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.