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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.

Group 1 Glory for Karaka Million Heroine

Sunday, March 1, 2020

A victory at Group 1 level was the only thing missing from the CV of two-time Karaka Million winner Probabeel (NZ) (Savabeel), but she changed that in style in Sydney on Saturday.

Just over a month after making history as the first Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) winner to return and capture the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m), the Jamie Richards-trained filly lined up at Randwick against a star-studded field in the A$500,000 Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m).

Two out of Two for Miss Federer (NZ)

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Classy Canterbury filly Miss Federer (NZ) (Swiss Ace) went to Wingatui on Saturday and doubled her lead in the New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series.

Trained by Andrew Carston, the $10,000 Karaka purchase had won the only previous leg of the Series, the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton in September.

Autridge and Valachi Quinella in Sunline Vase

Sunday, March 1, 2020

It came in the second-last leg and too late to have a major New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series impact, but trainer Stephen Autridge and Valachi Downs owner Kevin Hickman celebrated a remarkable result in Saturday’s $70,000 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie.

Communique (NZ) (Redwood) and Karalino (NZ) (Zacinto) fought out the finish, with Communique prevailing by a long neck. Hickman bred and owns both fillies, who are both trained by Autridge.

Newcomers Out to Make NZB Filly of the Year Impact

Friday, February 28, 2020

Table-topper Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) is now beyond their reach, but a number of up-and-comers will attempt to make some late impact in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series when they run in Saturday’s ninth leg – the $70,000 Group Three McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m) at Ellerslie.

Bergamot (NZ) (Sweet Orange) is the only runner in the field who already features on the Filly of the Year table, collecting 4 points with a second placing in the Group Two Royal Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.

NZB Southern Filly Series Resumes at Wingatui

Friday, February 28, 2020

The New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series resumes in the $50,000 Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes (1400m) at Wingatui on Saturday, and three exciting races between now and the end of April will determine the South Island’s filly supremacy for 2019-20.

The first leg of the Series was the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton on September 21, which was won by one of last season’s leading juvenile fillies in Miss Federer (NZ) (Swiss Ace).

Jennifer Eccles (NZ) Stars Again in Lowland Stakes

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The 2019-20 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series is beginning to follow an increasingly familiar script, with outstanding filly Jennifer Eccles (Rip Van Winkle) romping to another dominant victory in Wednesday’s $100,000 Group Two Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings.

The Lowland Stakes was the Shaune Ritchie-trained runner’s third win in the 10-leg Series, and all three of those wins have come in the last five legs, since Boxing Day.

Karaka Graduate Dominates Launceston Cup

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Expat New Zealand stayer Home By Midnight (NZ) (Domesday) took his career earnings to the brink of $900,000 with a dominant performance in Wednesday’s A$250,000 Group Three Launceston Cup (2400m) in Tasmania.

Formerly known as Five To Midnight, the gelding began his career in the Awapuni stable of Lisa Latta, who bought him for $165,000 at the 2014 Select Sale.