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Leading 2YO Sale Reaches New Heights

Phoenix Park’s Lot 379 set the highest price of Day 2 at $430,000. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Phoenix Park’s Lot 379 set the highest price of Day 2 at $430,000. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Day 2 of NZB's Ready to Run Sale continued to impress after setting the highest ever recorded average at an Australasian two-year-old sale of $108,210 on Day 1.

In 2015 the Sale broke a record having surpassed an aggregate of $20 million, and today, reached new major milestones surpassing the $30 million mark for the first time in the history of any Australasian two-year-old sale.

The aggregate at the close of selling reached $31,215,000 for 290 horses sold increasing by 10% from last year’s $28,393,000, while the average climbed to $107,638 from last year’s record $96,575. The clearance rate at the end of the Sale was a healthy 77%.

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Final Day of NZB Ready to Run Sale

Ohukia Lodge's Lot 10. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Ohukia Lodge's Lot 10 sold at Day 1 of the Sale for $300,000 to Busuttin Racing & Tim Scales. Photo: Trish Dunell.

The second and final day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of 2YO’s commences today with Lot 221 to Lot 437 going under the hammer from 11am.

The Sale will be streamed live online. To view the live stream, click here.

The first day saw a record average of $108,210, increasing from last year’s Day 1 average of $91,036. The aggregate for Day 1 finished at $15,690,500 increasing by over $1,000,000 for 145 lots sold with the clearance settling at a healthy 75%.

Performances on racetracks around the world by NZB Ready to Run Sale graduates are bolstering the reputation of the Sale as being the place to source world-class thoroughbreds.

They claimed 19 Group 1 wins over the last five seasons in New Zealand, Australia, and Hong Kong while our closest competitor had only one.

NZB Ready to Run Sale catalogues are available from the Sales Pavilion or can be viewed online. For news and sale information from New Zealand Bloodstock visit www.nzb.co.nz 


Day 1 of Ready to Run Sale Sets a Record Pace

Regal Farm’s Lot 106 set the highest price of Day 1 at $460,000. Photo: Trish Dunell.
Regal Farm’s Lot 106 set the highest price of Day 1 at $460,000. Photo: Trish Dunell.

A diverse international buying bench featured strongly throughout the day bringing highly regarded results during Day 1 of the Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds. The Sale recorded the highest ever average at a two-year-old sale in Australasia today, breaking the record set at the end of the 2016 NZB Ready to Run Sale and firmly cementing its position as the leading sale of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Hong Kong buyers were active early in the day and the momentum continued with the top price coming mid-day when Regal Farm’s Lot 106 met competitive bidding. The son of Hinchinbrook was knocked down to David Lui and Karl Chan of Hong Kong-based Sweetbriar Equine for $460,000.

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NZB Ready to Run Sale on Today

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of 2YO’s commences today with 220 lots going under the hammer from 11am at Karaka.

The entire Sale will be streamed live online. To view the live stream, click here.

The leading Sale of its kind in Australasia, NZB’s Ready to Run Sale is the source of 12 individual Group 1 winners of 19 Group 1 races in the past five seasons. A prolific producer of successful racehorses, the Sale has had an unrivalled 110 stakes wins in the same time frame.

NZB Ready to Run Sale catalogues are available from the Sales Pavilion or can be viewed online. For news and sale information from New Zealand Bloodstock visit www.nzb.co.nz.


Ready to Run Sale Kicks Off Wednesday

NZB’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds commences Wednesday 22 November with horses available for inspection now at the Karaka Sales Centre.

With 437 well-trained two-year-olds catalogued, the Sale promises to be an action-packed two days with selling starting at 11am each day.

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Victories Shake Up Pedigrees at Ready to Run

NZB's Ready to Run Sale of 2YO's
NZB's Ready to Run Sale of 2YO's

Racetrack’s in New Zealand, Australia, and further afield have delivered some outstanding results to further boost the calibre of pedigrees on offer at the fast approaching Ready to Run Sale of 2YO’s held at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka Sale Centre next week.

