Given the government’s announcement on Monday that the country is to go into lock-down due to the COVID-19 virus, New Zealand Bloodstock has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Karaka May Sale, due to be held on Friday 15 May.
After consulting with a number of vendors and buyers, the overwhelming feedback from them was to cancel the Sale and investigate alternative options.
The government’s recent announcements regarding further travel restrictions and New Zealand border closures due to COVID-19 has resulted in the suspension of all international equine flights effective immediately until further notice.
The decision made by airlines to cease the uplift of cabin occupants means that NZB Airfreight’s professional grooms are no longer able to safely accompany the shipment of horses travelling overseas.
Karaka graduate Golden Sixty (Medaglia d’Oro) scored a historic victory in Sunday’s HK$20 million Hong Kong Derby (2000m) at Sha Tin.
Bought for $300,000 at the 2017 Ready to Run Sale, the Francis Lui-trained superstar became only the second horse to complete a clean sweep of Hong Kong’s Four-Year-Old Classic Series – the Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m), Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m), and the Hong Kong Derby.
After two years of injuries and frustration, quality Karaka graduate Scott Base (NZ) (Dalghar) showed his true colours in the $100,000 Group 2 Ultimate Mazda Japan Trophy (1600m) at Tauranga on Saturday.
Bought for $70,000 at the 2016 Select Sale at Karaka, Scott Base was a star three-year-old, winning the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) and the Group 2 Wellington Guineas (1400m).
Premier Sale and Gavelhouse.com graduate Out Of The Park (NZ) (Ocean Park) greatly enhanced her value with an exciting victory in Saturday’s $80,000 Group 3 Valachi Downs South Island Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes.
Bred by Waikato Stud’s Mark Chittick, Out Of The Park was a $100,000 purchase at the 2016 Premier Sale and showed promise from the Cambridge stable of Tony Pike.
The government’s announcement made yesterday regarding mass public gatherings and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 has resulted in doubt around the 2020 Karaka May Sale due to be held at Karaka on Friday 15 May.
Given that there was no hint on when these restrictions will end, New Zealand Bloodstock will delay the decision on the future of the Sale until Wednesday 15 April, unless an update on the situation is received earlier.
Due to today’s announcement made by the Government regarding further restrictions with large public gatherings, New Zealand Bloodstock has made the decision to postpone the 2020 South Island Sale that was due to be held on 17 April.
New Zealand Bloodstock is watching the COVID-19 situation closely with regards to how it might affect upcoming sales held at Karaka and in Christchurch.
A decision on whether the imminent sales take place will be made on Wednesday 1 April. This is the date that the government will announce if the recently imposed travel restrictions will remain in force. We will also need to be mindful of the travel restrictions announced by New Zealand and Australian governments. Given public gatherings must number no more than 500 people, this is also an issue we will need to address.
We will continue to assess the situation as new details come to hand and inform all buyers, vendors and consignors in the event that we need to postpone any sale.
Ready to Run Sale graduate Gold Bracelet (NZ) (Pins) stepped up to the big time in Saturday’s $100,000 Group Two Carfinance.co.nz Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham, and she proved that she belongs.
Fillies and Mares’ Triple Crown Kicks Off at Trentham
Thursday, Mar 12, 2020
The last of the three brand-new NZB Insurance Triple Crown Series will kick off at Trentham on Saturday in the $70,000 Group 3 Wentwood Grange Cuddle Stakes (1600m).
The race is the first leg of the NZB Insurance Fillies and Mares’ Triple Crown. It will be followed by the $200,000 Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha on April 4 and the $100,000 Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on April 25.
Cool Aza Beel (NZ) a Key Part of Stable’s Golden Run
Monday, Mar 9, 2020
Karaka Million 2YO winner Cool Aza Beel (NZ) (Savabeel) excelled at Group One level in Saturday’s $200,000 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie, continuing an incredible run for Te Akau Racing.
Te Akau principal David Ellis has been leading buyer at Karaka for well over a decade, and outstanding racetrack success by his purchases is nothing new. But even by their own high standards, the last six weeks have been something very special for the syndication juggernaut.
Star Mare Spans Two NZB Insurance Triple Crown Series
Sunday, Mar 8, 2020
Avantage (Fastnet Rock) mastered another new distance challenge in Group One Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie, and her name now features on the roll of honour of two of the three NZB Insurance Triple Crown Series.
The Jamie Richards-trained Karaka graduate was the champion two-year-old of her generation and a multiple stakes winner as a three-year-old, including in Sydney last March.
Avantage hit her first Group One high this season in the Group One Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham in January – the middle leg of the inaugural NZB Insurance Sprint Triple Crown Series.
While the $100,000 NZB Insurance Weight-For-Age Triple Crown bonus is no longer a possibility this season, three runners in Saturday’s $200,000 Group One Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie have the chance to achieve an unprecedented feat.
Along with the Sprint Triple Crown and Fillies and Mares’ Triple Crown, the Weight-For-Age Triple Crown is one of three NZB Insurance Series introduced this year to boost prize-money through New Zealand’s feature summer and autumn racing. Each Series carries a $100,000 bonus for any horse who can win all of the three designated races.
A victory at Group 1 level was the only thing missing from the CV of two-time Karaka Million winner Probabeel (NZ) (Savabeel), but she changed that in style in Sydney on Saturday.
Just over a month after making history as the first Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) winner to return and capture the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m), the Jamie Richards-trained filly lined up at Randwick against a star-studded field in the A$500,000 Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m).
Ready to Run Sale graduate Te Akau Shark (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) was already a proven star before this year, with multiple spectacular stakes wins in his homeland and a placing in the famous Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) to his name.
But now he seems to be developing into a dominant force at the elite level, kicking off with a powerful win in the Group 1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa in early February and delivering more of the same in Sydney in Saturday’s A$600,000 Group 1 TAB Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
Hours before winning Saturday’s Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) in Sydney with Ready to Run Sale graduate Te Akau Shark (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle), the Te Akau Racing team collected another big win with a horse sourced from the same Sale.
Up-and-coming filly Star of Bombay (NZ) (Atlante) was bought by David Ellis for just $50,000 at the 2018 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka.
It came in the second-last leg and too late to have a major New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series impact, but trainer Stephen Autridge and Valachi Downs owner Kevin Hickman celebrated a remarkable result in Saturday’s $70,000 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie.
Communique (NZ) (Redwood) and Karalino (NZ) (Zacinto) fought out the finish, with Communique prevailing by a long neck. Hickman bred and owns both fillies, who are both trained by Autridge.
Newcomers Out to Make NZB Filly of the Year Impact
Friday, Feb 28, 2020
Table-topper Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) is now beyond their reach, but a number of up-and-comers will attempt to make some late impact in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series when they run in Saturday’s ninth leg – the $70,000 Group Three McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie.
Bergamot (NZ) (Sweet Orange) is the only runner in the field who already features on the Filly of the Year table, collecting 4 points with a second placing in the Group Two Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.
The New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series resumes in the $50,000 Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes (1400m) at Wingatui on Saturday, and three exciting races between now and the end of April will determine the South Island’s filly supremacy for 2019-20.
The first leg of the Series was the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton on September 21, which was won by one of last season’s leading juvenile fillies in Miss Federer (NZ) (Swiss Ace).
Expat New Zealand stayer Home By Midnight (NZ) (Domesday) took his career earnings to the brink of $900,000 with a dominant performance in Wednesday’s A$250,000 Group Three Launceston Cup (2400m) in Tasmania.
Formerly known as Five To Midnight, the gelding began his career in the Awapuni stable of Lisa Latta, who bought him for $165,000 at the 2014 Select Sale.
There are now only three legs remaining, with two of them coming in quick succession this week – the $100,000 Group 2 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings on Wednesday, and the $70,000 Group 3 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.
Karaka graduate Avantage (Fastnet Rock) extended her excellence to a new distance on Saturday, collecting the third Group One trophy of her career in the $200,000 Haunui Farm WFA Classic (1600m) at Otaki.
Two-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year Beauty Generation(NZ) (Road to Rock) returned to his all-conquering best with a brilliant victory in Sunday’s HK$10 million Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) at Sha Tin.
The winner of this race in 2018 and 2019, the superstar $60,000 Select Sale purchase and his regular rider Zac Purton enjoyed a handy run in fourth before angling out to make their run in the straight.
