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I’m Incredible Rises to the Occasion in Committee’s Prize

Karaka graduate I'm Incredible winning Sunday’s S$175,000 Committee’s Prize (1600m). Photo: Singapore Turf Club
Karaka graduate I'm Incredible winning Sunday’s S$175,000 Committee’s Prize (1600m). Photo: Singapore Turf Club

I’m Incredible (Lope de Vega) was thrown in at the deep end by trainer Shane Baertschiger in Sunday’s S$175,000 Committee’s Prize (1600m), and the Karaka graduate rose to the occasion in style.

Bought for $260,000 from Curraghmore’s draft at the 2016 Premier Sale, I’m Incredible had won three of his first seven starts in Singapore, most recently a Class 4 victory on July 21. Sunday’s race was a steep rise in class, but I’m Incredible was equal to the task.

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Mystic Journey Makes Triumphant Return in P B Lawrence Stakes

Mystic Journey claims the Group Two P B Lawrence Stakes (1400m).
Mystic Journey claims the Group Two P B Lawrence Stakes (1400m).

Last season’s star three-year-old filly Mystic Journey (Needs Further) stepped up to weight-for-age for her four-year-old debut and delivered again, taking an early lead in the New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield WFA Championship for 2019.

The Tasmanian star had a fairytale season in 2018-19, stringing together brilliant victories in the Listed Jim Moloney Stakes (1400m), Group 3 Fillies’ Classic (1600m), Listed Thomas Lyons Stakes (1400m), Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m), and against older horses in the inaugural A$5 million All-Star Mile (1600m).

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Star-Studded Start to NZB Caulfield WFA Championship

Humidor (NZ), winner of last years NZB Caulfield WFA Championship Series.
Humidor (NZ), winner of last years NZB Caulfield WFA Championship Series.

The 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield WFA Championship is set for an explosive start on Saturday with a star-studded field in the A$200,000 Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m).

Now in its ninth year of New Zealand Bloodstock sponsorship, the Caulfield WFA Championship comprises four races – the P.B. Lawrence Stakes, the Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) on August 31, the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) on September 29, and the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 12.

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Meet the Team – Episode 1

Episode 1 featuring NZB Insurance members Nikki Smart (pictured) and Hannah McLean.
Episode 1 featuring NZB Insurance members Nikki Smart (pictured) and Hannah McLean.

 Get to know the people behind New Zealand Bloodstock and their connections in the industry.

 Featuring NZB Insurance team members Nikki Smart and Hannah McLean.

 View the video online here.

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Star Emperor (NZ) Soars to Jumbo Jet Win

Star Emperor (NZ) brilliant in the S$175,000 Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m) at Kranji. Photo: Singapore Turf Club.
Star Emperor (NZ) brilliant in the S$175,000 Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m) at Kranji. Photo: Singapore Turf Club.

Star Emperor (NZ) (Red Giant) could have been bought for $10,000 at the 2015 Select Sale at Karaka, and on Sunday he scored a brilliant victory in the S$175,000 Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m) at Kranji.

It was a fourth win from 13 starts for the chestnut gelding, who began his career under the name Stealth Giant. He has now earned the equivalent of more than NZ$210,000 in prize-money – 21 times his reserve at Karaka.

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Mr Crowe (NZ) Claims Memorial Trophy

Mr Crowe (NZ) takes out memorial trophy at Penang, pictured is his sire Alamosa (NZ) standing at Wellfield Lodge.
Mr Crowe (NZ) takes out memorial trophy at Penang, pictured is his sire Alamosa (NZ) standing at Wellfield Lodge.

$10,000 Karaka weanling purchase Mr Crowe (NZ) (Alamosa) produced a strong performance to win Sunday’s RM65,000 Dr Lim Ah Soo Memorial Trophy (1400m) at Penang.

Ridden by Brazilian jockey Bernardo Pinhero, the gelding enjoyed a handy run just behind the leaders before looming dangerously on the outside at the top of the straight. He cruised to the lead and went clear in the last 150 metres for an emphatic victory.

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Sacred Capital (NZ) Heads Big Ready to Run Result in Macau Derby

Sacred Capital (NZ) dominates the Macau Derby (1800m).
Sacred Capital (NZ) dominates the Macau Derby (1800m).

With a dominant performance in Saturday’s M$2.6 million Macau Derby (1800m), Sacred Capital (NZ) (O’Reilly) headed a quinella for graduates of the Ready to Run Sale at Karaka.

Sacred Capital was a $580,000 purchase at the 2016 Ready to Run Sale, while runner-up Eclair Lightning (NZ) (Darci Brahma) cost $125,000 at the same Sale.

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Seaway (NZ) Stars in Winter Challenge

Seaway (NZ) (Ocean Park) claims the Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) at Rosehill.
Seaway (NZ) (Ocean Park) claims the Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) at Rosehill.

