feature, leading all the way and scoring a comfortable half-length victory. She was ridden by Ben Melham.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Te Akau Shark (NZ) Another Rising Ready to Run Star
Saturday, Oct 6, 2018
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.
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.
First Crop of 2YOs for Australasian Group Performers
Friday, Oct 5, 2018
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.
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.
Beauty Generation (NZ) Heads Karaka Quinella in Celebration Cup
Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.