Dubai beckons Countofmontecristo (NZ) after Chairman’s Trophy win
Monday, Feb 17, 2020
$57,500 Ready to Run Sale graduate Countofmontecristo (NZ) (Echoes of Heaven) could be Dubai-bound after recording the ninth win of his high-quality career with a brilliant performance in Saturday’s S$400,000 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) at Kranji.
Ridden by Louis-Philippe Beuzelin for trainer Michael Clements, the quality galloper deviated from his usual tactics of racing on or near the speed, and he instead unleashed a powerful finish from well back in the field to score an emphatic one-length victory.
Bought for only $8000 at the 2018 Karaka May Sale, Lightning Jack (NZ) (Per Incanto) continued an outstanding summer with victory in Saturday’s $70,000 Listed ILT Ascot Park Hotel Southland Guineas (1600m) at Ascot Park.
After placing in two of his first five career starts, the Kelvin and Aimee Tyler-trained gelding began his breakthrough summer with a maiden win at Riverton in early December.
After an action-packed week of selling, final results have been accumulated from the 94th National Yearling Sale Series at the iconic Karaka Sales Complex.
Karaka 2020 kicked off at Ellerslie with two million dollar races, in what is the culmination of breeding and raising a foal, the hard work it takes to get the horse ready for the sale ring and the training it takes to have a runner on the richest night of racing in New Zealand. In what was a historic night, Te Akau Racing saddled the winners of each feature and it was the fourth consecutive year the stable had won the two-year-old race.
It is often said that racing is a game of inches, and on Saturday at Te Rapa, it was one of those minuscule margins that ended the NZB Insurance Weight-for-Age Triple Crown hopes of True Enough (NZ) (Nom du Jeu).
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained gelding had won the Group One Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, and Saturday’s $400,000 Group One Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) was his second step along the road to a possible $100,000 NZB Insurance Triple Crown Bonus.
The John Bell-trained Julius (NZ) (Swiss Ace) kicked off the Series with an excellent victory in the Group One Sistema Railway (1200m) on New Year’s Day, but his hopes of the $100,000 NZB Insurance Triple Crown Bonus were ended by Team Te Akau.
Heading into Saturday’s seventh leg of the Series, the $100,000 Group Two David & Karyn Ellis Fillies’ Classic at Te Rapa (2000m), arch-rivals Jennifer Eccles and Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice) were equal leaders with 16.5 points apiece. They had clashed four times this season, with small margins separating them on every occasion.
Triple Crown Hopes on the Line for True Enough (NZ)
Friday, Feb 7, 2020
Six weeks on from his victory in the Group One Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, True Enough (NZ) (Nom du Jeu) will head to Te Rapa to try to keep his NZB Insurance Weight-for-Age Triple Crown hopes alive.
Saturday’s $400,000 Group One Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) is the second leg of the Weight-for-Age Triple Crown Series, which began with the Zabeel Classic and will conclude in the $200,000 Group One New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on March 7.
NZB Insurance Sprint Triple Crown set for Spectacular Final Leg
Friday, Feb 7, 2020
A stellar field is set for a scintillating clash in Saturday’s $200,000 Group One BCD Group Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa, the final leg of the inaugural NZB Insurance Sprint Triple Crown.
One of three NZB Insurance Triple Crown Series introduced this season, the Sprint Triple Crown carries a $100,000 bonus for any horse who can win the $200,000 Group One Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day, the $250,000 Group One Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham in mid-January and the BCD Group Sprint at Te Rapa.
After six legs of the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series, star performers Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice) and Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) are deadlocked at the top of the table. That is set change at Te Rapa on Saturday.
The pair will clash again in the seventh leg of the Series, the $100,000 Group Two David & Karyn Ellis Fillies’ Classic (2000m), with a crucial 8 points available to the winner.
American investor and thoroughbred enthusiast Dennis Foster first developed an affinity for New Zealand in 1983 and 37 years later is still going strong.
Foster was one of a number of international buyers active at the recent New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales at Karaka where he and business associates and friends Mike McMahon and Jamie Hill purchased a pair of colts to be prepared by Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh.
Karaka graduate Prise De Fer (NZ) (Savabeel) has gone to a new level as a four-year-old, stringing together a series of super-impressive victories including Saturday’s $80,000 Group 3 Powerworx Taranaki Cup (1800m) at New Plymouth.
Bought for $100,000 at the 2017 Premier Sale by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis, Prise De Fer showed plenty of promise last season. He won a maiden race by two lengths, then was close up in the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m), the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) and the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m).
New Zealand Bloodstock’s 94th National Yearling Sale Series ended today, with the final day of Book 2 Lots going under the hammer followed immediately by Book 3 yearlings at the iconic Karaka Sales Complex.
At the conclusion of Book 2, 282 Lots sold for a turnover of $9,873,500. The average and median reached $35,012 and $25,000 respectively with the clearance rate closing at 69%.
Ready to Run Sale Graduate Stars in Hong Kong Classic Mile
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020
Golden Sixty (Medaglia d’Oro), a $300,000 purchase at the 2017 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, showed superstar quality in winning Monday’s HK$10 million Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) with a dominant performance at Sha Tin.
Golden Sixty has confirmed his place at the top of this season’s four-year-old generation, and he has won eight of his nine starts and more than HK$14.3 million in stakes – the equivalent of NZ$2.8 million, which is almost 10 times his purchase price.
Sparks continued to fly on Day Two of Karaka 2020, with the diverse international and local presence creating a strong and competitive middle market.
The figures closed with the average and median settling at $150,456 and $120,000 respectively, showing significant increases on last year’s Book 1 Sale. The clearance rate sits at 78% with the third and final day set to play out tomorrow.
The 94th National Yearling Sales Series kicks off this morning seeing the first 235 yearlings catalogued in Book 1 go under the hammer from 11am.
The Sale will be streamed live on Karaka Pop Up (SKY Channel 263), Freeview Channel 200, www.nzb.co.nz, on the New Zealand Bloodstock facebook page as well as syndicated to a variety of news outlets around the globe.
$14,000 Karaka weanling purchase Windsor (NZ) (Alamosa) scored his third win in a row and first at black-type level with a strong performance in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Speight’s Timaru Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton.
Ridden by Courtney Barnes, the five-year-old speared to the lead from the starting gate and never relinquished that position, kicking strongly in the straight and winning by a long neck.
Te Akau Racing has been a dominant force on the buyers’ bench at Karaka for more than a decade, and that dominance has carried over into the $1m Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) with an incredible four consecutive victories.
New Zealand’s syndication juggernaut won the rich two-year-old race with $57,500 purchase Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) in 2017, then won it again with $210,000 filly Avantage (Fastnet Rock) in 2018, and the $380,000 buy Probabeel (NZ) (Savabeel) in 2019.
Despite featuring a field of only six runners, Saturday’s $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup (2200m) produced a heart-stopping finish between two highly talented mares.
Carrying the colours of Cambridge Stud owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay, Dance Card (NZ) (Savabeel) just edged out Intrigue (NZ) (Showcasing) in a thrilling, head-bobbing finish that drew a loud roar out of the huge Ellerslie crowd.
From Sunday the Book 1 broadcast will be beamed to viewers both on SKY [Pop Up Channel 263] and Freeview Channel 200, as well as streamed live at www.nzb.co.nz and on Facebook, and syndicated to a variety of news outlets around the globe.
Twelve Rivals for Probabeel (NZ) in Quest for Karaka Million History
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020
There are 12 opponents standing between exceptional fillyProbabeel (NZ) (Savabeel) and a piece of Karaka Million history at Ellerslie on Saturday evening.
Probabeel scored a brilliant and dominant victory in last year’s Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) after jumping from the extreme outside gate. This year she is back and shooting for a repeat result in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m).
Saturday’s star-studded Karaka Million twilight race meeting at Ellerslie will get underway with a small field of stayers in the $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup (2200m), but there is plenty of quality among some well-performed mares at the top of the line-up.
There are many reasons why buyers from all around the world flock to Karaka every January.
They are drawn here by the achievements of graduates of previous New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales, who provide the very best form of advertising with top-quality performances in some of the biggest races and carnivals throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
All eyes were on the Filly of the Year Series table-toppers Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice) and Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle), who had finished first and second in the Group 1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) in November. Since then, Jennifer Eccles had moved to the top of the leader board with a victory in the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m).