$210,000 Premier Sale purchase Seaway (NZ) (Ocean Park) scored his first black-type victory with a strong performance in Saturday’s A$150,000 Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) at Rosehill.

Ridden by Tommy Berry for champion trainer Chris Waller, the four-year-old angled across from a wide gate to sit outside the leader for most of the race.

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Karaka Trifecta in Ryder Stakes

$6,000 purchase Sai Fah (NZ) takes out the Listed Ryder Stakes (1200m) at Otaki.
$6,000 purchase Sai Fah (NZ) takes out the Listed Ryder Stakes (1200m) at Otaki. Photo: Race Images PNth

The final black-type event of the 2018-19 New Zealand racing season has been completely dominated by graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales.

Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Courtesy Ford Ryder Stakes (1200m) at Otaki was won by Sai Fah (NZ) (Rios), who was bought for just $6,000 at the 2017 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka.

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Karaka Stars in the Making – Episode 5

Iffraaj x Katie Lee colt at Karaka 2019, before being purchased by Aquis Farm/Rogerson Bloodstock.
Iffraaj x Katie Lee colt at Karaka 2019, before being purchased by Aquis Farm/Rogerson Bloodstock.

Catch up with graduates of the 2019 National Yearling Sales at Karaka on their journey to racetrack stardom.

In this episode we feature Lot 122, the Iffraaj x Katie Lee colt, purchased by Aquis Farm and Rogerson Bloodstock from the Cambridge Stud draft for $420,000.

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Unbeaten Inferno Outstanding in Golden Horseshoe

Inferno extends the record for New Zealand bred or sold horses in the Golden Horseshoe, with five of the last seven sourced in NZ.
Inferno extends the record for New Zealand bred or sold horses in the Golden Horseshoe, with five of the last seven sourced from NZ.

Karaka graduate Inferno (Holy Roman Emperor) extended his unbeaten record to two out of two with a dominant performance in Friday’s S$250,000 Golden Horseshoe (1200m) at Kranji.

Bought for $140,000 from Westbury Stud’s draft during the 2018 Book 1 Sale, Inferno began his career with a stylish two-length victory over the same distance on July 7. Friday’s prestigious juvenile feature was the stage for a highly impressive repeat performance.

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Karaka Stars in the Making – Episode 4

The Frankel x Assume filly being educated at Riversley Park.
The Frankel x Assume filly being educated at Riversley Park.

Catch up with graduates of the 2019 National Yearling Sales at Karaka on their journey to racetrack stardom.

In this episode we feature Lot 577, the Frankel x Assume filly at Riversley Park, purchased by Cambridge Stud from the Pencarrow draft for $500,000.

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Entries Open for 2019 NZB Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs

NZB's Ready to Run Sale will take place at Karaka on 20 & 21 November.
NZB's Ready to Run Sale will take place at Karaka on 20 & 21 November.

Entries are now open for Australasia's leading horses in training sale, New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs, to be held on 20 & 21 November. Breeze Ups will take place at Te Rapa Racecourse on 21 & 22 October.

The 2019 Sale is set to build on its renowned reputation as being the preferred destination for international buyers to secure the best bred, and prepared, juveniles available in Australasia. NZB’s Ready to Run Sale results outperform neighbouring Sales on key measures including aggregate, average, median and clearance and the performance of its graduates is second to none.

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Big Night for Karaka Graduates at Hong Kong Awards

Having earned the equivalent of NZ$16.2 million, Beauty Generation (NZ) has won more than 270 times his purchase price at Karaka.
Having earned the equivalent of NZ$16.2 million, Beauty Generation (NZ) has won more than 270 times his purchase price at Karaka.

Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales claimed four trophies at Hong Kong’s Champion Awards ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Friday night, headed by a second consecutive Horse of the Year honour for the record-breaking champion Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock).

Bought for just $60,000 at the 2014 Select Sale at Karaka, the John Moore-trained gelding was unbeaten throughout 2018-19. He broke a Hong Kong record with eight victories in a season, four of them at Group 1 level including dazzling repeat victories in the Longines Hong Kong Mile (1600m) and FWD Champions Mile (1600m).

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Grafton Cup Glory for Sacred Day (NZ)

Sacred Day (NZ) as a yearling.
Sacred Day (NZ) as a yearling.

The $90,000 purchase price for Sacred Day (NZ) (Azamour) at the Select Sale at Karaka was immediately surpassed as he raced to an impressive victory in the A$160,000 Listed G McMullan Contracting Grafton Cup (2350m) in New South Wales on Thursday.

Trained in New Zealand by Tony Pike for major stable client Raffles Racing, the four-year-old capitalised on a ground-saving ride from Ben Looker. After looming in behind the leaders rounding the home turn, he surged through the inside in the last 300 metres to score by a long neck in a thrilling three-way finish.

