Entries Open for Karaka 2025

Media Release - Friday June 7

Entries are now open for NZB’s Karaka 2025 National Yearling Sales Series, with the action-packed week of selling set to take place at the Karaka Sales Centre from Sunday 26 January.

$1.6million Proisir filly from Donna Marie,

Book 1 is set to commence from Sunday 26 until Tuesday 28 January, while Book 2 will begin directly after on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 January in a condensed two-day session with a later starting time.

NZB’s renowned Karaka Sale has produced a prolific number of modern day and all-time champion racehorses, highlighted by another incredible season on the track. This, joined with leading technology, world-famous Kiwi hospitality and the popular DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka hotel will again combine for an unforgettable Karaka experience.

Advertisement

Karaka 2024 served as a remarkable result among the downward sales trends across Australasia, with the aggregate increasing 12% to $92.3 million and the combined Book 1 and Book 2 average climbing from $110,424 to $121,797.

Records were broken across the sessions, with the highest priced filly to sell reaching $1.6 million. The Book 1 Sale was the best on record since 2008, with one of the highlights being seventeen yearlings selling for $500,000 or more in comparison to six one year earlier.

NZB Managing Director Andrew Seabrook is looking forward to the upcoming sales season during what is a very buoyant time for the industry.

“It was an incredible sales season last year, with the 2024 sale bucking the downward trend other sales companies experienced.”

“Since then, we have seen a major shift in the domestic scene with huge increases in prizemoney, the new Karaka Millions Mega Maiden Bonuses, the NZB Kiwi slot race and more.

“There is a lot of positivity around and there are certainly more rewards on offer, which will likely see the middle market better supported.

“Kiwi breeders have had another outstanding season on the racetracks and in the paddocks growing out lovely horses, so we are certainly excited to be putting together another outstanding catalogue that international and domestic buyers will be bursting to get here to inspect.

“The inspection and selection process is always a great time of year and our team looks forward to getting around all of the farms and seeing the next generation before they head to Karaka,” added Seabrook.

To nominate your yearlings for Karaka 2025, visit NZB’s online portal at portal.nzb.co.nz or contact the Bloodstock Administrator Mary Jane Harvey (+64 9 298 0055, or email maryjane.harvey@nzb.co.nz). Entries close 5pm Friday 12 July 2025.

For any general sale enquiries, contact the NZB Bloodstock team here.

Important Dates

  • TAB Karaka Millions Raceday – Saturday 25 January
  • Book 1 Sale – Sunday 26 January to Tuesday 28 January
  • Book 2 Sale – Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 January
Advertisment
More Reading...
Sires With Winners - Thursday June 20
Here is the full list of 43 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia today with winners and result details.
One To Watch - Gatton
Beaten less than a length when third on debut at Ipswich on May 30, the 3-year-old I Am Invincible gelding Levar looked like a different horse when romping home in an 860m maiden at Gatton on Thursday.
New Winners for Tassort and Brutal
The Chris Waller stable produced another new metro juvenile winner on Wednesday with Tassort filly Good Sort opening her account at Canterbury, while Tassort’s Newgate barn mate Brutal chimed in with a winner of his own with a debut victory at Balaklava for Big Brute.
Pedigree Updates Add to Appeal of NZB Weanlings
Recent racetrack results have delivered a series of boosts to the catalogue for this week’s NZB National Weanling Sale at Karaka.
Royal Ascot Day 3 – Pedigree Watch
Day Three of Royal Ascot was all about the “million to one” repeat victory by blue blooded Galileo stallion Kyprios in the G1 Ascot Gold Cup for Aiden O’Brien after injury had appeared to finish his career.
Royal Ascot Day 2 – Pedigree Watch
The second day at Roya Ascot was all about Coolmore and Aidan O’Brien with last year’s sometimes enigmatic Epsom Derby winner Auguste Rodin pulling out his A game to win the Group I Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1m2f) while the much missed legendary sire Galileo added a new stakes-winner to his tally.
Curraghmore and Haunui Farm Present Quality Weanlings
Two of the foremost names among vendors at the New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling Sale every year are Curraghmore and Haunui Farm, who both believe their 2024 crops of weanlings catalogued for Karaka on Thursday are right up to the respected nurseries’ usual high standard.
Exciting New August Virtual Sale for Magic Millions
Following recent successes and responding to industry requests Magic Millions is delighted to announce an exciting Virtual Sale on the eve of the breeding season.
Seaton Park Quality Weanlings Impress
Seaton Park’s Scott Eagleton has been buoyed by inspections both on-farm and at Karaka on Tuesday ahead of Thursday’s New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling Sale.
Kermadec Filly Island Dec Excites on Debut
It’s all blue sky for the owners of the 2-year-old Kermadec filly Island Dec, who launched down the centre of the track from near last to make a winning career debut over 1000m at Kembla Grange on Thursday.