Flemington in particular saw Ready to Run graduate Luvaluva (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) come from the back to score an outstanding win in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes as well as Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes-placed Formality (Fastnet Rock) who added to his record of two recent Group wins. Both of these recent Group winners have siblings set to go through the auction ring with Lot 424 (a Per Incanto half-brother to Luvaluva) and Lot 174 (a full brother to Formality).

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Important Pedigree Updates Midway Through Carnival

Luvaluva (NZ) wins the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes at Flemington
Luvaluva (NZ) wins the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes at Flemington

The Melbourne Spring Carnival provided an exciting start on the Victoria Derby Day when Ready to Run Sale graduate Luvaluva (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) came from the back to score an outstanding win in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes. Nearly one year on since she was purchased at the Sale for $55,000 her half-brother at Lot 424 is set to be offered at the Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs.

Luvaluva’s kiwi breeders Christopher Grace and wife Susanna had multiple success on the first day of the carnival with home-bred mare Shillelagh (NZ) (Savabeel) winning the Group 1 Kennedy Mile. Lot 134 who is out of a sibling to Shillelagh will be offered at the Sale.

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Ready To Run Quinella in Macau Feature

As anticipation grows in the countdown to this month’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, another big race has been added to the impressive roll of honour for Ready to Run Sale graduates.

Kelowna Star (NZ) (Sufficient) collected the seventh win of his career and his fourth at stakes level when he scored impressively in the M$600,000 Autumn Trophy (1600m) in Macau, while Sacred Missile (Smart Missile) came in runner up to finish by a quarter and a length.

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Ready To Run Sale the Source of Stakes Winners

Graduate success in the last five seasons
Graduate success in the last five seasons

With a glittering honour roll featuring racetrack stars in New Zealand, Australia and across Asia, New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs is by far the most successful sale of its kind in Australasia.

New Zealand and Australia

The current headline act is undoubtedly Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj), who was purchased for $42,500 at the 2015 Sale by Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis. The chestnut is now a millionaire, courtesy of Group 1 wins in the New Zealand Derby, Rosehill Guineas and Windsor Park Plate. He has earned almost 30 times his purchase price.

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Ready to Run Breeze Ups Online Now

Curraghmore's Lot 174 and Lot 262 Breezing Up at Te Rapa Racecourse. Photo: Trish Dunell
Curraghmore's Lot 174 and Lot 262 Breezing Up at Te Rapa Racecourse. Photo: Trish Dunell

Breeze Up videos for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2017 Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs are now available for viewing online.

393 youngsters breezed into gustily winds down the home straight at Te Rapa Racecourse earlier this week. Filmed and timed for their last 200 metres of work, a full spreadsheet of times can also be downloaded from the online catalogue.

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Successful Finale to Quality Breeze Ups

Day 2 saw another 194 two-year-olds gallop down the straight at Te Rapa Racecourse and the conclusion of the 2017 Breeze Ups for New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs.

View Breeze Up times here.

The youngsters breezed up on a Dead 5 track today with southwesterly gusting winds similar to those conditions of yesterday’s Dead 6 track.

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Ready to Run 2YOs Breeze Through Day 1

A steady start set the tone of Day 1 at the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale Breeze Up’s with 199 two-year-olds breezing at Te Rapa Racecourse.

View Breeze Up times here.

The youngsters breezed up on a Dead 6 track with gusty southwesterly winds throughout the day.

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NZB Ready to Run Breeze Ups Next Week

Lyndhurst Farm's Lot 136 and Lot 299 Breezing Up in 2016
Lyndhurst Farm's Lot 136 and Lot 299 Breezing Up in 2016

Breeze Ups for New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale will take place next week on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 October with each day commencing at 10am.

View the Breeze Ups schedule here.

Held at Te Rapa Racecourse over two days, there will be 214 heats filmed and timed from the 200 metre mark to the winning post.

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Growing Demand for Horses in Hong Kong

2015-16 Hong Kong Horse of the Year, Werther (NZ) winning the Group 1 HK$10m Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup. Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club
2015-16 Hong Kong Horse of the Year, Werther (NZ) winning the Group 1 HK$10m Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup. Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club

With overall betting turnover of HK$117.4 billion (up 10.7%), 26 Hong Kong horses in the world rankings and attendance of 2.17 million last season, the Hong Kong Jockey Club continues to shatter its own records. And while their racehorse population has previously been limited to 1200, the Jockey Club’s development of the new training facility in Conghua, near Guangzhou in Mainland China, has paved the way for further expansion. The HK$3 billion investment being constructed on the site of the equestrian centre built for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou is set to open in September 2018 and it will eventually have the potential to house 1,500 horses in the future.

