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Final Field For $1M Karaka Million

Thursday, 26th January 2017

A full field of 14 plus one emergency has been confirmed for the 10th Karaka Million, to be held at the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting at Ellerslie this Sunday (29 January). New Zealand's equal richest race, the Karaka Million (1200m) is held on the eve of the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales Series commencing at Karaka and consists of graduates from Karaka 2016. The top qualifier is Gift of Power (Power), who impressively won all of her first three starts including the Gr2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes and Listed Wellesley Stakes. Purchased by Team Rogerson at the Premier Sale for $180,000 from Cambridge Stud, she has earned $107,400 from four starts and will be ridden by Craig Grylls. Hasahalo (Savabeel) handed Gift Of Power her first defeat in the Gr3 Eclipse Stakes at Ellerslie on New Year's Day, coming from last with a late charge to win by a head. It boosted her earnings to $61,000 and propelling her to second on the order of entry. Trained by Stephen McKee, who won last year's Karaka Million with Xiong Feng, Hasahalo was bought by Go Racing at the Premier Sale for $110,000 from Curraghmore. Hasahalo will be ridden by Blake Shinn. For details about the remaining Karaka Million runners, click here. Sunday's six-race programme is scheduled to commence at 4.58pm with the first race of the Karaka Million Series, the $100,000 Windsor Park Stud Karaka Stayers Cup running at 5.33pm as Race 2, followed by the Listed (R) $100,000 NZB Insurance Karaka 3YO Mile at 6.07pm as Race 3 and the Listed (R) $1 million Karaka Million race at 7.16pm as Race 5.

The Karaka Million field is:

1. Star Treasure (Stephen McKee) 56.5kg (7)

2. Padraig (Brendon Hawtin) 56.5kg (12)

3. Felton Road (Tony Pike) 56.5kg (1)

4. Ameridon (Liam Birchley) 56.5kg (13)

5. Oscar Eight (Nigel Tiley) 56.5kg (15)

6. Waldorf (Andrew Campbell) 56.5kg (5)

7. Gift Of Power (Graeme & Debbie Rogerson) 54.5kg (2)

8. Hasahalo (Stephen McKee) 54.5kg (10)

9. Princess Rihanna (Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott) 54.5kg (4)

10. Dijon Bleu (Lisa Latta) 54.5kg (9)

11. Melody Belle (Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards) 54.5kg (3)

12. Global Thinking (Shaune Ritchie) 54.5kg (8)

13. Te Amo (Peter Robl) 54.5kg (11)

14. Sophie's Choice (Stephen Marsh) 54.5kg (14)

15. Iffragal (Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards) 54.5kg (6)

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