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2020 Karaka Million 2YO - Who will be the next juvenile superstar of New Zealand?

Ellerslie hosts the $1 million Karaka Million at Ellerslie this Saturday
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2020 Karaka Million Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Date: Saturday 25 January, 2020
Time: 6:30
Course: Ellerslie
Distance 1200m
Conditions: Open to Karaka 2YO Purchases

The Karaka Million might not have the same history as the likes of the Golden Slipper or the Magic Millions in Australia, but it's on par with the Magic Millions and attracts huge attention across the Tasman.

Horses purchased from the Karaka Thoroughbred Sales throughout the summer months are eligbile to run in the $1 million feature at Ellerslie, which has been taken out by the likes of Advantage, Hardline, Melody Belle and Sister Havana.

No world beaters have come out of the race but it's an exciting two-year-old contest worth investing in.

Also on the card is the Karaka Million 3YO Classic and the Westbury Stud Classic at Group 1 level.

2020 Karaka Million Result


We predicted it would be a probable victory for Probabeel and we were proven right as the classy two-year-old stormed home from the back of the field to record a famous victory.

She was forced to run wide throughout the trip but to quality daughter of Savabeel never looked under any pressure as she lapped the field up late.

Here's what we said about our best bet.

"There's always one horse that attracts the most attention prior to that Karaka Million and this year that mantle belongs to Probabeel, a well-bred filly which has some parents to live up to.

The Te Akau-raced two-year-old filly was a demanding winner two starts back at Ellerslie before backing that up with another solid win on the same track. That race was esentially a guide for the Karaka Million and she came throughout it with flying colours.

Her breeding of Savabeel x. Far Fetched makes her destined for bigger things and that could start by winning one of New Zealand's richest races."

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