The NZB Insurance Sprint Triple Crown hopes of Julius (NZ) (Swiss Ace) were extinguished at Trentham on Saturday as Avantage (Fastnet Rock) powered to victory in the second leg of the Series, the $250,000 Group 1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m).
When the Series began at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day with the Group 1 Sistema Railway (1200m), it was Julius who triumphed with a superb performance.
Julius (NZ) Shoots for Second Leg of Sprint Triple Crown
Friday, Jan 17, 2020
Saturday’s $250,000 Group One JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham will give Julius (NZ) (Swiss Ace) the chance to move one step closer to a lucrative $100,000 NZB Insurance Sprint Triple Crown Bonus.
The Sprint Triple Crown is one of three NZB Insurance Triple Crown Series introduced to New Zealand racing this season, comprising the $200,000 Group One Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day, this weekend’s Telegraph and the $200,000 Group One BCD Group Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa on February 8.
A live barrier draw with a new format at Karaka’s iconic sales complex will set the scene for the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO and $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic races in the lead up to the twilight meeting at Ellerslie on the 25 January.
The barrier draw for both of the $1 million races will take place on Wednesday 22 January from 10.30am with connections being invited to personally draw their own barrier by picking which stall they prefer, in order of the horses being drawn. Similar to the Cox Plate barrier draw, horses that are drawn out early will give their connections the opportunity to pick the best starting gate for the million dollar features.
Entries Open for 2020 South Island & Karaka May Sale
Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020
Entries for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2020 South Island Sale and 2020 Karaka May Sale are now open. The South Island Sale will take place at the Canterbury Agricultural Park on 17 April this year while the Karaka May Sale will see the first horses go through the ring at Karaka on Thursday 14 May through until the conclusion on Friday 15 May.
While yearlings at the South Island Sale and Karaka May Sale remain eligible to be nominated for the lucrative Karaka Million Series, The upcoming 2020 Karaka May Sale will unveil a major enhancement to the weanling session, with all weanlings offered now eligible to be nominated for the Karaka Million Series.
Superstar stallions have lit up racetracks on both sides of the Tasman this season, and now their yearlings are set to impress at Karaka 2020.
Buyers at Karaka will have access to the progeny of nine of the top 10 stallions on the 2019-20 New Zealand sires’ premiership, and nine of the top 10 on the Australian table.
A thoroughly deserving table-topper in New Zealand this season is Darci Brahma (NZ). Himself a Karaka sale-topper at $1.1 million back in 2004, the son of Danehill won five Group One races before retiring to The Oaks Stud. He has delivered top results season after season, finishing in the top four on the New Zealand premiership every year since 2012-13.
In an amazing 2019-20 New Zealand racing season, Darci Brahma has sired 30 winners from 74 runners with eight individual stakes winners and more than $1.4 million in prize-money.
The highlight came in the prestigious Group One New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton in early November, won by boom three-year-old Catalyst (NZ) with the highly promising Harlech (NZ) a strong-finishing second.
Darci Brahma has sired a total of 256 winners from 380 runners, with 59 individual winners at black-type level.
There are 12 Darci Brahma yearlings in Book 1 of Karaka 2020, and another eight in Book 2. They include Lot 139, who is a full-sister to Harlech, and Lot 108, who is out of Group One winner Miss Raggedy Ann (NZ) (Faltaat).
In the unusual position of second on the table is the superstar Savabeel, the undisputed king of New Zealand’s current stallions.
The Waikato Stud titan has won the Grosvenor Award (champion New Zealand sire) for five consecutive seasons, as well as the Dewar and Centaine Awards for Australasian and worldwide earnings four times each.
Karaka has played a huge part in Savabeel’s spectacular success. He has sired 18 individual Group One winners, of which 14 went through the ring at Karaka – Lucia Valentina (NZ), Sangster (NZ), Soriano (NZ), Scarlett Lady (NZ), Savvy Coup (NZ), Costume (NZ), Diademe (NZ), Brambles (NZ), Sword of Osman (NZ), Nicoletta (NZ), Savaria (NZ), Hall of Fame (NZ), Hasahalo (NZ) and Embellish (NZ).
As well as his outstanding older performers, Savabeel has also had elite success with two-year-olds, such as Sword of Osman, Karaka Million winner Probabeel (NZ) and Sydney Group One winner Pasadena Girl (NZ).
Karaka is unparalleled as a source of Savabeel’s progeny. He has consistently been in massive demand at the National Yearling Sales in recent seasons, including a $1.4 million Sale-topping colt during Book 1 last year. His 48 yearlings at Karaka 2019 sold for a total of $14.22 million, averaging $296,250 each, with four going past the $500,000 mark.
Karaka 2020 looks like more of the same, with a bumper crop of 74 well-bred Savabeel yearlings in the catalogue for Book 1. They include the progeny of Group One-winning mares Shez Sinsational (NZ) (Ekraar), Sofia Rosa (NZ) (Makfi) and Valley Girl (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), while Lot 454 is out of a full-sister to Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Royal Ascot Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) winner Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock).
Per Incanto sits in third place on the New Zealand sires’ premiership this season with 35 winners, lifting his overall total to 131 from 219 runners. He has sired 18 individual stakes winners, including three at the elite level.
Karaka 2020 will showcase 14 Per Incanto yearlings in Book 1 and 21 in Book 2. Lot 403 is the second foal out of the dual Group One winner Xanadu (NZ) (Elusive City).
There should be plenty of interest in the Karaka yearlings by the fourth-placed stallion on the New Zealand premiership – the final southern hemisphere crop of Showcasing.
The son of Oasis Dream shuttled to Haunui Farm from 2011 to 2017 and has made a massive impression in this part of the world, siring 134 winners from 255 runners in Australia and New Zealand including 15 individual stakes winners.
In the 2018-19 season, Showcasing set a modern-day New Zealand record with 12 individual two-year-old winners – more than twice as many as any other sire on the premiership. He has become renowned for his outstanding two-year-olds, with 10 of his 15 stakes winners in this part of the world doing so as juveniles.
Showcasing’s final season shuttling to New Zealand produced 74 foals, with 24 set to go through the ring in Karaka 2020 – three in Book 1, 19 in Book 2 and two in Book 3. Lot 28 is a half-brother to the Singapore Gold Cup winner Bahana (NZ) (Elusive City).
The other leading New Zealand sires this season who will feature at Karaka 2020 include the internationally proven Tavistock (NZ), who sadly died at Cambridge Stud last month, plus top-quality shuttler Iffraaj, Zed (NZ), Swiss Ace and Rip Van Winkle.
On the other side of the Tasman, Pierro has been the standout sire through the first four months of this season. His 165 runners have featured 70 individual winners, who have amassed more than A$8.3 million in prize-money.
Pierro has sired five individual Group One winners, including Regal Power and Shadow Hero this season. In New Zealand, meanwhile, he is the sire of Dragon Leap, the impressive winner of this month’s Group 2 Auckland Guineas (1600m) and favourite for the Group One New Zealand Derby.
Pierro is the sire of 10 yearlings in Book 1 of Karaka 2020. Lot 156 is a half-brother to the Group One winner Rollout The Carpet (Holy Roman Emperor).
Rubick has only two crops of racing age, but he has soared up to second on the Australian sires’ standings with 20 winners and more than $7.8 million in stakes. A big contributor to that has been Yes Yes Yes, who won the world’s richest turf race, The Everest (1200m) at Randwick in October.
Buyers can capitalise on Rubick’s rising stocks with two of his yearlings in Book 1 of Karaka 2020. Lot 482 is out of the multiple Group Two placegetter Calm Smytzer (NZ) (Zabeel), whose daughter Star Karen (Camelot) placed in the Group One New Zealand Oaks (2400m).
I Am Invincible has become one of the biggest names on the Australian stallion line-up. Starting out at a service fee of just A$11,000 in 2010, he now commands a fee of A$247,500.
He has sired 460 winners from 603 runners, with 117 individual stakes winners including nine at Group One level. His influence has also been felt on this side of the Tasman with Media Sensation, who was a $425,000 purchase at Karaka and won the Group One New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).
There are two colts by I Am Invincible in Book 1 of Karaka 2020. Lot 247 is out of a daughter of the Group One winner Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel).
Ocean Park (NZ) is one of the rising stars of New Zealand’s crop of stallions, and he has made a big name for himself in Australia – sitting in fifth on the Australian premiership with 28 winners and more than $7 million in prizemoney this season.
