2021 Ready to Run Sale to be Hosted Digitally at Te Rapa

26 October 2021

NZB's 2021 Ready to Run Sale will now be held virtually at Te Rapa Racecourse.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, closed borders within New Zealand make it impossible to host a physical auction for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2021 Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds at the iconic Karaka Sales Centre. 

As a result of this, this year’s Ready to Run Sale will now take place virtually and is set to be held at Te Rapa Racecourse on 17 and 18 November, commencing at 1PM (NZT) each day. 

Although New Zealand agents, trainers, consignors and other domestic clients will be physically present at Te Rapa for the Sale, the two-year-olds on offer will not be.

NZB Managing Director, Andrew Seabrook, urges buyers to do their due diligence well before the Sale commences next month.

“It’s going to be vital that purchasers do their homework thoroughly prior to auction day.”

"Getting a horse inspected or vetted on the days of selling won’t be possible due to the horses being spread out across the country,” Seabrook said.

It is important to note that NZB agents, members of the New Zealand Bloodstock Agents Federation (BAFNZ) and other authorised personnel will be inspecting all two-year-olds entered in the Ready to Run Sale, while adhering to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

The parades are scheduled over the next week, beginning tomorrow, Wednesday 27 October. Should any domestic buyers be interested in attending, please contact NZB’s Kane Jones by calling +64 27 274 4985 or emailing [email protected].

View the 2021 Ready to Run Sale Parade Schedule here.

View NZB’s Ready to Run Sale consignor contact details here.

Earlier this month, 274 talented juveniles galloped down the home straight of Te Rapa Racecourse, with all two-year-olds having the last 200 metres of their work individually timed on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 October.

For the second year, NZB made the decision to lengthen their traditional Breeze Up clip format and offer vision of the mounting yard prior to horses breezing.

This includes additional footage near the 600 metre mark to capture horses before they fully extended into their gallop, with all two-year-olds also being paraded and filmed in the mounting yard at Te Rapa prior to their gallop.

NZB’s strongly encourages bidders to view its annual Ready to Run Sale Breeze Up clips and Mounting Yard videos, which are available to view online here.