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New $1 Million Feature Added To Karaka Millions Series
New Zealand Bloodstock has announced a huge prize money boost for the Karaka 3YO Mile that will see it become the $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic from 2018. The Karaka Million 3YO Classic will join the Karaka Million for 2YOs as the only $1 million races on the New Zealand racing calendar, cementing January's Karaka Million Twilight meeting at Ellerslie as one of the most iconic race meetings in the country. Yearlings on offer at Karaka 2016 (from January 25 next year) will now be eligible to enter to compete for the $1 million 2YO event (1200m) in 2017, the new $1 million 3YO event (1600m) in 2018, plus the $100,000 Windsor Park Stud Karaka Stayers Cup each year thereafter, for a single entry fee of $2,500 plus GST. NZB Co-Managing Director Petrea Vela is thrilled with such a significant boost to the Series and acknowledged that it's thanks to the support of NZTR and the Auckland Racing Club that it was able to happen. "It has always been NZB's ambition to find a way to celebrate and support our three-year-olds through the Series and we're so excited that we are able to offer this opportunity to buyers at Karaka," Vela said. "This new million dollar race will suit those horses that excel over 1400m to 1600m whilst also acting as a springboard into the Guineas races and the Derby for the classic three-year-olds. It's with enormous thanks to the Auckland Racing Club and New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing that we have been able to collaborate to get it in place for January 2016." She added: "With two one million dollar features, for two and three-year-olds, everyone can have a live chance at competing for the jackpot with their Karaka yearlings. This should add a whole other layer of appeal to the selection of yearlings on offer at Karaka in January." NZTR Chairman Matt Goodson says the industry is fully behind the new move. "The Karaka Million is an outstanding race meeting that showcases our industry to both domestic and international audiences. We're fortunate to have the commitment of the ARC and NZB to keep taking it to new levels for the industry's benefit, and NZTR is completely committed to helping them do that where we can," he said.