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gavelhouse.com Set to Launch Enhanced Site

Thursday, April 16, 2020

In conjunction with parent company New Zealand Bloodstock, industry leader in online thoroughbred and standardbred sales, gavelhouse.com, will launch an enhanced platform in May named Gavelhouse Plus.

With a focus on innovation and servicing clients in the best possible way, General Manager Haylie Martin has been keen to take the platform to another level.

Super Sunday at Sha Tin for Karaka Graduates

Monday, April 6, 2020

Karaka graduates enjoyed a spectacular day at Sha Tin on Sunday, winning five races including both Group Two features.

Two-time Horse of the Year Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) had already cemented his place in Hong Kong racing folklore, but the champion miler broke new ground in Sunday’s HK$4.25 million Group Two Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) at Sha Tin.

Miss Federer (NZ) Clinches Southern Filly Title

Friday, April 3, 2020

Classy Riccarton filly Miss Federer (NZ) (Swiss Ace) has been confirmed as the 2019-20 New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year.

Trainer Andrew Carston paid just $10,000 to buy Miss Federer in Book 2 of Karaka 2018, and his stable star scored impressive victories in both of the first two legs of the Southern Filly of the Year Series – the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton, and the Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes (1400m) at Wingatui.

Karaka May Sale Cancelled

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Given the government’s announcement on Monday that the country is to go into lock-down due to the COVID-19 virus, New Zealand Bloodstock has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Karaka May Sale, due to be held on Friday 15 May.

After consulting with a number of vendors and buyers, the overwhelming feedback from them was to cancel the Sale and investigate alternative options.

NZB Airfreight Equine Flight Update

Monday, March 23, 2020

The government’s recent announcements regarding further travel restrictions and New Zealand border closures due to COVID-19 has resulted in the suspension of all international equine flights effective immediately until further notice.

The decision made by airlines to cease the uplift of cabin occupants means that NZB Airfreight’s professional grooms are no longer able to safely accompany the shipment of horses travelling overseas.  

Valuable Stakes Win for Out Of The Park (NZ)

Monday, March 23, 2020

Premier Sale and Gavelhouse.com graduate Out Of The Park (NZ) (Ocean Park) greatly enhanced her value with an exciting victory in Saturday’s $80,000 Group 3 Valachi Downs South Island Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes.

Bred by Waikato Stud’s Mark Chittick, Out Of The Park was a $100,000 purchase at the 2016 Premier Sale and showed promise from the Cambridge stable of Tony Pike.

Siam Blue Vanda (NZ) Sprints to Stewards� Cup Success

Monday, March 23, 2020

Siam Blue Vanda (NZ) (Echoes of Heaven) produced a barnstorming finish to clinch his first black-type victory in Friday’s S$400,000 Stewards’ Cup (1600m) at Kranji.

Bought for $40,000 at the 2017 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, the gelding has now won seven of his 15 starts and prize-money of more than S$276,000 (NZ$334,000).

Siam Blue Vanda (NZ) Sprints to Stewards’ Cup Success

Monday, March 23, 2020

Siam Blue Vanda (NZ) (Echoes of Heaven) produced a barnstorming finish to clinch his first black-type victory in Friday’s S$400,000 Stewards’ Cup (1600m) at Kranji.

Bought for $40,000 at the 2017 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, the gelding has now won seven of his 15 starts and prize-money of more than S$276,000 (NZ$334,000).

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.