The marquee race of the Karaka Million card, the Karaka Million 2YO features some of the best juvenile thoroughbreds from both New Zealand and Australia. 

Punters have a natural affinity with the younger horses, which makes it such a popular betting race.

Karaka Million New Zealand odds

All-in odds for the Karaka Million 2YO are released around a month in advance but the final field is confirmed a few days before the race. 

We will have all the latest odds when markets are released by bookmakers.

Karaka Million New Zealand bookie offers

Bookmakers will have bookie offers for the Karaka Million 2YO closer to the race time. Typically, bookmakers will offer bonus bets for running second or third in the major races.

Karaka Million New Zealand field

The field consists of 14 runners which have earned their spot in the field via prize money totals. There are no qualifying races in the lead-up and it's up to connections as to how they target their plan of attack. 

With numerous two-year-old races in the months prior to the race, getting enough stake money to make the final field is easily achievable if they're good enough. 

We will have the confirmed field when it’s released by the NZTR.

Karaka Million New Zealand form guide

Having been run for only 12 years, the Karaka Million form is still tough to work out, but it’s a race for favourite punters. The likes of Probabeel, Avantage and Melody Belle were all well-backed with bookmakers. 

There have been some upsets and that’s common with two-year-old racing. Punters should look at form from Ellerslie as not having experience at the Auckland-based track is a negative. 

Karaka Million New Zealand Previous Results & Winners


Year
Winner
2019Probabeel
2018Avantage
2017Melody Belle
2016Xiong Feng
2015Hardline
2014Vespa
2013Ruud Awakening
2012Ockham's Razor
2011Fort Lincoln
2010Sister Havana
2009The Heckler
2008Vincent Mangano

Karaka Million New Zealand bet of the day

We will have our Karaka Million 2YO bet of the day when the market is released.

Karaka Million New Zealand race schedule

The Karaka Million is a part of a twilight meeting held at Ellerslie in January. The twilight meetings have been very popular in New Zealand and it’s a format which works for the club.
 
A short six-race program keeps the betting public on course for the entire meeting. The 2YO was run as the final race in 2018 but we changed to Race 4 in 2019. 

  • Race 1: Karaka Cup 
  • Race 2: Mongolian Khan Trophy 
  • Race 3: Concorde Handicap 
  • Race 4: Karaka Million 2YO 
  • Race 5: Westbury Classic 
  • Race 6: Karaka Million 3YO Classic

Karaka Million New Zealand history & key facts

The Karaka Million 2YO is open to any horse purchased through the Karaka Thoroughbred Sales and it's only growing in popularity.
 
A program change has also made a positive impact on the Ellerslie feature meeting. The City of Auckland Cup, Concorde Handicap and Westbury have been confirmed for the six-race card, which totals NZ$2.44 million in stake money. 

Since its inception in 2008, the Karaka Million Raceday has featured some of the best talent from both sides of the Tasman, which included Melody Belle, Ruud Awakening and Australian winners Sister Havana and Hardline. 

Typically run as a Sunday twilight meeting, it was moved to a Saturday for the 2018 meeting in the hopes to attract a more international audience. 

Some of the past winners include Probabeel, Melody Belle and Vespa.

Karaka Million New Zealand live streaming & race replay

Punters can watch the Karaka Million 2YO at Beteasy, which has two channels to live stream every race in Australia and the feature races in New Zealand. 

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The race replay of the 2019 Karaka Million shows Probabeel looming up to the field and kicking clear for an impressive victory.

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