Catalogue Out Now for Number One Sale of its Kind

14 September 2020

In the last six seasons alone, the graduates of NZB’s Ready to Run Sale have claimed 20 Group Ones and 135 stakes races.
In the last six seasons alone, graduates of NZB’s Ready to Run Sale have claimed 20 Group Ones and 135 stakes races.

Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale have reached heights unmatched by any other Australasian two-year-old sale and now another quality catalogue of talented juveniles has been confirmed for 2020, set to be held as a physical sale at Karaka on 18 and 19 November commencing at 1PM (NZT) both days.

View the online catalogue here.

In the last six seasons alone, graduates of NZB’s Ready to Run Sale have claimed 20 Group Ones and 135 stakes races. During that same period, Australia’s two-year-old sales have produced a combined total of just three Group One wins and 69 stakes wins. Graduates of the last five editions of NZB’s Ready to Run Sale have also earned, on average, 49% more prizemoney than both Australian two-year-old sale graduates combined.

Group One superstars Te Akau Shark (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) and Beat the Clock (Hinchinbrook) cost a total of NZ$430,000 between them at the Ready to Run Sale and have since earned NZ$11.9 million, more than 27 times their purchase price.

Other elite performers to come out of the Ready to Run Sale in recent years include Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj), Golden Sixty (Medaglia d’Oro), Vin de Dance (NZ) (Roc de Cambes), The Mitigator (Master of Design) and Melbourne Cup favourite Surprise Baby (NZ) (Shocking).

This year’s Ready to Run Sale will showcase a select catalogue of 311 two-year-olds, expertly prepared in New Zealand’s ideal growing conditions by internationally respected horsemen and women.  

The catalogue features the progeny of 98 stallions, including standout sires such as Savabeel, Per Incanto, Ocean Park, Tavistock, Charm Spirit, Not a Single Doubt, Zoustar, Exceed and Excel, Pierro, No Nay Never, Iffraaj, Dundeel, Deep Field, More Than Ready, Pins and Rubick.

There is also a selection of two-year-olds by strong first-season sires Belardo, Preferment, Puccini, Rageese, Tarzino, Telperion, Tivaci, Turn Me Loose, Vadamos, Vanbrugh, Wrote, and their Australian counterparts Air Force Blue, Astern, Awesome Rock, Bobby’s Kitten, Capitalist, Divine Prophet, Extreme Choice, Flying Artie, Maurice, Mikki Isle, Shalaa and Star Turn.

Notable lots in this year’s catalogue include:

  • Group One winner Rollout the Carpet (Holy Roman Emperor) features prominently as both a dam (Lot 43, a colt by Sebring) and a half-sister (Lot 13, a colt by Pierro).
  • Lot 31 is by Zoustar out of stakes-winning mare Queen of the Creek (USA).
  • Lot 72 is by Savabeel out of a stakes-performed daughter of multiple Group One winner Daffodil (NZ) (No Excuse Needed).
  • Lot 230 is a rare southern hemisphere offering by the outstanding Siyouni, leading sire in France in 2020 and a three-time champion sire of two-year-olds. The colt comes from the family of the Aga Khan’s Derby winner Harzand (Sea the Stars).
  • Lot 310 is a Pins half-brother to Group One New Zealand Oaks winner Sentimental Miss (NZ) (Reliable Man).

Another benefit of the Ready to Run Sale is the opportunity to secure lots that are eligible for several bonus schemes including the Karaka Million Series where there are 21 eligible horses. In addition, there are five fillies nominated for the Pearl Series, 64 BOBS eligible horses, seven Super VOBIS nominated horses and three VOBIS Sires eligible two-year-olds.

Due to travel restrictions enforced by COVID-19, international buyers are encouraged to participate via the new user-friendly online bidding platform that will debut at the Ready to Run Sale.

NZB recently announced the new bidding option that is specifically developed for the future of their thoroughbred auction sales. Features of the platform have been carefully thought out to assist potential buyers and more details about its functionality and usage will be made available in due course.

NZ-based agents are also available to complete inspections on behalf of international buyers at the Breeze Ups, on farm parades and at the sale complex, with phone bidding another welcomed option by buyers to ensure they do not miss out on the opportunity to secure a two-year-old at the number one sale of its kind.

With significant importance placed on Breeze Up footage for buyers, NZB is pleased to announce this year’s clips will be extended to include additional footage prior to the 200 metre mark where gallops have previously been filmed from, with the last 200 metres of their work also filmed and timed. Breeze Ups are set to be conducted at Te Rapa Racecourse on 12 and 13 October, with clips available to view online from 15 October and streamed on Trackside, Sky Racing and

NZB's Ready to Run Sale catalogue can be viewed online here and will arrive in letterboxes from mid-September.

The catalogue can also be downloaded on the Thoroughworks mobile app or Equineline app for tablets. 


Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 October – Breeze Ups at Te Rapa Racecourse.

Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 November - NZB’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds at Karaka with online bidding available.