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Phenomenal Results See Out 2020 Yearling Sale

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

As the gavel fell on NZB Standardbred’s 2020 National Yearling Sale, the record-breaking sale emulated the results from the inaugural Sale further cementing New Zealand Bloodstock as market leaders in standardbred sales.

The strong demand for quality stock over the past two days continued into the Christchurch Sale of Pacers today, which saw 149 yearlings sell for an aggregate of $6,479,500. The average and median closed at $43,487 and $30,000 respectively, while the clearance rate settled at 78%.
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Australasian Record on Day One at Christchurch

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The momentum has continued from NZB Standardbred’s Auckland session into Day One of the National Yearling Sale in Christchurch, with all key sale statistics exceeding results of the 2019 trotting session. 

With 36 Lots sold this afternoon, the aggregate surpassed the million-dollar mark to close at $1,281,750. The average and median both climbed to $34,642 and $24,000 respectively and the clearance rate settled at 79%.
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NZB Standardbred Enters Uncharted Territory

Monday, February 17, 2020

Day One of NZB Standardbred’s second ever National Standardbred Yearling Sale kicked off at Karaka on Monday, with record-breaking results rounding out the Auckland Sale.

The Sale broke records today after four Lots sold for in excess of $200,000, with the median increasing on last year’s results closing at $36,250.
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Major Pedigree Updates for 2020 Catalogue

Friday, February 14, 2020

Since the catalogue went to print at the beginning of November, elite races across New Zealand and Australia have delivered a series of major pedigree updates to the NZB Standardbred 2020 National Yearling Sale catalogue.

Most notably, yearlings on offer at the Auckland and Christchurch Sales are related to a number of current Group One performers.
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NZB Standardbred Broadcast Reach Expanded for 2020

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The broadcast for the 2020 NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sale is set to go to new heights with the addition of a stand-alone Freeview Channel added into the mix.

From Monday 17 February through until the conclusion of selling on Wednesday 19, selling at the Auckland and Christchurch Sale will be beamed to viewers on Freeview Channel 200.
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2020 All Age Sale Call for Entries

Monday, February 10, 2020

Entries are now open for NZB Standardbred’s 2020 All Age Sale, with sessions to be held in Auckland and Christchurch.

The format for the 2020 Sale will see two one day sessions held on Friday 17 April at Canterbury Agricultural Park and Monday 4 May at Karaka, featuring a selection of the very best weanlings, yearlings, broodmares and mixed bloodstock New Zealand has to offer.
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Outstanding Buying Experience Offered at 2020 Yearling Sales

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

NZB Standardbred’s eagerly anticipated showpiece – the 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sales features an outstanding catalogue of 388 yearlings.

Carried through four days of selling action this February, prospective buyers will flock to either ends of the country to inspect the quality yearlings on offer. The week will kick off at the Karaka Sales Complex on 16 and 17 February and then head South to Canterbury Agricultural Park on 18 and 19 February.

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Second leg of NZB Airfreight $100,000 Triple Crown Bonus

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Wainui Creek (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) heads into this Friday’s Group Two $50,000 Garrards Premier Mares Championship at Addington with it all in front, or outside of her.

The Barry Purdon trained and Scott Phelan driven mare took out the first leg of the NZB Airfreight Triple Crown Series and should she win the second leg on Friday, is one step closer to the $100,000 bonus offered by NZB Airfreight to the winner of all three legs.
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Strong Sire Representation at 2020 Sale

Sunday, January 26, 2020

By whatever metric you choose, the sires catalogued in New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale represent some of the best available in the world. The internationalism of Northern Hemisphere shuttle stallions as well as the ability to access frozen and chilled semen has given New Zealand breeders an opening to the leading edge of sires. Read More

It’s All About Faith Excels in First Young Guns Feature

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

In his first start at Alexandra Park, NZB Standardbred graduate It’s All About Faith (Captaintreacherous) scored a brilliant victory on debut in Friday’s Heat 1 of the $23,000 Breckon Farms Young Guns (1609m) race for two-year-old pacers.  Read More

Ultimate Sniper Headlines Alexandra Park

Friday, December 13, 2019

The spotlight will shine on harness racing in Auckland this month, with a lucrative purse to be won at the 2019 Inter Dominion Pacing and Trotting Championship Finals. As the dust settles on the three heats of Inter Dominion races, betting is strong with the final fields released for Saturday.  

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First NZB Standardbred Graduates Take Flight

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The first crop of graduates sold through NZB Standardbred’s inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sales are set to compete this Friday in heat one of the Young Guns Series (1700m). A highly anticipated event sponsored by Breckon Farms, the Young Guns Series provides a great platform for the juveniles as they embark on their racing career. Read More

New Zealand a Breeding Ground for Success

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

As catalogues for the second edition of NZB Standardbred’s National Standardbred Yearling Sales arrive in letterboxes around the globe, a timely reminder about the immense success of the breed on both sides of the Tasman is in order.  Read More

2020 NZB National Standardbred Yearling Sale Catalogue Released

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Following an unprecedented inaugural Sale, the second edition of NZB Standardbred’s National Standardbred Yearling Sale catalogue is now online with printed copies due to arrive in letterboxes by late November. Read More

$100,000 Triple Crown Takes Off

Friday, October 4, 2019

New Zealand Bloodstock today announced a new Triple Crown Series for pacing mares set to offer a significant $100,000 bonus for the 2019-20 season.


