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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lindsays ecstatic following Group One Royal Ascot triumph
Sunday, Jun 21, 2020
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).
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.
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.
NZB Insurance Pearl Series Offers Exciting New Bonus
Friday, Jun 12, 2020
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.
Classy Youngsters on Offer in National Weanling Sale
Friday, Jun 12, 2020
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.
Delivery of New Zealand’s Sixth Horse Ambulance on Track for Racing’s Re-start
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020
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.
Pinhooking Gold Available in National Weanling Sale
Thursday, Jun 4, 2020
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.
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.
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.
South Island Sale Showcases Sires From Both Islands
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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.
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.
Exceptional Recent Record for NZB Weanling Graduates
Monday, May 18, 2020
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.
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.
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.