Karaka graduate The Chosen One (NZ) (Savabeel) is now a stakes winner on both sides of the Tasman, adding a brilliant win in Saturday’s $160,000 Group 3 Cellarbrations Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick to his two black-type victories in New Zealand.
An unlucky and powerful-finishing fourth in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) in his most recent start, The Chosen One turned his fortunes around in style on Saturday.
The beautifully bred Lord Arthur (Camelot) took his career to a new level with a spectacular performance in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Valachi Downs Championship Stakes (2100m) at Ellerslie.
Passed in with a $110,000 reserve at Karaka’s 2017 Premier Sale, Lord Arthur is a half-brother to Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi), who was bought for $150,000 at the 2015 Premier Sale and won the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m), Australian Oaks (2400m) and Underwood Stakes (1800m). She earned more than $1.5 million and was a two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year.
Quality mare Celebrity Dream (NZ) (Thorn Park), who was a $260,000 yearling purchase at Karaka in 2014, picked up her sixth stakes win with a dominant performance in Friday’s A$100,000 Listed Sheila Gwynne Classic (1400m) at Ascot.
Bought by John Chalmers Bloodstock at the 2014 Premier Sale, Celebrity Dream was recruited to race for the leviathan Western Australian owners Bob and Sandra Peters.
In less than two weeks, 61 southern bred yearlings will make their sale ring appearance at New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale – many presented by the same vendors of stakes-winning graduates of the Sale.
Often seen leading the vendors by aggregate table, perennial consignor White Robe Lodge will present the largest draft at the Sale with 12 lots catalogued. Not only have they succeeded in the sale ring, but they have also produced stakes winners Civil Disobedience (NZ) (Raise the Flag) and Parthesia (NZ) (Raise the Flag) from this Sale in recent years.
New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale has played a leading part in the recent successes of Group One winners Yourdeel (NZ) (Dundeel) and Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj). Not only has the Sale been a source of top performers, but also a commonplace for the practice of pinhooking.
Yourdeel and Gingernuts are just a couple of the golden opportunities that have been realised by astute buyers who have made a return on investment, followed by bright futures on the racetrack.
There were three Karaka graduates in the field for Saturday’s $100,000 Group 3 Coca-Cola Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m) at Riccarton, and they finished first, second and third.
The winner was the $44,000 Festival Sale purchase Who Dares Wins (NZ) (Iffraaj), who completed a black-type double for the week. The under-rated gelding had collected the first stakes win of his career in the Listed Easter Cup (1600m) the previous weekend.
Late Southern Filly Series Cameo for Group 1 Performer
Saturday, Apr 13, 2019
Beyond The Fort (NZ) (Niagara) made only one appearance during the 2018-19 New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series, but the Group 1 performer made a big impression.
The Waverley filly joined the fray for the final leg of the Series, the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton on Saturday. It was her first start since finishing a gallant second in last month’s $400,000 Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham.
Felaar(NZ) (Ekraar), who could have been bought for just $10,000 at the 2015 Festival Sale at Karaka, picked up his first stakes win with a thrilling victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Listed Royston Hospital Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings.
The gelding had already proven himself at black-type level with placings in the Listed New Zealand St Leger (2500m), Listed Metropolitan Trophy (2500m) and Group 3 New Zealand Cup (3200m).
Saturday’s $50,000 Listed NZB Finance Sprint (1200m) at Hawke's Bay was another highlight in a sensational campaign for Princess Kereru (NZ) (Pins), who was passed in with a $40,000 reserve at the 2015 Select Sale at Karaka.
The Matamata mare began this season as the winner of three of her 16 starts, but since then she has become one of New Zealand’s standout sprinters.
Southern Filly Series Concludes with Warstep Stakes
Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019
An exciting New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series will conclude on Saturday with the fourth and final leg, the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton Park.
This season’s Southern Filly of the Year has already been crowned, with Emily Margaret (NZ) (Pins) amassing an unassailable total of 18 points through the first three legs.
Debt Collector (NZ) Heads Karaka Trifecta in Chairman’s Trophy
Monday, Apr 8, 2019
Singapore champion Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park) produced another sparkling performance in Sunday’s S$500,000 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) at Kranji, heading a trifecta for gradates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales.
The superstar galloper was bought for $30,000 at the 2014 Select Sale, then for $120,000 at the Ready to Run Sale later that year.
Karaka graduate Brutal (NZ) (O’Reilly) produced a brilliant performance on Saturday to beat a stellar field of older horses in one of Australia’s most famous races, the A$3 million Group 1 The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick.
It continued a proud recent record for Karaka graduates in the Doncaster, with Sacred Falls(NZ) (O’Reilly) winning it in 2013 and 2014 and Kermadec(NZ) (Teofilo) in 2015. Both of those horses now stand at stud.