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NZB Airfreight Proud Sponsor of Road To Jericho Qualifiers

NZB Airfreight will offer a $5,000 equine airfreight credit for the winner of each qualifying race.
NZB Airfreight will offer a $5,000 equine airfreight credit for the winner of each qualifying race.

For the second year, NZB Airfreight is pleased to announce the sponsorship of the qualifying heats for Australia’s longest flat race, the annual Jericho Cup (4600m).

The Jericho Cup is open to Australian and New Zealand-bred horses only, commemorating the light horse involvement in World War I and run on the fourth Sunday after the Group One Melbourne Cup (3200m).

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Unreserved Dispersal Sale Featuring Rollout The Carpet Live Now

Rollout The Carpet (Holy Roman Emperor) has a current bid of AUD$30,000.
Rollout The Carpet (Holy Roman Emperor) has a current bid of AUD$30,000.

The first stand-alone Gavelhouse Plus auction is live and available to view here.

Australian-based Group One-winning mare Rollout The Carpet (Holy Roman Emperor) will be auctioned as part of a high-profile unreserved dispersal sale on the digital platform. 

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Bonus Pearl Series Payments Claimed at Riccarton

Our Girl Gilly (NZ) secured the first NZB Insurance Pearl Series bonus since the COVID-19 lockdown.
Our Girl Gilly (NZ) secured the first NZB Insurance Pearl Series bonus since the COVID-19 lockdown.

Five NZB Insurance Pearl Series registered fillies and mares put on a solid performance in the the NZB Insurance Handicap (1200m) at Riccarton last Saturday, with Our Girl Gilly (NZ) (Guillotine) secured the first NZB Insurance Pearl Series bonus since the COVID-19 lockdown.

Storming down the home straight to place second in the race, the Michael & Matthew Pitman-trained mare was the first Pearl Series registered horse home earning her connections an $11,500 bonus.

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Double Pearl Bonus on Offer at Riccarton

There are six remaining Pearl Series races in the 2019-20 racing season.
There are six remaining Pearl Series races in the 2019-20 racing season.

A return to racing in the South Island isn’t the only thing filly and mare owners will be excited about this weekend.

Canterbury Jockey Club’s NZB Insurance Pearl Series race (1200m) on 27 June will give Pearl Series registered fillies and mares their first opportunity since the COVID-19 lockdown to secure Pearl bonuses, as well as a one-off incentive for second-placegetters running until the end of this July.

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NZB Graduates Take Seoul by Storm

Mighty New (NZ) (Red Giant) stormed home to win a Class 4 race over 1200m in Seoul.
Mighty New (NZ) (Red Giant) stormed home to win a Class 4 race over 1200m in Seoul.

Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale put on a solid performance in Seoul, South Korea after racing recommenced in the country on 21 June.

After a number of months in COVID-19 lockdown, the resumption of racing on Sunday marked the first win in a new purchasing venture secured by NZB with the Seoul Racing Owners Association (SROA) in 2019.

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Group Three Romp for Ready to Run Graduate

Dances With Dragon (NZ) claims the HK$3.25 million Group Three Premier Plate (1800m) at Sha Tin.
Dances With Dragon (NZ) claims the HK$3.25 million Group Three Premier Plate (1800m) at Sha Tin.

Previously a Group One winner in New Zealand, Karaka graduate Dances With Dragon (NZ) (Savabeel) demonstrated his black-type qualities in Hong Kong on Sunday with a blistering performance in the HK$3.25 million Group Three Premier Plate (1800m) at Sha Tin.

Bought for $230,000 by Te Akau principal David Ellis at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale, the highly talented galloper won the Group One Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham under his previous name of Hall of Fame.

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Strong Results Conclude First-Ever Online National Weanling Sale

Lot 19 (Proisir x Pennacchio) secured by Sydney-based trainer Anthony Cummings for $107,500.
Lot 19 (Proisir x Pennacchio) secured by Sydney-based trainer Anthony Cummings for $107,500.

A solid afternoon of trading has concluded New Zealand Bloodstock’s first-ever National Weanling Sale conducted on Gavelhouse Plus.

The dedicated weanling session saw 60 lots sell for a total turnover of $1,044,051. The average reached $17,401 while the median closed at $8,250 and the clearance rate settled at a healthy 75%.

