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Oaks Triumph Heads Karaka Graduates’ Big Weekend

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales delivered a series of notable victories across the Tasman on Friday and Saturday, none more significant than a Group 1 triumph in Adelaide by Toffee Tongue (NZ) (Tavistock).

NZB Airfreight Resumes with Trial Flight

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Under strict health and safety requirements, New Zealand Bloodstock Airfreight has successfully completed a test flight with a small pool of horses from Auckland to Sydney.

With new regulations and plans in place for grooms, NZB can confidently begin to work on limited flights for the backlog of horses requiring trans-Tasman travel.

Mr Stunning Flies Karaka Flag Again

Monday, April 27, 2020

Quality sprinter Mr Stunning (Exceed and Excel) claimed his third Group 1 victory in Sunday’s HK$18 million Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) at Sha Tin, continuing a golden run for Karaka graduates in Hong Kong’s elite sprints.

It was the second consecutive Chairman’s Sprint Prize victory for a sprinter sourced from Karaka, following on from Beat The Clock (Hinchinbrook) 12 months ago.

NZB National Weanling Sale to Debut on Gavelhouse Plus

Thursday, April 23, 2020

With New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale having to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the decision has been made to hold a quality weanling only sale in its place on Gavelhouse Plus in June.

The National Weanling Sale will be open to all vendors and allow those who normally trade at the Karaka May Sale an opportunity to trade young stock within a timely manner.

NZB’s South Island Sale to be held on Gavelhouse Plus

Monday, April 20, 2020

The first-ever New Zealand Bloodstock sale to be conducted on gavelhouse.com’s new online platform, Gavelhouse Plus, will be NZB’s annual South Island Sale.

Postponed from its original April date to August due to the COVID-19 lockdown and travel restrictions, the decision has now been made to sell the horses online in June. 

Kinane (NZ) Stars in Frank Packer Plate

Monday, April 20, 2020

With a brilliant black-type debut in Saturday’s A$140,000 Group Three Cactus Imaging Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick, three-time Karaka graduate Kinane (NZ) (Reliable Man) made a massive impression on champion jockey James McDonald.

The emerging star was bred by Nearco Stud and was sold for $42,500 at the 2017 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale out of Curraghmore’s draft, and then fetched $55,000 in Book 2 of Karaka 2018 from Highden Park.

Equine Flights to Return

Friday, April 17, 2020

Confidence is growing horse flights to Australia should be able to return within a month.

But New Zealand Bloodstock Airfreight Manager Greg Northcott says it could take longer for anything like normal equine flight services to return.

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).