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Karaka Dominance Continues in Hong Kong Sprint

Beat The Clock (right) claims the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint, the fourth consecutive year for Karaka graduates. Photo: HKJC
Beat The Clock (right) claims the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint, the fourth consecutive year for Karaka graduates. Photo: HKJC

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).

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Karaka Cup Paves Way to Group One Success

2019 Karaka Cup winner Five to Midnight (NZ) placed in the Group Two Avondale Cup and the Group One Aucland Cup.
2019 Karaka Cup winner Five to Midnight (NZ) placed in the Group Two Avondale Cup and the Group One Auckland Cup.

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.

Formerly named the Karaka Stayers Cup, the feature is run at Ellerslie on the eve of the National Yearling Sale Series alongside the two $1million dollar showcases – The Karaka Million 2YO and Karaka Million 3YO Classic.

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Early Nominators Targeting Sprint Bonus   

Bostonian (NZ), dual nominator for two out of the three legs of the Triple Crown Sprint Series.
Bostonian (NZ), dual nominator for two out of the three legs of the Triple Crown Sprint Series.

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.

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More Stakes Success for NZB Graduates

The Mitigator claimed his first Group win in the Group Three Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m).
The Mitigator claimed his first Group win in the Group Three Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m).

Deserved Group Win for The Mitigator

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.

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In a Twinkling Stars in Counties Cup

In a Twinkling dominates the $100,000 Group Three Ssangyong Counties Cup (2100m). Photo: Trish Dunell.
In a Twinkling dominates the $100,000 Group Three Ssangyong Counties Cup (2100m). Photo: Trish Dunell.

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).

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Karaka 2020 Yearling Catalogues Online NOW

Karaka 2020 set to kick off Sunday 26 January.
Karaka 2020 set to kick off on Sunday 26 January.

As the dust settles on this week’s Ready to Run Sale, attention quickly shifts to New Zealand Bloodstock’s eagerly-anticipated showpiece – the National Yearling Sales Series.

An outstanding Karaka 2020 catalogue of 1,266 yearlings is now available to view online, with printed copies arriving in letterboxes from early December.

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Spirited Bidding Sees Out 2019 Ready to Run Sale

$550,000 sale topping colt (Lot 375), purchased by Andrew Williams from the Woburn Farm draft.
$550,000 sale topping colt (Lot 375), purchased by Andrew Williams from the Woburn Farm draft.

Day 2 of selling at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2019 Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds saw 257 lots go under the hammer.  

NZB’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook was pleased with the final outcome of the Sale.

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Sale-topper Lot 162 (Savabeel x Saoirse) sells to David Ellis for 500,000.
Sale-topper Lot 162 (Savabeel x Saoirse) sells to David Ellis for $500,000.

Graduate Success Responsible for International Buying Bench

Day 1 of the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds saw an astute buying bench with both local and international markets active.

Buyers were targeting based on graduate success with horses destined for New Zealand, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, China, Singapore and Australia.

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Huge Updates to Ready to Run Sale Catalogue

Lots 124 and 274 are relatives of 2016 Ready to Run graduate and Group Two winner Te Akau Shark (NZ).
Lots 124 and 274 are relatives of 2016 Ready to Run graduate and Group Two winner Te Akau Shark (NZ).

Spring in Melbourne is one of world racing’s greatest stages, and the results of this year’s carnival have given a massive boost to the catalogue for this week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds at Karaka.

The catalogue features relatives to the winners of some of the carnival’s biggest prizes – the Group One Melbourne Cup (3200m), Cox Plate (2040m) and VRC Oaks (2500m).

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Loire Soars to NZB Filly of the Year Series Lead

Loire (NZ) and Michael McNab celebrate a brilliant victory in the G1 gavelhouse.com 1000 Guineas. Photo: Race Images South.
Loire (NZ) and Michael McNab celebrate a brilliant victory in the G1 gavelhouse.com 1000 Guineas. Photo: Race Images South.

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.

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Dee and Gee (NZ) a Deserving New Zealand Cup Winner

$16,000 Select Sale purchase Dee and Gee (NZ) was victorious in the G3 New Zealand Cup. Photo: Race Images South.
$16,000 Select Sale purchase Dee and Gee (NZ) was victorious in the G3 New Zealand Cup. Photo: Race Images South.

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.

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Asiago Too Strong in New Zealand Bloodstock Spring Stakes

Godolphin's Asiago (Medaglia d'Oro) wins the NZB sponsored G3 Spring Stakes.
Godolphin's Asiago (Medaglia d'Oro) wins the NZB sponsored G3 Spring Stakes.

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.

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Guineas a Gamechanger in NZB Filly of the Year Series

Group Three Gold Trail Stakes winner Aretha (NZ) dominated the first leg of the Series. Photo: Trish Dunell
Group Three Gold Trail Stakes winner Aretha (NZ) dominated the first leg of the Series. Photo: Trish Dunell

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.