The Waikato Stud up-and-comer has sired a total of nine individual stakes winners, headed by Kolding (NZ), the $170,000 Karaka purchase who has won this year’s A$1 million Group One Epsom Handicap (1600m) and A$7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m).
Ocean Park has nine yearlings in Book 1 of Karaka 2020 and 13 in Book 2.
Lot 58 is a half-sister to Group One Australian Guineas (1600m) placegetter You’re So Good (NZ) (Savabeel), whose dam is a half-sister to the multiple Group One winner Melito (Redoute’s Choice).
Lot 243 is out of the multiple Group winner and Group One-placed Ruud Van Slaats (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy), who is a dam of three stakes performers from five foals to race.
Zoustar is another bright young stallion star, prominently placed on the Australian premiership with only three crops of racing age.
Zoustar has sired a total of 106 winners from 177 runners, with 13 individual stakes winners. His best performer is the multiple Group One-winning sprinter Sunlight, who headed an all-Zoustar trifecta in the 2018 edition of the prestigious Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.
Zoustar’s four yearlings in the Book 1 catalogue include Lot 254, out of the three-time Group Two winner Satinka (NZ) (Stravinsky), Lot 295, out of Group Two winner So Pristine (Zabeel), and Lot 676, whose dam was a two-time stakes placegetter in Germany.
The remainder of the top 10 sires in Australia this season are all big names and all have representation at Karaka 2020 – multiple Australian champion sires Snitzel and Exceed and Excel, Nature Strip’s sire Nicconi and the outstanding sire Not a Single Doubt.
Karaka 2020 begins with Book 1, which runs from 11am on Sunday 26 January until the end of Tuesday 28 January. Book 2 takes place between Wednesday 29 January and Friday 31 January.
In a change from previous years, Book 3 will take place on the afternoon of Friday 31 January, instead of Sunday 2 February. 115 yearlings will go under the hammer immediately after the conclusion of the Book 2 Sale, rounding off a terrific week of selling.
Adding further appeal to the bloodstock that will be on offer, all yearlings offered at Karaka 2020 are eligible for the lucrative Karaka Million Series. They will have the opportunity to race for $2 million with the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO in 2021 and the $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic in 2022.
KARAKA 2019 SCHEDULE
Karaka Million Twilight Meeting: Saturday 25 January
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Rising Star Prise De Fer (NZ) Captures Rich Hill Mile
Thursday, Jan 2, 2020
A dominant two-length victory in Wednesday’s $100,000 Group Two Rich Hill Mile (1600m) at Ellerslie was the fifth win in an 11-start career for Karaka graduate Prise De Fer (NZ) (Savabeel) – and his fourth in a row.
Bought for $100,000 from the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka by Te Akau principal David Ellis, Prise De Fer showed talent last season with a win, two placings and creditable unplaced performances in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m), the Group Two Avondale Guineas (2100m) and the Group One New Zealand Derby (2400m).
The Taylors bred and part-own Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice), who sits in second place on the table with 13.5 points after winning the Group One gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) in November.
The story of Julius (NZ) (Swiss Ace) has taken many twists and turns, but it hit a well-deserved pinnacle on New Year’s Day with Group One glory in the $200,000 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie – the first leg of the NZB Insurance Sprint Triple Crown.
Bought for $44,000 at the 2013 Select Sale at Karaka, the striking son of Swiss Ace has always shown X-factor. He won seven of his first 11 starts, including scintillating victories in the Group Three Concorde Handicap (1200m) and Darley Plate (1200m) – both over the same course and distance as Wednesday’s Railway.
Railway Set to Provide Stellar Start to Sprint Triple Crown
Monday, Dec 30, 2019
A week on from a thrilling win by True Enough (Nom du Jeu) in the first leg of the NZB Insurance Weight-for-Age Triple Crown, the NZB Insurance Sprint Triple Crown is set to get off to a spectacular start of its own in Wednesday’s $200,000 Group 1 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie.
Announced in September, the NZB Insurance 3x Triple Crown Series provide a significant boost to some of New Zealand racing’s prestigious summer and autumn Group races with a total of $300,000 in bonuses up for grabs.
Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) moved to the top of the table with her win in last week’s Group 2 SkyCity Eight Carat Classic (1600m), but a couple of Royal Stakes runners will be out to narrow the gap.
Sargent Completes Stakes Double With Karaka Graduates
Monday, Dec 30, 2019
Fresh from winning the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) with $55,000 Ready to Run Sale purchase Luvaluva (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), expat New Zealand trainer John Sargent struck again at stakes level at Gosford on Friday.
Sargent captured the A$170,000 Group 3 Belle of the Turf Stakes (1600m) with Tinkermosa (NZ) (Alamosa), who he bought for $50,000 at the 2016 Select Sale.
Bought for just $55,000 at the 2016 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, Luvaluva (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) took her stakes earnings past A$700,000 with an emphatic victory in the A$160,000 Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) at Randwick on Boxing Day.
True Enough (NZ) Caps Rise to Stardom in Zabeel Classic
Thursday, Dec 26, 2019
After a 12-month rise through the ranks of New Zealand racing, True Enough (NZ) (Nom du Jeu) claimed his biggest prize in the $200,000 Group 1 Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day – the first race of the NZB Insurance WFA Triple Crown Series.
At this time last year, True Enough was racing in Rating 72 grade. With four wins from seven starts last season, he moved all the way up to open class and placed at Group 2 level in his final start of 2018-19.
Before Thursday’s race, the Shaune Ritchie-trained filly sat in second place on 7 points. The top spot on the table belonged to Group 1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) winner Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice) with 13.5 points.
Announced in September, the incentive provides a significant boost to some of New Zealand racing’s prestigious summer and autumn Group races with a total of $300,000 in bonuses up for grabs.
The Weight-For-Age Triple Crown is the first one to get underway, kicking off this Thursday with the $200,000 Group One Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie. It will be followed by the $400,000 Group One Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on February 8, and the $200,000 Group One Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on March 7.
The races in the Sprint Triple Crown are the $200,000 Group One Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on January 1, the $250,000 Group One JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham on January 18, and the $200,000 Group One BCD Group Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa on February 8.
The third Series is the Fillies and Mares Triple Crown, made up of the $70,000 Group Three Cuddle Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on March 14, the $200,000 Group One Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha on April 4, and the $100,000 Group Two Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on April 25.
In each of the three Series, there is a $100,000 Triple Crown Bonus available for any horse who can win all three races.
Despite the late withdrawal of likely favourite Supera (NZ) (Savabeel) because of a setback, Thursday’s Zabeel Classic looms as an exciting clash.
Charles Road (Myboycharlie) is back on home soil after placing at Group One level in Sydney in the spring, while True Enough (NZ) (Nom du Jeu) has won the Group Two Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) and placed in the Group One Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) in his last two starts.
The Mitigator (Master of Design) is a last-start winner of the Group Three Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m) at this course. The runner-up in that race was Beauden (NZ) (Bullbars), who is back for a rematch after a superb four-length win at Awapuni on December 14.
The Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic will be run as Race 9 on Thursday with a start time of 5:16pm.
Million-dollar earner Charles Road (Myboycharlie) finished a close seventh in the 2018 Melbourne Cup (3200m), and he has again performed with credit in Australia this spring with four top-five finishes including a gutsy third in the Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m). He has a good record fresh. Owner David Archer won this race in 2008 with Gallions Reach (NZ) (Victory Dance).
Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott
In an impressive and breakthrough campaign, True Enough (NZ) (Nom du Jeu) has won the Group 3 Spring Sprint (1400m) and Group 2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile (1600m), then stepped up to the elite level for the first time and placed in the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m). The step up to 2000m looks likely to suit.
Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
After three placings including the Spring Sprint and the Group 2 Tauranga Stakes (1600m), The Mitigator (Master of Design) claimed a deserved black-type win in the Group 3 Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m) at this track on November 30. It was a scintillating front-running performance in a slick time of 1:33.18. The step up in distance, from an awkward gate, is the one slight query.
Mongolian Marshal (NZ) (High Chaparral) was a leading stayer last season, winning the Group 3 Waikato Cup (2400m) and placing in the Group 3 Counties Cup (2100m) and City of Auckland Cup (2400m). This season he has finished third in the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m), fifth in the Group 1 Livamol Classic (2040m) and a late-finishing fifth last start in the Group 3 J Swap Contractors Sprint (1400m).
Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
The Group 1 Livamol Classic in early October was a career-best race for Peso (NZ) (Colombia), who finished a gallant second behind 10-time Group 1 winner Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands). Last season's New Zealand Derby (2400m) winner Crown Prosecutor (Medaglia d'Oro) was third. He has had two starts since then, including a third in the Group 3 OMF Stakes (2000m) over this course and distance. Overall, Peso has had 39 starts for seven wins, 15 placings and more than $260,000 in stakes.
Paul Nelson & Corrina McDougal
Tiptronic (NZ) (O'Reilly) is a proven Group 1 performer over this distance, finishing second in the Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa last February. After winning over 1400m at Ellerslie in October, he has produced strong finishes for third in the Tauranga Stakes and fifth in the Captain Cook Stakes.
Stakes-placed at this venue in last month's Eagle Technology Stakes, Beauden (NZ) (Bullbars) confirmed his status as a rising star of New Zealand racing with an incredible last-start win at Awapuni. He almost fell coming out of the starting gates, but recovered and blew his rivals away by four lengths.
A four-time winner in Australia, Orakei Overlord (NZ) (Iffraaj) has added another two victories to his CV since returning to New Zealand this spring. He scored an emphatic Rating 82 victory over 2200 metres at this track in his most recent start.
Shaun & Emma Clotworthy
Vernanme (NZ) (O'Reilly) was one of the stars of last season's three-year-old crop, placing in the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) and Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m). He began his spring campaign with a win in the Listed Karaka Classic (1600m), then stepped back up to Group 1 level and finished sixth in the Livamol Classic and Captain Cook Stakes in his last two starts.
Rising to prominence around this time last year with a placing in the Dunstan Stayers' Championship Final (2200m), Fiscal Fantasy (Skilled) has since won the Group 3 Manawatu Breeders' Stakes (2000m) and the OMF Stakes over this course and distance. She was an unlucky seventh last start in the Counties Cup.
Contessa Vanessa (NZ) (Bullbars) has already starred on Boxing Day at Ellerslie, winning the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) in 2017. She won the Group 3 Sunline Vase (2100m) at the same track later that season, and placed in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m). She hasn't won a race since her three-year-old season, but has shown some good signs, beaten by a nose at Pukekohe two starts back.
In foal to Tivaci, consistent mare Strolling Vagabond (NZ) (Darci Brahma) has collected valuable black type in recent starts with placings in the Listed Staphanos Classic (1950m) and Group 3 Counties Cup (2100m).
Pinmedown (NZ) (Pins) is another former winner of the Eight Carat Classic at this meeting, winning the three-year-old fillies' feature on this day 12 months ago. She is coming into form at the right time again, producing strong late finishes over 1600m for fourth in the Eagle Technology Stakes and a last-start third in the Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes.
Michael Moroney & Pam Gerard
Queen of Diamonds
The beautifully bred Queen of Diamonds (NZ) (Savabeel) was a joint winner of the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series last season, having won the Group 2 Lowland Stakes (2100m) and Group 3 Eulogy Stakes (1600m) and placed in the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic (2000m) and Eight Carat Classic. In her last three appearances she has finished fifth in the Group 3 Taranaki Breeders' Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (1400m) and Cal Isuzu Stakes.
Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
Ellerslie Carnival Brings Major Moves in NZB Filly of the Year
First up is Thursday’s $100,000 Group Two SkyCity Eight Carat Classic (1600m), which in recent years has been won by eventual Filly of the Year winners Katie Lee (Pins), Planet Rock (Fastnet Rock), Fix (NZ) (Iffraaj) and Queen of Diamonds (NZ) (Savabeel).
NZB Pioneers Technology for Future of the Industry
Friday, Dec 20, 2019
After several months in the making, New Zealand Bloodstock has unveiled a ground-breaking, innovative campaign in line with its upcoming 94th National Yearling Sales Series held at Karaka in January 2020.
Introducing market-leading technology, NZB today released its mobile app constructed through augmented virtual reality. Downloadable from the App Store as the ‘NZB Karaka Experience’, users have the ability to immerse themselves in a virtual journey through New Zealand, around the Karaka Sales Complex and get a closer look at the sires represented at Karaka 2020.
An exciting crop of youngsters will be out in force with both quantity and quality as Karaka 2020 provides unmatched access to their first crops of yearlings.
Alphabetically, here is another snapshot of the following five new stallion prospects with progeny on offer at Karaka 2020. The other 14 new stallions in Book 1 are embarking on exciting stud careers across the Tasman.
New Zealand-based Stallions
Tivaci (High Chaparral) is the latest addition to the stallion roster at Waikato Stud, who have been leading vendors at Karaka for the last six years. Their headline stallion Savabeel (Zabeel) has become a dominant force on New Zealand racetracks and in the sale ring.
Tivaci is by High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells), whose outstanding sons So You Think (NZ) and Dundeel (NZ) have already followed up their racetrack heroics with multiple Group One successes at stud. Dundeel is the sire of Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth, last season’s dual Group One-winning New Zealand two-year-old Yourdeel (NZ), and Group One-winning Sydney two-year-old Castelvecchio.
From 21 career starts, Tivaci won six including the Group One All-Aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney. He is the only son of High Chaparral to win a Group One race at a distance shorter than 1600m.
Among the horses he defeated during his high-class career were the Group One winners Le Romain (Hard Spun), Redkirk Warrior (Notnowcato), English (Encosta de Lago) and Palentino (Teofilo).
A weanling from Tivaci’s first crop fetched $95,000 at the Karaka May Sale, the highest price of the weanling session.
Tivaci has 46 yearlings on offer at Karaka 2020. Lot 241 is outstandingly bred, being a half-brother to the Group One Australian Guineas (1600m) and Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) winner Grunt (NZ) (O’Reilly). The colt’s dam is a half-sister to the multiple Group One winner and exciting young sire Ocean Park (NZ) (Thorn Park).
Lot 336 is a half-brother to two Group One winners – the Thorndon Mile (1600m) winner A Touch Of Ruby (NZ) (Pins), and last month’s New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) heroine Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice).
Lot 625 is a half-brother to two stakes performers including two-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon (NZ) (Pins).
Lots 92, 175, 287, 494, 632 and 654 are also half-siblings to stakes winners, while Lots 40, 208, 494, 560 and 661 are sons or daughters of stakes winners.
TURN ME LOOSE
The second of the Windsor Park Stud up-and-comers is Turn Me Loose (NZ) (Iffraaj). His service fee is $15,000.
Turn Me Loose is one of only two sons of Iffraaj (Zafonic) at stud in New Zealand, and the only one with foals on the ground. Another of his Group One-winning sons, Ribchester, commands a service fee of A$22,000 in Australia.
The winner of the Group One New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) as a three-year-old, Turn Me Loose later proved himself against Australia’s best with brilliant Group One victories in the Emirates Stakes (1600m) and Futurity Stakes (1400m). He was New Zealand’s champion sprinter and middle-distance horse in 2015-16.
Turn Me Loose beat such horses as Stratum Star (Stratum), Scissor Kick (Redoute’s Choice) and Trust in a Gust (Keep the Faith), who stand at stud in Australia.
His first three damsires are the legendary Danehill (Danzig), Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer) and Shirley Heights (Mill Reef).
Turn Me Loose has 56 Lots catalogued for Karaka 2020.
Lot 38 is out of Lady Kipling (NZ) (Savabeel), a multiple Group Two winner who also placed at Group One level four times.
Lot 48 is a half-sister to two Group performers, while Lot 53 is out of Let Me Roar (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle), a Group Two-placed half-sister to multiple Group One winner Lion Tamer (NZ) (Storming Home).
The dam of Lot 167 is the unraced Street Cry mare Peace Cry, a daughter of the multiple Group One winner Keep The Peace (NZ) (Keeper). The dam of Lot 197 is a Snitzel mare whose half-sister Planet Rock (Fastnet Rock) won the Group One New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).
Lot 221 is out of a three-quarter-sister to Group One winner Royal Descent (Redoute’s Choice).
Rich Hill Stud’s member of the new-stallion brigade is Vadamos (Monsun), whose service fee is $15,000.
Vadamos is by Monsun, the sire of 2013 Melbourne Cup winner and sire Fiorente, 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist and 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin.
Vadamos is a half-brother to the stakes winner Volfango (Dutch Art), and to the dam of Group winner Tornibush (Dream Ahead).
The dam of Vadamos is a half-sister to the multiple Group One winner and sire Valixir (Trempolino).
