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.

During the 2018-19 season kiwi standardbreds showed immense courage and ability, demolishing competition on both sides of the ditch. With rivalry only matched on rugby fields, netball courts and cricket pitches - the trans-Tasman breds having battled for supremacy with the New Zealand breed shining bright.

51% – More than half of all eligible stakes races in Australia and New Zealand last season were claimed by horses bred in New Zealand.

64 – Individual Group One races in Australasia last season were won by kiwi horses, NZ was the leading source of Group One winners with a 54% strike rate.

41% – Of all stakes race in Australia last season (both gaits) were won by New Zealand Standardbreds.

37% – Kiwi horses claimed 37% of all eligible Group One races in Australia during the 2018 – 19 season.

#1 – Last season, New Zealand was the leading source of eligible Group One winners in Western Australia, claiming a massive 68% (both gaits), 50% in Queensland, and 35% in Victoria.

41% – Of Group One trotting features were triumphantly claimed by NZ horses last season.

95% – Over the course of the 2018 – 19 season NZ horses defended 95% of all takes races on home soil.

75% – 18 of the last 24 Group One Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO Trot races have been won by New Zealand Standardbreds.

36% – Kiwi-bred pacers won a massive 36% of all eligible Group One races in Australia last season.

41% – A phenomenal 41% of all eligible Australian pacing races were won by New Zealand horses during the 2018 – 19 season.

5/7 – 5 of the last 7 $1m Group One Miracle Miles have been won by kiwi Standardbreds, including 2019 winner Spankem.

The statistics tell a powerful story. Statistics that are delivered not only due to the success of the New Zealand breed on the racetrack, but also to the unique environment we have in Aotearoa to grow out strong, well boned horses – all under the skilled eye of the many breeders, handlers and trainers who excel at what they do.

TheFixer, Tiger Tara, Tornado Valley, Ana Malak, Belle of Montana, Ultimate Stride, My Field Marshall, and Ultimate Sniper are just a sample of the Group One quality on offer in New Zealand.

Join us at Karaka and Christchurch in February 2020 to find your next champion.

View the catalogue online here or email Rachel.Deegan@nzb.co.nz to request a catalogue.