49th NZB Filly of the Year Series Springs to Life in Gold Trail
Thursday, Sep 17, 2020
The New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series is an iconic event on the New Zealand calendar, bringing the country’s finest fillies together every year for almost half a century to battle for the prestigious and coveted title. Now it’s this generation’s time to shine.
Saturday’s $70,000 Group Three Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings is the opening leg of the 49th New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series, which runs from early spring right through to the Group One Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham in March.
Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale have reached heights unmatched by any other Australasian two-year-old sale and now another quality catalogue of talented juveniles has been confirmed for 2020, set to be held as a physical sale at Karaka on 18 and 19 November commencing at 1PM (NZT) both days.
After a powerful performance in Saturday’s A$150,000 Listed Drinkwise Dulcify Quality (1500m) at Rosehill, champion trainer Chris Waller is excited about what the future holds for Karaka graduate Mo’unga (NZ) (Savabeel).
Bought for $325,000 from Book 1 of Karaka 2019, the super-talented colt has an unblemished record of three starts for three wins and is now the hot favourite for next month’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.
Karaka graduate Crosshaven (Smart Missile) booked his ticket to the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) with an emphatic win in Saturday’s A$140,000 Listed Antler Luggage Exford Plate (1400m) at Flemington.
An $80,000 purchase from Book 1 of Karaka 2019, Crosshaven has now won three of his four starts and A$154,588 in stakes. His only defeat was a luckless last-start sixth in the Group Three HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m), where trainers Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes believe he would have gone close to winning if he had not been checked in the last 150 metres.
Previous racetrack achievements attained by graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales reinforce their immense stamina and Group One-winning abilities. Featured below is a seasonal review of NZB’s compelling graduate successes.
The schedule for New Zealand Bloodstock’s highly prestigious Filly of the Year Series has been confirmed for 2020-21, with NZB committed to delivering another successful year of sponsorship towards the sought-after title.
The new season will see the number of legs contested increase from 10 to 11, with Waikato Racing Club to host the new addition in the $70,000 Group Three Soliloquy Stakes (1400m).
DoubleTree by Hilton to Sponsor Karaka Million 2YO
Wednesday, Sep 2, 2020
New Zealand Bloodstock is excited to announce the first-ever sponsorship of the prestigious $1 million Karaka Million two-year-old race held at the NZB Karaka Million Twilight Meeting on the eve of the National Yearling Sales Series.
The most iconic two-year-old race of the season will now be known as the DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO and will continue to be contested by eligible graduates of NZB’s sales at Ellerslie Racecourse.
NZB to Host National Yearling Sale in Traditional January Timeslot
Friday, Aug 28, 2020
New Zealand Bloodstock has today announced that the 95th National Yearling Sales Series will be held in the original timeslot in January next year.
While a secondary April date was initially set aside to allow for travel restrictions to ease; with the ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, non-confidence from government and airlines and the lack of certainty that any change should amount between now and April, the decision was made not to delay the Sale.
Karaka graduate Savacool (NZ) (Savabeel) lifted her earnings past A$500,000 with an important black-type victory in the A$150,000 Listed Pioneer Services Rowley Mile (1600m) at Hawkesbury on Thursday.
Bought for $220,000 at the 2016 Premier Sale, the Chris Waller-trained mare has been a consistent big-race performer with placings in the Group Three Tattersall’s Cup (2400m), Aspiration Quality (1600m), Easter Cup (2000m) and Chairman’s Handicap (2000m).
While versatility and preparation in the thoroughbred industry is at its peak, New Zealand Bloodstock is pleased to announce the development of a new, robust online bidding platform specifically developed for the future of their thoroughbred and standardbred auction sales.
After introducing market-leading technology into the digital auction-sphere four years ago via popular online subsidiary gavelhouse.com, NZB has now been able to adapt the technology to be used extensively during their upcoming physical sales.
Breeze Up dates for NZB’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds have been adjusted and will now take place on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 October at Te Rapa Racecourse, with all prospective buyers welcome to attend.
With the recently released trial and racing programs announced for October, the decision was made to move the dates forward slightly to better fit with the industry’s wider schedule. Timing for the Breeze Ups will remain the same, commencing at 10am both days.
Esteemed NZB Filly of the Year Title to be Awarded in August
Wednesday, Jul 29, 2020
The undisrupted portion of New Zealand’s 2019-20 racing season marked the 48th year of New Zealand Bloodstock’s highly prestigious Filly of the Year Series.
The coveted honour endowing thoroughbred excellence will be presented to winning connections at the 2020 NZTBA National Breeding Awards held at the Don Rowlands Centre in Cambridge on Saturday 22 August.
Last Opportunity to Secure Pearl Series Bonuses for the Season
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2020
The impending end of what has been a testing racing season will provide a final opportunity for Pearl Series registered fillies and mares to secure Pearl bonuses, as well as the one-off incentive for second-placegetters running until the end of July.
The first of three NZB Insurance Pearl Series races taking place this weekend is the Maiden 1200m event at Wanganui, where six Pearl registered fillies and mares have been accepted among a mixed sex field of 11 runners.
Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales claimed six trophies at Hong Kong’s 2019-20 Champion Awards dinner at Sha Tin, with superstar four-year-old Golden Sixty (Medaglia d’Oro) leading the charge.
Bought for $300,000 from Riversley Park’s draft at the 2017 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, Golden Sixty was named Champion Four-Year-Old and also won the Most Popular Horse of the Year award, which is decided by public vote.
Sacred Capital (NZ) Too Strong in Chairman Memorial Cup
Monday, Jul 20, 2020
Karaka graduate Sacred Capital (NZ) (O’Reilly) marked the anniversary of his Macau Derby (1800m) heroics with another stellar performance at the same meeting.
Bought for $580,000 at the 2016 Ready to Run Sale, the quality gelding dominated Sunday’s M$800,000 Chairman Memorial Cup (1200m) to lift his career earnings past M$4 million – the equivalent of more than NZ$800,000.
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.