Steeped in history, the National Yearling Sales Series is the flag bearing sale for New Zealand breeders and the annual showcase of quality thoroughbred youngsters set for racetrack stardom. Buyers from around the globe tune in to Karaka for this week-long selling extravaganza which sees the cream of the crop catalogued for sale.

Set apart from the rest of the world, enviable bloodlines run the length and breadth of New Zealand, producing some of the very best yearlings on the planet. Grown on mineral rich soils, blanketed with a temperate climate, bathed in ample sunlight hours and nourished by lush green pastures. New Zealand's unique environmental qualities are born of nature and give New Zealand bred and raised thoroughbreds their distinct winning advantage. 

But you don't get Group One-winning racehorses purely from nature. There's toil behind the triumph. Expert kiwi horsemen and women understand what it takes to breed, raise and prepare champions. Wisdom knows no boundary, with purpose-built facilities designed to grow out young thoroughbreds. 

The synergy between premium bloodstock on offer, Group One accolades produced by our horses, leading technology, sale transparency and world-famous hospitality combine at Karaka for an unforgettable experience.

Graduates of NZB's National Yearling Sale continue to outrival elite fields with champions emerging in every racing jurisdiction. Headlined by this season's top-level performers Probabeel (NZ), Melody Belle (NZ), Lion's Roar (NZ), Kolding (NZ), Avantage, Johnny Get Angry (NZ), Toffee Tongue (NZ), Aegon (NZ), Furore (NZ), Inspirational Girl (NZ) plus immortal champions Beauty Generation (NZ) and dating as far back as the mighty Phar Lap (NZ). 

New Zealand-sourced fillies won 75% of all Group One Oaks races run in Australasia last season while NZ horses are also responsible for winning 43% of all Australasian Group One Guineas races in the last five seasons. A source of classic types, NZ-sourced thoroughbreds have claimed 33% of all Australasian Group One Derby races and graduates dominated the last two consecutive editions of the esteemed $1m Epsom Handicap in Australia. 

In the entire history of the Hong Kong Derby, New Zealand horses are the number one source of winners, claiming 11 editions of the elite race in the last 28 years compared to graduates of Australian sales claiming just five editions combined. 2021 winner Sky Darci (NZ) was a NZ$160,000 purchase from Book 1 of Karaka 2018. 

The week of selling kicks off with the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting at Ellerslie Racecourse on the eve of the Sale, where graduates compete in two $1 million races at New Zealand's richest sporting event and an action-packed night will set hearts racing. Every yearling sold at Karaka 2022 is eligible to be entered in the Karaka Million Series comprising of the $1m DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO (1200m), $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) and $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup (2200m). 

Karaka is where your winning journey begins.


Entries for NZB's 2022 National Yearling Sales Series open via the portal from June 2021.