Now that it is officially complete, the DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka hotel has added a smart new addition to NZB’s Karaka Sales Centre and wider Franklin business portfolio.
In this month’s NZB video series, we're showcasing the new and best things that await you here at Karaka. After two and a half years of border closures, we’re looking forward to welcoming old and new friends and business partners back to New Zealand.
Join NZB for a trip down memory lane as we revisit some of our sale-topping highlights over the years at our Karaka National Yearling Sales Series. Can anyone guess who will be the highlight of Karaka 2023?
NZB invites all prospective buyers, racing enthusiasts and public to join us at #Karaka2023. From fresh oysters to an ice-cold beer or a crisp glass of wine, these are just a few of the elements that make up ‘The Karaka Experience’. �
Rodney Schick gave NZB’s Jessie Gower a tour of Windsor Park Stud during the spring. With Karaka 2023 only a matter of weeks away, take a look behind the scenes at this legendary Cambridge thoroughbred nursery and see where their draft of high-quality yearlings made their start in life.
Rich Hill Stud is a name synonymous with success, establishing itself as one of New Zealand’s leading thoroughbred nurseries.
Brent Taylor gave NZB’s Jessie Gower a tour around Trelawney Stud, providing an insight into this legendary nursery, which is New Zealand’s longest running commercial thoroughbred farm.
Leading vendor at Karaka for several years, Waikato Stud's reputation on the racetrack is just as formidable as its record in the sales ring.
Less than a week out from the 2023 Karaka Million, NZB took a moment to have a chat with ATR Inc. General Manager of Racing, Craig Baker.
Andrew Forsman has every chance to continue that success, with Ethereal Star looking to contest the $1m DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO and The Intimidator, Devastate and Wessex in the $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic.
NZB’s Jessie Gower chats with leading kiwi trainer Stephen Marsh Racing ahead of our 2023 Karaka Million meeting at Pukekohe Park.
NZB’s Jessie Gower chatted with Te Akau Racing Principal and elite Karaka Million selector David Ellis. The Stable has eight runners across the two races this year and will also be looking to contest a seventh consecutive Karaka Million 2YO victory.
Group One winner Prowess (NZ) (Proisir) will feature amongst an elite field for NZB’s $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic this Saturday 21 January at Pukekohe Park. We caught up with Champion trainer Roger James of Kingsclere Stables who gave us his thoughts on their exciting filly and her barrier draw result.
Te Rapa Racing Chairman and prolific racehorse owner John Elstob has not one but FOUR chances at winning NZB’s $1m DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO and $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic this Saturday.
Husband and wife duo Butch and Tess Castles have a thrilling night of #KarakaMillion racing ahead of them, owning separate shares in competing runners who have made NZB’s $1m DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO field.
There is only one $1m DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO winner each year and Butch Castles was lucky enough to experience that exhilarating moment after Tokyo Tycoon (NZ) stormed home to win the race last weekend.
Hallmark Stud is relishing in Karaka Million success after breeding and selling this year’s $1m Karaka Million 3YO Classic winner Prowess (NZ) (Proisir).
Hailing from the mighty Central Districts, Sam Williams of Little Avondale Stud knows how to breed a Group One winner, following the success of prolific sprinter in Australia Roch ‘N’ Horse.
NZB’s Jessie Gower chats to Brendan Lindsay ahead of Karaka 2023. Brendan and his wife Jo will put forward another stellar draft of yearlings under their Cambridge Stud banner, with some special lots dating back to the farm’s famous Eight Carat family.
Cricket legend Brendon McCullum has a passion for the thoroughbred breeding and racing game. After some fantastic results at the track recently, Baz was back at Karaka today inspecting yearlings ahead of Karaka 2023, looking for his next champion. Selling kicks off on Sunday at 11AM.
Established in 2000 by Welsh immigrants Des and Jan Hawkins, Wentwood Grange has quickly transitioned from a boutique farm to a major player in the New Zealand breeding industry. Wentwood Grange is now in the hands of their sons Sean, Dean and Leigh, who caught up with NZB’s Jessie Gower on the road to Karaka 2023.
Nick Fairweather and Nicole Brown are looking forward to offering another quality draft at Karaka under their Carlaw Park banner. Fairweather commented on the diversity of their stallion representation, with something for everyone on offer.
NZB Principal and Pencarrow Stud owner Sir Peter Vela took the time out before the commencement of Karaka 2023 to chat with Jessie Gower about all things Pencarrow and the influence of Sir Patrick Hogan.
Jessie Gower of NZB chatted with Hall of Fame trainer Chris Waller just before the start of Karaka 2023. Waller is excited to be back on the complex to inspect and purchase Kiwi horses, which he has had much success with previously.
