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Karaka to Showcase the Cream of the Australasian Sire Crop

Karaka 2017 to Showcase the Cream of the Australasian Sire Crop

2016 Premier Sale Topper - Lot 455, Frankel x Our Echezeaux.
All of the biggest names in New Zealand and Australia’s sire ranks will be represented in force at the upcoming 2017 National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka.

Waikato Stud stallion Savabeel had a boomer of a Sale in 2016, amassing an aggregate of $11.545 million in the Premier session alone. Last season’s champion sire in terms of domestic, Australasian and worldwide earnings, and the leading sire again so far in 2016-17, Savabeel will again be represented by an impressive crop of 64 yearlings in the Premier catalogue.

Another sire with significant representation at Karaka 2017 is Cambridge Stud’s Tavistock, who sired three Derby winners last season – Tarzino (NZ) in the Victoria Derby, Tavago (NZ) in the Australian Derby andWerther (NZ) in the Hong Kong Derby. Tavistock has 56 yearlings in the 2017 Premier Sale.

Poised to make an impact at Karaka is legendary racehorse Frankel, the winner of all 14 of his starts including 10 at Group 1 level, has made an incredible start to his stud career.

Up And Coming Sires Out In Force at Karaka 2017
One of the most exciting aspects of the upcoming National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka is the strong representation of talented young sires who are rapidly making names for themselves with outstanding racetrack results.
New Zealand’s two-year-old racing so far this season has been headlined by the spectacular debuts of first-crop sires Power and Burgundy.

Already the sire of 17 winners in Europe (four at stakes level), Power has made a similarly bright start in New Zealand. The Cambridge Stud shuttler has raced to the top of the first season sire standings, thanks in large part to his daughter Gift Of Power (NZ) who has won three of her four starts including the Group 2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes and Listed Wellesley Stakes. There are 29 Power yearlings in the Karaka 2017 catalogues.


Freshman Sires Make National Yearling Sales Series Debut
Karaka 2017 will showcase the first yearling crops of 18 exciting new sires from throughout Australasia including Camelot, Dawn Approach, Declaration of War, Dundeel, Epaulette, Eurozone, Ferlax, Fighting Sun, Fiorente, Jakkalberry, Shamexpress, Shamus Award, Sizzling, Spirit of Boom, Sweet Orange, The Factor, Zoustar, and Unencumbered.
Read More... about the progeny of these first season sires on offer at Karaka 2017.

Karaka 2017 Schedule
Karaka Million Twilight Meeting: Sunday 29 January
Premier Sale: Monday 30 & Tuesday 31 January
Select Sale: Wednesday 1 – Friday 3 February
Festival Sale: Sunday 5 February
NZB’s Yearling Sales Series catalogues are available on the free iPad application, can be requested from or viewed online at


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