Your Best Bet - NZB Standardbred's National Yearling Sale

13 February 2024

New Zealand has long been known for punching above our weight on racetracks across the world, and NZB Standardbred graduates have only strengthened that adage having already claimed 59 Group One wins and counting. Many of these blossoming from sale prices of $35,000 or less to Group One glory on the racetrack, ensuring NZB has a strong claim to the title of best-value yearling sale.

Ahead of our 2024 National Yearling Sale, check out some of our recent Group One performers with modest purchase prices and great return on investments.

Allamerican Lover (NZ) pictured as a yearling. 


A $35,000 purchase by Stonewall Stud from Breckon Farms' 2019 draft, Allamericanlover (NZ) claimed her second Group One just days ago taking her lifetime earnings to just shy of $300,000 (8.5 times her purchase price at Karaka).

Her sire, the late American Ideal is represented by nine yearlings across the 2024 sale.


Jeremy Young purchased Lady of the Light (NZ) for $16,000 from Woodlands Stud 2020 draft, and the Group One winner has now won almost $250,000, equivalent to 15 times her purchase price.

Champion sire Bettor's Delight is represented by 57 yearlings across the 2024 sale.


14-time winner Rock N Roll Doo (NZ) has earned nothing shy of A$566,875 from his modest $14,000 purchase price when BFJ Bloodstock secured him from Kelvin Home Holdings' draft in 2019. That is equivalent to an incredible 43 times his purchase price.

His stallion Rock N Roll Heaven is represented by two yearlings, both offered by the same vendor in Kelvin Home Holdings.

Highrove (NZ) pictured at Christchurch.


Standout trotter High Grove (NZ) was a $34,000 purchase for trainers Diamond Racing from L.Smith's 2020 draft. The 11-time winner has earned over $230,000, equivalent to seven times his purchase price.

Love You is represented by just one lot, on account of the same vendor, Lot 286.


Group One Westral Mares Classic winner Simply Shaz (NZ) cost Keith Ovens just $18,000 from the Breckon Farms' draft in 2019. She has since won her connections A$250,542 - 15 times her purchase price at Karaka.

Another by the late sire American Ideal who is represented by nine yearlings in 2024

Sky Lou (NZ) pictured at Karaka


Skylou (NZ) was a $25,000 purchase by Peter & Roslyn Brown from vendors McGowan Partnership in 2021. He has since taken out the G1 Western Australian Derby and earned his connections A$156,317 - six times his original purchase price.

Sweet Lou is represented by just eight yearlings at the 2024 Sale.

These are just some of the examples of the incredible value and return on investment sourced from NZB Standardbred's National Yearling Sale.

We wish you all the best in your search for your next racetrack star or investment during the Sale which gets underway from 18 - 21 February at Karaka and Christchurch.


2024 National Yearling Sale at Karaka
 Sunday 18 February, 11am (NZT): Lots 1 – 126

2024 National Yearling Sale at Canterbury Agricultural Park
Day 1: Tuesday 20 February, 11am (NZT): Lots 127 – 260
Day 2: Wednesday 21 February, 11am (NZT): Lots 261 – 393