New Zealand's richest night of racing, the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million, is kicking off here at Ellerslie on Saturday 23 January 2021.
As we slowly warm up to the best night of racing in the country, we're re-living just how good it was in 2020.
Today, we check out 2019/20 Auckland Racing Club HORSE OF THE YEAR, Cool Aza Beel's, win in the 2020 $1,000,000 Karaka Million 2YO:
More about Cool Aza Beel
Following his win the Karaka Million 2YO, Cool Aza Beel went on to take out the Group 1 $200,000 Sistema Stakes here at Ellerslie on Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day.
In October 2020 he was named our 2019/20 Horse of the Year, as judged by a panel of invited racing officials and media.
Owner: Te Akau Sassy Beel Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM)
Purchased for: $150,000 at New Zealand Bloodstock's National Yearling Sale (Book 1)
Breeder: Fairdale Stud (2007) Ltd
Trainer: Jamie Richards, Te Akau Racing, Matamata
Jockey: Opie Bosson
Sire: Savabeel (AUS) 2001
Dam: Cool 'n' Sassy (AUS) 2011
Foaling: 29 Sep 2017
On the night, we'll be hosting another $1 million race as well - the DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO - also open to graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock's National Yearling Sales Series.
To check out this year's Order of Entry and see which horses will be running for their share of $1,000,000, click here
Want to come see the action? Click here to buy tickets to the 2021 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million