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Premier Sale Graduates Fight Out Avondale Guineas

Surely Sacred (NZ) claimed victory in the Group 2 Schweppes Avondale Guineas. Photo: Trish Dunell
Surely Sacred (NZ) claimed victory in the Group 2 Schweppes Avondale Guineas. Photo: Trish Dunell

Graduates of the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka fought out an exciting finish to Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Schweppes Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie, the main lead-up to the $1 million Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at the same venue in early March.

Surely Sacred (NZ) (Rock ‘n’ Pop), who was bought for $160,000 from the Waikato Stud draft, claimed victory by a long head from the $250,000 purchase In A Twinkling (Fastnet Rock).

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NZB Graduates Dominate Southland Guineas

Weaponry (NZ) claims the Listed ILT Ascot Park Hotel Southland Guineas. Photo: Wild Range Photography
Weaponry (NZ) claims the Listed ILT Ascot Park Hotel Southland Guineas. Photo: Wild Range Photography

Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales finished first, second and third in Saturday’s $50,000 Listed ILT Ascot Park Hotel Southland Guineas (1600m) in Invercargill.

The winner Weaponry (NZ) (Declaration of War) was a $140,000 purchase by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis at the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka, while placegetters Upscale (NZ) (Tavistock) and Air Max (NZ) (Nadeem) went through the 2017 South Island Sale. Upscale sold for $22,500, while Air Max was passed with a $20,000 reserve.

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Group 1 Glory for On The Rocks (NZ)

With an emphatic performance in New Zealand’s richest weight-for-age race, the On The Rocks took his prize-money earnings to $432,575.
With an emphatic performance in New Zealand’s richest weight-for-age race, the On The Rocks took his prize-money earnings to $432,575.

$40,000 Select Sale graduate On The Rocks (NZ) (Alamosa) was already a dual Group 2 winner who had delivered priceless thrills for his owners, but he went to a new level in Saturday’s $400,000 Group 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa.

With an emphatic performance in New Zealand’s richest weight-for-age race, the four-year-old entire took his prize-money earnings to $432,575 – more than 10 times his purchase price.

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Melody Belle (NZ) Claims Fourth Group 1

Melody Belle has now had 18 starts for nine wins, three placings and $1.38 million in stakes – 24 times her purchase price.
Melody Belle has now had 18 starts for nine wins, three placings and $1.38 million in stakes – 24 times her purchase price.

Bought for just $57,500 at the 2016 Premier Sale, Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) is now a four-time Group 1 winner.

The quartet of elite wins was completed at Te Rapa on Saturday, where she prevailed in a heart-stopping finish to the $200,000 Group 1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m).

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Imelda Mary Takes Filly of the Year Series Lead

Following a close eighth in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m), Imelda Mary stepped back up to 2000 metres on Saturday and again showed her class.
Following a close eighth in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m), Imelda Mary stepped back up to 2000 metres on Saturday and again showed her class.

Fairytale filly Imelda Mary (NZ) (Ferlax) is now a dual Group 2 winner and the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series leader, courtesy of her victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Group 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m) at Te Rapa.

She was bought for $3,500 at the 2017 Festival Sale at Karaka by Wayne Hillis, who named her after his mother. She is trained by Hillis, who shares ownership with Chris Delamore and Ross Robertson.

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Final Results for Karaka 2019

Karaka 2019's sale-topping colt (Savabeel - Make a Wish).
Karaka 2019's sale-topping colt (Savabeel - Make a Wish).

The 93rd National Yearling Sales Series kicked off at Ellerslie with two million dollar races in what is the culmination of years of breeding, hard work getting a horse ready for the sale ring and then the training it takes to have a runner on the richest night of racing in New Zealand.

With outstanding fields assembled for the two-year-old and three-year-old races, it shows how attractive the Karaka Million graduate incentive is for buyers, trainers and owners alike.

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Challengers Shoot for Filly of the Year Series Lead

Dijon Bleu (NZ) winning the 2018 Group 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic.
Dijon Bleu (NZ) winning the 2018 Group 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic.

