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Demand for Broodmares Bolsters Karaka May Sale

Curraghmore's sale-topping filly Mongolian Beauty (Lot 371) sells for $180,000 to Andrew Williams Bloodstock. Photo: Trish Dunell
Curraghmore's sale-topping filly Mongolian Beauty (Lot 371) sold for $180,000 to Andrew Williams Bloodstock. Photo: Trish Dunell

A strong finish on Day 2 of the 2018 Karaka May Sale, with a run of quality broodmares, posted figures to increase on the aggregate, average and median results seen at the Sale last year.

The aggregate closed at $5,333,100, the average reached $15,458 (up 6% from 2017) and the median rose to $8,000 from last year’s $5,000.

“There was strong demand for broodmares, particularly those in foal to freshman sires, which countered the softening of the pinhook market seen on the first day of selling,” NZB’s Sales Manager Danny Rolston commented.

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Eight Carat Family Still a Passion for Sir Patrick

Sir Patrick Hogan purchases broodmare from Eight Carat family for $150,000.
Sir Patrick Hogan purchases broodmare from Eight Carat family for $150,000.

Passion Cut, catalogued as Lot 468 at the Karaka May Sale, has the renowned Cambridge Stud bloodlines coming from the great Eight Carat family.

While the new owners of Cambridge Stud, Brendan and Jo Lindsay, consigned the broodmare who is in foal to their resident sire Tavistock – it was the Stud’s previous owner, Sir Patrick Hogan, who purchased the broodmare for $150,000.

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Broodmare In Foal to Tavistock Purchased for $130,000

Brighthill Farm's Lot 415, in foal to Tavistock, sold for $130,000.
Brighthill Farm's Lot 415, in foal to Tavistock, sold for $130,000.

Brighthill Farm’s well-bred mare Firostefani (Stratum) (Lot 415) is among the top lots of the Karaka May Sale with Haunui Farm purchasing the broodmare for $130,000.

Firostefani is a half-sister to Champion 2YO in New Zealand and multiple Group One-winner Anabandana (Anabaa), as well as Australian stakes-winner Gybe (Fastnet Rock). She has been served by the sire of international Group One winners, and Cambridge Stud resident, Tavistock.

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Mongolian Beauty Another Standout for Curraghmore

The Fastnet Rock filly Mongolian beauty (Lot 371) has set a new top price at the 2018 Sale.
The Fastnet Rock filly Mongolian beauty (Lot 371) has set a new top price at the 2018 Sale.

Curraghmore have yet again delivered a highlight lot with the winning Fastnet Rock filly Mongolian Beauty on Day 2 of the Karaka May Sale.

Setting a new top price at the 2018 Sale, Andrew Williams Bloodstock was determined to acquire the smart filly catalogued as Lot 371 and went to $180,000 to do so.

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Trelawney Stud’s Per Incanto Colt Makes $80,000 on Day 2

Trelawney Stud's Lot 299 (Per Incanto) made $80,000 on Day 2.
Trelawney Stud's Lot 299 (Per Incanto) made $80,000 on Day 2.

Day 2 of the bidding action at NZB’s Karaka May Sale saw the son of Little Avondale Stud’s Per Incanto make $80,000.

Consigned by Trelawney Stud, Lot 299 is out of stakes-winning Zabeel mare Ritzy Lady and is a half-brother to Australian Group Three performer Le Societe (Anabaa). BR Bloodstock was bidding on behalf of Shane McGrath of Aquis Farm who was pleased to secure the weanling.

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Australasian Buyers Secure Commercial Quality on Day 1

Dan Myers Lot 190 (Written Tycoon) provided the highlight on Day 1 selling for $170,000. Photo: Trish Dunell
Dan Myers' Lot 190 (Written Tycoon) provided the highlight on Day 1 selling for $170,000. Photo: Trish Dunell

Day 1 of the newly named Karaka May Sale provided total receipts of $2,096,250 with 141 lots selling to a predominantly domestic and Australian buying bench.

Competition for commercial stock was healthy and Australasian-based buyers were well-equipped to secure quality purchasing the top three lots who all made over $100,000 each.

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Written Tycoon Colt a Highlight on Day 1 of Karaka May Sale

Dan Myers Written Tycoon colt (Lot 190) has provided the new top priced Lot on Day 1 of $170,000. Photo: Trish Dunell

Dan Myers has all the assets for a repeat leading vendor title at the Karaka May Sale and his Written Tycoon colt (Lot 190) has provided the new top-priced Lot on Day 1.

BR Bloodstock trumped the bidding action when they went to $170,000 to secure the colt who will head to Hallmark Stud for his yearling preparation.

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Snitzel Filly Tops Yearling Session

Lot 64, consigned by Curraghmore, topped the Yearling session at $120,000. Photo: Trish Dunell
Lot 64, consigned by Curraghmore, topped the Yearling session at $120,000. Photo: Trish Dunell

Day 1 of the Karaka May Sale saw two lots in the Yearling session fetch over $100,000 with Curraghmore providing both highlights.