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Ready to Run Graduate Claims Valuable Stakes Win

Ticket To Ride (NZ) claims her eighth victory in the G3 Canterbury Breeders' Stakes.
Ticket To Ride (NZ) claims her eighth victory in the G3 Canterbury Breeders' Stakes.

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.

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Worldwide Success for Karaka Graduates

Oceanex (NZ) wins the G2 Matriarch Stakes impressively.
Oceanex (NZ) wins the G2 Matriarch Stakes impressively.

 Valuable Group 2 Win for Oceanex (NZ)

Karaka 2017 graduate Oceanex (NZ) (Ocean Park) sent her value skyrocketing with a determined victory in Saturday’s $300,000 Group 2 TAB Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

Oceanex was a $70,000 purchase from the Premier Sale and is trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr.

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Dominant Oaks Win for Miami Bound (NZ)

Miami Bound (NZ) dominant in the 2019 G1 VRC Oaks at Flemington.
Miami Bound (NZ) dominant in the 2019 G1 VRC Oaks at Flemington.

$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.

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Ready to Run Sale a Happy Hunting Ground for Top Judges

Prominent Ready to Run buyer Phill Cataldo (left).
Prominent Ready to Run buyer Phill Cataldo (left).

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.

Phill Cataldo

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Dunstan Feeds Offers Lucrative Trainers Incentive for Iconic Stayers Championship Series

2019 Dunstan Feeds Stayers Final winner Starrybeel.
2019 Dunstan Feeds Stayers Final winner Starrybeel.

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.

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Phenomenal Weekend of Racing for Karaka Graduates

Melody Belle (NZ) wins Group One Empire Rose Stakes (1600m).
Melody Belle (NZ) wins 10th Group One in Empire Rose Stakes (1600m).

10th Group One for Magnificent Melody Belle (NZ)

$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.

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Top Of The Range (NZ) Captures Bendigo Cup

Top of the Range (NZ) flashed through the inside to score in the G3 Bendigo Cup. Photo: AAP.
Top of the Range (NZ) flashed through the inside to score in the G3 Bendigo Cup. Photo: AAP.

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.

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World-Class Quality from Ready to Run Sale Vendors

The number one Sale of its kind, NZB’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds is the unrefuted source of Stakes winners and performers purchased from 2YO Sales in Australasia.

Once again, professional vendors have outstanding drafts on offer at the 2019 Ready to Run Sale.

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Karaka Graduates Star Across Australasia

Darci Brahma colt Harlech (NZ) is victorious in the G2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Darci Brahma colt Harlech (NZ) is victorious in the G2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell.

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).

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2019 Breeze Up Videos Online Now

Lot 159 (Showcasing x Saheel) & Lot 192 (Super Easy x Steel Stilettos) Photo: Trish Dunell
Lot 159 (Showcasing x Saheel) & Lot 192 (Super Easy x Steel Stilettos) Photo: Trish Dunell

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.

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Smart Breeze Up Finale 

Lot 182 (Ocean Park x Soho Girl) and Lot 121 (Tavistock x Plaque) from the Ohukia Lodge draft breezing up.
Lot 182 (Ocean Park x Soho Girl) and Lot 121 (Tavistock x Plaque) from the Ohukia Lodge draft breezing up.

Day 2 saw the final 181 two-year-olds sprint down the straight of Te Rapa Racecourse, concluding the NZB Ready to Run Sale Breeze Ups.

Following on from yesterday’s Dead 5 track conditions, the rail was moved in 4 metres and the track remaind a Dead 6 throughout the day.

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Day One a Breeze for Quality 2YOs

Westbury Stud’s Lot 410 (Makfi x Inara Belle) parades for prospective buyers pre-breeze up.
Westbury Stud’s Lot 410 (Makfi x Inara Belle) parades for prospective buyers pre-breeze up.

Day One of the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale Breeze Ups saw 188 two-year-olds charge down the final straight of Te Rapa Racecourse.

View today’s Breeze Up times here.

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Karaka Graduates Claim Valuable Stakes Races at Rotorua

Dawn Patrol (NZ) claims the Group Three Sweynesse Stakes.
Dawn Patrol (NZ) claims the Group Three Sweynesse Stakes.

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) wins the Listed Staphanos Classic (1950m) at Rotorua.
Sweet Treat (NZ) wins the Listed Staphanos Classic at Rotorua.

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.

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2YOs Gearing to Breeze Up Next Week

203 heats will be filmed and timed over 200m at Te Rapa over two days.
203 heats will be filmed and timed over 200m at Te Rapa over two days.

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.

View the Breeze Ups schedule here.

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Talented Fillies Clash in NZB Ethereal Stakes

Verry Elleegant (NZ) Claimed the 2018 G3 NZB Ethereal Stakes at Flemington.
Verry Elleegant (NZ) Claimed the 2018 G3 NZB Ethereal Stakes at Flemington.

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).

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