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Karaka Hotel Off and Running

Architects impression of the DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka, due to open January 2021.
Architects impression of the DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka, due to open January 2021.

New Zealand Bloodstock has begun constructing a new hotel conveniently located at Karaka, 30 minutes’ drive south of Auckland City and 20 minutes from Auckland Airport.

The first and only hotel to be situated in the Papakura-Franklin area, invited guests today witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony for the project where local MP Hon. Judith Collins cut the ribbon to signify the commencement of the construction project due for completion in January 2021.

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Karaka Stars in the Making – Episode 3

The Sweynesse x Happy Endings filly being prepared at Woburn Farm.
The Sweynesse x Happy Endings filly being prepared at Woburn Farm.

Catch up with graduates of the 2019 National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka on their journey to racetrack stardom.

In this episode we feature Lot 1090, the Sweynesse x Happy Endings filly purchased by New Zealand Chinese Jockey Club and Paul Moroney Bloodstock, from the Brighthill Farm draft for $50,000.

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Kiwi Autumn G1 Glory

New Zealand bred horses claimed six Group One wins in Australia over the Autumn.
New Zealand bred horses claimed six Group One wins in Australia over the Autumn.

Our very own Australian and NZ Hall of Famer Brent Thomson takes us through the six New Zealand Bred Group One winners in Australia this Autumn.

Watch the video online here.

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Karaka Stars in the Making – Episode 2

Contributer x Viana yearling going through the Godolphin education.
Contributer x Viana yearling going through the Godolphin education.

Catch up with graduates of the 2019 National Yearling Sales at Karaka on their journey to racetrack stardom.

In this episode we feature Lot 508, the highest priced Contributer yearling out of Viana. Now named Jeronimos, the colt was purchased by Godolphin from the Mapperley Stud draft for $250,000.

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Kante (NZ) Claims Malaysia 3YO Championship

Kante (NZ) as a two-year-old prior to NZB's Ready to Run Sale.
Kante (NZ) as a two-year-old prior to NZB's Ready to Run Sale.

Karaka graduate Kante (NZ) (Postponed) came out on top in a tight three-way finish to the Listed RM200,000 Malaysia 3YO Championship Final (1200m) at Perak on Sunday.

The $85,000 NZB Ready to Run Sale purchase broke sharply from the starting gates and went forward to challenge for the early lead, but jockey Salee bin Saad opted to ease back into third position.

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Karaka Stars in the Making – Episode 1

Catch up with graduates of the 2019 National Yearling Sales at Karaka on their journey to racetrack stardom.

In this episode we feature Lot 192, our sales-topping Savabeel x Make a Wish colt purchased by Te Akau Racing's David Ellis, from the Waikato Stud draft for $1,400,000.

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Kolding (NZ) Extends Winning Streak in Guineas

Kolding (NZ) claiming the G2 Queensland Guineas on Saturday at Eagle Farm
Kolding (NZ) claiming the G2 Queensland Guineas on Saturday at Eagle Farm

Karaka graduate Kolding (NZ) (Ocean Park) has brilliantly passed his first black-type test, recording a fourth consecutive win with an outstanding performance in Saturday’s A$350,000 Group 2 Ascot Green Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Eagle Farm.

Bought for $170,000 at the 2017 Premier Sale, Kolding went into the three-year-old feature with four wins to his name from 10 career starts. He had won all of his last three appearances in handicap races in Sydney.

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Flaunting (NZ) Leads Home Karaka Trifecta in Castletown

Flaunting (NZ) Leads Home Karaka Trifecta in Castletown. Image: Race Images, Palmerston North.
Flaunting (NZ) Leads Home Karaka Trifecta in Castletown. Image: Race Images, Palmerston North.

Graduates of the Karaka 2018 Sale finished first, second and third in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed John Turkington Forestry Ltd Castletown Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui, headed by the talented and gutsy filly Flaunting (NZ) (Showcasing).

Bought for $40,000 during the Book 2 session of last year’s Sale, the lightly raced Flaunting boosted her earnings to $49,500 on Saturday – along with a valuable first piece of black-type for her pedigree page.

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Entries Open for Karaka 2020

Nominate your yearlings for Karaka 2020 online through NZB's portal.
Nominate your yearlings for Karaka 2020 online through NZB's portal.

Entries for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2020 National Yearling Sales Series are now open with the Sale taking place next summer at the Karaka Sales Centre from 26 January until 2 February.

With an established reputation for producing world-class thoroughbreds, graduates of the National Yearling Sales Series have claimed 24 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.

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Little Giant (NZ) Too Sharp in Sha Tin Vase

Little Giant (NZ) claims the 2019 G3 Sha Tin Vase in Hong Kong. Photo Cred: HKJC
Little Giant (NZ) claims the 2019 G3 Sha Tin Vase in Hong Kong. Photo Cred: HKJC

A horse who could have been bought for $55,000 as a yearling at Karaka produced a high-class sprinting display to win Sunday’s HK$3.25 million Group 3 Sha Tin Vase (1200m) in Hong Kong.