King of the Karaka ring - David Ellis - is back purchasing Lot 59, a Savabeel colt out of Bayrock from Windsor Park Stud’s Book 1 draft. This lot was on his “must buy” list for the Te Akau Racing Stable.
Selling at Karaka for the first time under his own banner, Lib Petanga of Elsdon Park brought fierce quality to the sale ring. Andrew Williams, Forsman Racing and Bevan Smith purchased his Savabeel filly (ex Chiaretta) Lot 97 for $600,000.
Rodney Schick of Windsor Park Stud was delighted after the sale of Lot 59, his Savabeel colt out of Bayrock which sold for $625,000. This lot was purchased by one of the best judges in the business, David Ellis of Te Akau Racing.
Group One trainer Stephen Marsh is thrilled with his $380,000 purchase of Lot 91, a Super Seth colt out of Chandelier. This colt is a half-brother to Group One winner in Australia Mo’unga and was offered by Waikato Stud.
Jessie Gower chatted to Australian trainer John O'Shea Racing who was thrilled to be back at Karaka, bringing with him an army of clients who were taken with New Zealand during the O’Shea tour in December.
Coolmore’s Tom Magnier is delighted to be back at Karaka and impressed with the calibre of bloodstock he’s seen. We had a chat with him about what sets New Zealand apart when it comes to producing top horses.
Best known for selling Hong Kong hero Golden Sixty from NZB’s Ready to Run Sale, Sam Beatson of Riversley Park is now dabbling in selling yearlings at Karaka 2023.
Hong Kong-based Jamie Richards has travelled to Karaka 2023 with a full list of orders for his clients. Richards has purchased four lots so far, including highlight purchases of $400,000 for a Deep Field colt and $320,000 for a Per Incanto colt.
Young gun Todd Pollard has travelled back to Karaka, purchasing on behalf of Australian trainer Annabel Neasham. Neasham has secured five lots so far, including two Ocean Park fillies and a colt, a Tivaci filly and a Super Seth filly.
Albert Bosma of Go Racing has been busy setting the Karaka sale ring alight, securing six yearlings from Karaka 2023. Included is a stunning Almanzor filly out of High Chaparral mare Hi Appiel (NZ). This filly will be heading to the stable of Annabel Neasham.
NZB’s Jessie Gower is back with Brent Taylor of Trelawney Stud after Lot 294, a bay colt by Too Darn Hot out of Lady Sayyida sells for $750,000. Taylor is delighted to have the current sale topping lot, let us see what he has to say.
A familiar face around Karaka, Danny Rolston of the Hong Kong Jockey Club returns to New Zealand after venturing abroad to embark on his new role as International Sales Manager. As NZB’s previous Director of Sales, we could not wait to catch up with Danny.
Cameron Cooke purchased Lot 294 for $750,000, a colt by first season sire Too Darn Hot out of elite Trelawney Stud mare Lady Sayyida. This lot is from the same family as super sires Ocean Park and Grunt.
It comes as no surprise that Australian trainer Peter Moody purchased the sibling to his $10 million Golden Eagle winner I Wish I Win (NZ). Lot 328, an Ocean Park colt out of Make a Wish was bought for $375,000 from Waikato Stud.
Sam Williams of Little Avondale offered Lot 329, a colt by fire sire Per Incanto out of Makkura. This Lot was purchased by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for $360,000.
Stephen Marsh has been active at Karaka, securing six yearlings in various partnerships. Let’s hear what the trainer had to say about his new purchases.
Champion harness trainer Mark Purdon of All Stars Racing secured Lot 257 for $200,000. The Savabeel colt out of Pink Graffiti was purchased from Waikato Stud.
NZB Airfreight’s Australian Manager Josh Murphy has a wealth of expertise and unrivalled understanding of the need for safety and reliability when it comes to flying horses around the globe.
Jessie Gower chatted poolside with Josh Rix and Ben Hayes of Lindsay Park at the DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka this morning. The team are delighted with their three purchases so far, highlighted by a $140,000 spent on a Per Incanto filly and an Ocean Park filly they purchased for $140,000
Gordon Cunningham of Curraghmore is thrilled by his 100% clearance rate at Karaka 2023. His Sale is highlighted by two $450,000 purchases made from his draft on Day One of Book 1, both purchased by Chris Waller Racing / Mulcaster Bloodstock.
Travelling all the way from England, Johnny McKeever of Johnny McKeever Bloodstock is ecstatic to finally be back here on the complex for Karaka 2023. Let's see what he had to say.
Kevin ‘Millie’ Walls of KPW Bloodstock has purchased 11 lots so far at Karaka 2023, including highlight purchases of $450,000 for a Per Incanto colt and $380,000 for a Grunt colt.
