Karaka Million 3YO Classic

Karaka Million 3YO Classic

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Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022
Location: Ellerslie Racecourse
Prize Money: NZ$1,000,000
Distance: 1600m

The Karaka Million 3YO Classic is a recent addition to the Karaka Million raceday held in January each year.

The 1600m event is restricted to horses who have been sold in the National Yearling Sales Series 24 months prior.

This race has been run alongside the Karaka Million event for two-year-olds since 2010 and has been used as a launching pad towards Group 1 races in Australia during the autumn.

Formerly named the Karaka 3YO Mile, the stakes quadrupled from $250,000 in 2012 to the inaugural $1 million running in 2018.

2022 Karaka Million 3YO Classic Betting Odds

The 2022 Karaka Million 3YO Classic odds as of January 21 look like this:

  • On The Bubbles – $1.70
  • Miss Ella – $7.00
  • Karman Line – $13.00
  • Tutukaka – $15.00
  • Sophisticardo – $19.00
  • The Stoney One – $20.00

Complete Karaka Million 3YO Classic odds available at Sportsbet.

Best bookmakers for Karaka Million 3YO Classic betting

All regulated online bookmakers in Australia and New Zealand will offer odds on the Karaka Million 3YO Classic, but only a few of them will run futures betting on the race.

The following bookmakers will have form and markets for the Karaka Million 3YO Classic:

United States Sport Table

Sport Table

Karaka Million 3YO Classic History

The Karaka Million 3YO mile event has been run since 2010, but was renamed to the Karaka Million 3YO Classic in 2018 with the prizemoney increased to $1,000,000 to go alongside the 2YO Classic race.

John Sargent and Jason Bridgman are the only two trainers who have tasted multiple successes in the race.

Despite the short history of the race, jockey Matthew Cameron has claimed the race three times (2012, 2014 & 2015), whilst James McDonald (2011 & 2019) is the only other jockey to have multiple wins in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic.

In recent years, the race has produced subsequent Australian Group 1 winner Probabeel in 2020, whilst 2021 winner Aegon went on to claim the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes, before starting favourite in the Randwick Guineas.

2021 Karaka Million 3YO Classic result

1stAegon ($2.60)
2ndAmarelinha ($1.20)
3rdFunction Patch ($4.60)

Recent Karaka Million 3YO Classic winners

  • In what can only be described as an almighty battle, it was Aegon who kept his undefeated record intact when getting the better of Amarelinha in the 2021 Karaka Million 3YO Classic. Although the million-dollar race attracted a full field of 17 three-year-olds, the build-up was completely dominated by these two horses. Aegon added the Karaka Million 3YO Classic to his record, having won all three of his career starts prior to this, including the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas. The two race favourites went stride for stride inside the final furlong, with the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-trained Aegon getting his down where it counted in a real ding dong affair.
  • Having won the Karaka Million 2YO race 12 months prior, the Jamie Richards-trained Probabeel became the first horse in history to complete the 2YO & 3YO Karaka Million double. The star filly was sent around as the short-priced favourite ($1.60) and on the back of yet another perfect steer from Opie Bosson, she simply never looked like getting beaten. He angled Probabeel into the clear in the straight from well back and she responded to hold her rivals at bay by 1.5 lengths.
  • Having not ridden at Ellerslie Racecourse for three years, the now Sydney-based James McDonald took out the Karaka 3YO event when lifting Long Leaf across the line. Having gone stride for stride with The Real Beel inside the final 100m, it was the Australian for the Lindsey Park operation who got the better of his rival, aided by the James McDonald factor.
  • Having won the Karaka Million 2YO Classic in 2014 with Vespa in 2014, it was John Benner & Holly Wynyard who trained Scott Base to victory in the inaugural Karaka Million 3YO Classic. Despite being sent around as a $22 chance with bookmakers, Scott Base produced a stunning turn of foot, to take out the first edition of the race for three-year-olds.

Karaka Million 3YO Classic past winners list

Karaka Million 3YO Classic Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2021 Aegon Leith Innes Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
2020 Probabeel Opie Bosson Jamie Richards
2019 Long Leaf James McDonald David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2018 Scott Base Rosie Myers Johno Benner & Holly Wynyard
2017 Volpe Veloce Michael Cameron Graham Richardson
2016 Raghu Michael McNab Tony Pike
2015 Volkstok’n’barrell Matthew Cameron Donna & Dean Logan
2014 Spellbinder Matthew Cameron Jason Bridgman
2013 Choice Bro Jonathan Riddell John Sargent
2012 Rock ‘n’ Pop Matthew Cameron Jason Bridgman
2011 Banchee James McDonald John Sargent
2010 Joey Massino Sam Spratt Peter McKay
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