NZB Graduates Set Pace towards 2020 Karaka Million 2YO & 3YO Classic
Friday, Oct 4, 2019
The road to New Zealand’s most coveted race meeting has officially begun, with a number of youngsters set to take centre stage leading up to the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million Twilight Meeting (1200m).
2020 will mark yet another milestone event, providing a sensational night of racing with two $1m features. The Karaka Million Twilight Meeting offers the largest purse in New Zealand and will take place on the eve of the NZB National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka in January.
New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka May Sale has played a leading part in the recent successes of Group One winners Yourdeel (NZ) (Dundeel) and Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj). Not only has the Sale been a source of top performers, but also a commonplace for the practice of pinhooking.
Yourdeel and Gingernuts are just a couple of the golden opportunities that have been realised by astute buyers who have made a return on investment, followed by bright futures on the racetrack.
The 93rd National Yearling Sales Series kicked off at Ellerslie with two million dollar races in what is the culmination of years of breeding, hard work getting a horse ready for the sale ring and then the training it takes to have a runner on the richest night of racing in New Zealand.
With outstanding fields assembled for the two-year-old and three-year-old races, it shows how attractive the Karaka Million graduate incentive is for buyers, trainers and owners alike.
With 698 horses now under the hammer at the National Yearling Sales Series, the turnover has reached $67,206,500, representing an average of $137,437 for 489 horses sold. The median closed at $100,000 and the clearance rate 77%.
“I believe the market has held up well considering the lack of pin hooking activity – which traditionally underpins the middle market, the drop off from Singapore buyers due to falling prizemoney, and the continued lack of confidence in the local market,” commented New Zealand Bloodstock’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook.
The trio of Waikato Stud, Te Akau Racing and Savabeel provided fireworks on Day 2 of the 2019 National Yearling Sales Series setting a new top price of the Sale and exceeding that of the top lot in 2018.
When Lot 192 walked through the ring, the Savabeel colt caught the attention of multiple bidders but it was Te Akau Racing’s principal David Ellis that trumped them with a final bid of $1.4 million. Out of a winning Pins mare and a half-brother to Group One Queensland Oaks runner-up Another Dollar, the Waikato Stud yearling took their results to a whole new level and delivered the team their first seven figure yearling.
The second day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 1 Sale continues today with Lot 101 through to Lot 320 going under the hammer from 11am.
The Sale will be streamed live online, on the NZB facebook page, and on Karaka Pop Up (SKY Channel 263 for SKY subscribers). Racing.com will also broadcast on Free-to-air (Channel 68/78) and Foxtel (Channel 529) in Australia, as well as streaming live on Racing.com.
With the first 100 yearlings through the ring last night, a total of 70 Lots were sold with the average closing at $155,607 and the median $110,000. The end of day trading reached $10,892,500 in turnover, only slightly behind 2018 figures.
All catalogues are available at reception or can be viewed online.
Visit www.nzb.co.nz for all Sale news and information.
Astute Buyers Invest on Day 1 of Karaka 2019
Sunday, Jan 27, 2019
Brendan and Jo Lindsay’s first yearling draft under the Cambridge Stud banner delivered a host of highlights at the opening session of New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2019 National Yearling Sales Series.
The two highest-priced yearlings of the day were both prepared by the Waikato-based nursery with the only Redoute’s Choice colt (Lot 67) in the Sale fetching $800,000 and a top-class Zoustar filly (Lot 90) knocked down for $600,000.
While the fields are shaping up for the two million dollar Karaka Million races at Ellerslie this Saturday, the performances of the runners that have placed them high in the order of entry are making an impact on their relations catalogued at Karaka 2019.
Queen of Diamonds (NZ) (Savabeel) is currently eleventh on the Karaka Million 3YO Classic order of entry with a victory in the Group Three Eulogy Stakes and third placing in the Group Two Eight Carat Classic – both part of the NZB Filly of the Year series.
On both sides of the Tasman there is an all-conquering stallion rewriting the record books and creating a powerful and enduring legacy. Both of those stallions are set to play a big role at Karaka 2019.
In New Zealand, that stallion is Savabeel(Zabeel). The Waikato Stud supremo has topped all of the last four New Zealand sires’ premierships, and he has already opened up a commanding lead in 2018-19 ($1.66 million, with his nearest challenger on $991,521).
The sky appears to be the limit for some of Australasia’s emerging star stallions, and Karaka 2019 will be the perfect time to get on board with their progeny.
Second-season sensation Zoustar (Northern Meteor) has sired 32 winners across the Tasman this season, six of them stakes winners, with A$3.2 million in prizemoney – almost three times as much as the next-best second-season sire in Australia.
Affordable Group One Harvest an Indicator for Karaka 2019
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018
Time and again the quality New Zealand thoroughbred attracts the industry’s heavy hitters from near and far. Their phenomenal record in Australasia’s biggest three-year-old races, and some of the most prestigious races around the world, is evidence to their winning edge.
A remarkable five out of the possible seven Group One Guineas races in Australasia in the 2017-18 season were claimed by these world-beating yearlings who went through the sale ring at Karaka.
Beauty Generation Breath-taking in Hong Kong Mile Repeat
Monday, Dec 10, 2018
Superstar Karaka graduate Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock) has produced another breath-taking performance, brilliantly defending his title in Sunday’s HK$25 million Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin.
Bought for $60,000 at the 2014 Select Sale, Beauty Generation is the reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year and went into Sunday’s race with victories in seven of his last nine starts.
Karaka Book 1 graduate Aotea Lad (NZ) (Savabeel) began his career on the perfect note at Trentham on Saturday, winning the $100,000 Group 2 Anuka Smoker Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1100m) in his very first start.
The Jamie Richards-trained gelding had shown good ability in a recent trial win and was the $2.20 favourite for the time-honoured two-year-old feature, and he lived up to expectations with a stylish performance.
High-class Karaka graduate Gift Of Power (NZ) (Power) made a brilliant return to top form with an all-the-way win in Friday’s $50,000 Listed FastTrack Insurance Levin Stakes (1200m) at Otaki.
The $180,000 Premier Sale purchase had won eight races and more than $229,000 in prize-money before Friday’s race, headed by black-type victories in the Listed Wellesley Stakes (1000m) and Group 2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1100m) as a two-year-old.
Featuring an outstanding showcase of 1,284 yearlings for the 93rd National Yearling Sales Series, buyers can now take their first look at the catalogues online with printed copies arriving in letterboxes from early December.
Time and again the quality New Zealand-bred attracts the industry’s heavy hitters from near and far and Karaka 2019 will once again offer an extensive selection of kiwi sire power, along with strong representation from leading Australian sires and shuttlers. There are 116 stallion profiles represented across all three Books, including the first crop of 20 exciting young sires.