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Last Chance to Secure Classy Juveniles

The current leading Lot is Curraghmore's Lot 19, a colt by Proisir out of Pennacchio at $107,500.
The current leading Lot is Curraghmore's Lot 19, a colt by Proisir out of Pennacchio at $107,500.

Bidding for New Zealand Bloodstock’s dedicated National Weanling Sale on Gavelhouse Plus is set to close incrementally today starting with Lot 1 from 3PM (NZT).

Running on the enhanced online platform, the Sale features 82 weanlings, many of which boast exceptional pedigree credentials, including three siblings to Group One winners and close relations to high-class performers.

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Lindsays ecstatic following Group One Royal Ascot triumph

Royal Ascot winner Hello Youmzain to stand at Cambridge Stud in 2021.
Royal Ascot winner Hello Youmzain to stand at Cambridge Stud in 2021.

Hello Youmzain landed the second Group One sprint of his career when taking the Gr.1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot overnight (Sunday morning NZ time), sporting the colours of Cambridge Stud proprietors Brendan and Jo Lindsay.

The four-year-old Kodiac entire, who is owned by Haras d'Etreham and Cambridge Stud and trained by Kevin Ryan, landed the Gr.1 Haydock Sprint Cup (1200m) in 2019 and was also third at the 2019 Royal Meeting in the Gr.1 Commonwealth Cup (1200m).

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Entries Open for Karaka 2021

Karaka 2021 to be held as normal with entries closing 17 July.
Karaka 2021 to be held as normal with entries closing 17 July.

Entries for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2021 National Yearling Sales Series are now open with the Sale set to take place next summer at the Karaka Sales Centre from Sunday 24 January until Friday 29 January.

With an established reputation of producing world-class thoroughbreds, graduates of the National Yearling Sales Series have claimed 17 Group One races this season alone. From 1200 metres to 2400 metres, the alumni have exhibited their diverse power to dominate fields in New Zealand, Australia, and Hong Kong.

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Stallion Star Power in National Weanling Sale

Freshman sire Almanzor (FR) has sired two lots in the catalogue.
Freshman sire Almanzor (FR) has sired two lots in the catalogue.

From proven superstars to exciting up-and-comers, freshman and everything in between, the 2020 New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling Sale on Gavelhouse Plus is showcasing the progeny of a superb selection of stallions.

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NZB Insurance Pearl Series Offers Exciting New Bonus

 NZB Insurance and NZTR will contribute a total sum of $3,000 to second placegetters.
NZB Insurance and NZTR will contribute a total sum of $3,000 to second-placegetters.

NZB Insurance in conjunction with NZTR are contributing further rewards to owners of NZB Insurance Pearl Series registered fillies and mares with a one-off incentive this July.  

For the six remaining Pearl Series races of the 2019-20 racing season, NZB Insurance and NZTR will contribute a total sum of $3,000 to the owners of Pearl Series registered fillies or mares who finish second in any of the scheduled Pearl bonus races.

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Classy Youngsters on Offer in National Weanling Sale

Lot 50 (Sacred Falls x Akris) a half-sister to New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) winner Planet Rock.
Lot 50 (Sacred Falls x Akris) a half-sister to New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) winner Planet Rock.

In a silver lining to the COVID-19 cloud that forced the cancellation of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale, buyers now have access to a high-quality catalogue of weanlings in the National Weanling Sale on Gavelhouse Plus.

Running on the enhanced online platform from June 11 to 21, the Sale features 82 weanlings, many of which boast exceptional pedigree credentials. Bidding will close at 3PM (NZT) on Sunday 21 June. 

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Dedicated Weanling Sale Live on Gavelhouse Plus

Lot 39 (Sacred Falls x Tiptoes), a half-sister to Herbie Dyke Stakes winner Tiptronic (NZ).
Lot 39 (Sacred Falls x Tiptoes), a half-brother to Herbie Dyke Stakes winner Tiptronic (NZ).

New Zealand Bloodstock’s first-ever National Weanling Sale is now live, with the 82-lot catalogue available to view on Gavelhouse Plus.

Bidding on the weanling only sale launched today and will run for an 11-day period, with the first lot closing on Sunday 21 June at 3PM (NZT).

