Noms closing for 2013 NZB National yearling sales

Nominations for the 2013 NZ Bloodstock National yearling sales close this Monday, July 9.

Demand at Karaka is rapidly on the rise as Kiwi horses continue to showcase the (NZ) suffix on the world stage.  The remarkable 17 Derby titles won around the world by New Zealand horses since 2010 is a testament to this success.

Most importantly, it was Karaka that provided the best returns to vendors in 2012.  Yearlings by a host of local and international sires like Encosta de Lago, Fastnet Rock, High Chaparral, Pins, Pentire and Zabeel all averaged more at Karaka than at any other Australasian sale.

These leading sale ring results are driven by consistent top flight success across Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong in addition to here at home.

Added to that, NZ Bloodstock is the source of over 70 Group 1 winners in the past five seasons – the best record on any Australasian sales company – making Karaka an essential destination for thoroughbred buyers from around the globe.

Karaka Premier Sale: 28 & 29 January – Entry fee: $1,800 + gst

The Karaka Premier Sale has a world class reputation, attracting buyers from ten countries to purchase yearlings in 2012, with over 70% of the Sale’s aggregate coming from international buyers.

Leading buyers including David Ellis, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Gai Waterhouse, Bart Cummings, Duncan Ramage, Hawkes Racing and John O’Shea alone spent over $15 million at the Premier Sale earlier this year.

The Premier Sale has claimed multiple Group 1 winners over the past season, claiming race victories such as the G1 ARC Diamond Stakes, G1 NZ 1000 & 2000 Guineas double, G1 New Zealand Stakes, G1 Queensland Derby and So You Think’s Group 1 treble headed by his Royal Ascot victory in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

Karaka Select Sale: 30 January – 1 February – Entry fee: $1,100 + gst

Results from this burgeoning session speak for themselves, with graduates such as nine-time Group 1 winner Mufhasa (Pentire), Hong Kong Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon (Pins), G1 VRC Derby winner Sangster (Savabeel) and G1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Choice Bro (Choisir).

These results have not been lost on buyers and the amount of buyers that now stay for the Select session, or specifically target the Sale as a place to purchase their yearlings, is rapidly on the rise.  The Hong Kong spend more than doubled from 2011 to 2012 to over $2.7 million this year, just one of nine countries who purchased yearlings from the Select Sale in 2012.

Karaka Festival Sale: 3 & 4 February – Entry fee: $600 + gst

The Karaka Festival Sale was an unprecedented success for vendors this year.  The Sale’s aggregate exceeded the 2011 total and the median posted a 41% increase to match the 2008 record of $12,000.  The average also posted 26% increase to over $15,000.

The Festival Sale has been well represented on the track this season producing the likes of the G1 Hong Kong Derby winner Fay Fay (Falkirk), G2 winning sprinter Durham Town (Falkirk) and stakes winners Zennista (Zenno Rob Roy), Swiper the Fox (Align), Napatap (Patapan) and Silver City (Nothing To Lose).

New Zealand Bloodstock’s 87th National Yearling Sales Series will be held in 2013 from January 28 to February 4 and entries close Monday, July 9.  For entry forms please email receptionist Faye Hunt at or contact the team at New Zealand Bloodstock for more information on +64 (0) 9 298 0055.