It's a Karaka-ing Time to Invest

Date: 28 Jan 2024

It's a Karaka-ing Time to Invest

Ir's here - Sale Day - the Karaka yearling sale gets underway at 10.00am today - there has never been a better time to race a horse - and Te Akau will shares available today in new, promising young horses!

Be sure not to miss one minute of the selling action - there will be fireworks in the arena for sure.  Te Akau will be very active hunting down our next stars, the horses who will race in the tangerine - some in just a few months' time.

The pedigree research and homework has been done, the veterinary team red hot on X-rays and inspections, our team has seen the yearlings that make up our hit list, time and time again - the scene is set after months of planning!

We have won seven straight Karaka 2YO Millions, and two Karaka 3YO Millions (make that five when the race as called the Karaka 3YO Mile).

Te Akau is the only stable to win both in an evening (twice) and the only stable to have had a horse win both the Karaka 2YO and come out the next season and win the 3YO edition too.

If you want to see what we buy - watch our "Yearlings and Shares" page as it will be updated as we purchase.  You can also follow the sale at ... here is all you need to know ... with half an hour to go!


Watch all the action here, or live on SKY Premier channel 64, Freeview Channel 200 or New Zealand Bloodstock's Facebook page.


There has never been a greater time to invest in a thoroughbred to race in New Zealand. 

The raft of positive announcements made by Entain, TAB, NZTR and NZB have been incredible over the last few months. So much so that any yearling purchases will be able to race for $7.5m in NZB-backed races alone in the first 19 months post-sale. That doesn't include other stakes increases, Group One races, new innovative races and series boosts.


THE NZB KIWI - $4.5 million

Sponsored by NZB, the recently announced inaugural thoroughbred slot race will headline a major revamp of the NZ summer racing calendar next year. 

The NZB Kiwi will become one of the major highlights of a newly established ‘Champions Day’ held in March at Ellerslie - a three-year-old 1500m slot race, which will be the richest race ever held in New Zealand worth $4.5 million by 2027 and will carry black-type status.

Fourteen slots will be available to graduates of NZB Sales, as well as Kiwi horses, creating a true destination race for star New Zealand-bred horses from around the world.



NZB's Karaka Millions sales graduates series comprises of the $1m TAB Karaka Millions 2YO (1200m) and $1.5m TAB Karaka Millions 3YO (1600m) plus two new bonuses announced for horses purchased out of Karaka 2024. 

NZB has joined forces with Entain to introduce an additional $400,000 in available bonuses for horses offered at the 2024 National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka.

The $200,000 New Owners Bonus will be won by the first horse across the finish line in the 2025 $1m TAB Karaka Millions 2YO that has 50% or more of the ownership being held by first-time owners. Aimed to introduce newcomers to the thrill of racehorse ownership, new owners can purchase a yearling at the fast-approaching yearling sales at Karaka in January and be racing for $1.2 million only a year later.

The $200,000 Book 2 Bonus will be won by the first horse across the finish line in the 2026 $1.5m TAB Karaka Millions 3YO that was offered in NZB’s Book 2 Sale in January 2024.

Sign up at the fall of the hammer for the Karaka Millions Series and your purchase could be racing for $1m in 12 months time and a further $1.5 million in 24 months plus bonuses.



Adding to the list of further boosts Entain and NZTR have made to New Zealand’s racing industry in recent months is the delivery of enhanced Pearl Series bonuses for fillies and mares, doubling the prizemoney in the 2023-24 season.

The refreshed Entain - NZB Insurance Pearl Series sees the winning Owner receiving a $20,000 bonus, increasing from $10,000, as well as the winning Trainer and Nominator receiving $1,000 each, a $500 increase.

In addition to this, the Owner of the filly or mare that places second will receive a $4,000 bonus (increased from $2,000), with the Owner of the third placegetter earning a $2,000 bonus (increased from $1,000).

Adding further appeal is the creation of a $100,000 Pearl Series Bonus Final to be run in Autumn. The Final will be open to Pearl Series registered horses only, up to five years of age. 

Look for Entain-NZB Insurance Pearl Series nominated fillies in the catalogue, or if the filly you purchase isnt nominated, register her for early-bird pricing with the NZTBA team.


Additionally, there are overall prizemoney increases such as NZTR's revamped summer racing calendar, that will increase by $9.1 million in the 2024/25 season. There has simply never been a better time to invest with ample opportunity for reward.


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