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Delivery of New Zealand’s Sixth Horse Ambulance on Track for Racing’s Re-start

By the end of 2020 Dr Gillespie expects that a horse ambulance will be able to attend every race meeting in New Zealand.
By the end of 2020 Dr Gillespie expects that a horse ambulance will be able to attend every race meeting in New Zealand.

Otago equine veterinarian, Dr Peter Gillespie, is proud to personally deliver the latest horse ambulance manufactured at TL MacLean’s Dunedin workshop to its new home base in Auckland.

Dr Gillespie and his colleague, Dr Bill Bishop came up with the idea of a national horse ambulance service eight years ago and Dr Gillespie acknowledges the hard work and determination of NZHAT Trust Chair Martin Burns to help make it happen.

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Quality Stock Secured at Digital South Island Sale

Lot 19, a colt by Burgundy out of Precious secured for $42,000.
Lot 19, a colt by Burgundy out of Precious secured for $42,000.

Moving into uncharted territory, New Zealand Bloodstock’s annual South Island Sale saw its first-ever online session conclude on Gavelhouse Plus on Sunday 7 June.

Prominent agent Phill Cataldo was busy throughout the Sale, investing in four yearlings including the top-priced lot early on in the session.

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Last Chance to Secure Quality South Island Sale Yearlings

All horses have been inspected by NZB Agents who are available to assist buyers with enquiries.
All horses have been inspected by NZB Agents who are available to assist buyers with enquiries.

Bidding for New Zealand Bloodstock’s first-ever online sale on Gavelhouse Plus, the 2020 South Island Sale, is set to close incrementally today starting with Lot 1 from 5pm (NZT).

There are 65 quality yearlings on offer, with plenty of close relatives to top-class racehorses and progeny of black-type performers.

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Pinhooking Gold Available in National Weanling Sale

2018 May Sale pinhook purchased for $475,000 at Karaka 2019, a colt by Written Tycoon out of Into the Groove.
2018 May Sale pinhook sold for $475,000 at Karaka 2019 (Written Tycoon x Into the Groove).

Astute pinhookers have enjoyed rich rewards with weanlings purchased through New Zealand Bloodstock in recent years, and from June 11 to 21, the National Weanling Sale on Gavelhouse Plus promises to deliver more of the same.

Over the last few editions of the Karaka May Sale and its predecessor the National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, there is a long list of pinhook purchases who fetched significantly higher prices at the National Yearling Sales Series or Ready to Run Sale.

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Walker excited about digital move

Park Hill Stable's Lot 19 (Burgundy x Precious) colt.
Park Hill Stable's Lot 19 (Burgundy x Precious) colt.

- NZ Racing Desk

Canterbury breeder Susan Walker has been selling yearlings at New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale for several decades and she is enjoying the sale’s unique take this year.

The sale has moved online to the gavelhouse.com plus platform as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and Walker hailed NZB for the move.

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South Island Sale Stacked With Quality

Lot 65 (Ghibellines x Italian Miss), half-sister to Group One NZ Oaks winner The Party Stand (NZ).
Lot 65, a close relation to Group One NZ Oaks winner The Party Stand (NZ).

Taking place online on Gavelhouse Plus between May 28 and June 7, the South Island Sale looks a little different this year, but its catalogue remains right up to the usual standard expected from a New Zealand Bloodstock Sale.

There are 65 quality yearlings on offer, with plenty of close relatives to top-class racehorses and progeny of black-type performers.

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South Island Yearling Sale Live on Gavelhouse Plus

Lot 36 (Highly Recommended x Vannista Belle), a close relation to Melody Belle.
Lot 36 (Highly Recommended x Vannista Belle), a close relation to Melody Belle.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s annual South Island Sale of yearlings is now live and available to view on NZB’s new online subsidiary platform, Gavelhouse Plus.

Bidding on the first-ever sale of its kind launched today and will run for an 11 day period, with the first lot closing on Sunday 7 June at 5pm (NZT).

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NZB Airfreight on Track to Resume Flights

Flights set to resume in the next two to three weeks with increased pre-export testing.
Flights set to resume in the next two to three weeks with increased pre-export testing.

Following the temporary suspension of equine exports last week due to a positive case of equine piroplasmosis, NZB Airfreight is confident that travel will resume shortly with increased testing and pre-export protocols.