Carrying a testing weight of 60 kilograms, Little Giant (NZ) (Swiss Ace) settled in sixth place among a nine-horse field before exploding into contention in the home straight. He took the lead inside the last 200 metres and went to the finish line three-quarters of a length in front, clocking 1:08.82 for the 1200 metres.

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Lightning Strikes Twice as Rhaegar Takes Futurity

Rhegar claims the Auckland Futurity Stakes at Ellerslie on Saturday. Photo Cred: Trish Dunell.
Rhegar claims the Auckland Futurity Stakes at Ellerslie on Saturday. Photo Cred: Trish Dunell.

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have trained two Karaka yearling purchases in the white, red and green colours of the Zame family, and both of them are now black-type winners.

The $65,000 Select Sale purchase Jon Snow (NZ) (Iffraaj) won more than $2 million in a career that was headed by Group 1 glory in the Australian Derby (2400m), and on Saturday the $60,000 Book 2 buy Rhaegar (Pluck) took his first step along that black-type path in the $50,000 Listed Piazza d’Oro Auckland Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie.

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Front-running Forsa Eclipse (NZ) Dominates at Selangor

Forsa Eclipse (NZ) takes out the Listed 3YO Championship in Malaysia.
Forsa Eclipse (NZ) claimed the Listed 3YO Championship in Malaysia.

$110,000 Ready to Run Sale purchase Forsa Eclipse (NZ) (Showcasing) produced a dominant front-running performance to win Sunday’s RM100,000 Malaysia Listed 3YO Championship (Heat 2) (1200m) at Selangor.

The three-year-old broke sharply from the starting gate and was sent to a clear lead by jockey Ruzaini bin Supien.

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Buyers Find Quality at Karaka May Sale

Lot 83 (Tivaci x Sitting on a Hill) was the equal highest price Lot, selling for $95,000.
Lot 83 (Tivaci x Sitting on a Hill) was the equal highest price Lot, selling for $95,000.

The New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka May Sale Weanling session has concluded with a pleasing increase in average and median price from last year’s edition of the Sale.

The average weanling price reached $18,121 (up 35%) and the median rose to $10,000 from $8,000 in 2018, with the aggregate closing at $1,649,000 for 91 lots sold (71% clearance).

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Pedigree Updates Elevate May Sale

Lot 5, an Ocean Park colt on account of Little Avondale Stud, comes from the same family as Bella Martini (Stratum).
Lot 5 (Ocean Park x Fast Quickstep) comes from the same family as Group One placed Bella Martini.

The 2019 Karaka May Sale has been boosted by a number of black-type race results since the catalogue went to print.

The catalogue features more than a dozen horses who are closely related to recent Group 1 performers.

Lot 5, an Ocean Park colt on account of Little Avondale Stud, comes from the same family as Bella Martini (Stratum), who was third in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide earlier this month. Another close relative, Volcanic Ash (Magnus), recently won the Listed Tunku Gold Cup (1200m).

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Three Supplementary Lots for May Sale

Lot 241 a Tarzino x Cabal filly to be offered at the end of the weanling session on Friday.
Lot 241 a Tarzino x Cabal filly to be offered at the end of the weanling session on Friday.

The catalogue for the 2019 Karaka May Sale has been bolstered by three supplementary entries – a weanling and two broodmares to be offered at the end of each session they are catalogued in.

Westbury Stud have added a fifth weanling to their May Sale draft in Lot 241– a filly from the first crop of their Victoria Derby-winning stallion Tarzino. The filly is out of Cabal (NZ) (Carnegie), a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner Second Coming (NZ) (Oak Ridge). Cabal is the dam of four winners from five foals to race.

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Group 3 win for Purple Sector (NZ)

Purple Sector (NZ) Dominates in the G3 Rough Habit Plate at Doomben on Saturday.
Purple Sector (NZ) Dominates in the G3 Rough Habit Plate at Doomben on Saturday.

$60,000 Premier Sale graduate Purple Sector (NZ) (Pins) took his career to a new level with a dominant performance in Saturday’s A$140,000 Group 3 National Road Safety Week Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at Doomben.

The John Thompson-trained colt had already proven himself in elite three-year-old company, running second in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) and third in the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) and Listed Dulcify Quality (1600m). He also finished fourth in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m).

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Zacada (NZ) Too Tough in Rotorua Cup

Zacada (NZ) digs deep to claim the G3 Rotorua Cup on Saturday. Photo Cred: Trish Dunell
Zacada (NZ) digs deep to claim the G3 Rotorua Cup on Saturday. Photo Cred: Trish Dunell

Group 1 performer Zacada (NZ) (Zabeel), who could have been bought for $150,000 as a yearling at Karaka in 2014, has taken his prize-money earnings past $700,000.