Vadamos won eight races including the Group One Prix du Moulin (1600m), two Group Two races and a Group Three. He placed in the Group One Prix Jacques le Marois (1600m) and was fourth in the Group one Cox Plate (2040m) and Emirates Stakes (2000m).
There are 46 progeny of Vadamos catalogued in Books 1, 2 and 3.
Lot 43 is out of Lafleur (NZ) (Zabeel), a multiple Group Two winner who has produced six winners from seven foals to race including two stakes winners.
Lot 312 is a half-brother to three stakes winners, while Lots 103 and 168 are half-brothers to two stakes performers apiece.
Lot 106 is a half-sister to Group One performer Chambord (NZ) (Zabeel), and Lot 262 is out of multiple Group One winner Say No More (NZ) (Pentire).
The dam of Lot 169 is a full-sister to Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance (NZ) (Pentire). Lot 129 is out of a half-sister to Singapore Derby winner Infantry (NZ) (Tavistock), and Lots 30 and 271 are closely related to Group One winners (King) Mufhasa (NZ) (Pentire) and (The) Bostonian (NZ) (Jimmy Choux).
Completing the Windsor Park trio is Vanbrugh (Encosta de Lago), who stands for a $5,000 service fee.
Vanbrugh’s sire Encosta de Lago (Fairy King) has been a champion sire and is making his mark as a sire of sires. He is grandsire of Group One stars such as Golden Slipper heroine She Will Reign (Manhattain Rain) and Australian Guineas winner Mystic Journey (Needs Further).
On the maternal side, Vanbrugh’s dam is one of 11 winners from the Centaine mare Professionelle. Four of those won at stakes level, including four-time Group Two winner Sportsman (Supremo).
The high point of Vanbrugh’s career came with his victory in the Group One Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), which has been a springboard to enormously successful stud careers in the last 20 years for the likes of Savabeel (Zabeel) and Dundeel (NZ) (High Chaparral), along with promising young sires such as Complacent (Authorized) and Hampton Court (Redoute’s Choice).
Vanbrugh also won the Group Three Coongy Handicap (2000m), beating the subsequent Group One Doncaster Handicap (1600m) and multiple Group Two winner It’s Somewhat (Dynaformer).
Vanbrugh is the sire of four Lots offered at Karaka 2020. Lot 656 is a half-brother to Helena Baby (NZ) (Guillotine), who won this year’s Listed Opunake Cup (1400m) and placed behind superstar Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) in the Group One Tarzino Trophy (1400m).
The last of the New Zealand-based first season sires featuring at Karaka 2020 is Wrote (High Chaparral), who stands at Highview for $5,000.
Wrote has made an exciting start to his stud career in the northern hemisphere, siring 22 winners from 43 runners in his first two crops including the stakes-placed High Providence.
Wrote is by High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells), whose outstanding sons So You Think (NZ) and Dundeel (NZ) have already followed up their racetrack heroics with multiple Group One successes at stud. Dundeel is the sire of Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth, last season’s dual Group One-winning New Zealand two-year-old Yourdeel (NZ), and Group One-winning Sydney two-year-old Castelvecchio.
Wrote comes from the same family as legendary sires Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer) and Nureyev (Northern Dancer), along with Encosta de Lago’s sire Fairy King (Northern Dancer) and top-class Hong Kong gallopers Time Warp (Archipenko) and Glorious Forever (Archipenko).
While High Chaparral is best known for his feats with progeny aged three and older, Wrote showed exceptional early talent with his win in the Group One Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (1600m).
Wrote is the sire of 14 catalogued lots in Karaka 2020. Lot 624 is a half-brother to the dam of this year’s Group One Schweppes Oaks (2000m) winner Princess Jenni (NZ) (High Chaparral).
Karaka 2020 also features a quality selection of debut yearlings from an outstanding group of young Australian-based stallions.
Coolmore shuttler American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) made history in 2015, becoming the first horse in 37 years to win America’s famed Triple Crown. He later added the Group One Breeders’ Cup Classic (2000m), an unprecedented achievement dubbed ‘the Grand Slam’.
American Pharoah’s yearlings have sold for massive amounts in the northern hemisphere, including a filly who fetched US$8.2 million at Keeneland in September of this year.
There are eight American Pharoah yearlings in the Book 1 catalogue, including the progeny of stakes winners Posavina (NZ) (Tiger Hill), Soubrettes (NZ) (High Chaparral) and Strada Cavallo (NZ) (Alamosa). Lot 598 is a half-brother to Group One placegetter and sire Savile Row (NZ) (Makfi).
Exciting young Darley stallion Astern (Medaglia d’Oro) is a half-brother to the multiple Group One winner Alizee (Sepoy), along with black-type performers Tassort (Brazen Beau) and Mogador (Lonhro).
Astern won five of his nine starts including a dominant performance in the Group One Golden Rose (1400m). He also won the Group Two Silver Slipper (1100m), Group Two Run to the Rose (1200m) and Group Three Kindergarten Stakes (1100m), and finished second in the famously ‘stallion-making’ Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.
Astern is the sire of 10 yearlings in Book 1 of Karaka 2020. Lot 7 is out of a half-sister to Group One winners Shamrocker (NZ) (O’Reilly) and Rock Diva (NZ) (Lucky Unicorn), while the dam of Lot 294 is a half-sister to Group One performers Eleonora (NZ) (Makfi) and Supera (NZ) (Savabeel).
Capitalist (Written Tycoon), who stands at Newgate Farm, has attracted plenty of attention at stud through his brilliant victory in the Group One Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill.
A quartet of his yearlings will be offered at Karaka, including Lot 118, who is a close relative to a number of stakes winners. Lot 373 is out of Uberalles (NZ) (Giant’s Causeway), a Group One-placed daughter of champion mare Ethereal (NZ) (Rhythm).
Other Australian-based first season sires to feature in Book 1 include Group One winners Divine Prophet (Choisir), Extreme Choice (Not a Single Doubt), Flying Artie (Artie Schiller), Frosted (Tapit), Maurice (Screen Hero), Mikki Isle (Deep Impact), Territories (Invincible Spirit) and Xtravagant (NZ) (Pentire).
KARAKA 2020 SCHEDULE
Karaka Million Twilight Meeting: Saturday 25 January
You can request catalogues by emailing email@example.com or view them online. For news and sales information from NZB visit www.nzb.co.nz.
New Stallions Set to Shine at Karaka
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019
The young guns will come out to play at Karaka 2020, with a new wave of exciting young stallions set to make a massive impact. This year’s Sale will showcase an especially high number of first season sires, with 25 featuring in the catalogue for Book 1 alone.
Here is a snapshot of the first six exciting stallion prospects with progeny offered at Karaka 2020.
New Zealand-based Stallions
Alphabetically, the first of the New Zealand-based newcomers is Belardo (Lope de Vega), who shuttles to Haunui Farm for a service fee of $12,000.
Belardo was a Group One winner as a two-year-old in the Dewhurst Stakes (1400m), then added the Lockinge Stakes (1600m) as a four-year-old to earn a Timeform rating of 126. He also ran second to champion American mare Tepin (Bernstein) in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot, and ran second to five-time Group One winner Solow (Singspiel) in the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1600m).
Belardo is by Lope de Vega (Shamardal), the outstanding sire of more than 50 stakes winners including the sprint stars Santa Ana Lane and Vega Magic. Belardo is his only son at stud in Australasia.
Belardo’s dam, the Danehill mare Danaskaya, placed at Group One and Group Two level as a two-year-old in the UK.
Belardo is the sire of 26 yearlings offered at Karaka 2020. Lot 476 is out of the New Zealand Oaks winner Boundless (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy), while Lot 60 is a half-brother to stakes winner London Line (Blackfriars) and Lot 144 is a half-brother to this season’s stakes-performed two-year-old Ohio Showgirl (NZ) (Showcasing).
Standing for $12,500 at Brighthill Farm, Preferment (NZ) is by the legendary Zabeel (NZ) (Sir Tristram), who has become an outstanding sire of sires – headed by the current champion Kiwi stallion Savabeel.
There are only three Group One-winning sons of Zabeel currently standing at stud in Australasia – Savabeel, Don Eduardo (NZ) and Preferment.
Preferment won the Group One Victoria Derby (2500m) as a three-year-old, and he was voted champion stayer in Australia following a four-year-old season that featured Group One victories in the Turnbull Stakes (2000m), Australian Cup (2000m) and BMW (2400m).
