Final Results for Karaka 2020
Media Release - Thursday February 13

After an action-packed week of selling, final results have been accumulated from the 94th National Yearling Sale Series at the iconic Karaka Sales Complex.

Karaka 2020 kicked off at Ellerslie with two million dollar races, in what is the culmination of breeding and raising a foal, the hard work it takes to get the horse ready for the sale ring and the training it takes to have a runner on the richest night of racing in New Zealand. In what was a historic night, Te Akau Racing saddled the winners of each feature and it was the fourth consecutive year the stable had won the two-year-old race.

$900,000 Pierro colt from Our SqueezerOver the next six days of trading, 858 yearlings sold for a combined aggregate of $78,458,188. The averaged reached $91,443, the median closed at $55,000 and the clearance rate settled at 76%.

The highlight of the week was the $900,000 purchase by Garry Carvell Lot 155 (Pierro x Our Squeezer), a colt from the draft of Westbury Stud, the highest priced yearling ever sold by the Karaka based operation.

Buyers from all around the globe flocked to Karaka with international buyers making their presence felt.

All yearlings purchased at Karaka are eligible for the lucrative Karaka Million Series with two $1 million races available for graduates as two and three-year-olds, plus the $100,000 CollinsonForex Karaka Cup for the duration of their career. Nominations must be received by 5pm Tuesday 3 March 2020.

View the highlights and Lot-by-Lot footage from the week here.

To make enquiries about Passed Lots contact Regan Donnison on +64 21 512 466 or email

View Passed Lots for each catalogue here:

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3

Next up on the NZB Sale calendar is the South Island Sale, featuring a selection of the very best Southern-bred yearlings and mixed bloodstock. This will be held at Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch on Friday 17 April with all yearlings purchased through this Sale also eligible to nominate for the Karaka Million Series.

On 14 and 15 May, the Karaka May Sale will take place here at Karaka with weanlings, yearlings, two-year-olds, unraced stock, racehorses and broodmares on offer. All horses in the yearling and weanling sessions are eligible to be nominated for the Karaka Million Series. This is the first time weanlings offered at the Karaka May Sale will be eligible for the two million dollar features.

2020 National Yearling Sales Series Combined Statistics

  2020 2019
Aggregate $78,458,188 $79,396,750
Average $91,443 $89,714
Median $55,000 $55,000
Clearance 76% 77%
Catalogued 1265 1284
Withdrawn 143 129
Offered 1122 1155
Passed 264 270
Lots Sold 858 885
Top Price $900,000 $1,400,000
NZB Release