The New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series is likely to have a new leader following the running of the seventh leg, the $100,000 Group 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Media Sensation (I Am Invincible) has held the top spot since her victory in the Group 1 Gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) in early November, but with that filly now in the spelling paddock, the race is wide open.

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Flamingo (NZ) Enhances Value With Stakes Win

Well-bred mare Flamingo (NZ) (Pins) boosted her value with a black-type win on Wednesday.
Well-bred mare Flamingo (NZ) (Pins) boosted her value with a black-type win on Wednesday.

Passed in with a $60,000 reserve at the 2015 Premier Sale, well-bred mare Flamingo (NZ) (Pins) boosted her value with a black-type win in Wednesday’s $50,000 Listed Property Brokers Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Tauherenikau.

Flamingo is out of the stakes-winning mare Bird (NZ) (Danasinga), who is also the dam of Singapore stakes winner Preditor (NZ) (Savabeel).

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Stakes Success for Sacred Capital (NZ)

Ready to Run Sale graduate Sacred Capital (NZ) (O’Reilly) scored his first stakes win with a stylish performance in Sunday’s M$600,000 Listed Spring Trophy (1500m) in Macau.

A winner in Australia and fourth in the Listed Poseidon Stakes (1400m) at Flemington under the name Rellson, the four-year-old gelding has won two of his three starts since arriving in Macau.

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First Season Sires in Spotlight at Book 3

Book 3 sale-topper - Lot 1090 (Sweynesse x Happy Endings).
Book 3 sale-topper - Lot 1090 (Sweynesse x Happy Endings).

North Island-based first season sires were to the fore on Sunday with 179 lots going under the hammer at the Book 3 session of New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series.

With 123 lots sold (69%) for a turnover of $1,229,250, the average reached $9,994 and the median $7,000.

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Air Max (NZ) Completes Guineas Double

Air Max (NZ) is now a dual Guineas winner after claiming the 2018 Gore Listed Guineas. Photo: Wild Range Photography.
Air Max (NZ) is now a dual Guineas winner after claiming the 2018 Gore Listed Guineas. Photo: Wild Range Photography.

Passed in with a $20,000 reserve at the 2017 South Island Sale, Air Max (NZ) (Nadeem) is now a dual Guineas winner.

The Lance Robinson-trained gelding won the $50,000 Listed Gore Guineas (1335m) at his previous start last month, and on Saturday he added the $50,000 Listed Mediaworks Dunedin Guineas (1500m) at Wingatui.

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Valuable Stakes Win for Savabeel Filly

Elate dominates in her second stakes win of her career in Saturdays Oaks Prelude. Photo:
Elate dominates in her second stakes win of her career in Saturdays Oaks Prelude. Photo:Race Images PNth

Well-bred Savabeel filly Elate (NZ) scored the first stakes win of her promising career in Saturday’s Listed $55,000 FastTrack Insurance Oaks Prelude (1800m) at New Plymouth.

A $270,000 purchase at the 2017 Premier Sale, Elate had already shown plenty of talent this season with a maiden win and a second placing in the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m) at Awapuni. She also made a strong late run to finish just behind the placegetters in last month’s Group 2 Royal Stakes (2000m).

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Second Stakes Win for Miss Federer (NZ)

Miss Federer (NZ) showing her class in the G3 Woburn Farm 2YO Classic. Photo: Race Images PNth
Miss Federer (NZ) showing her class in the G3 Woburn Farm 2YO Classic. Photo: Race Images PNth

Low-priced Book 2 purchase Miss Federer (NZ) (Swiss Ace) showed class and courage in equal measure as she scored her second stakes win in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Woburn Farm 2YO Classic (1200m) at New Plymouth.

Trainer Andrew Carston paid just $10,000 to secure the filly at Karaka 2018, and she more than repaid that investment in a short spring campaign that included victory in the Listed $50,000 Welcome Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton.

