$1 Million Karaka Million Field Finalised
$1 Million Karaka Million Field Finalised
The fields for the $1 million Karaka Million (Res.L) – New Zealand’s richest race – and the $100,000 NZB Insurance Karaka 3YO Mile (Res.L) have been finalised with the fields now available to be viewed online.
The barrier draws for the two races were announced live on Radio Trackside earlier today with the stakes winning filly and likely Karaka Million favourite Ruud Awakening (Bernardini) faring well drawing barrier seven.
Ruud Awakening is the
likely Karaka Million favourite
Last start Group 3 Eclipse Stakes winner Gobi Ranger (Tale of the Cat) has drawn wide in the million dollar race in barrier 14 while other stakes winners Catalonia (Commands) and Dancer’s Tale (Tale of the Cat) have drawn barriers six and 12 respectively.
Sadly the only Australian entry – the Anthony Freedman trained Minaj (Commands) – has been withdrawn from the race after developing an elevated temperature overnight.
Some interesting facts on the 2013 Karaka Million field:
• This year’s field
comprises 5 horses from the Karaka Premier Sale,
8 from the Select Sale and 2 from the Festival
• Tale of the Cat will be represented by two runners - Gobi Ranger and Dancer’s Tale.
• Westbury Stud’s Karaka 2012 draft has produced three Karaka Million runners - Charlestown, Ruud Awakening and Princess Sophia.
• Albert Bosma’s Go Racing Syndications will have two runners with Ruud Awakening and Charlestown both making the field.
• Trainer Lisa Latta will have two runners - Charlestown and Keepherhot. Latta won the race in 2011 with Fort Lincoln.
• Sunday will see the sixth running of the Karaka Million. The race has previously been won by Vincent Mangano (2008), The Heckler (2009), Sister Havana (2010), Fort Lincoln (2011) and Ockham’s Razor last year.
To view the final field for the Karaka Million, please click here or see the table below.
The $100,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Karaka 3YO Mile will also be held on Sunday night at 6.13pm and has drawn a strong field headed by last season’s Group 1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes winner Choice Bro (Choisir).
Established in 2010, the race is open to horses nominated for last year’s Karaka Million and has been won by some high profile three-year-olds including Group 1 winners Banchee in 2011 and Rock ‘N’ Pop last year. The Order of Entry is based on NZ domestic ratings.
To view the final field for the Karaka 3YO Mile, please click here or see the table below.
The $1 million Karaka Million will be held at the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting at Ellerslie on the eve of the Karaka Premier Sale, this Sunday 27 January. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by clicking here.
Karaka Million Final
# Name Breeding Draw Trainer Jockey Sale Price Vendor Press Buyer
1 Gobi Ranger Tale of the Cat x Big Step 14 Danica Guy James McDonald $75,000 Hallmark Stud Dr KC Tan
2 Catalonia Commands x Valpolicella 6 Jason Bridgman Opie Bosson $150,000 Haunui Farm Mr DC Ellis
3 Charlestown Myboycharlie x Princess Carolina 9 Lisa Latta Vinnie Colgan $65,000 Westbury Stud Go Racing Ltd
4 Touche Thorn Park x Centapin 5 Johno Benner Jonathan Riddell $25,000 Mapperley Stud Ltd Cavallo Agistment Centre
5 Eastern Dragon Testa Rossa x Formal Combat 11 Bruce Wallace Mark Du Plessis $230,000 Rich Hill Stud Wallace Thoroughbreds Ltd
6 A Beautiful Knight Alamosa x You Beauty 13 Graeme & Debbie Rogerson Lisa Allpress $100,000 Wellfield Lodge Rogerson Bloodstock
7 Al Strada Perfectly Ready x Penny Arcade 15 Jason Price Reese Jones $22,500 Brighthill Farm Mr JA & Mrs KA Price
8 Grey Hero Guillotine x Royal Cashel 3 Bruce Wallace Mark Hillis $15,000 Windsor Park Stud Wallace Thoroughbreds Ltd
9 Ruud Awakening Bernardini x Dawn Almighty 7 Steven Marsh Craig Williams $90,000 Westbury Stud Go Racing Ltd
10 Dancer's Tale Tale of the Cat x Pineau 12 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Michael Coleman $65,000 Blandford Lodge Challenge Racehorse Syndications Ltd
11 Fantastic Honour Any Suggestion x Accidentallyinlove 1 Paul & Kris Shailer Kelly Myers $80,000 Bradbury Park Shailer Thoroughbreds Ltd
12 Precious Sophia Cecconi x Gypsy Jewels 2 Graeme & Debbie Rogerson Rory Hutchings $35,000 Westbury Stud Rogerson Bloodstock
13 Keepherhot Keeper x Lady Firebird 4 Lisa Latta Leith Innes $75,000 Cambridge Stud Lisa Latta Racing Stables
14 Gateway Coats Choice x Gillygate 10 Steven McKee Sam Spratt $20,000 Berkley Stud TJ McKee Ltd
15 Lucky Feather (B1) Darci Brahma x Glamoury 8 Toby Autridge & Cyril Goodwin TBA $7,000 Bluegables Farm Mr J Naito
2013 Karaka 3YO MIle Final
# Name Breeding Draw Trainer Jockey Sale Price Bvendor Press Buyer
1 Choice Bro Choisir x Ladidi 6 John Sargent Jonathan Riddell $50,000 Ainsley Downs Stud Gary Mudgway/John Sargent
2 Spinning Dancer Commands x Annie Daly 5 Bruce Wallace Trudy Thornton $230,000 Pencarrow Stud Wallace Thoroughbreds Ltd
3 Swiper The Fox Align x Canzano 3 Leo Molloy TBA $40,000 Fernbrook Farms M Racing
4 Single Act Bachelor Duke x Consumer 7 Jason Bridgman Matthew Cameron $46,000 The Oaks Stud Mr DC Ellis
5 Corporal Lincoln Fastnet Rock x Salsa 8 Lisa Latta TBA $120,000 Cambridge Stud Beamish Bloodstock
6 King Zeus Thorn Park x Maidjeu 11 Donna & Dean Logan Vinnie Colgan $34,000 Windsor Park Stud D M Logan Racing Stables Ltd
7 Thebestofyou Any Suggestion x Hear My Song 12 Steven Pinfold Danielle Johnson $12,000 Leanach Lodge Ltd Luke Pertab Farrier Ltd
8 Dubai Shuffle Dubai Destination x Musical Magic 2 Gareth McRae & Andrew Clarken Jason Waddell $8,000 Brighthill Farm Mr D Trubshoe
9 Kidwelly Dylan Thomas x Maakel 10 Michael Moroney & Chad Ormsby TBA $70,000 Curraghmore Stud Paul Moroney Bloodstock
10 Ray's Girl Savabeel x Natural Rhythm 9 Rudy Liefting David Walker $6,000 Waikato Stud Bosher Farms
11 Twilight Granita Iffraaj x Granita 1 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Opie Bosson $41,000 Lime Country Thoroughbreds Baker Racing
12 La Vitesse Darci Brahma x Naturo 4 John Sargent Michael Coleman $80,000 Shelby Park Mr JG Sargent