A Snitzel filly (Lot 64) out of stakes-winning mare Tip The Wink (Stravinsky) was in demand with New South Wales-based Champion Thoroughbreds securing the yearling for $120,000.

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Savabeel Filly Draws Attention

Curraghmore's Lot 36, a filly by Savabeel, fetches $110,000.
Curraghmore's Lot 36, a filly by Savabeel, fetches $110,000.

Multiple bidders were drawn to a Savabeel filly out of a sister to Group One winner Velocitea (Volksraad) on Day 1 of the Karaka May Sale.

The bidding action started quickly and was closed when Te Akau Racing went to $110,000 to acquire Curraghmore’s yearling at Lot 36 who has been named Tam O'Shanter.

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Supplementary Entries at Karaka May Sale

Supplementary catalogue available for the Karaka May Sale.
Supplementary catalogue available for the Karaka May Sale.

Eight supplementary lots have been added to NZB’s Karaka May Sale catalogue on 7 and 8 May and will be offered at the end of each session they are catalogued in:

  • Haunui Farm’s Lot 519 is a yearling colt by Per Incanto and out of Kalamanda
  • A Pins gelding will be offered by Bradbury Park at Lot 520 in the yearling session and is out of Blurred Vision
  • Lot 521, offered by Little Avondale in the weanling session, is a colt by Nadeem and out of Just Casual
  • Phoenix Park have entered a weanling colt at Lot 522, he is by Bullbars and out of Lilahjay
  • Lot 523, offered by Cambridge Stud, is a weanling filly by Keeper and out of Lucky J’Abeel
  • Lucky J’Abeel will also be offered by Cambridge Stud at Lot 525, she is a half-sister to stakes winner Baby Guiness and has been served by Keeper
  • Leanach Lodge’s Lot 524 is a weanling filly by Super Easy and out of Springburn who is the dam of stakes winners Happy Hippy and Nikita
  • Lot 526, offered by Gosford Park in the broodmare session, is a winning daughter of Showcasing and a half-sister to stakes performer Blanco Belle

NZB’s Karaka May Sale will be held at Karaka on 7 and 8 May, commencing at 10am each day. Catalogues, inclduing supplementary catalogues, will be available for collection at the Sale Day reception or can be viewed online here.


Pedigree Updates Enhance Karaka May Sale

Group 1 Champions Mile winner Beauty Generation has a three-quarter sister (Lot 75) entered at the Karaka May Sale.
Group 1 Champions Mile winner Beauty Generation (NZ) has a three-quarter sister (Lot 75) entered at the Karaka May Sale.

International performances since NZB’s Karaka May Sale catalogue went to print have provided timely updates to a large number of horses entered for the Sale on 7 and 8 May.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club played host to Champions Day last weekend and our very own Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock), sold by Highden Park as a yearling for $60,000, rose to the occasion claiming the first Group 1 of the day.

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Sire Appeal at Karaka May Sale

Waikato Stud's Savabeel has sired 47 Group winners.
Waikato Stud's Savabeel has sired 47 Group winners.

New Zealand based stallions continue to produce talented offspring with performances on the track showcasing the distinctive Kiwi-bred traits to the world. The results achieved by these local sires makes the search for quality at NZB’s Karaka May Sale effortless, along with the next generation of bloodlines adding to the appeal.

Heading for his fourth straight New Zealand Sires’ Premiership title, Waikato Stud’s Savabeel needs no introduction. The son of Zabeel has notched up a total of 47 Group winners and 73 stakes winners with current season flag-bearers Savvy Coup (NZ), Sword of Osman (NZ), Embellish (NZ), Hasahalo (NZ), Kawi (NZ) and Shillelagh (NZ) claiming Group 1 wins in New Zealand and Australia.

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Group 3 Win for May Sale Graduate Power O’Hata (NZ)

Power O'Hata (NZ) stepped up to balck-type level taking out the Group 3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell
Power O'Hata (NZ) stepped up to balck-type level taking out the Group 3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes. Photo: Trish Dunell

The upcoming Karaka May Sale received a timely boost when untapped filly Power O’Hata (NZ) (Power) stepped up to black-type level with a win in Saturday’s $70,000 Group 3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa.

Power O’Hata was offered as a yearling the 2016 edition of the Sale, formerly known as the National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale. From the draft of Cambridge Stud, she was knocked down to Cambridge bloodstock agent Marcus Corban for $50,000. At the same Sale, the filly’s dam Mumtaz (NZ) (Cape Cross) was sold for $60,000.

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Timely Boosts for Karaka May Sale

The Karaka May Sale will be held on 7 and 8 May at Karaka.
The Karaka May Sale will be held on 7 and 8 May at Karaka.

Less than two weeks out from New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2018 Karaka May Sale, low-priced graduates from the broodmare section of previous Sales have experienced major black-type upgrades.

Trujillo (Saint Ballado) cost just $4,000 at the 2017 National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale, which has been renamed the Karaka May Sale from this year. Trujillo was bought by Canterbury’s Long Acres Stud to be mated with their resident stallion Remind (Deputy Minister).