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Book 2 Yields Competition from Diverse Bench

On the second day of Book 2, the highlight lot was Trelawney Stud's Lot 902. Photo: Trish Dunell
On the second day of Book 2, the highlight lot was Trelawney Stud's Lot 902. Photo: Trish Dunell

A broad buying bench at the close of Book 2 trading has seen the key figures reach a turnover of $9,743,000 for 246 lots sold (73% clearance rate). The average has settled at $39,606 with the median $30,000 for the second catalogue of the National Yearling Sales Series.

“There were some solid prices achieved and the quality of horses was of a high standard,” commented New Zealand Bloodstock Managing Director Andrew Seabrook.

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Karaka Studs Set Pace at Book 2

Westbury Stud sold the highlight yearling in a Reliable Man colt (Lot 872).
Westbury Stud sold the highlight yearling in a Reliable Man colt (Lot 872).

Karaka-based vendors vied for the top spot on the first day of selling at Book 2 of the National Yearling Sales Series, with Westbury Stud and Haunui Farm providing the four top lots.

The Reliable Man colt, out of Elusive Quality mare Quality Dream, went through the ring as Lot 872 in Westbury Stud’s draft and set the benchmark at $270,000.

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Local Commitment Buoys Karaka 2019

Karaka 2019 Sale-topper from the draft of Waikato Stud (Lot 192).
Karaka 2019 Sale-topper from the draft of Waikato Stud (Lot 192).

With 698 horses now under the hammer at the National Yearling Sales Series, the turnover has reached $67,206,500, representing an average of $137,437 for 489 horses sold. The median closed at $100,000 and the clearance rate 77%.

“I believe the market has held up well considering the lack of pin hooking activity – which traditionally underpins the middle market, the drop off from Singapore buyers due to falling prizemoney, and the continued lack of confidence in the local market,” commented New Zealand Bloodstock’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook.

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Buyers "Amazed" With Value at Karaka 2019

The benchmark on Day 3 was set by Pencarrow Stud's Lot 388 with Dean Hawthorne bidding $800,000.
The benchmark on Day 3 was set by Pencarrow Stud's Lot 388 with Dean Hawthorne bidding $800,000.

The benchmark on Day 3 of the 2019 National Yearling Sales Series was set by Bloodstock Agent Dean Hawthorne who was bidding on behalf of Jonathan Munz and his GSA Bloodstock operation in Australia.

Hawthorne, outbidding the Sale’s leading buyer David Ellis of Te Akau racing, secured Pencarrow Stud’s well-bred Savabeel filly at Lot 388 for $800,000.

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Local Firepower on Day 2 of Karaka 2019

Waikato Stud have provided a new sale topper with their Savabeel colt at Lot 192 selling for $1.4 million to David Ellis of Te Akau Racing.
Waikato Stud have provided a new sale topper with their Savabeel colt at Lot 192 selling for $1.4 million to David Ellis of Te Akau Racing.

The trio of Waikato Stud, Te Akau Racing and Savabeel provided fireworks on Day 2 of the 2019 National Yearling Sales Series setting a new top price of the Sale and exceeding that of the top lot in 2018.

When Lot 192 walked through the ring, the Savabeel colt caught the attention of multiple bidders but it was Te Akau Racing’s principal David Ellis that trumped them with a final bid of $1.4 million. Out of a winning Pins mare and a half-brother to Group One Queensland Oaks runner-up Another Dollar, the Waikato Stud yearling took their results to a whole new level and delivered the team their first seven figure yearling.

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Astute Buyers Invest on Day 1 of Karaka 2019

Cambridge Stud's Redoute’s Choice colt (Lot 67) provided the top lot of Day 1 when sold to Aquis Farm and Bester Bloodstock.
Cambridge Stud's Redoute’s Choice colt (Lot 67) provided the top lot of Day 1 when sold to Aquis Farm and Bester Bloodstock.

Brendan and Jo Lindsay’s first yearling draft under the Cambridge Stud banner delivered a host of highlights at the opening session of New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2019 National Yearling Sales Series.

The two highest-priced yearlings of the day were both prepared by the Waikato-based nursery with the only Redoute’s Choice colt (Lot 67) in the Sale fetching $800,000 and a top-class Zoustar filly (Lot 90) knocked down for $600,000.

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