On The Bubbles Chases History in Karaka Million 3YO Classic

20 January 2022

On the Bubbles will be looking to take out his second $1m Karaka Million glory.

A capacity field at Ellerslie on Saturday stands between On The Bubbles (Brazen Beau) and a slice of Karaka Million history. 

A brilliant winner of the $1m DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) on the same day last year, On The Bubbles returns this weekend to try for a repeat result in the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m).

Only one other horse has ever completed the big double – New Zealand’s reigning Horse of the Year Probabeel (NZ) (Savabeel), also trained by Jamie Richards, whose Karaka Million triumphs came in 2019 and 2020.

On The Bubbles, who also won last season’s Group One Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), missed the spring due to an entrapped epiglottis. He resumed with a second placing at Te Rapa in December, then returned to his brilliant best with a last-start win in the Listed Uncle Remus Stakes (1400m) on Boxing Day.

Bought by David Ellis for $90,000 from Book 1 of Karaka 2020, On The Bubbles is the dominant $1.70 favourite for Saturday’s Karaka Million 3YO Classic. But there is plenty of talent among the 17 horses lining up alongside him.

Tutukaka (NZ) (Tavistock) is a half-brother to champion mare Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) and was bought by Pike Racing for $250,000 from Book 1 of Karaka 2020. He has won twice in his nine-start career to date, both at stakes level in Australia, and earned more than $276,000 in stakes.

Tutukaka’s first win was a four-length romp in the Listed Tatts Stakes (1830) at Eagle Farm in June, followed by the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) in Victoria in October. A sixth placegetter in the Group One Victoria Derby (2500m), he resumed with an eighth in the Group Two Auckland Guineas (1600m) on New Year’s Day.

Turn The Ace (NZ) (Turn Me Loose) was a Listed winner as a two-year-old, while Whiskey (NZ) (Burgundy), Drum Major (NZ) (Epaulette) and Achieve (NZ) (Pierro) have been stakes-placed this season.

Te Toki (NZ) (Tarzino) was a strong-finishing fourth in the Auckland Guineas last start, and the exciting filly Miss Ella (NZ) (Iffraaj) steps up to the big time after a nine-length maiden win in her last start. Sophisticardo (NZ) (Burgundy) finished fourth in last year’s Karaka Million 2YO.

The Karaka Million 3YO Classic is the sixth and final event on Ellerslie’s action-packed New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million twilight card, with a start time of 7.48pm.

1 On The Bubbles 9 3 g Brazen Beau - More Bubbles Jamie Richards Opie Bosson Book 1 $90,000 Leanach Lodge  DC Ellis $796,950
2 Tutukaka 6 3 g Tavistock - Meleka Belle Tony Pike Leith Innes Book 1 $250,000 Haunui Farm Pike Racing $276,257
3 Sophisticardo 19 3 g Burgundy - Glamorous Girl Jamie Richards Johnathan Parkes Book 1 $30,000 Cambridge Stud DC Ellis $63,597
4 Whiskey 7 3 g Burgundy - Likeapins Shaune Ritchie & Colm Murray Trudy Thornton Book 2 $21,000 Brighthill Farm SF Ritchie $30,200
5 Te Toki 14 3 g Tarzino - Espresso Cavallo Simon & Katrina Alexander Vinnie Colgan Book 2 $45,000 Westbury Stud SD & KJ Alexander $38,420
6 Turn The Ace 3 3 g Turn Me Loose - Frescoes Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Dylan Turner Book 1 $30,000 Cambridge Stud AC Forsman $48,356
7 Drum Major 8 3 g Epaulette - Herman Team Rogerson Ashvin Goindasamy Book 1 $80,000 Monovale Farm Rogerson Bloodstock $26,835
8 The Stoney One 4 3 g Pierro - Western Gem Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen Jonathan Riddell Book 1 $45,000 Milan Park Game Lodge $10,360
9 Reign It In 15 3 g Sacred Falls - Laurinel Princess Roydon Bergerson Shaun McKay Book 2 $26,000 Landsdowne Park RJ Bergerson/Chris Rutten Bloodstock $18,847
10 Leading Man 13 3 g Showcasing - Royal Appellant Stephen Marsh Matthew Cameron Book 2 $90,000 Haunui Farm SB Marsh $9,090
11 The Landing 18 3 g Tivaci - Syrah Tony Pike Kozzi Asano Book 1 $300,000 Trelawney Stud Pike Racing $10,500
12 Yes We Khan 16 3 g Mongolian Khan - Nothing But A Grin Bruce Wallace & Grant Cooksley Masa Hashizume Book 2 $10,000 Highview Wallace Thoroughbreds $10,050
13 Achieve 20 3 f Pierro - Thee Achiever Roger James & Robert Wellwood Ryan Elliot Book 1 $375,000 Milan Park RA James/R Wellwood $23,440
14 Karman Line 17 3 f Myboycharlie - World Away Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott Craig Grylls Book 2 $67,500 Cambria Park Wexford Stables $12,120
15 Miss Ella 1 3 f Iffraaj - Zenella Stephen Marsh Michael McNab Book 1 $240,000 Cambridge Stud Go Racing $11,820
16 Pin Me Up 10 3 f Pins - Brampton Loco Jamie Richards Sam Weatherley Book 1 $270,000 Waikato Stud Andrew Williams Bloodstock/Konj $14,970
17 Seven Twenty 2 3 f Power - Ma Belle Ami Shaun & Emma Clotworthy   Book 3 $14,000 Seaton Park  S Clotworthy $44,981
18 Verona 5 3 f Belardo - Spamalot Jenna Mahoney Taiki Yanagida Book 3 $8,000 Haunui Farm Cypress Point Farms $16,170
19 (B1) Riverplate 12 3 c Flying Artie - Dynastic Lady Craig & Shaun Phelan   Book 1 $30,000 Leanach Lodge  AR Campbell $32,323
20 (B2) Buccheri 11 3 g Ghibellines - American Maid Tim & Margaret Carter   Book 3 $6,000 Westend Partnership Oaklea Syndicate $720