The milestone came through a tough weight-carrying performance in Saturday’s $75,000 Group 3 Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup (2200m), winning under the top weight of 60 kilograms.

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Leading Stallions at Karaka May Sale

Waikato Stud's undisputed current champion Savabeel.
Waikato Stud's undisputed current champion Savabeel.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale features the usual big names on the stallion scene, headed by the undisputed current champion Savabeel.

The Waikato Stud resident has won four consecutive New Zealand sires’ premierships, and he has an unassailable lead again this season with $3.8 million in total New Zealand earnings – almost double the $1.9 million of nearest rival Pins.

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Newcomers’ First Weanlings Unveiled

Brighthill Farm's newest sire Preferment.
Brighthill Farm's newest sire Preferment.

Belardo (Lope de Vega – Danaskaya) – A Champion 2YO who won the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes, Belardo also won the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes as a four-year-old. Shuttling to Haunui Farm, Belardo will be represented by eight weanlings at the Karaka May Sale from his first southern hemisphere crop.

Flying Artie (Artie Schiller – Flying Ruby) – Champion 3YO colt in Australia in 2016-17 and the leading 3YO sprinter in the world in his year, Flying Artie won the stallion-making Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington. As a two-year-old, he placed in the Group 1 Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond. The Newgate Farm stallion is the sire of Lot 154 in the Sale.

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Winston Peters to Open May Sale

The RT Hon Winston Peters will open the 2019 Karaka May Sale on Friday 17 May at 9.45am.
The RT Hon Winston Peters will open the 2019 Karaka May Sale on Friday 17 May at 9.45am.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale is set to offer 240 of the country’s best mixed bloodstock on Friday 17 May and in a first-time event for the Sale, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Racing RT Hon Winston Peters will open the Sale at 9.45am.

“We are very pleased that Racing Minister Winston Peters will be opening the Sale for us,” commented NZB’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook.

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Renowned Families at Centre of May Sale

Outdoor parade ring at NZB's Karaka May Sale.
Outdoor parade ring at NZB's Karaka May Sale.

Some of New Zealand’s most influential and established families feature throughout the 240-lot catalogue at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale, with quality young stock, racing stock and breeding stock set to go under the hammer on 17 May.

Weanling Session

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Ho Ho Khan (NZ) Claims Queen Mother Memorial Cup

Ho Ho Khan (NZ) (Makfi) burst clear to win the Group 3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup. Photo: HKJC
Ho Ho Khan (NZ) (Makfi) burst clear to win the Group 3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup. Photo: HKJC

Ho Ho Khan (NZ) (Makfi) could have been bought for $65,000 at the 2016 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, and he took his earnings past HK$6 million (NZ$1.2 million) with a victory in Sunday’s HK$3.25 million Group 3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup (2400m) at Sha Tin.

With Vincent Ho in the saddle, the Westbury Stud graduate broke from the inside gate and settled in midfield beside the rail for the first two-thirds of the race.

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Princess Jenni (NZ) Outstanding in Oaks

Rising star filly Princess Jenni (NZ) (High Chaparral) pictured as a yearling.
Rising star filly Princess Jenni (NZ) (High Chaparral) pictured as a yearling.

Rising star filly Princess Jenni (NZ) (High Chaparral), who was bought for $120,000 at the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka, took her exciting career to a new level in Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville.

The David Brideoake-trained filly went into the fillies’ classic as a stylish winner of three of her five career starts, headed by the Group 3 Alexandra Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on March 22.

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Weanling graduate He Kin Fly (NZ) Takes Great Easter

He Kin Fly (NZ) (Darci Brahma) produced another outstanding performance in the Listed Great Easter Stakes. Photo: Race Images South
He Kin Fly (NZ) (Darci Brahma) produced another outstanding performance in the Listed Great Easter Stakes. Photo: Race Images South

With another quality group of weanlings about to be offered in the 2019 Karaka May Sale, a graduate of the 2013 edition of that Sale played a starring role in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Daphne Bannan Memorial Great Easter Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton.

He Kin Fly (NZ) (Darci Brahma) was bought for $62,500 at the 2013 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale.

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Listed Success for Rainbow Dash

Rainbow Dash (NZ) (Showcasing) added a valuable black-type win in the Listed 2YO Stakes Photo: Trish Dunell
Rainbow Dash (NZ) (Showcasing) added a valuable black-type win in the Listed 2YO Stakes Photo: Trish Dunell

Bought from Book 3 for just $14,000, quality filly Rainbow Dash (NZ) (Showcasing) added a valuable black-type win to her CV in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre 2YO Stakes (1100m) at Te Rapa.

