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Valuable Stakes Win for Belle du Nord (NZ)

Belle du Nord claimed a valuable Group 2 win in the Cal Isuzu Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell
Belle du Nord claimed a valuable Group 2 win in the Cal Isuzu Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell

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.

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Queen of Diamonds (NZ) Stakes NZB Filly of the Year Claim

A dominant performance by Queen of Diamonds in the Group 3 LawnMaster Eulogy Stakes. Photo: Race Images PNth
A dominant performance by Queen of Diamonds in the Group 3 LawnMaster Eulogy Stakes. Photo: Race Images PNth

Making her first start in a New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series race, Queen of Diamonds (NZ) (Savabeel) lived up to her blue-blooded pedigree with a dominant performance in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 LawnMaster Eulogy Stakes (1550m) at Awapuni.

The filly was bred by former Cambridge Stud owners Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan and descends from their acclaimed Eight Carat-Diamond Lover-Tristalove line.

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Marshal Provides More of the ‘Mongolian Khan’ Magic

Mongolian Marshal produced his biggest win to date in the Group 3 Skycity Hamilton Waikato Cup. Photo: Trish Dunell
Mongolian Marshal produced his biggest win to date in the Group 3 Skycity Hamilton Waikato Cup. Photo: Trish Dunell

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.

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Promising Field for Third Leg of NZB Filly of the Year Series

Group One winner Savvy Coup (NZ) winning the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes in 2017.
Champion 3YO Savvy Coup (NZ) winning the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes in 2017.

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.

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Beauty Generation Breath-taking in Hong Kong Mile Repeat

Beauty Generation (NZ) defending his title in the G1 Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin. Photo Credit: HKJC
Beauty Generation (NZ) defending his title in the G1 Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin. Photo Credit: HKJC

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.

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Mr Stunning Heads Massive Karaka Result in Hong Kong Sprint

Mr Stunning heading an all NZB graduate first four in the G1 HKJC Sprint. Photo Credit: HKJC
Mr Stunning heading an all NZB graduate first four in the G1 HKJC Sprint. Photo Credit: HKJC

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.

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Celebrity Dream (NZ) Defends Jungle Dawn Title

Celebrity Dream (NZ) pictured as a yearling
Celebrity Dream (NZ) pictured as a yearling

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.

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Group 1 Glory for $5,000 Purchase Danzdanzdance

Danzdanzdance racing away to victory in the G1 feature at Trentham. Photo Cred: Race Images PNth.
Danzdanzdance racing away to victory in the G1 feature at Trentham. Photo Cred: Race Images PNth.

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.

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Karaka Trifecta in Bonecrusher Stakes

Spirits Aubeer heading an all Karaka Trifecta in G3 Bonecrusher Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell
Spirits Aubeer heading an all Karaka Trifecta in G3 Bonecrusher Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell

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.

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Aotea Lad (NZ) Wins Group 2 on Debut

Aotea Lad (NZ) claiming victory in the G2 Wakefiled Challenge Stakes. Photo: Race Images PNth.
Aotea Lad (NZ) claiming victory in the G2 Wakefiled Challenge Stakes. Photo: Race Images PNth.

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.

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Valuable Stakes Win for Well-Bred Espresso Martini (NZ)

Espresso Martini gains black-type in just her fourth start.
Espresso Martini gains black-type in just her fourth start.

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).

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Gift Of Power (NZ) All the Way in Levin Stakes

Powering away in the Listed Levin Stakes was Gift of Power (NZ) (Power).
Powering away in the Listed Levin Stakes was Gift of Power (NZ) (Power).

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.

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First Stakes Win For Pinzu (NZ)

Pinzu (NZ) (Pins) pictured as a yearling.
Pinzu (NZ) (Pins) pictured as a yearling.

Karaka graduate Pinzu (NZ) (Pins) collected his first stakes win with a stylish come-from-behind performance in Saturday’s A$100,000 Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m) at Ascot.

Jockey Damian Lane took the six-year-old back to third-last in the eight-horse field, saving him up for the business end of the race.

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Karaka 2019 Yearling Catalogues Online NOW

NZB's World Renowned Auditorium
NZB's World-Renowned Auditorium

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.

VIEW THE CATALOGUES ONLINE HERE

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.

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NZ Sires Take Centre Stage at NZB’s Ready to Run Sale

Lot 432, a colt by Savabeel, topped the 2018 Sale at $525,000. Photo: Trish Dunell
Lot 432, a colt by Savabeel, topped the 2018 Sale at $525,000. Photo: Trish Dunell

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.

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Leading New Zealand Sires in Demand on Day 1

The equal top-priced Lot on Day 1, Ohukia Lodge's Savabeel colt at Lot 127.
The equal top-priced Lot on Day 1, Ohukia Lodge's Savabeel colt at Lot 127.

Day 1 of the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds saw strong demand for proven New Zealand sires with Savabeel and Tavistock responsible for all five of today’s top lots.

A broad range of buyers were active at the Sale with horses destined for Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Macau, China, Thailand and Malaysia.

