Plenty of Drawcards in NZB National Online Yearling Sale Catalogue

Media Release - Tuesday April 16

With countless highlights throughout its 100-lot catalogue, the 2024 NZB National Online Yearling Sale gives buyers access to a quality selection of yearlings that would not have been out of place in the Book 1 or Book 2 sessions at Karaka earlier in the year.

There are 16 siblings to black-type performers, along with half a dozen progeny of stakes-performed mares. Top-class families feature prominently throughout many of the catalogue’s pedigree pages.

In form sire Almanzor (Fr) has several yearlings for sale.

Below is just a small selection of some of the highlight lots that will be available for purchase in the National Online Yearling Sale on Gavelhouse Plus.

  • Lot 10 is a three-quarter-brother to the champion Singapore racehorse Countofmontecristo (NZ) (Echoes Of Heaven). Himself a $57,500 purchase from the 2015 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka, Countofmontecristo boasts 10 wins in Singapore including the Merlion Trophy (1200m), Chairman’s Trophy (1600m), Jumbo Jet Trophy (1400m), Singapore 3YO Classic (1600m) and Singapore 3YO Sprint (1200m). He was Singapore’s Champion 3YO in 2017.
  • Rich Hill Stud’s Lot 16 is a filly by emerging sire Ace High out of Kiara (NZ) (Pentire). Herself unraced, Kiara is a full-sister to 10-time Group One winner (King) Mufhasa (NZ) (Pentire). Group One winners (The) Bostonian (NZ) (Jimmy Choux) and Kovalica (NZ) (Ocean Park) are also close relatives, along with big-race performers Sacred Satono (NZ) (Satono Aladdin) and Cheval d’Or (NZ) (Almanzor).
  • Curraghmore offers Lot 24, a filly from the first yearling crop by Windsor Park Stud’s shuttle stallion Circus Maximus. This filly is a half-sister to Our Mate Art (Artie Schiller), who was a Group Three winner in South Africa and also placed in another five Group races.
  • Lot 36 is by superb Australian stallion Written Tycoon, who is the leading sire of two-year-olds in both Australia and New Zealand in 2023-24. His outstanding juvenile daughters this season include Golden Slipper (1200m) heroine Lady Of Camelot, along with New Zealand’s $1m TAB Karaka Millions 2YO (1200m) and Group One Sistema Stakes (1200m) winner Velocious. Lot 36 is also a filly and is the first foal out of Mozzie Monster (Sebring), who showed real ability on Australian racetracks with two smart wins, plus black-type placings in the Listed Jim Moloney Stakes (1400m) and Bendigo Guineas (1400m).
  • Poplar Lodge presents Lot 37, a filly by Shocking out of Musigny (Reset). Herself a winner as a two-year-old and runner-up in the Listed St Albans Stakes (1400m) at Moonee Valley, Musigny is the dam of five winners including the Group placegetters Jimmy Lincoln (NZ) (Jimmy Choux) and Amor Fati (NZ) (Showcasing).
  • Lot 50 is a colt by Cambridge Stud’s exciting newcomer Hello Youmzain out of the winning mare Runway Queen (Star Witness). Runway Queen is a full-sister to the Group Three-placed Serenade (Star Witness) and half-sister to multiple Group One winner Stratum Star (Stratum), along with the Group One performer and exciting stallion prospect Prague (Redoute’s Choice).
  • Hello Youmzain is also the sire of Lot 53, a colt who is a half-brother to four stakes performers including the Group One Australian Derby (2400m) winner Tavago (NZ) (Tavistock). This colt comes from a stellar family, with the dam Sara Ann (NZ) (Stravinsky) being a full-sister to the high-class La Sizeranne (NZ) (Stravinsky) and closely related to the elite sprinter Lankan Rupee (Redoute’s Choice).
  • An Almanzor colt catalogued as Lot 61 is out of a half-sister to Shalanaya (Lomitas), who won the Group One Prix de l’Opera (2000m) and is also the dam of a French stakes performer. Another half-sibling, Shankardeh (Azamour), won at Group Two level and placed in the Group One Prix Royal-Oak (3100m).
  • Lot 62 is a half-sister to Premise (NZ) (Contributer), who was a placegetter in last year’s Group One Australian Oaks (2400m) and Group Three Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m). This filly’s dam Sharp Proposition (NZ) (Guillotine) is a half-sister to the Group One winner Sound Proposition (NZ) (Savabeel).
  • Lot 71 is an Ardrossan colt with two half-siblings who have performed at Group level in Australia. Savapinski (NZ) (Savabeel) won four races including the Group Two Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington, while Multifacets (NZ) (O’Reilly) placed in the Group Two Tulloch Stakes (2000m).
  • Lot 73 is a half-brother to talented filly My Lips Are Sealed (NZ) (Ace High), who placed in this season’s Group Three Eulogy Stakes (1600m).
  • Cheltenham Stables consigns a well-related filly catalogued as Lot 79. She is by the Group One-winning freshman stallion Admire Mars out of the talented racemare Veearma (NZ) (Darci Brahma). Veearma is the dam of the Group Two-placed Taviarma (NZ) (Tavistock), while her half-sister Chaquinta (NZ) (High Chaparral) is the dam of this season’s Group One Levin Classic (1600m) winner Quintessa (NZ) (Shamus Award).
  • Lot 95 is a Hello Youmzain colt whose half-brother Arrogant (NZ) (Ocean Park) ran second and was beaten by a nose by The Autumn Sun in the Group One Rosehill Guineas (2000m). The dam of this colt is an unraced half-sister to the high-class Savile Row (NZ) (Makfi) and Needle And Thread (NZ) (Makfi).

Graduates of this relatively new sale have already had multiple successes on the racetrack, with the inaugural 2021 sale graduates boastings a 44% winners to runners strike rate, including stakes performers such as Contagious (NZ) (Proisir) and Bolshoi Star (NZ) (Russian Revolution).


All unbroken yearlings purchased from the National Online Yearling Sale are eligible to be nominated for NZB’s lucrative Karaka Millions Series. Just nine short months after they make their virtual sale-ring debut, graduates of the online sale can compete for a share of the $1m TAB Karaka Millions 2YO (1200m), followed by the $1.5m TAB Karaka Millions 3YO (1600m) plus a $200,000 bonus for New Owners.

NZB’s 2024 National Online Yearling Sale will take place on premium online subsidiary Gavelhouse Plus, with bidding opened on Friday 12 April and closing from 6pm (NZT) on Wednesday 17 April.

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