In April the Jockey Club announced a significant increase of 120 ownership permits. The increase sees a further shift towards unraced Private Purchase Griffins (PPGs), which accounted for 55% of permits in 2014 and they now make up 70%. The increase amounts to 110 more PPG tickets for an extra 65 applicants which will relieve the backlog of PPG permits which has been three-times oversubscribed.

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Main Stage (NZ) Charges Home For UCI Stakes Win

Main Stage (NZ) claims the UCI Stakes at Flemington.
Main Stage (NZ) claims the UCI Stakes at Flemington.

There was an incredibly strong Kiwi flavour to the result of Saturday’s A$120,000 UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington.

It was won by the $150,000 Ready to Run Sale purchase Main Stage (NZ), by Westbury Stud stallion Reliable Man and out of the well-performed Kiwi racemare Kiri (NZ) (Prized).

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Exciting Young Sires at NZB’s Ready to Run Sale

Windsor Park Stud's Shamexpress.
Windsor Park Stud's Shamexpress.

Next month’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale at Karaka will showcase the first two-year-old crops of 14 exciting freshman sires.

Sires with their eldest Australasian crop in the Sale include Shamexpress, Jakkalberry, Dundeel, Camelot, Albrecht, Dawn Approach, Declaration of War, Epaulette, Eurozone, Ferlax, Shamus Award, Sizzling, The Factor, and Unencumbered.

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Stand-out Sires at the NZB Ready to Run Sale

Waikato Stud's titan Savabeel
Waikato Stud's titan Savabeel

In addition to the growing reputation the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale at Karaka upholds for its Group 1-winning graduates and rich selection of outstanding young equine athletes, buyers at the Sale can also choose progeny from a cross-section of the very best sires throughout Australasia.

The biggest name among stallions in New Zealand at the moment is undoubtedly the Waikato Stud titan Savabeel, who has achieved clean sweeps of all of the country’s stallion awards in the last two seasons with a procession of big-race winners.

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Third Group 1 win for Gingernuts (NZ)

Gingernuts claims third Group 1 win in the $200,000 Windsor Park Plate. Photo Credit - Trish Dunell
Gingernuts claims third Group 1 win in the Windsor Park Plate. Photo: Trish Dunell.

Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj) flew the flag for New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale with his spectacular three-year-old heroics last season, and at Hastings on Saturday he picked up right where he had left off with his third Group 1 win in the $200,000 Windsor Park Plate (1600m).

Purchased by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis for $42,500 at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale, Gingernuts took his prizemoney earnings past $1 million with brilliant victories in last season’s Group 2 Avondale Guineas, Group 1 New Zealand Derby and Group 1 Rosehill Guineas.

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Ready to Run Catalogue Brimming with Quality

The catalogue for New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds is now available online and on the free iPad application, with catalogues due to be mailed out late next week.

The most successful Sale of its kind in Australasia, NZB’s Ready to Run Sale has celebrated 110 stakes wins in the past five seasons alone, nearly double the number of our closest competitor.

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Entries due to close for Australasia’s leading 2YO Sale

Entries are closing soon for New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds – the most successful sale of its kind in Australasia – with a deadline of Friday 18 August.

The 35th New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale at Karaka is set to showcase the top-quality racehorses that a truly international buying bench has come to revere.

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gavelhouse.com Hits Record High

gavelhouse.com top lot Ampin (Pins x Ambitious) sold to John Foote for a record $211,000.
gavelhouse.com top lot Ampin (Pins x Ambitious) sold to John Foote for a record $211,000.

NZB subsidiary gavelhouse.com’s record breaking Sale on Monday saw the business hit major milestones.

A total of 40 lots were sold for an aggregate of $587,800, pushing the total turnover for gavelhouse.com Sales to over $3 million since it launched in April 2016.

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