The bay filly is trained by Jenna Mahoney, who shares ownership with the Murray Bloodstock Partnership and Geoff Wolfe.

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Black-type Return for Karaka Broodmare Buy

Well-bred mare Rosecroft (NZ) (Montjeu), purchased from the Karaka May Sale, produced stakes winner All About Magic (NZ). Photo: Race Images South
Well-bred mare Rosecroft (NZ) (Montjeu), purchased from the Karaka May Sale, produced stakes winner All About Magic (NZ). Photo: Race Images South

With the 2019 Karaka May Sale less than two weeks away, an astute broodmare purchase at the 2016 edition of the sale earned a valuable black-type reward at Riccarton on Saturday.

Well-bred mare Rosecroft (NZ) (Montjeu) was bought for just $7,000 by Canterbury owner-breeder Stephanie Rathgen. Rosecroft was in foal to the quality former Haunui Farm shuttle stallion Showcasing (Oasis Dream).

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Karaka Million Filly Tops South Island Sale

2019 South Island Sale topper - Lot 57, a filly by Per Incanto.
2019 South Island Sale topper - Lot 57, a filly by Per Incanto.

Southern vendor White Robe Lodge is no stranger to New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale having produced recent stakes winners Civil Disobedience (NZ) (Raise the Flag) and Parthesia (NZ) (Raise the Flag) from this sale ring, and today they marked the beginning of several new hopeful success stories as 61 lots went under the hammer.

While the operation has continued their leading vendor by aggregate streak for the last three consecutive years, they also sold the highest priced yearling from this year’s catalogue.

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Record-breaking win for Superstar Beauty Generation (NZ)

Beauty Generation (NZ) claiming the G1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin. Photo Cred: HKJC
Beauty Generation (NZ) claiming the G1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin. Photo Cred: HKJC

New Zealand-bred megastar Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) cost just $60,000 at the Select Sale at Karaka, but he is now the highest prize-money earner in the history of Hong Kong racing.

His victory in Sunday’s HK$18 million Group 1 FWD Champions Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin carried him past Viva Pataca (Marju) with earnings of HK$86.96 million. That’s the equivalent of NZ$16.64 million, which is 277 times his purchase price.

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Karaka Trifecta in Group One Chairman’s Sprint Prize

Beat the Clock heads an all Karaka Trifecta in the G1 Chairman's Sprint. Photo Cred: HKJC
Beat the Clock heads an all Karaka Trifecta in the G1 Chairman's Sprint. Photo Cred: HKJC

Graduates of the Karaka sales complex have done it again in a major Hong Kong sprint, sweeping the first three placings in Sunday’s HK$16 million Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) at Sha Tin.

The winner Beat the Clock (Hinchinbrook) was a $200,000 purchase at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale, while runner-up Rattan (NZ) (Savabeel) cost $150,000 at the 2015 Premier Sale, and third-placed Little Giant (NZ) (Swiss Ace) was passed in at the 2014 Select Sale with a $55,000 reserve.

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Declarationofheart Rallies to Win Chairman’s Stakes

Declarationofheart Pictured as a Yearling.
Declarationofheart Pictured as a Yearling.

Declarationofheart (Declaration of War), who was a $135,000 purchase at the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka, showed class and courage to win Saturday’s A$120,000 Group 3 Heineken Chairman’s Stakes (2032m) at Morphettville.

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Vigor Winner Shares in Group 3 Glory

Vigor Winner claiming a dead heat in the G3 Cambridge Breeders Stakes at Te Rapa. Photo Cred: Trish Dunell
Vigor Winner claiming a dead heat in the G3 Cambridge Breeders Stakes at Te Rapa. Photo Cred: Trish Dunell

Ready to Run recruit Vigor Winner (Declaration of War) produced a brave performance to share the spoils in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa, which ended in a dead heat.

Bought for $50,000 at the 2017 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, Vigor Winner began his career with dominant victories at Hastings and New Plymouth in January and February. In his only other start, he was beaten by a half-head when second in last month’s Group 2 Wellington Guineas (1400m).

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Rock On Wood (NZ) Continues Rise in Anzac Mile

Rock on Wood (NZ) claims the Anzac Mile at Awapuni. Photo Cred: Race Images PNth
Rock on Wood (NZ) claims the Anzac Mile at Awapuni. Photo: Race Images.

Exciting Karaka graduate Rock On Wood (NZ) has continued his perfect four-year-old season, recording his first black-type win in Thursday’s $50,000 Listed Manawatu ITM Anzac Mile (1600m) at Awapuni.

Bought for $26,000 at the 2016 Festival Sale, Rock On Wood showed huge promise as a three-year-old with two wins, plus close fourths in the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) and the Group 2 Waikato Guineas (2000m).

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Southern Drafts Boosted with Pedigree Updates

Dual Group One winner Madison County who will have a three-quarter sister in the Sale at Lot 22.
Dual Group One winner Madison County will have a three-quarter sister in the Sale at Lot 22.