After purchasing a stellar filly for $600,000 on Day One of Book 1 Forsman Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock / Bevan Smith Bloodstock went to $460,000 for a Written Tycoon Filly out of Save the Date. A future Karaka Million filly perhaps?
Andrew Forsman, Andrew Williams and Bevan Smith securing Lot 488 for a $460,000 price tag, a filly by Written Tycoon out of Save the Date from Cambridge Stud’s draft.
Go Racing’s Albert Bosma was thrilled with his purchase of Lot 363, a colt by Fastnet Rock out of More Than Ready mare More Jools. Bosma secured the colt for $325,000 from Cambridge Stud’s draft.
The second highlight of the day came when Laguna Partnership, Barry Lee Bloodstock and John Sargent Racing purchased Lot 616 for $625,000.
Olly Tuthill of Beaufort Downs was delighted after Lot 621 sold for $450,000 to the Hong Kong Jockey Club. The colt by Deep Field out of Via Veneto was the last of Beaufort Down’s offerings, resulting in a 100% clearance rate at Book 1 of Karaka 2023.
First-time vendor and ex Chief Rugby Player Nick White of Kaha Nui Farm achieved great success in Book 1 of Karaka 2023. Their Almanzor filly was purchased for $160,000 by Kingsclere Stables and their Capitalist filly was purchased by John Foote Bloodstock / Tony Gollan Racing for $200,000. White is looking forward to selling a further three lots in Book 2.
Victoria-based trainer Shane Nichols has been active at Karaka 2023 purchasing two lots. Lot 464 is a colt by So You Think out of Respin for $275,000 who the trainer bought out of Cambridge Stud’s draft.
Haunui Farm finished Book One of Karaka 2023 on a high! Lot 616, a filly by Super Seth sold for a whopping $625,000 pricetag to Laguna Partnership / Barry Lee Bloodstock / John Sargent Racing.
Kiwi horses and ‘The Karaka Experience’ has left a lasting impression on Maddy Sears of Sears Racing. Travelling to Karaka 2023 from Queensland, lets hear what the trainer had to say about her buying experience so far.
Patrick Payne Racing secured Lot 700 for $100,000 in Book 2 of Karaka 2023. The Shocking colt out of Centilly was purchased from Highden Park’s draft.
Lance O’Sullivan of Wexford Stables purchased nine horses in Book 1, added one more from Book 2 at Karaka 2023. Lot 692, a filly by Priosir was purchased for $55,000 from Poplar Lodge.
Lot 789, a Proisir colt was purchased for $180,000 by Brad Widdup. The colt was purchased from Rich Hill Stud’s draft, who stand Proisir that is currently top of the New Zealand sires’ premiership this season.
Paul Chow of Tartan Meadow Bloodstock purchases the final Lot on Day One of Book 2 - Lot 800 - for $160,000. Chow said the colt by Per Incanto is a must-have for his operation.
Little Avondale Stud’s team are over the moon with the sale of their horse ‘Gretta’. The Time Test filly was purchased for $85,000 by Robert Dennis Racing. Sam Williams brings out the champagne to celebrate Lot 785!
Karaka Million-winning trainer Robert Wellwood of Kingsclere Stables had an action-packed few days of purchasing at Karaka 2023. On the hunt for the next Prowess perhaps?
Group One-winning trainer David VanDyke of VanDyke Racing has been busy at Karaka 2023. Having already purchased Queensland Oaks winner Gypsy Goddess from NZB’s Book 2 Sale, VanDyke is back searching for his next champion.
Australian Bloodstock Agent Suman Hedge made his return to Karaka after a hiatus. Hedge has secured a number of yearlings by a range of kiwi sires in partnership with trainer John O’Shea.
Michael Moroney of Ballymore Stables has been active throughout Book 1 and Book 2 at Karaka 2023, securing 12 lots at a range of prices from $9,000 through to $280,000.
Graham Richardson of Richardson Racing Stables has purchased six fillies at Karaka 2023 to date, including a highlight purchase in Book 2 today, Lot 890, a Proisir filly secured for $75,000 from Woburn farm’s draft.
Owner of Lot 961, Reid Thurlow, was thrilled when his Vadamos colt was sold for $120,000 from Hallmark Stud’s draft. The lot was purchased by Ballymore Stables, Paul Moroney Bloodstock and Catheryne Bruggeman.
Mark Walsh has been active during Book 2 of Karaka 2023, securing two lots for $25,000 and $30,000 respectively.
Shaune Ritchie is an active player at Karaka every year. The leading trainer has managed to secure a variety of horses for his clients at Karaka 2023, ranging from a $15,000 to $260,000 spend.