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Beauty Generation (NZ) Outstanding Again in Jockey Club Mile

Reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year, Beauty Generation registered his eighth win from his last 11 starts and his fourth in a row.
Reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year, Beauty Generation registered his eighth win from his last 11 starts and his fourth in a row.

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.

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Media Sensation Announces Arrival on Biggest Stage

Media Sensation moved to the top of the leaderboard in the NZB Filly of the Year Series after winning the prestigious Group 1 Gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas.
Media Sensation moved to the top of the leaderboard in the NZB Filly of the Year Series after winning the prestigious Group 1 Gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas.

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.

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New Zealand Cup Caps Big Day for NZB Stayers

Bizzwinkle was having just his 19th career start, and he led throughout the 3200-metre journey.
Bizzwinkle was having just his 19th career start, and he led throughout the 3200-metre journey.

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.

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Ocean Emperor (NZ) Defends Tauranga Stakes Crown

Ocean Emperor has now had 27 starts for nine wins, five placings and $269,125 in prize-money.
Ocean Emperor has now had 27 starts for nine wins, five placings and $269,125 in prize-money.

Karaka graduate Ocean Emperor (NZ) (Zabeel) has gone back-to-back in the $100,000 Group 2 Gartshore Tauranga Stakes (1600m), defending his title in Tauranga’s weight-for-age feature on Saturday.

Last year’s Tauranga Stakes was the first stakes win for the $450,000 Premier Sale purchase, beating the Group One pair of Kawi (NZ) (Savabeel) and Miss Wilson (Stratum).

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$1,000 South Island Sale Graduate wins Sandown Cup

Yogi has now had 28 starts for seven wins, eight placings and A$471,238 in prize-money.
Yogi has now had 28 starts for seven wins, eight placings and A$471,238 in prize-money.

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.

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Miss Federer (NZ) Heads Karaka Trifecta in Welcome Stakes

Miss Federer has now earned $44,435 in prize-money, which is four times her purchase price.
Miss Federer has now earned $44,435 in prize-money, which is four times her purchase price.

The $10,000 Book 2 purchase Miss Federer (NZ) (Swiss Ace) headed an all-Karaka trifecta in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Barneswood Farm Welcome Stakes (1000m) at Riccarton.

A last-start winner for local trainer Andrew Carston, Miss Federer was the clear favourite for the New Zealand Cup carnival’s juvenile feature.

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Winning Form Adds Fuel to Pedigrees

Outdoor parade ring at Karaka.
Outdoor parade ring at Karaka.

The spring racing carnivals throughout Australasia have delivered multiple delights for the pedigrees of juveniles catalogued in NZB’s upcoming Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds.

With 445 youngsters set to walk through the sale ring on 21 and 22 November, these victories have further boosted the calibre of pedigrees on offer.

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Stunning Mile win for Ready to Run Star Te Akau Shark (NZ)

Te Akau Shark (NZ) claiming victory by six lengths in G2 Couplands Bakeries Mile. Photo: Race Images South
Te Akau Shark (NZ) claiming victory by six lengths in G2 Coupland's Mile. Photo: Race Images South

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).

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Elite Field for gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas

Hasahalo (NZ) (Savabeel) winning the 2017 1000 Guineas.
Hasahalo (NZ) (Savabeel) winning the 2017 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas.

The 2018-19 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series goes up to Group 1 level for the first time on Saturday with the second leg, the $300,000 gavelhouse.com 46th New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.

A shake-up of the leaderboard is guaranteed, with 12 points available to the winner and the early leader Avantage (Fastnet Rock) bypassing the race.

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Dee And Gee (NZ) Claims Metropolitan Trophy

Dee and Gee (NZ) in full flight at Riccarton during Metropolitan Trophy. Photo: Race Images South.
Dee and Gee (NZ) in full flight at Riccarton during Metropolitan Trophy. Photo: Race Images South.

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.

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Indecision (NZ) All the Way in Te Rapa Feature

Indecision (NZ) claiming her second black-type win on Saturday at Te Rapa. Photo: Race Images
Indecision (NZ) claiming her second black-type win on Saturday at Te Rapa. Photo: Race Images

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.

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Madison County (NZ) Superb in New Zealand 2000 Guineas

Madison County (NZ) striding to victory in the Group One New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas. Photo: Race Images South.
Madison County (NZ) striding to victory in the Group One New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas. Photo: Race Images South.

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).

The $36,000 Select Sale purchase joins Embellish (NZ) (Savabeel), Ugo Foscolo (NZ) (Zacinto), Xtravagant (NZ) (Pentire), Turn Me Loose (NZ) (Iffraaj), Atlante (Fastnet Rock), Sacred Falls (NZ) (O’Reilly) and Rock ‘N’ Pop (Fastnet Rock).

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Classic-type Fillies on Agenda

Karaka graduate Bonneval (NZ) was the first filly since 1990 to win the Group One New Zealand Oaks-Australian Oaks double.
Karaka graduate Bonneval (NZ) was the first filly since 1990 to win the Group One New Zealand Oaks-Australian Oaks double.

NZB’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds provides the perfect opportunity to invest in the next generation of fillies.

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.