Horses sold through the Karaka sale ring in recent years are now providing timely pedigree updates to the 61 yearlings catalogued in New Zealand Bloodstock's South Island Sale.

Dual Group One winner Madison County (NZ) (Pins) crossed the Tasman earlier this year and has since placed second in the Group One Australian Derby and the Group Two Tulloch Stakes.

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The Chosen One (NZ) Shines in Frank Packer Plate

The Chosen One (NZ) is now a stakes winner on both sides of the Tasman.
The Chosen One (NZ) is now a stakes winner on both sides of the Tasman.

Karaka graduate The Chosen One (NZ) (Savabeel) is now a stakes winner on both sides of the Tasman, adding a brilliant win in Saturday’s $160,000 Group 3 Cellarbrations Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick to his two black-type victories in New Zealand.

An unlucky and powerful-finishing fourth in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) in his most recent start, The Chosen One turned his fortunes around in style on Saturday.

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Group 2 Glory for Blue-Blooded Lord Arthur

Lord Arthur (NZ) is a half brother to dual Horse of the Year Bonneval (NZ). Photo: Trish Dunell
Lord Arthur (NZ) is a half brother to dual Horse of the Year Bonneval (NZ). Photo: Trish Dunell

The beautifully bred Lord Arthur (Camelot) took his career to a new level with a spectacular performance in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Valachi Downs Championship Stakes (2100m) at Ellerslie.

Passed in with a $110,000 reserve at Karaka’s 2017 Premier Sale, Lord Arthur is a half-brother to Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi), who was bought for $150,000 at the 2015 Premier Sale and won the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m), Australian Oaks (2400m) and Underwood Stakes (1800m). She earned more than $1.5 million and was a two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year.

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Sixth Stakes Win for Celebrity Dream (NZ)

Celebrity Dream pictured as a yearling.
Celebrity Dream pictured as a yearling.

Quality mare Celebrity Dream (NZ) (Thorn Park), who was a $260,000 yearling purchase at Karaka in 2014, picked up her sixth stakes win with a dominant performance in Friday’s A$100,000 Listed Sheila Gwynne Classic (1400m) at Ascot.

Bought by John Chalmers Bloodstock at the 2014 Premier Sale, Celebrity Dream was recruited to race for the leviathan Western Australian owners Bob and Sandra Peters.

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Stakes-producing Vendors at South Island Sale

Pear Tree Farm's Lot 11 - Jimmy Choux x Kiara filly.
Pear Tree Farm's Lot 11 - Jimmy Choux x Kiara filly.

In less than two weeks, 61 southern bred yearlings will make their sale ring appearance at New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale – many presented by the same vendors of stakes-winning graduates of the Sale.

Often seen leading the vendors by aggregate table, perennial consignor White Robe Lodge will present the largest draft at the Sale with 12 lots catalogued. Not only have they succeeded in the sale ring, but they have also produced stakes winners Civil Disobedience (NZ) (Raise the Flag) and Parthesia (NZ) (Raise the Flag) from this Sale in recent years.

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Buyers Benefit from Proven Sale

Written Tycoon weanling Sale-topper returned to Karaka and sold for $475,000.
Hallmark Stud's Written Tycoon colt sold for $475,000 at Karaka 2018.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale has played a leading part in the recent successes of Group One winners Yourdeel (NZ) (Dundeel) and Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj). Not only has the Sale been a source of top performers, but also a commonplace for the practice of pinhooking.

Yourdeel and Gingernuts are just a couple of the golden opportunities that have been realised by astute buyers who have made a return on investment, followed by bright futures on the racetrack.

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Karaka Trifecta in Canterbury Gold Cup

Karaka graduates finish first, second and third in the Group 3 Canterbury Gold Cup. Photo: Race Images South
Karaka graduates finish first, second and third in the Group 3 Canterbury Gold Cup. Photo: Race Images South

There were three Karaka graduates in the field for Saturday’s $100,000 Group 3 Coca-Cola Canterbury Gold Cup (2000m) at Riccarton, and they finished first, second and third.

The winner was the $44,000 Festival Sale purchase Who Dares Wins (NZ) (Iffraaj), who completed a black-type double for the week. The under-rated gelding had collected the first stakes win of his career in the Listed Easter Cup (1600m) the previous weekend.

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Late Southern Filly Series Cameo for Group 1 Performer

Beyond The Fort (NZ) (Niagara) claims the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes. Photo: Race Images South
Beyond The Fort (NZ) (Niagara) claims the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes. Photo: Race Images South

Beyond The Fort (NZ) (Niagara) made only one appearance during the 2018-19 New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series, but the Group 1 performer made a big impression.

The Waverley filly joined the fray for the final leg of the Series, the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton on Saturday. It was her first start since finishing a gallant second in last month’s $400,000 Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham.