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Eion Kemp Set to Conquer the Mongol Derby for Catwalk Trust

Charity auction held at the Karaka garden bar from 6.15pm 7 May.
Charity Auction held at the Karaka Garden Bar from 6.15pm, 7 May.

Famed as the world’s toughest horse race, the Mongol Derby attracts adventurers every year and this year our very own Kilgravin Lodge chief Eion Kemp is contesting the 1,000km challenge along with 39 other riders from all around the world.

The event is organised by The Adventurists who have raised millions of dollars for charity since its creation and each participant makes a commitment to raise funds for their chosen charity. With Eion having an enormous involvement in the racing industry, it comes as little surprise that he is backing the Catwalk Trust who fund research that aims to fix paralysis following spinal cord injury.

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High-flying Vendors Present Quality Drafts

Dan Myers Holy Roman Emperor colt (Lot 217) topped the Sale last year fetching $175,000.
Dan Myers Holy Roman Emperor colt (Lot 217) topped the Sale last year fetching $175,000.

Sire power, impeccable female bloodlines and the enviable reputation of the New Zealand thoroughbred’s performance on the track are set to combine in NZB’s Karaka May Sale.

Heading into the 2018 Sale, 51 vendors from across the country have a selection of 518 weanlings, yearlings, two-year-olds, unraced stock, racehorses and broodmares set to be presented to domestic and international buyers.

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Ultimate Time to Expand Broodmare Band

Windsor Park Stud's broodmare Fledgling (NZ) (Captain Rio) sold for $87,500 at the Sale last year.
Windsor Park Stud's broodmare Fledgling (NZ) (Captain Rio) sold for $87,500 at the Sale last year.

Breeders, trainers and owners alike will flock to NZB's Karaka May Sale on 7 and 8 May to tap into New Zealand’s matriarchal strength that is the impeccable pedigrees of New Zealand-bred mares.

Our breeding barns are well known to international buyers with Kiwi mares playing a major role in elite races across Australasia – in the last five seasons, New Zealand mares have produced more than 270 stakes winners and 39 Group 1 winners in Australia. The upcoming Sale will offer 144 catalogued broodmares in a not-to-be-missed opportunity to add to your broodmare band.

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Yearling Category Building Momentum

All yearlings offered at the Karaka May Sale are now eligible to be nominated for the Karaka Million Series.
All yearlings offered at the Karaka May Sale are now eligible to be nominated for the Karaka Million Series.

The 2018 Karaka May Sale is exhibiting a major enhancement to the Yearling section with all yearlings offered now eligible to be nominated for the lucrative Karaka Million Series. The Yearling category will see the first horses of the Sale go through the ring on Monday 7 May with Lots 1 to 65 selling from 10am.

Set to give the Sale an additional boost, this will provide buyers another opportunity to contest two $1 million races – the 2019 Karaka Million 2YO and the 2020 Karaka Million 3YO Classic, and the $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup for the remainder of their career.

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Karaka a Cornerstone of Young Stock Auction Space

Bradbury Park's Reliable Man - Genealogy yearling who returned with JK Farm as a Ready to Run 2YO at Lot 138.
Bradbury Park's Reliable Man - Genealogy yearling who returned with JK Farm as a profitable Ready to Run 2YO at Lot 138.

NZB’s upcoming Karaka May Sale has gained widespread attention from racing enthusiasts with proven racetrack success coupled with a golden opportunity for pinhooking prowess.

With no hard and fast rules to pinhooking, the traditional strategy is to buy low and sell high focusing on type, pedigree and what’s fashionable. The Sale has been littered with examples of relatively low-priced weanlings that have made a substantial profit when offered again as a yearling or Ready to Run two-year-old.

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Glory for Elite Globe-trotters of Karaka

43 graduates of the Sale have claimed 71 stakes wins in the last five seasons.
42 graduates of the Sale have claimed 70 stakes wins in the last five seasons.

NZB’s upcoming Karaka May Sale has produced a cast of outstanding international performers in recent seasons with their individual sale histories reflecting the quality and value that can be found at the world-renowned Karaka Sales Centre.

With 42 individual stakes winning graduates of the Sale gaining a total of 70 stakes wins in the last five seasons, prospective buyers should add this Sale as one to follow closely.

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$3,000 Weanling Purchase So Far Sokool (NZ) Wins Bendigo Guineas

With the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka May Sale just around the corner, $3,000 weanling graduate So Far Sokool (NZ) (Showcasing) gave the Sale a timely boost with a dominant performance in Saturday’s A$150,000 Listed Mitchelton Winery Bendigo Guineas (1400m).

Trained by Archie Alexander and ridden by Nikita Beriman, the filly powered away from her opposition in the straight for a commanding four-length win.

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Karaka May Sale Catalogue Available Now

2018 Karaka May Sale catalogue available online now.
2018 Karaka May Sale catalogue available online now.

Sporting a new name in 2018, NZB’s Karaka May Sale can now be viewed online, and on the free iPad application, with printed catalogues arriving in letterboxes mid-April.

This year the Sale has attracted increased numbers with a total of 518 horses catalogued. Compacted into two action-packed days of selling on 7 and 8 May, the first lot will go under the hammer from 10am each day.

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