Preferment defeated Group One-winning gallopers such as Hallowed Crown (Street Sense) and Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock), who are embarking on their own stud careers in Australia.
Preferment’s brother to Rezoned (NZ) (Zabeel) won at Group Three level and is the dam of this season’s Group One MRC Thousand Guineas (1600m) placegetter Southbank (Fastnet Rock).
There are 30 progeny of Preferment catalogued.
Lot 87 is a half-sister to three stakes performers including the current Queensland cult hero The Candy Man (Casino Prince). Lot 503 is out of a half-sister to the Group Two winner Natalie Wood (NZ) (Yachtie), dam of Melbourne Cup placegetter Maluckyday (NZ) (Zabeel). Lot 591 is out of a full-sister to the Group One winner Age of Fire (Fastnet Rock).
A multiple Group One-winning son of Encosta de Lago, Puccini (NZ) commands a $5,000 service fee at Mapperley Stud.
A champion sire himself, Encosta de Lago (Fairy King) is making his mark as a sire of sires. He is grandsire of Group One stars such as Golden Slipper heroine She Will Reign (Manhattain Rain) and Australian Guineas winner Mystic Journey (Needs Further).
Puccini is one of seven winners from six foals to race out of the Paris Opera mare Miss Opera (NZ). Two of that group were successful at Group One level.
Sir Slick (NZ) (Volksraad) won a total of 22 races in his remarkable career, six of them at the elite level.
Miss Opera’s other successful foals include Mr Jinky (NZ) (Volksraad), who placed at Group Two level, and the Group Three performer and successful broodmare Shortblackmini (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe). She is the dam of Group Two winner Amarula (NZ) (Thorn Park), Group Three winner and Group One-placed Little Wonder (NZ) (Volksraad) and Group Two-placed Langkawi (NZ) (Helmet).
Puccini himself was New Zealand’s champion three-year-old in 2013-14, winning four stakes races including the Group One New Zealand Derby (2400m). He returned as a four-year-old to win the Group One Thorndon Mile (1600m).
Puccini is the sire of Lot 126 at Karaka 2020, a half-brother to the stakes-placed Naval Fleet (NZ) (Declaration of War). The colt’s dam is a three-quarter-sister to Don Garcia (NZ) (Danehill), who was a million-dollar yearling at Karaka in 2005 and won at stakes level.
Rageese (Street Cry) is one of a trio of new sires at Windsor Park Stud who will feature at Karaka 2020. His service fee is $5,000.
Windsor Park has been a nursery for terrific young stallions in recent seasons, claiming first season sire titles with Shamexpress (NZ) (O’Reilly) and Charm Spirit (Invincible Spirit) in the last two years.
Rageese is by Street Cry (Machiavellian), the sire of champion mares Winx and Zenyatta. He is also a successful sire of sires, with Per Incanto consistently ranking among the top three on New Zealand’s sire standings.
Rageese won four races including the Group Three L’Oreal Paris Stakes (1400m) at Flemington. He ran second to the highly rated young Australian stallion Pride of Dubai (Street Cry) in the Group One ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), beating another stallion prospect in Odyssey Moon (Snitzel).
Rageese descends from fourth dam Emancipation (Bletchingly), who was an Australian Horse of the Year and won six Group One races including the Doncaster Handicap (1600m) and George Main Stakes (1600m). The family also features the Group One winners Rumya (Red Ransom), Stratum Star (Stratum), Virage de Fortune (Anabaa) and Caulfield Cup winner Railings (Zabeel).
There are nine Rageese yearlings in Book 1 and Books 2 & 3 of Karaka 2020. Lot 274 is a half-brother to stakes winner Flavigny (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) and well-performed Hong Kong sprinter Pingwu Spark (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), while Lot 354 is closely related to Rattan (NZ) (Savabeel), a Group One performer in Hong Kong. Lot 367 is out of the multiple Group One placegetter Trepidation (NZ) (Falkirk), and the dam of Lot 579 won at Group Two level in South Africa.
Standing at Westbury Stud for a fee of $15,000, Tarzino (NZ) is the first son of high-class stallion Tavistock (NZ) (Montjeu) to retire to stud.
Tarzino is closely related to the Group One winner Kindacross (NZ) (Cape Cross), the Group Two winner Respect (NZ) (Zabeel) and the Group One-placed Kind Return (NZ) (Zabeel).
On the racetrack, Tarzino collected four wins including the Group One Victoria Derby (2500m) and Rosehill Guineas (2000m).
In the Rosehill Guineas, he defeated the subsequent multiple Group one winners Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) and Jameka (Myboycharlie).
Tarzino was voted champion three-year-old in Australia in 2015-16, beating highly rated young stallions such as Exosphere (Lonhro), Spill the Beans (Snitzel) and Press Statement (Hinchinbrook).
Tarzino is represented in big numbers offered at Karaka 2020, appearing as the sire of 36 quality yearlings.
Lot 39 is a half-sister to Singapore’s Champion 2YO of 2016, Lim’s Racer (NZ) (Red Giant).
The dam of Lot 179 is a three-quarter-sister to the dam of Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist (Monsun).
Lot 15 is out of a half-sister to the multiple Group One winner Turn Me Loose (NZ) (Iffraaj), the dam of Lot 47 is a half-sister to multiple Group One winner Lotteria (Redoute’s Choice), and the dam of Lot 112 is a half-sister to a Grade One-winning two-year-old in America.
A barn mate to Tarzino at Westbury Stud, Telperion (Street Cry) stands at a service fee of $5,000.
Telperion is a half-brother to Kementari (Lonhro), who won the Group One Randwick Guineas (1600m) and is beginning a stud career at Darley Australia for a fee of A$33,000.
Telperion is by Street Cry (Machiavellian), the sire of champion mares Winx and Zenyatta. He is also a successful sire of sires, with Per Incanto consistently ranking among the top three on New Zealand’s sire standings.
In a short racing career, Telperion won the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m), beating subsequent Group One winners Prized Icon (More than Ready) and Spright (Hinchinbrook). Prized Icon now stands at Kooringal Stud for A$11,000.
Telperion finished second to that season’s champion filly Yankee Rose (All American) in the Group One ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. He also finished fourth in the Golden Slipper (1200m) behind Capitalist (Written Tycoon), who commands a A$55,000 fee at Newgate Farm.
Among those behind him in that Golden Slipper were Star Turn (Star Witness), who stands for A$22,000 at Vinery Stud, Extreme Choice (Not a Single Doubt), whose fee at Newgate Farm is also A$22,000, Astern (Medaglia d’Oro), who commands A$33,000 at Darley, and Kiss and Make Up (More than Ready), an A$11,000 stallion at Aquis Farm.
Telperion has 29 yearlings entered for next year’s Sale. Lot 486 is a half-brother to the multiple Listed winner Global Thinking (So You Think), and Lot 502 is a half-brother to Ho Ho Khan (NZ) (Makfi), whose five wins include the Group Three Queen Mother Memorial Cup (2400m) at Sha Tin. The colt’s dam is a half-sister to Group One winner Royal Descent (Redoute’s Choice).
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Valuable Group 2 Victory for The Real Beel (NZ)
Monday, Dec 16, 2019
In the twilight of her racing career, Karaka graduate The Real Beel (NZ) (Savabeel) claimed a valuable Group 2 victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa.
Bought for $110,000 by David Ellis at the 2017 Premier Sale, The Real Beel had emerged as a potential top-liner with a huge run for second in the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie last January.
Super-talented Karaka graduate Julius (NZ) (Swiss Ace) completed a dream comeback from injury with victory in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 J Swap Contractors Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa.
The $44,000 Select Sale purchase had previously emerged as one of New Zealand’s standout sprinters, winning the Group 3 Concorde Handicap (1200m) and Darley Plate (1200m), and beaten by a nose in the Group 2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) by 10-time Group 1 winner Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands).
Karaka 2020 will see buyers flock to New Zealand from all around the world, lured by a compelling record of graduate success.
New Zealand has proven to be a world-class nursery for young thoroughbred talent. Grown on nutrient-rich soils and in temperate climates, Kiwi-reared racehorses have repeatedly gone on to fly the flag with distinction throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
For the fourth year in a row and the fifth time in the last six years, the HK$20 million Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) has been won by a Karaka graduate.