The single case of the tick-borne protozoal disease was detected by the Ministry of Primary Industries and grounded flights just two weeks following the resumption of exports post COVID-19.

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South Island Sale Showcases Sires From Both Islands

Ghibellines (AUS)
Ghibellines (AUS)

The South Island’s stallions have had a well-deserved share of the spotlight this season, headed by the Group one Sydney Cup (3200m) heroics of Raise the Flag’s daughter Etah James (NZ).

New Zealand Bloodstock’s South Island Sale on Gavelhouse Plus gives buyers an outstanding opportunity to access that unique and renowned southern product, complemented by a quality selection of yearlings by North Island-based stallions.

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Popular NZB Insurance Pearl Series Set to Continue

Now is your chance to take advantage of the early bird nomination fee of $800 + GST.
Now is your chance to take advantage of the early bird nomination fee of $800 + GST.

The NZB Insurance Pearl Series bonus scheme has seen millions of dollars paid out to Southern Hemisphere-bred filly and mare owners, breeders, trainers and nominators.

The Pearl Series has become an important part of the New Zealand racing calendar and 2020 will mark the seventh year NZB Insurance has sponsored the series.  

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Entries Open for Inaugural Weanling Sale

Weanling entries now open for Gavelhouse Plus sale.
Weanling entries now open for Gavelhouse Plus-based sale.

The first dedicated weanling only sale is now open for entries with New Zealand Bloodstock's National Weanling Sale to be held on the Gavelhouse Plus digital platform from Thursday 11 to Sunday 21 June.

The 2020 edition will be the first of its kind, with quality weanlings offered online due to the recent COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions.

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Exceptional Recent Record for NZB Weanling Graduates

2019-20 NZB Filly of the Year Series winner Jennifer Eccles (NZ) was a $5,000 weanling purchase.
2019-20 NZB Filly of the Year Series winner Jennifer Eccles (NZ) was a $5,000 weanling purchase.

Many outstanding success stories in the last decade have begun with the purchase of a weanling through New Zealand Bloodstock. Buyers have the chance to join that ever-growing list when the National Weanling Sale takes place on Gavelhouse Plus from June 11 to 21.

Weanling graduates of the Karaka May Sale and its predecessor the National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock have compiled an exceptional record in recent years.

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Karaka Graduates Strike in Victoria and Queensland

Oceanex (NZ) wins the A$320,000 Listed Andrew Ramsden (2800m) at Flemington.
Oceanex (NZ) wins the A$320,000 Listed Andrew Ramsden (2800m) at Flemington.

Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales struck black-type gold in two states this weekend, winning Listed events at Flemington and the Sunshine Coast.

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South Island a Source of Supreme Stamina

Southern-bred Etah James (NZ) dominated the A$1 million Group One Sydney Cup (3200m).
Southern-bred Etah James (NZ) dominated the A$1 million Group One Sydney Cup (3200m).

Unlike any other racing nation, the rugged terrain, cool artic environments and mineral-rich soils in the South Island of New Zealand gives the Southern-born and raised thoroughbred strength and stamina, reinforcing their immense staying power.

The pristine environment that runs the breadth of the South Island has become the home of an enviable product, with the quality Southern-breds like recent Group One winner Etah James (NZ) continuing to showcase their versatility and durability to perform on the international stage.

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Entries Open for Australasia’s Best Breeze Up Sale

NZB's 2020 Ready to Run Sale now open for entries.
NZB's 2020 Ready to Run Sale now open for entries.

Entries are now open for Australasia's leading horses in training sale, New Zealand Bloodstock's Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds, to be held on 18 & 19 November.

The 2020 edition is set to build on its renowned reputation as being the preferred auction for international buyers to secure the best bred, and prepared, juveniles available in Australasia.

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gavelhouse.com to launch in South Africa

Klawervlei Studto partner in first online sale on gavelhouse.com.
Klawervlei Stud to partner in first online sale on gavelhouse.com.

One of the world’s leading online bloodstock companies is branching out with the launch of New Zealand Bloodstock subsidiary gavelhouse.com in South Africa set for June.

In partnership with champion breeders Klawervlei Stud, it will conduct an online sale of around 160 thoroughbreds from 15 to 21 June with an announcement to be made in due course as to the format and frequency of ongoing gavelhouse.com South Africa auctions.

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