Family Favourites and Nicks that Click - Karaka 2024

Sponsored Content - by Tara Madgwick - Monday December 4

Racing last weekend produced a new Australian stakes-winner from an iconic Kiwi female family that is never without representation at Karaka and a rising star two year-old highlighted a nick that has everyone’s ears pricked.

The 2024 NZB National Yearling Sale Series – Books 1 and 2 - (January 28 – February 2) features the best yearlings New Zealand has to offer and we’ve gone looking for something interesting in the mix!

Phearson wins the G3 Festival Stakes at Rosehill - image Steve Hart

Six year-old Exosphere gelding Phearson won his first stakes race when scoring a last stride win in the Group III ATC Festival Stakes at Rosehill, read about him here.

As you can see from his pedigree, Phearson is a grand-son of revered Kiwi blue hen Miss Distinction, who produced 11 winners from 13 foals to race headed by dual Group I winner Gee I Jane and Group III winner Miss Jessie Jay, the dam of two more Group I winners in Katie Lee and Banchee.

There are five yearlings from this family to be offered at Karaka in Book 1 and 2 including the half-sister to Phearson by Darci Brahma.

Lot 235 Filly Satono Aladdin (Jpn) x Miss Krisdel – Rich Hill Stud

Lot 421 Colt Savabeel x Sorellina – Hallmark Stud

Lot 843 Colt Wyndspelle x Miss Daphne – Grangewilliam Stud

Lot 921 Colt Derryn x Rockoneve – Grangewilliam Stud

Lot 1106 Filly Darci Brahma x Chateau d’Yquem – Seaton Park


Stockman wins the Listed Christmas Cup - image Steve Hart

Another stakes-winner at Rosehill on Saturday was Kiwi bred stayer Stockman, a $175,000 Karaka Book 1 purchase for Proven Thoroughbreds that has won over $1.7million and added the Listed ATC Christmas Cup to his resume, click to read more about him.


Stockman comes from a well-known Kiwi female family that has had plenty of success in Australia being from Group winning Zabeel mare Crimson and there are two yearlings to be offered in K1 from this family.

Lot 62 Filly Justify (USA) x Fair Isle – Pencarrow Stud

Lot 547 Colt Lonhro x Abidewithme – Cambridge Stud


Winning debut for exciting juvenile Storm Boy - image Steve Hart

Two year-old Justify (USA) colt Storm Boy created a big impression winning on debut at Rosehill and there are stakes goals ahead this season for the grand-son of New Zealand Horse of the Year and seven time Group I winner Seachange, read about him here.

There are two entries for K1 from this family which has also produced Group I winner Keepa Cruisin.

Lot 49 Colt Bivouac x Espresso Martini – Hallmark Stud

Lot 386 Colt Darci Brahma x Seven Seas – The Oaks Stud

Storm Boy is bred on the Justify x Fastnet Rock nick which is looming as one of serious potential with 12 winners from 14 runners, so 85.7% winner to runner and three stakes-winners – Learning to Fly, Star of Justice, Just Steel - at 21% SW to runner.

There is one yearling to be offered at K1 bred this way and it’s the full sister to stakes-winner Star of Justice.

Lot 62 Filly Justify (USA) x Fair Isle – Pencarrow Stud


Continuing NZB’s traditional sale format, Book 1 is set to commence from Sunday 28 until Tuesday 30 January from 10am (NZT) each day, while Book 2 will begin directly after from Wednesday 31 January until Friday 2 February from 11am (NZT) each day.

For any general enquiries, contact or call +64 9 298 0055. For bloodstock enquiries, contact NZB Bloodstock Sales Manager Kane Jones on or call +64 27 274 4985.



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