Classy Fillies Draw Attention at Karaka
Media Release - Thursday January 11
The fact that 19% of all Group 1 winners in Australia over the past five seasons have first and/or second dams that carry the NZ suffix comes as no surprise to breeders, trainers and owners alike wanting to tap into New Zealand's matriarchal strength.

Bonneval as a yearlingWell-bred New Zealand fillies proving their worth include $150,000 yearling Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi) who represented the fourth consecutive kiwi-bred winner in the world's richest Oaks race – the A$1 million Group 1 Australian Oaks. 

Accolades came after her three-year-old campaign with Oaks wins on both sides of the Tasman and picked up right where she left off this season with a win in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes.

Not surprisingly, the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained star was crowned Horse of the Year, NZB Filly of the Year, Champion Stayer and Champion Three Year Old at the 2017 Awards.

Champion Two Year Old and $57,500 yearling Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) added a Group win in Australia to her big New Zealand wins in the Karaka Million and Group 1 Sire's Produce Stakes last season, and the record was bolstered with other Group 1 winning Karaka fillies in the same season including Charmont (High Chaparral), Chenille (NZ) (Pentire), I Am a Star (NZ) (I Am Invincible) and Montoya's Secret (High Chaparral).
Aloisia is another star Kiwi filly
 The success has been continued into 2018 with Group 1 Guineas winners Aloisia (NZ) (Azamour) and Hasahalo (NZ) (Savabeel), and top sprinter Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) in the Railway Stakes.

Not only are they at the forefront on the racetrack, but they are also featuring in the sale ring as values soar and international buyers look to get their hands on the impeccable pedigrees.

At Karaka 2017 Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum secured the highest priced filly and a family he had long sought.

 The High Chaparral filly (Lot 130) out of stakes winner and producer of stakes winners Diamond Like was offered as part of Cambridge Stud's draft with $800,000 being outlaid to secure her.

The global powerhouse Godolphin were also active signing for the second highest priced filly. Drawn to Pencarrow Stud's Savabeel filly (Lot 58) from Group 1-winning juvenile Banchee, they secured her for their Australian racing operation at $750,000.

Success on the track and in the sale ring is mirrored in the breeding barn where kiwi bred mares are playing a major role in elite races across Australasia.

In the last five seasons, New Zealand mares have produced more than 270 stakes winners and 39 Group 1 winners in Australia. An array of Group 1-winning sires have been the progeny of these quality mares with the likes of Stareel producing Dundeel, Centafit (Mongolian Kahn), Iguazu's Girl (Sacred Falls), Zarzino (Tarzino), Breccia (Tivaci) and Indomitable (Turn Me Loose).
Australian Horse of the Year Winx is from Kiwi bred SW Vegas Showgirl
Legendary Hall of Famer Winx (Street Cry) is a daughter of kiwi mare Vegas Showgirl who was a dual stakes winner in New Zealand. From the seven foals she has had, two have raced with both winning at Group level. Winx, her first foal to race, is trained by kiwi expat Chris Waller and has impressively won 22 consecutive races while her second foal to race, El Divino (Snitzel), won the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes.

Group 1 winners Terravista (Captain Rio) and Tiger Tees (NZ) (Dubawi) are the progeny of Parfore, triple Group 1-winning Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj) is a son of Double Elle, and stand-out three-year-old and current Group 1 winner Aloisia is out of Queen Boudicca.

The quality of fillies that will go under the hammer at Karaka 2018 make the week-long Sale a not-to-be-missed opportunity for any buyer looking to add to their racing team and/or broodmare band. 

The revamped format will see selling get underway at the new night session on Sunday 28 January with Book 1 continuing through until Wednesday, followed by Book 2 on the Thursday and Friday, and finally Book 3 on Sunday 4 February.

Daughters of Group 1-winning mares:

Arapaho Miss (Lot 34), Honor Babe (Lot 259), Keepa Cruisin (Lot 305), Lashed (Lot 329), Miss Raggedy Ann (Lot 397), Prize Lady (Lot 499), Seachange (Lot 561), Shez Sinsational (Lot 577) and Soriano (Lot 608).

Full sisters to Group 1 winners:
Werther (Lot 48), Recite (Lot 101) and Turn Me Loose (Lot 272).

Half-sisters to Group 1 winners:
Shamrocker and Rock Diva (Lot 77), Music Magnate (Lot 119), Gingernuts (Lot 170), Sound Proposition (Lot 180), Miss Keepsake (Lot 285), Melody Belle (Lot 371), Nashville (Lot 533), I Am a Star (Lot 619), Veloce Bella (Lot 694), Shootoff (Lot 725) and Miss Mossman (Lot 786).

Granddaughters of Group 1-winning mares:
Tall Poppy (Lot 5), Dantelah (Lot 6), Giovana (Lot 8 and Lot 442), Honor Bound (Lot 33), Arlingtonboulevard (Lot 37), Smiling Like (Lot 53), Good Faith (Lot 57and Lot 69), Bright Sky (Lot 64), Il Quello Veloce (Lot 66), Piavonic (Lot 70), Bonanova (Lot 78), Sixty Seconds (Lot 79), Daffodil (Lot 137), Tis Juliet (Lot 139), Tristalove (Lot 159and Lot 348), Plume (Lot 169), Zirna (Lot 175), Pernod (Lot 177and Lot 364), Tartan Tights (Lot 178, Lot 1052and Lot 1137), Pen Bal Lady (Lot 182 and Lot 499), Insouciant (Lot 198), Larrocha (Lot 236), Zagalia (Lot 247), Miss Josh (Lot 254), Let's Elope (Lot 297), Our Tristalight (Lot 306), Key Change (Lot 310), Marquise (Lot 315and Lot 363), Foxwood (Lot 326,Lot 582and Lot 918), Gouache (Lot 327), Lashed (Lot 333 and Lot 589), Legs (Lot 335), Seamist (Lot 425), Zacheline (Lot 484), Zirna (Lot 510 and Lot 603), Lycra (Lot 566), She's a Meanie (Lot 574), Showella (Lot 581), Polar Success (Lot 600), Beaux Art (Lot 610), Diamond Lover (Lot 612), Stella Cadente (Lot 625), Sophisticat (Lot 634), La Bella Dama (Lot 650and Lot 734), Ethereal (Lot 675), Lotteria (Lot 727), Sharvasti (Lot 730), Crystal Palace (Lot 783), Royal Tiara (Lot 797), Plume (Lot 805), Imananabaa (Lot 862), Smiling Like (Lot 874), Maurine (Lot 962), Danglissa (Lot 965) and Portland Singa (Lot 1008).