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Triumphant Turnaround for Scott Base (NZ)

Monday, March 23, 2020

After two years of injuries and frustration, quality Karaka graduate Scott Base (NZ) (Dalghar) showed his true colours in the $100,000 Group 2 Ultimate Mazda Japan Trophy (1600m) at Tauranga on Saturday.

Bought for $70,000 at the 2016 Select Sale at Karaka, Scott Base was a star three-year-old, winning the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) and the Group 2 Wellington Guineas (1400m).

Golden Sixty Sensational in Hong Kong Derby

Monday, March 23, 2020

Karaka graduate Golden Sixty (Medaglia d’Oro) scored a historic victory in Sunday’s HK$20 million Hong Kong Derby (2000m) at Sha Tin.

Bought for $300,000 at the 2017 Ready to Run Sale, the Francis Lui-trained superstar became only the second horse to complete a clean sweep of Hong Kong’s Four-Year-Old Classic Series – the Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m), Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m), and the Hong Kong Derby.

Karaka May Sale Update

Friday, March 20, 2020

The government’s announcement made yesterday regarding mass public gatherings and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 has resulted in doubt around the 2020 Karaka May Sale due to be held at Karaka on Friday 15 May.

Given that there was no hint on when these restrictions will end, New Zealand Bloodstock will delay the decision on the future of the Sale until Wednesday 15 April, unless an update on the situation is received earlier. 

Date Change for 2020 South Island Sale

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Due to today’s announcement made by the Government regarding further restrictions with large public gatherings, New Zealand Bloodstock has made the decision to postpone the 2020 South Island Sale that was due to be held on 17 April.

COVID-19 Update from New Zealand Bloodstock

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

New Zealand Bloodstock is watching the COVID-19 situation closely with regards to how it might affect upcoming sales held at Karaka and in Christchurch.

Jennifer Eccles (NZ) Completes Runaway NZB Filly of the Year Series Win

Monday, March 16, 2020

Saturday’s $400,000 Group One Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) was a fitting end to a dominant New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series campaign for Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle).

The Shaune Ritchie-trained filly outclassed her rivals again in the Trentham classic, cementing her Filly of the Year Series title by the huge margin of 22.5 points.

Karaka Graduates Excel at Trentham

Monday, March 16, 2020

Ready to Run Sale graduate Gold Bracelet (NZ) (Pins) stepped up to the big time in Saturday’s $100,000 Group Two Carfinance.co.nz Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham, and she proved that she belongs.

Jennifer Eccles (NZ) Set for NZB Filly of the Year Finale

Thursday, March 12, 2020

The tenth and final leg of the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series could provide a fitting end to a dominant summer for Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle).

The winner of Saturday’s $400,000 Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) will receive 12 points in the Filly of the Year Series.

Fillies and Mares’ Triple Crown Kicks Off at Trentham

Thursday, March 12, 2020

The last of the three brand-new NZB Insurance Triple Crown Series will kick off at Trentham on Saturday in the $70,000 Group 3 Wentwood Grange Cuddle Stakes (1600m).

The race is the first leg of the NZB Insurance Fillies and Mares’ Triple Crown. It will be followed by the $200,000 Group 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha on April 4 and the $100,000 Group 2 Travis Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on April 25.

NZB’s 2020 South Island Sale Catalogue Online Now

Monday, March 9, 2020

New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series is heading South, showcasing 76 lots of the best Southern-bred product available at the 2020 South Island Sale, with the catalogue online now and arriving in letterboxes from mid-March.

Held at Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch, the one-day session features a selection of yearlings offered on Friday 17 April from the later selling time of 12pm.

Cool Aza Beel (NZ) a Key Part of Stable’s Golden Run

Monday, March 9, 2020

Karaka Million 2YO winner Cool Aza Beel (NZ) (Savabeel) excelled at Group One level in Saturday’s $200,000 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie, continuing an incredible run for Te Akau Racing.

Te Akau principal David Ellis has been leading buyer at Karaka for well over a decade, and outstanding racetrack success by his purchases is nothing new. But even by their own high standards, the last six weeks have been something very special for the syndication juggernaut.

Star Mare Spans Two NZB Insurance Triple Crown Series

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Avantage (Fastnet Rock) mastered another new distance challenge in Group One Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie, and her name now features on the roll of honour of two of the three NZB Insurance Triple Crown Series.

The Jamie Richards-trained Karaka graduate was the champion two-year-old of her generation and a multiple stakes winner as a three-year-old, including in Sydney last March.

Group One Gallopers Chase Triple Crown Firsts

Thursday, March 5, 2020

While the $100,000 NZB Insurance Weight-For-Age Triple Crown bonus is no longer a possibility this season, three runners in Saturday’s $200,000 Group One Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie have the chance to achieve an unprecedented feat.

Along with the Sprint Triple Crown and Fillies and Mares’ Triple Crown, the Weight-For-Age Triple Crown is one of three NZB Insurance Series introduced this year to boost prize-money through New Zealand’s feature summer and autumn racing. Each Series carries a $100,000 bonus for any horse who can win all of the three designated races.

Star of Bombay (NZ) Shines in Mufhasa

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Hours before winning Saturday’s Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) in Sydney with Ready to Run Sale graduate Te Akau Shark (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle), the Te Akau Racing team collected another big win with a horse sourced from the same Sale.

Up-and-coming filly Star of Bombay (NZ) (Atlante) was bought by David Ellis for just $50,000 at the 2018 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka.

Shark Snares Second Straight Group 1

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Ready to Run Sale graduate Te Akau Shark (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) was already a proven star before this year, with multiple spectacular stakes wins in his homeland and a placing in the famous Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) to his name.

But now he seems to be developing into a dominant force at the elite level, kicking off with a powerful win in the Group 1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa in early February and delivering more of the same in Sydney in Saturday’s A$600,000 Group 1 TAB Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.