2023 NZB Ready to Run Sale Trainers Series Concludes

17 November 2023

New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2023 Ready to Run Sale Trainers Series has concluded for the season, with incentivized prize packages awarded to trainers across a series of domestic race sponsorships. 

‚ÄčThe well-received trainers Series was introduced by NZB three years ago to help support New Zealand trainers wishing to attend and purchase from the Ready to Run Sale held in November. 

In the 2023-24 season, three races took place in each of the Northern, Central and Southern regions in the lead-up to the world’s leading two-year-old sale. 

Working with long-time partners Majestic Horse Transport, NZB awarded the winning trainer of each sponsored race the following prize package: 

  • A $500 travel voucher towards travel to the 2023 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka. 

  • A $1,000 insurance voucher towards insurance for one purchase at the 2023 Ready to Run Sale, courtesy of NZB Insurance

  • Trainer Andrew Carston with Pisco Sour. 

    A Majestic Horse Transport voucher (valued at $250 for Northern, $400 for Central and $750 for Southern race winners) towards the transport of one 2023 Ready to Run Sale purchase, courtesy of Majestic Horse Transport. 

Trainers Adrian Bull, Anne Davies, Andrew Carston, Guy Lowry, Rosie Buchanan, Mark Walker and Sam Bergerson, Stephen Marsh, Ross Beckett, and Lance Noble were all winning trainers throughout the 2023 edition of the series.  

Southern trainer Andrew Carston was pleased to secure the sponsored Trainers Series race when Pisco Sour (I am Invincible) took out the third race of the series at Riccarton in September.  

“I have booked my flights and will be there,” commented Carston. 

“I purchased a nice filly by Telperion last year, who is progressing nicely. 

“It’s a valuable sale for trainers and this incentive is appreciated.”  

Responsible for the initial development of the Series, NZB’s Jim Bruford was pleased to see the uptake implemented again for the fourth consecutive year. 

“Our domestic buying bench has really stepped up over the last two years at the Ready to Run Sale,” he commented. 

“While we are always excited to welcome international buyers to Karaka, we would also like to continue our strong support towards Kiwi-based trainers who wish to attend the Sale. 

“This season we had several different trainers win the prize package, many of which will utilise the sponsorship and intend on purchasing at the Sale. 

“With the additional $20 million in funding announced recently by NZTR, there is certainly every reason for New Zealand trainers to add new stock to their racing teams,” Bruford added. 

This year’s Ready to Run Sale will be held at the Karaka Sales Centre next week on 22 and 23 November, with the catalogue and media availabel to view online at www.nzb.co.nz.