South Island Sale

7 August 2020

Date Change for 2020 South Island Sale

Due to recent announcements made by the Government regarding further restrictions with large public gatherings, New Zealand Bloodstock has made the decision to postpone the 2020 South Island Sale that was due to be held on 17 April.

After consultation with various New Zealand and Australian stakeholders, the Sale will be moved to Friday 7 August 2020. The Sale will effectively become an unbroken two-year-old Sale, the same format that was previously held up until 2013.

The public gathering and travel restrictions should be well and truly over by August, and the economy, along with buyer confidence, will hopefully be on the way up.


Showcasing the southern-bred New Zealand thoroughbred, the South Island Sale will deliver a raft of purchasing opportunities for both domestic and international buyers. Held at Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch, the one-day session features a selection of unboken two-year-olds offered on the new date of Friday 7 August from the later selling time of 12pm.

With a selection of progeny from leading sires, out of NZ-bred mares, the Sale highlights the unique characteristics that abound in the southern product. Adding to the appeal, all Yearlings sold at this Sale are eligible to be nominated for the lucrative Karaka Million Series at a reduced entry fee, which comprises of two $1 million races – the Karaka Million 2YO and the Karaka Million 3YO Classic, in addition to the $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup, which they can contest for the duration of their career.