The $200,000 Ready to Run Sale purchase Beat The Clock (Hinchinbrook) produced a superb performance to win the 2019 edition on Sunday, following in the footsteps of Aerovelocity (NZ) (Pins) and Mr Stunning(Exceed and Excel).
The two million dollar features aren’t the only showstopper taking place during New Zealand’s most lucrative race meeting. Run over 2200m, NZB graduates are also eligible to compete in the $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup, highlighting some of the best staying talent New Zealand has to offer and paving the path to races such as the Group One Auckland Cup.
The countdown is on for the highly anticipated New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance 3x Triple Crown Series. The added feature sponsored by NZB Insurance will see an inaugural three $100,000 Series bonuses for the New Zealand racing industry and a number of early nominators are already set to take centre stage.
In association with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, the NZB Insurance program will see each series comprise of three prestigious Group races including the Weight-For-Age Triple Crown, Sprint Triple Crown and Fillies and Mares Triple Crown, with a total of $300,000 in bonuses up for grabs.
Unwanted at the 2016 Ready to Run Sale, The Mitigator(Master of Design) has developed into one of New Zealand’s toughest and most consistent gallopers. On Saturday his efforts were rewarded with a first Group win.
Group One-performed Karaka graduate In a Twinkling (Fastnet Rock) starred again on Saturday with a front-running victory in the $100,000 Group Three Ssangyong Counties Cup (2100m) at Pukekohe.
Bought for $250,000 at the 2017 Premier Sale by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis, the gifted gelding showed his quality as a three-year-old with a strong-finishing fourth in the Group One New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m), a gutsy second in the Group Two Avondale Guineas (2100m), a close second in the Group One New Zealand Derby (2400m) and a fifth in the Group One Australian Derby (2400m).
An up and down spring reached its pinnacle at Riccarton on Saturday for Loire (NZ) (Redoute’s Choice), who leads the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series after a brilliant victory in the $300,000 Group 1 gavelhouse.com 47th New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).
Ups and downs are nothing new for Loire, who was bred by Trelawney Stud’s Brent and Cherry Taylor. She has exemplary pedigree credentials, being by champion sire Redoute’s Choice and being a half-sister to the Group 1 winner A Touch of Ruby (NZ) (Pins). However, a paddock injury meant she was unable to be sold as a yearling.
Dee and Gee (NZ) a Deserving New Zealand Cup Winner
Monday, Nov 18, 2019
A consistent performer in New Zealand’s staying features over the last 12 months, $16,000 Select Sale purchase Dee and Gee (NZ) (Darci Brahma) scored a well-deserved win in Saturday’s $250,000 Group 3 Christchurch Casino 156th New Zealand Cup (3200m) a Riccarton.
Since her upset victory in the Listed Metropolitan Trophy (2500m) at the same meeting last year, Dee and Gee has finished second in the $250,000 Group 3 Wellington Cup (3200m), fourth in the $500,000 Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m), third in the $100,000 Group 3 Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m) and second in this year’s edition of the Metropolitan Trophy.
Asiago Too Strong in New Zealand Bloodstock Spring Stakes
Sunday, Nov 17, 2019
New Zealand Bloodstock’s sponsorship of the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle began on a perfect note on Saturday in front of a bumper crowd of more than 6,000.
For just the fourth time in the history of the race, the Spring Stakes was won by a filly – Godolphin’s Asiago (Medaglia d’Oro), who followed in the footsteps of Lotteria (Redoute’s Choice) in 2004, Lovemelikearock (Fastnet Rock) in 2009 and Invincible Gem (I Am Invincible) in 2016.
Guineas a Gamechanger in NZB Filly of the Year Series
Friday, Nov 15, 2019
After impressive auditions throughout the spring from numerous New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series contenders, Saturday’s $300,000 Group One gavelhouse.com 47th New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton is one filly’s time to shine.
The prestigious classic is the second leg of the 2019-20 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series, and it is worth 12 points to the winner – moving them a big step closer to the coveted title. Saturday’s second and third placegetters will earn 7 and 3.5 points respectively.
Ticket To Ride (NZ)(Shocking), who was offered at the 2014 Ready to Run Sale, capped her racing career with a valuable black-type win in Wednesday’s $80,000 Group 3 Valachi Downs Canterbury Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton.
Offered by Millfield Stud, Ticket To Ride was passed in with a $30,000 reserve.
$120,000 Karaka Book 1 purchase Miami Bound (NZ) (Reliable Man) blew her rivals off the track at Flemington on Thursday, romping to victory by more than three lengths in the A$1 million Group 1 Kennedy Oaks (2500m).
A narrow winner of the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) five days earlier, Miami Bound went to a new level in the Oaks and completely outclassed her opposition.
Ready to Run Sale a Happy Hunting Ground for Top Judges
Thursday, Nov 7, 2019
This month marks New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds -a gold mine of thoroughbred talent and highlight event on the calendars of leading trainers, bloodstock agents and syndicators across the globe.
Dunstan Feeds Offers Lucrative Trainers Incentive for Iconic Stayers Championship Series
Thursday, Nov 7, 2019
Kiwi trainers will get the opportunity to scoop a $21,000 Karaka Yearling Sales windfall thanks to the generosity of Dunstan Feeds as the globally-respected feed merchant celebrates its 21st year of sponsoring the popular Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship.
In a joint promotion with New Zealand Bloodstock and the Auckland Racing Club, and with the backing of the New Zealand Trainers’ Association, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, Dunstan Feeds will offer a novel incentive of a $21,000 credit towards a purchase at the NZB Yearling Sales in January next year to the winning trainer.
$57,500 Select Sale purchase Melody Belle(NZ) (Commands) took her outstanding form to one of Australasian racing’s biggest stages on Saturday, winning the A$1 million Group One Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington.
With a stirring victory in Wednesday’s A$400,000 Group 3 Jayco Bendigo Cup (2400m), Top Of The Range (NZ) (Savabeel) took his career earnings to A$546,350 – more than double his purchase price at Karaka.
Representing the trans-Tasman stable of Mike Moroney, the $250,000 Premier Sale graduate recorded the fifth and most significant victory of his 27-start career.
Karaka graduate Harlech (NZ) (Darci Brahma) came of age at Te Rapa on Monday with an emphatic victory in the $100,000 Group 2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m).
The colt was a $100,000 purchase during Book 1 of Karaka 2018 by respected bloodstock agent Paul Moroney, and he is trained by Moroney’s brother Mike in partnership with Pam Gerard.
Carrying the colours of part-owners the Elias Fletcher Partnership, Harlech had won one of his four previous races and was a last-start second behind the subsequent stakes winner Travelling Light (NZ) (El Roca).
The annual Breeze Ups saw 369 two-year-olds gallop down the home straight of Te Rapa Racecourse, with their last 200 metres of work filmed and timed. Once again, NZB’s Ready to Run Sale vendors presented their horses in a professional manner reflecting the high quality of thoroughbreds on offer at the Sale.
All Breeze Up videos are now available online. Each heat is 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.
Karaka Graduates Claim Valuable Stakes Races at Rotorua
Monday, Oct 21, 2019
Dawn Patrol (NZ) Too Slick in Sweynesse
Placed at Group One level last season, $20,000 Select Sale purchase Dawn Patrol (NZ) (Dawn Approach) took his career earnings past $200,000 with a brilliant performance at Rotorua on Saturday.
The Frank Ritchie-trained gelding showed a slick turn of foot to burst out of midfield and win the $70,000 Group Three Sweynesse Stakes (1215m).
Sweet Treat (NZ) Storms to Staphanos Victory
Sweet Treat (NZ) (Ekraar), who was bought for only $30,000 at the 2015 Select Sale at Karaka, claimed a valuable black-type win in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Staphanos Classic (1950m) at Rotorua.
With apprentice jockey Joshua Kam in the saddle, the six-year-old cut the corner and burst into contention at the top of the straight. She was challenged by Charlie Horse (NZ) (Zacinto) through the last 250 metres, but held firm and prevailed by three-quarters of a length.
Breeze Ups for New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds will take place next week on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 October, commencing at 10am each day with all prospective buyers welcome to attend.
A talented line-up of contenders for next month’s Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) will clash in Saturday’s A$200,000 Group 3 New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes (2000m) – a race that has special meaning to its sponsors.
Since 2011, the three-year-old fillies’ feature has carried the name of the legendary Ethereal (NZ) (Rhythm).