The NZB Airfreight Triple Crown Bonus* will feature three pacing races for mares 4 years and older with the first of the races scheduled at Addington Raceway on 15 November. 

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He Came, He Saw, He Spanked'em

Monday, September 30, 2019

That was the headline on Australia’s National Trotguide front page back in March after the Kiwi Spankem won in the A$1,000,000 NSW Miracle Mile. Crowning his incredibly successful season at Saturday’s Harness Racing New Zealand awards he was voted 2018-19 NZB Standardbred Horse Of The Year. Read More

Supernatural Selector

Monday, September 30, 2019

The 2018-19 Airpark Canterbury & Addington Raceway Owners Pass Owner Of The Year Victorian Jean Feiss collected top honours at Saturday’s Harness Racing New Zealand 2018-19 Awards. Read More

Majestic Son Shines Bright on gavelhouse.com Award

Monday, September 30, 2019

Alabar Farm’s Majestic Son was fittingly awarded the gavelhouse.com Trotting Stallion Of The Year for the second year running at Saturday night’s Harness Racing New Zealand Awards. Read More

The ‘Belle of Montana' Park

Monday, September 30, 2019

Montana Park is the racing and breeding operation of Queensland’s Dean Shannon and after an intriguing season long tussle with Princess Tiffany, his pride and joy, Belle Of Montana was voted 2018-19 3YO Pacing Filly Of The Year.

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Meet the Team - Episode 4

Friday, September 20, 2019

Meet the Team - Episode 4 

Get to know the people behind New Zealand Bloodstock and their connections in the industry. This week's episode features NZB Marketing and Hospitality ace Harry King. 

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Meet the Team - Episode 3

Monday, September 9, 2019

Get to know the people behind New Zealand Bloodstock and their connections in the industry.
This week's episode features NZB Finance duo Mitchell Davis and Nicola Andrews.
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Meet the Team - Episode 2

Monday, September 9, 2019

Get to know the people behind New Zealand Bloodstock and their connections in the industry.

Featuring NZB Airfreight team members Sharon McDowell and Robert Logan.

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Meet the Team - Episode 1

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Get to know the people behind New Zealand Bloodstock and their connections in the industry.

Featuring NZB Insurance team members Nikki Smart and Hannah McLean.

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Karaka Hotel Off and Running

Thursday, July 11, 2019

New Zealand Bloodstock has begun constructing a new hotel conveniently located at Karaka, 30 minutes’ drive south of Auckland City and 20 minutes from Auckland Airport.

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Entries open for 2020 National Yearling Sale

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Perfectly positioned on the trans-Tasman racing calendar, NZB Standardbred’s 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale will showcase the very best New Zealand has to offer over four action-packed days of inspections, parades and selling.

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All Aged Sale Delivers Strong Results

Monday, May 6, 2019

In addition to 48 lots sold at last week’s Christchurch Sale, a further 120 lots have changed ownership today with the Auckland Sale concluding NZB Standardbred’s 2019 All Aged Sale.

A turnover of $1,573,700 was reached for the 168 lots sold over two days of trading in both locations. The average closed at $8,110 with the clearance rate a healthy 83%.

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Dual Code Sale Well-received by Market

Monday, April 29, 2019

New Zealand Bloodstock forged a new path today, hosting its first dual code auction of thoroughbred and standardbred horses. Following 61 thoroughbred lots that went under the hammer this morning, a further 71 standardbred lots were offered as part of NZB's 2019 All Aged Sale in Christchurch.

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Outstanding Late Yearling Entries for Auckland All Aged Sale

Friday, April 26, 2019

New Zealand Bloodstock’s All Aged Sale to be held at Karaka on Monday 6 May has received three late yearling entries. All three horses were purchased at the National Yearling Sale at Karaka on 18 February.

To be consigned by Hollis and Robertson Equine Services, there are three yearlings. Read More

Entries Open for Inaugural Ready to Run Sale

Friday, April 26, 2019

Entries for NZB Standardbred’s inaugural Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs to be held at Addington Raceway on Monday 14 October 2019 are now open.
The breeze ups for the South Island 2YOs are to be held at Ashburton Raceway on 16 September and for the North Island 2YOs at Cambridge Raceway on 23 September. Read More

An Ultra ‘Alta’ Opportunity

Friday, April 26, 2019

Seven Alta Breeding weanlings that would have gone directly to the National Yearling Sales are to be offered at New Zealand Bloodstock’s All Aged Sale at Karaka on 6 May.

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Weanling Session Big on Numbers and Quality

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Contributing to a large proportion of NZB Standardbred’s All Aged Sale are 130 weanlings, offering a new opportunity for standardbred owners with all weanlings now eligible to nominate for the Harness Million Series.

