Fantastic Fillies Field For Oaks

14 January 2004

Saturday's ING Life New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at the Wellington Racing Club has, as expected, attracted some classy fillies to challenge for the Gr.1 win and the valuable points for the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series.

Heading the field is Kainui Belle (Kashani x Lady Ukiah) who currently leads the Filly of the Year points table with 25 points, one point ahead of Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady) who will not compete in Saturdays race.

Trained by Vanessa and Wayne Hillis, Kainui Belle was second at her last start in the Gr.2 New Zealand Bloodstock Royal Stakes (2000m), behind the Paul O'Sullivan trained Buckle My Shoe (Rory's Jester x Rose of Marizza) who will also run on Saturday and is currently third on the Filly of the Year points table with 8 points.

Other smart fillies in the field who have already acquired points in the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series include Eftee One (Volksraad x Bashful Lady) with 6 points and Wharite Princess (His Royal Highness x Regal Visit) with 1.5 points.

Fillies looking to earn their first points in the Series include, Eternal Melody (Shinko King x Billie Holiday), Justine Coup (Entrepreneur x Sirt), Madame Shinko (Shinko King x Madame Mac), Kind Return (Zabeel x Kindness), Midnight Kiss (Groom Dancer x Midnight Assembly), Glenview Lass (Magic of Sydney x Devil's Lair), Ocean Melodie (Unbridled's Song x French Tide), Senorita Rosay (Senor Pete x Alpine Beauty), Calveen (Canny Lad x Calvinia), Eternal Lee (Shinko King x Imposing Belle), Filante Etoile (Soviet Star x Georgiana), French Lady (Entrepreneur x La Tebaldi), Grand Times (Grand Lodge x Santa Rita), Matches (Woodman x Joie de Vivre), Penny Hill (Pentire x Lady Trismar), Highflying (Entrepreneur x Crystal Brook), Turtle Creek (Turtle Island x Lady Whitby) and Yum Yum (Entrepreneur x Slanchyvah).

The points allocated for Saturday's Group 1 race will be
1st � 12 points
2nd � 7 points
3rd � 3.5 points

The next race in the Series will be the Group 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies Classic at the Waikato Racing Club on Saturday 7 February.

For more information on the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series please contact Taryn Bax at New Zealand Bloodstock on (09) 298 0055 email: [email protected] , or view the New Zealand Bloodstock website, where the series is updated after each race.