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Felaar Prevails in Hawke’s Bay Cup

Felaar (NZ) (Ekraar) picked up his first stakes win in the Listed Hawke’s Bay Cup. Photo: Trish Dunell
Felaar (NZ) (Ekraar) picked up his first stakes win in the Listed Hawke’s Bay Cup. Photo: Trish Dunell

Felaar (NZ) (Ekraar), who could have been bought for just $10,000 at the 2015 Festival Sale at Karaka, picked up his first stakes win with a thrilling victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Listed Royston Hospital Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings.

The gelding had already proven himself at black-type level with placings in the Listed New Zealand St Leger (2500m), Listed Metropolitan Trophy (2500m) and Group 3 New Zealand Cup (3200m).

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Second Stakes Win for Princess Kereru (NZ)

Princess Kereru (NZ) (Pins) burst to the front in the Listed NZB Finance Sprint. Photo: Trish Dunell
Princess Kereru (NZ) (Pins) burst to the front in the Listed NZB Finance Sprint. Photo: Trish Dunell

Saturday’s $50,000 Listed NZB Finance Sprint (1200m) at Hawke's Bay was another highlight in a sensational campaign for Princess Kereru (NZ) (Pins), who was passed in with a $40,000 reserve at the 2015 Select Sale at Karaka.

The Matamata mare began this season as the winner of three of her 16 starts, but since then she has become one of New Zealand’s standout sprinters.

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Four Key Features of South Island Sale

White Robe Lodge's resident sire Ghibellines will have seven yearlings at the Sale.
White Robe Lodge's resident sire Ghibellines will have seven yearlings at the Sale.

The 2019 edition of New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale promises to deliver terrific value for money. Here are four big reasons to be ringside at the Canterbury Agricultural Park on April 29.

First is the Sale’s remarkable racetrack record in the last 18 months. Since November of 2017 there have been 13 black-type wins for graduates of the Sale, all purchased for less than $33,000.

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Southern Filly Series Concludes with Warstep Stakes

Last weekend’s NZB Airfreight Stakes winner Secret Allure (NZ).
Last weekend’s NZB Airfreight Stakes winner Secret Allure (NZ).

An exciting New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series will conclude on Saturday with the fourth and final leg, the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton Park.

This season’s Southern Filly of the Year has already been crowned, with Emily Margaret (NZ) (Pins) amassing an unassailable total of 18 points through the first three legs.

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Beauty Generation (NZ) Towers Over Opposition Again

Beauty Generation (NZ) proves his dominance once again in the G2 Chairman's Trophy at Sha Tin. Photo Cred: HKJC
Beauty Generation (NZ) proves his dominance once again in the G2 Chairman's Trophy at Sha Tin. Photo: HKJC

At the 2014 Select Sale at Karaka, $60,000 was enough to buy a future megastar of Hong Kong racing.

His name is Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock), and at Sha Tin on Sunday he continued his dominant reign with another easy victory in the HK$4.25 million Group 2 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m).

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Karaka Clean Sweep in Sprint Cup

Rattan (NZ) claims the G2 Sprint Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday. Photo Cred: HKJC
Rattan (NZ) claims the G2 Sprint Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday. Photo: HKJC

The remarkable Hong Kong sprinting success of horses sourced from Karaka continued with a clean sweep of Sunday’s HK$4.25 million Group 2 Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin.

Karaka graduates have dominated the last two editions of the HK$20 million Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m), filling the quinella last season and all of the first four positions this season.

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Debt Collector (NZ) Heads Karaka Trifecta in Chairman’s Trophy

Debt Collector (NZ) heading an all Karaka trifecta in the Listed Chairman's Trophy in Singapore. Photo Cred: Singapore Turf Club
Debt Collector (NZ) heading an all Karaka trifecta in the Listed Chairman's Trophy in Singapore. Photo: Singapore Turf Club

Singapore champion Debt Collector (NZ) (Thorn Park) produced another sparkling performance in Sunday’s S$500,000 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) at Kranji, heading a trifecta for gradates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales.

The superstar galloper was bought for $30,000 at the 2014 Select Sale, then for $120,000 at the Ready to Run Sale later that year.

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Brutal (NZ) Brilliant in Doncaster

Brutal (NZ) Claims the G1 Doncaster at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Brutal (NZ) Claims the G1 Doncaster at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Karaka graduate Brutal (NZ) (O’Reilly) produced a brilliant performance on Saturday to beat a stellar field of older horses in one of Australia’s most famous races, the A$3 million Group 1 The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick.

It continued a proud recent record for Karaka graduates in the Doncaster, with Sacred Falls (NZ) (O’Reilly) winning it in 2013 and 2014 and Kermadec (NZ) (Teofilo) in 2015. Both of those horses now stand at stud.

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