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Alabar Farm Inspection Day

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The 2019 All Aged Sale commences in Christchurch on 29 April, followed by the Auckland Sale on 6 May, offering a total of 207 broodmares, yearlings, weanlings and raced/unraced stock.

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Thirty Yearlings at NZB’s All Aged Sale

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2019 All Aged Sale presents another opportunity for buyers to secure a Harness Million Series eligible yearling with 30 lots on offer between the Christchurch Sale on 29 April and the Auckland Sale on 6 May. 

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NZB’s 2019 All Aged Sale Catalogue Available for Viewing

Friday, March 15, 2019

​​​​​​​NZB Standardbred’s 2019 All Aged Sale can now be viewed online with printed catalogues arriving in letterboxes late March.

The Canterbury Agricultural Park will host the Christchurch Sale on Monday 29 April with 71 lots going under the hammer, while the iconic Karaka Sale Centre will showcase the Auckland Sale on Monday 6 May where 136 lots are catalogued.

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Results Cement NZB as Market Leader in Standardbred Sales

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

New Zealand Bloodstock hosted its first-ever National Standardbred Yearling Sale this week and the anticipation leading into the Sale has been met with phenomenal results across all key figures at the close of trading.

The aggregate soared to $12,360,000 for 299 lots sold over three days. The average and median both climbed to great heights reaching $41,338 and $30,000 respectively.

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Strong Demand for NZ-bred Trotters at Christchurch

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The lift in demand for the straight-out trotter has been reflected in the results achieved on Day 1 of selling at NZB’s National Yearling Sale in Christchurch, with the aggregate, average and median figures exceeding that of last year’s result.

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Record-breaking Start for NZB Standardbred

Monday, February 18, 2019

New Zealand Bloodstock made a successful first venture into the Standardbred auction market when it held its first National Yearling Sale under now established division, NZB Standardbred.

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Zero GST on Purchases Destined for Export

Friday, February 15, 2019

Did you know, if you leave your NZB National Standardbred Yearling Sale purchase in New Zealand for up to 24 months, you can defer the GST? Read More

New Zealand-breds Taking Top Honours

Friday, February 15, 2019

With the fast-approaching 2019 National Yearling Sale kicking off with parades this Sunday at Karaka from 2.30pm, we take a look at the strength of the New Zealand standardbred and their performance in the elite races across Australasia.

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NZB Yearling Sale Set to Deliver New Benchmark in Sale Coverage

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The new era in Standardbred sales is set to take place from Sunday this week and New Zealand Bloodstock will be broadcasting all the sights and sounds from the National Yearling Sale live to buyers and enthusiasts from around the globe.

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Owning a Racehorse & Behind the Scenes Tour

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

This summer, we're offering a truly unique experience for people interested in owning a share of their very own racehorse.

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HRNZ to Offer Complimentary Name Change

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Harness Racing New Zealand today announced that it is pleased to support NZB's National Yearling Sale by offering a complimentary name change service for all yearlings purchased at the Sale.

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Group Results Strengthen National Yearling Sale

Monday, February 11, 2019

As we move into the final days before NZB’s inaugural National Yearling Sale, we have highlighted yearlings who have received timely pedigree updates since the catalogue went to print back in late 2018.

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A Million Reasons to Purchase at National Yearling Sale

Thursday, February 7, 2019

New Zealand Bloodstock’s inaugural 2019 National Yearling Sale will offer the first 401 catalogued standardbreds at the Auckland and Christchurch locations, with each yearling eligible for the exciting new NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series.

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Pacing Fillies Set to Impress

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Every year we sit back in awe of the wonderful fillies that this country produces and what an impressive list it is in just the last decade.

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Trotting Up a Storm

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The enthusiasm and growth around the straight out trotter has been undeniable and infectious.

Stakes are continually growing, opportunities for fillies and mares are developing on both sides of the Tasman and trotters races are taking up a bigger percentage of just about every meeting. 

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NZB to Host First Dual Code Sale Day

Friday, December 21, 2018

In 2019, New Zealand Bloodstock will host its first dual code auction event of thoroughbred and standardbred horses at the Canterbury Agricultural Park on 29 April.

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Group One Form Bolsters 2019 Yearling Harvest

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The catalogue assembled for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2019 National Standardbred Yearling Sale is exploding with black-type, including 56 lots that are siblings to Group One winners and 19 lots that are the progeny of Group One-winning dams.

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The NZB Buying Experience

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

New Zealand Bloodstock is renowned for delivering a buying experience that is recognised around the globe and this will be at the core of NZB Standardbred sales.

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Leading Sires Underpin NZB’s 2019 National Yearling Sale

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A strong contingent of 31 of the best sires available to the New Zealand breeding industry are set to feature throughout the upcoming New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale.

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gavelhouse.com to Launch Into Standardbred Sphere

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Following parent company New Zealand Bloodstock’s well-received foray into the Standardbred sphere, industry leader in online thoroughbred auctions gavelhouse.com are preparing to extend their services also.

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NZB’s First Catalogue Draws Attention to Annual Harvest

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

NZB Standardbred’s inaugural sale, the 2019 New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale, can now be viewed online with printed catalogues arriving in letterboxes early December.

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