Quickfire Session Kicks Off Book 2 Sale

31 January 2024

Lot 790 sells for $220,000.

Following a record-breaking Book 1, a quickfire day of selling saw 118 lots go under the hammer at the opening session of NZB’s Karaka 2024 Book 2 Sale.

Book 2 has been a happy hunting ground for Karaka Millions contenders over the years, highlighted by this year’s $1.5m TAB Karaka Millions 3YO runner-up Pendragon (NZ) (U S Navy Flag), who was a $110,000 purchase by Paul Moroney Bloodstock and Ballymore Stables at Karaka 2022.

In fitting fashion, the top lot of today’s session was Lot 790, a half-brother to the Karaka Millions performer by Time Test from the young Pour Moi mare Kerre, also knocked down to Paul Moroney in conjunction with Catheryne Bruggeman and Sears Racing for $220,000.

Purchased from the Leanach Lodge draft, Maddysen Sears was elated to secure her ‘pick of the sale’.

“We’ve had a lot of luck out of Book 2. We had this colt highlighted from the moment we saw him,” she commented.

“We just looked at the athlete in front of us, he looks like a runner and he oozes class.

“Hopefully you’ll see him line up for a Karaka Millions in the future,” she added.

Lilywhites Lodge secures Lot 795 for $155,000.

Established Ready to Run Sale vendors Lilywhites Lodge went to $155,000 to secure Lot 795, a son of emerging sire Ardrossan, offered by Landsdowne Park.

Speaking to Sophia Nolan, the plan is to return him to the Karaka sales ring in November.

“That’s the plan, he’s a lovely type for it,” she commented.

“He will suit many overseas buyers and fit well into the draft we are putting together for the upcoming NZB Ready to Run Sale.”

All yearlings purchased at Karaka 2024 are eligible to be nominated for NZB’s lucrative Karaka Millions Series, featuring the $1m TAB Karaka Millions 2YO and $1.5m TAB Karaka Millions 3YO.

Yearlings purchased at the Book 2 Sale who nominate for the Karaka Millions Series are also eligible for the $200,000 Book 2 Bonus, to be won by the first horse across the finish line in the 2026 $1.5m TAB Karaka Millions 3YO race.

Selling continues on Thursday where lots 801 to 970 get underway from 11am (NZT) at Karaka.

To enquire about Passed Lots contact Patrick Cunningham on +64 21 181 5898 or email [email protected], or Andrew Buick on +64 27 555 0640 or email [email protected].

View the full Book 2 results and online catalogue here.
Catch the highlights and Lot-by-Lot footage from Book 2 online.


Karaka 2024: Book 2, Day One Statistics (at end of selling)

  2024 BOOK 2, DAY ONE 2023 BOOK 2, DAY ONE 2022 BOOK 2, DAY ONE 2021 BOOK 2, DAY ONE
AGGREGATE $2,652,000 $3,363,500 $2,919,000 $4,151,000
AVERAGE $44,949 $41,525 $36,037 $43,240
MEDIAN $37,500 $32,500 $30,000 $30,000
CLEARANCE 64% 60% 58% 68%
CATALOGUED 118 156 164 170
SOLD 59 81 81 96
TOP LOT Lot 790 Time Test - Kerre (Br.C) $220,000 Lot 789 Proisir - Harriet Wilson (G.C) $180,000 Lot 756 Vadamos - Call Me Blondie (Br.C) $180,000 Lot 725 Churchill - Astrid (Ch.F) $200,000


Karaka 2024: Book 2, Day One Top Lots

Lot Sire Dam Sex Vendor Purchaser Price
0790 Time Test Kerre Colt Leanach Lodge Ltd Paul Moroney Bloodstock / Catheryne Bruggeman / Sears Racing (Queensland) $220,000
0795 Ardrossan La Donna Colt Landsdowne Park Ltd Lilywhites Lodge Ltd (Auckland) $155,000
0731 Sun City Flippity Lass Filly Westbury Stud Benner Racing Ltd (Manawatu-Whanganui) $130,000
0723 Time Test Fascino Lass Colt HGT Bloodstock Ltd John Foote Bloodstock (Hong Kong) $120,000
0690 Ace High Diggilou Colt Platinum Bloodstock Richardson Racing Stables (Waikato) $100,000
0719 Ardrossan Exhibit Colt Landsdowne Park Ltd Wexford Stables (Waikato) $100,000
0773 Contributer Isle du Cap Filly Mapperley Stud Ltd Topline Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd (Queensland) $100,000
0704 Shocking Edmonton Colt Rich Hill Stud Ballymore Stables / Paul Moroney Bloodstock / Catheryne Bruggeman (Waikato) $85,000
0711 Redwood Encosta de Nacre Filly Westbury Stud Ms R Carter (Auckland) $80,000
0685 Redwood Decimal Filly Westbury Stud Paul Moroney Bloodstock / Catheryne Bruggeman / Sears Racing (Queensland) $75,000