The catalogues for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 88th National Yearling Sales Series are now available online.
A total of 1,371 yearlings have been entered across the three sales sessions of Karaka’s week-long auction extravaganza, starting on Monday, January 27.
The PREMIER SALE catalogue features a world-class line-up of 469 Lots – 28 more than in January 2013 – set to be offered over two days on Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 January, commencing at 11am each day.
The SELECT SALE has attracted an exceptional selection of 612 yearlings over the three-day Sale from Wednesday 29 January to Friday 31 January, also starting at 11am each day.
The FESTIVAL SALE will be a one-day bumper session with 290 Lots catalogued on Sunday 2 February, commencing at the earlier time of 10am.
With a strike rate as hot as ever, the past season has seen 13 individual Group 1 winners worldwide graduating from the Karaka Sales Series, the most of any auction house in Australasia.
The 13 National Yearling Sales Series graduates that won Group 1 events last season together were bought at an average price of just under NZ$114,000. They have together secured a remarkable 23 Group 1 victories and over $25 million in prizemoney in their careers to date.
The flagship Karaka Premier Sale has drawn a star-studded line-up of yearlings. Among them are over 100 siblings to stakes winners; 116 progeny of stakes winning mares; plus 18 siblings to Group 1 winners including It’s a Dundeel (Lot 275), Darci Brahma (Lot 35), Alamosa (Lot 107), Gee I Jane (Lot 133), Brambles (Lot 190), Serenade Rose (Lot 215), Sir Slick (Lot 137), Black Mamba (Lot 258), The Jewel (Lot 304), Shamexpress (Lot 335), Guiseppina (Lot 376), Zabrasive (Lot 433) and Xcellent (Lot 468).
A further 20 yearlings are from Group 1 winning race mares such as Katie Lee (Lot 73), Glamour Puss (Lot 28), Lashed (Lot 94), Legs (Lot 100) and Zirna (Lot 347).
There are also close relatives to So You Think, Ocean Park, Mastercraftsman, Fast N Famous, Glamour Puss, Rangirangdoo, Shower of Roses, Ethereal, Railings and Jimmy Choux.
Karaka graduates proved themselves in some of Australasia’s most esteemed Group 1 races over the past 12 months or more. Ocean Park (NZ) (Thorn Park) delivered a fifth Group 1 Cox Plate in six years for New Zealand-bred horses, and Sacred Falls(NZ) (O’Reilly) raced to victory in the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap, also the fifth victory in six years for Kiwi-breds in that honoured race.
International success was enjoyed with Ambitious Dragon (NZ) (Pins) flying the New Zealand flag with a Group 1 triumph in the Hong Kong Mile – the world’s richest mile race – and was crowned Champion Miler in Hong Kong for a second consecutive year.
Karaka graduates flourished in Singapore with Horse of the Year Super Easy (NZ) (Darci Brahma) claiming three Group 1 races in his career that included a run of 12 straight wins. A new star is rising in Singapore in the form of War Affair (NZ) (O’Reilly), the victor of Singapore’s Golden Horseshoe 2YO Championship who also made a clean sweep of the More Magic 3YO Championship.
These results add to the over 100 Group 1 races won by NZ Bloodstock yearling graduates in the past five seasons that have seen stakes winners in America, Australia, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.
A total of 8 of the 13 Group 1 winners last season came from the Select Sale with the average cost of these stars less than NZ$90,000, yet collecting NZ$8 million in prizemoney between them last season alone, an average of over $1 million each for the year.
The Select Sale has also provided the most Karaka Million runners of any Karaka session in the race’s six-year history, providing the million dollar feature winner on two occasions.
There will be a broad selection of just over 130 sires represented across the six days of selling at Karaka 2014, featuring 22 first season sires including Beneteau, Congrats, Makfi, Monaco Consel, Rip Van Winkle, Shocking Showcasing and Starspangledbanner.
A strong mix of proven sires along with young sires making waves will also be featuring, with the likes of Alamosa, Bernardini, Commands, Darci Brahma, Exceed and Excel, Fastnet Rock, High Chaparral, Mastercraftsman, O’Reilly, Pins, Savabeel, the legendary Zabeel, and the final crop of the exceptional Thorn Park, among a host of other high-achieving sires at Karaka 2014.
KARAKA 2014 SCHEDULE:
26 January – Karaka Million Twilight Races
27 & 28 January – Premier Sale
29 – 30 January – Select Sale
2 February – Festival Sale
Catalogues for NZ Bloodstock National Yearling Sales Series will be in the post at the beginning of next week.
To request a catalogue contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone NZB on +64 9 298 0055.