The NZB Kiwi

New Zealand has a long and storied history in Thoroughbred breeding and racing and has a track record of producing champion gallopers such as Rough Habit, Sunline and So You Think, as well as many industry-shaping figures that have left a lasting impression on racing globally.

This strong heritage, coupled with a platform for change has seen New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing join forces with TAB NZ and Entain to create a new icon in the New Zealand Thoroughbred racing landscape - The NZB Kiwi.

Adding a new layer of fascination to The NZB Kiwi will be the unique process of allocating the Slot Holders. Interested parties will have the opportunity to acquire a slot in the race, with a number of slots expected to be auctioned off with a minimum reserve price of NZ$450,000 (+ GST if any) – covering the slot entry fees for the first three years of the race. Learn more about the Slot Auction by clicking the link below. 

Slot Auction

The NZB Kiwi

Southern Hemisphere's Richest Race

As part of a revamped Summer Carnival, the opportunity is right to introduce an aspirational slot race into the summer feature period, beginning season 2024/2025 – a race that will become the Southern Hemisphere’s richest 3YO race. Open to three-year-olds and run over 1500m, The Kiwi - sponsored by New Zealand Bloodstock, will be held at New Zealand’s racing headquarters, Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland, in March each year.

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Race and Venue Details

8 March 2025

Date: Champions Day in March each year, commencing in 2025
Venue: Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland
Race Distance: 1500m
Conditions: 3YO restricted race, set weights and penalties
Starters: 14
Prizemoney: Base prizemoney of $3.5m in 2025, increasing to $4.5m by 2027. An additional $1m of bonuses will also be available each year.

ELIGIBILITY

The NZB Kiwi will celebrate the best of New Zealand’s world-class breeding industry and showcase the premier three-year-olds in the land. 

To qualify for The NZB Kiwi and for a Slot Holder to be able to nominate a contender, the horse must have been bred in New Zealand, as determined by NZTR in accordance with the New Zealand Stud Book and Register of Non-Stud Book Mares Regulations (as published from time to time by NZTR), or purchased at an NZB official Sale.

Eligible NZB Sales are the National Yearling Sales Series (January), the National Weanling Sale (May) and the Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds (November).

Within these criteria, it is then entirely up to the Slot Holder on which horse they select for their slot. Horses can be trained in any location (including internationally) and it will be the responsibility of the Slot Holder/connections of the horse to arrange transportation for the race.

 

PRIZE MONEY DISTRIBUTION

  March 2025 March 2026 March 2027 Bonus Pool
Base Prizemoney $3,500,000 $4,000,000 $4,500,000 $1,000,000
Winner $1,200,000 $1,200,000 $1,200,000 $600,000
2nd $575,000 $600,000 $600,000 $250,000
3rd $375,000 $450,000 $450,000 $150,000
4th $250,000 $350,000 $375,000  
5th $200,000 $275,000 $300,000  
6th-14th $100,000 $125,000 $175,000  

 

BONUS POOL

In addition to the base prizemoney of The Kiwi, an additional $1 million in bonuses will be available each year to the winners of a number of iconic New Zealand and Australian races in the lead up to the March meeting ($600,000 - 1st; $250,000 - 2nd; $150,000 - 3rd). With the bonus component, the winner of The NZB Kiwi could take home $1.8 million in total prizemoney. 

FAQS

How are emergencies selected?

The Race Committee will, in its absolute discretion, declare four eligible horses to be included in the final Emergency Pool for the Race.The declaration of emergency runners for The NZB Kiwi will be a list and not an order of entry in the event of a scratching.

How do I get my horse to New Zealand?

NZTR will assist the Slot Holder in contacting the team at NZB Airfreight to ensure your horse travels to New Zealand safely to contest The Kiwi. New Zealand equine airfreight company, NZB Airfreight, offers weekly trips from Australia - departing from Sydney and Melbourne. No quarantine is required for horses exported from Australia to New Zealand. NZB Airfreight has a full range of routes and pre-export information available at nzb.co.nz/airfreight.

Where will be horse be stabled while in New Zealand?

NZTR will work alongside the visiting Trainer to ensure they have access to suitable stabling in an area of close proximity to Ellerslie Racecourse. 

Terms and Conditions

The NZB Kiwi Race Terms and Conditions