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Saint Emilion (NZ) Scores Fourth Stakes Win

Saint Emilion (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) claims the G3 OMF Stakes at Ellerslie on Melbourne Cup Day.
Saint Emilion (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) claims the G3 OMF Stakes at Ellerslie on Melbourne Cup Day.

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.

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Cup Day Win for Kaonic (NZ)

Kaonic (NZ) (Savabeel) as a yearling.
Kaonic (NZ) (Savabeel) as a yearling.

Karaka graduate Kaonic (NZ) (Savabeel) scored a black-type win on Australian racing’s biggest stage on Tuesday, taking out the A$150,000 Listed Furphy Plate (1800m) on Melbourne Cup day at Flemington.

Ridden by Hong Kong-based jockey Zac Purton, the four-year-old stalked the leaders into the straight and surged to the lead inside the last 200 metres.

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Five To Midnight (NZ) Dominant in Feilding Gold Cup

Five To Midnight powered home from last for a commanding victory in the Listed Feilding Gold Cup. Photo: Trish Dunell
Five To Midnight powered home from last for a commanding victory in the Listed Feilding Gold Cup. Photo: Trish Dunell

Select Sale graduate Five To Midnight (NZ) (Domesday) powered home from last for a commanding victory in Saturday's $50,000 Listed Ricoh Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) at Awapuni.

Ridden by Johnathan Parkes for local trainer Lisa Latta, the well-performed stayer shouldered a 60-kilogram topweight against a talented field.

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Group 3 Spoils for Media Sensation

Media Sensation (I Am Invincible) continues to step up, winning the Group 3 Soliloquy Stakes on Saturday.
Media Sensation (I Am Invincible) continues to step up, winning the Group 3 Soliloquy Stakes on Saturday.

$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.

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Group 3 Glory for Dark Princess (NZ)

Dark Princess (NZ) (Cape Blanco) takes her earnings to $115,685 after taking out the Group 3 Thompson Handicap.
Dark Princess (NZ) (Cape Blanco) takes her earnings to $115,685 after taking out the Group 3 Thompson Handicap.

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.

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Exuberant (NZ) Makes Perfect Debut in Wellesley

Exuberant (NZ) (Savabeel) at Karaka 2018, who took out the Listed Wellesley Stakes on debut.
Exuberant (NZ) (Savabeel) at Karaka 2018, who took out the Listed Wellesley Stakes on debut.

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.

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The Chosen One (NZ) Dominant in Zacinto

Well-bred The Chosen One (NZ) (Savabeel) makes it two from two in the Listed Zacinto Stakes.
Well-bred The Chosen One (NZ) (Savabeel) makes it two from two in the Listed Zacinto Stakes.

Making just the second start of his career, The Chosen One (NZ) (Savabeel) scored a dominant black-type win in Saturday’s $70,000 Listed Zacinto Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton.

The well-bred youngster, who was passed with a $150,000 reserve at the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka, was an easy debut winner at Waverley on October 4.

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Sword Of Osman (NZ) Heads Karaka Trifecta in Group 2 Sarten

Sword Of Osman (NZ) collecting his third stakes win. Photo: Trish Dunell
Sword Of Osman (NZ) collecting his third stakes win. Photo: Trish Dunell

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).

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Karaka Graduates Dominate Queen Elizabeth II Cup

Debt Collector (NZ) collecting the money in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. Photo: Singapore Turf Club
Debt Collector (NZ) collecting the money in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. Photo: Singapore Turf Club

Karaka graduates ran the quinella in Sunday’s S$1 million Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m) at Kranji, with resurgent superstar Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park) leading the way.

Bought for $30,000 at the 2014 Select Sale and $120,000 at the Ready to Run Sale, Debt Collector was Singapore’s 2016 Horse of the Year after winning eight of his first 12 starts.

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Beauty Generation (NZ) Brilliant Again in Sha Tin Trophy

Beauty Generation (NZ) slowing clear dominance in the G2 Feature at Sha Tin. Photo: HKJC
Beauty Generation (NZ) slowing clear dominance in the G2 Feature at Sha Tin. Photo: HKJC

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.

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New Zealand-bred Verry Elleegant (NZ) Sparkles in NZB Ethereal

Verry Elleegant (NZ) claiming victory in the G3 New Zealand Bloodstock Etheral Stakes.
Verry Elleegant (NZ) claiming victory in the G3 New Zealand Bloodstock Etheral Stakes.

Saturday’s A$150,000 Group 3 New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes (2000m) was won in impressive style by Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed), who was bred, part-owned and formerly trained in New Zealand.

The talented bay began her career in the Ardmore stable of Nick Bishara, who also shared ownership with a syndicate that included the filly’s breeder Don Goodwin.

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Valuable Black Type for Volks Lightning (NZ)

Volks Lightning claiming the G3 Sweynesse Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell
Volks Lightning claiming the G3 Sweynesse Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell

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.

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Breeze Up Videos Online Now

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.

View the Breeze Up video for each Lot online here

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I Am A Star (NZ) Sparkles Again

I Am a Star (NZ) claiming victory in the G3 Ladies' Day Vase
I Am a Star (NZ) claiming victory in the G3 Ladies' Day Vase

$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.

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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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