NZB Filly of the Year

NZB is strongly committed to encouraging and rewarding thoroughbred excellence, and the 2020-21 season will celebrate 49 years of the highly prestigious and coveted New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series.

2019-20 NZB Filly of the Year Series winner Jennifer Eccles (NZ).

This year's coveted honour will be presented to winning connections at the 2020 NZTBA National Breeding Awards held at the Don Rowlands Centre in Cambridge during October. 

The 2019-20 Series winner was once described as New Zealand’s best maiden. Shaune Ritchie-trained Jennifer Eccles (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) made her first appearance on the Filly of the Year table after placing second in the Group One New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton in November 2019.

Onwards from there she was unstoppable, subsequently winning the Group Two Eight Carat Classic (1600m), Group Two David & Karyn Ellis Fillies’ Classic (2000m) and Group Two Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m).

She outclassed her rivals again winning a Trentham classic, the $400,000 Group One Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m), which cemented her Filly of the Year Series title by a margin of 22.5 points.

Winning connections and the prestigious NZB Filly of the Year trophy

After an impressive crusade, Jennifer Eccles finished the series on top with a total of 44.5 points claiming this year’s title. The only other filly in the last two decades who reached 40 is Justa Tad (NZ) (Istidaad), who scored 42 in 2004-05. 

The ten races throughout the season are keenly contested and with significant prizes for the owner, trainer and breeder of the ultimate Series winner. The New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year winner immediately becomes a highly valuable breeding proposition and earns her connections $50,000 in bonus cheques including $10,000 for her breeder, $10,000 for her trainer and $30,000 for her owner. 

In the event of two fillies having equal points following the running of the final leg, both fillies will share the title.


2020/2021 NZB Filly of the Year Race Schedule

DATE

RACE NAME

STAKE

DIST.

CLUB

WINNER

19 Sep 2020

G3 Hawke's Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes

$70,000

1200

Hawke's Bay Racing Inc.

Miss Aoteroa (NZ) (Per Incanto)

24 Oct 2020

G3 Soliloquy Stakes

$70,000

1400

Waikato Racing Club

De La Terre (NZ) (Reliable Man)

14 Nov 2020

G1 Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas

$300,000

1600

Canterbury Jockey Club

Kahma Lass (NZ) (Darci Brahma)

12 Dec 2020

G3 LawnMaster Eulogy Stakes

$70,000

1600

Manawatu Racing Club

Whimsical (NZ) (Savabeel

26 Dec 2020

G2 Jamison Park Eight Carat Classic

$100,000

1600

Auckland Racing Club

Amarelinha (NZ) (Savabeel)

1 Jan 2021

G2 Valachi Downs Royal Stakes

$100,000

2000

Auckland Racing Club

Needle and Thread (Makfi)

30 Jan 2021

G3 Desert Gold Stakes

$70,000

1600

Wellington Racing Club

Force of Will (NZ) (Power)

13 Feb 2021

G2 David & Karyn Ellis Fillies Classic

$100,000

2000

Waikato Racing Club

Amarelinha (NZ) (Savabeel)

3 Mar 2021

G2 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes

$100,000

2100

Hawke's Bay Racing Inc.

Llanacord (NZ) (Contributer) 

6 Mar 2021

G3 McKee Family Sunline Vase

$70,000

2100

Auckland Racing Club

 

20 Mar 2021

G1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks

$400,000

2400

Wellington Racing Club

 

 


 

2020/2021 NZB Filly of the Year Points Table

HORSE POINTS SERIES PROGRESS
Amarelinha 16 1st Leg 5, 1st Leg 8
Kahma Lass 15 2nd Leg 2, 1st Leg 3
Needle and Thread 10 1st Leg 6, 3rd Leg 8
Llanacord  8 1st Leg 9
Miss Tycoon Rose 7 2nd Leg 3
Whimsical 6 1st Leg 4
Miss Aoteroa 6 1st Leg 1
Force of Will 6 2st Leg 7
De La Terre  6 1st Leg 2
Fleetwood Maca 4 2nd Leg 5
Lily's Lady 4 2nd Leg 6
Slave to Love 4 2nd Leg 8
Charms Star 4 2nd Leg 9
Cornflower Blue 3.5 3rd Leg 3
Love for All 3 2nd Leg 4
Victorem 3 2nd Leg 7
Sweet Anna 3 2nd Leg 1
Moana 2 3rd Leg 5
Il Affare 2 3rd Leg 6
Canuhandleajandal 2 3rd Leg 9
Signora Nera 1.5 3rd Leg 4
Babylon Berlin 1.5 3rd Leg 1
Tokorangi 1.5 3rd Leg 1
Passione 1.5 3rd Leg 7










 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Points Available

RACE TYPE FIRST SECOND THIRD
Group 1 12 7 3.5
Group 2 8 4 2
Group 3 6 3 1.5

 


 

NZB Filly of the Year Honour Roll

Year Filly
2019 - 20 Jennifer Eccles (Rip Van Winkle x Platinum Elle)
2018 - 19 Imelda Mary (Ferlax x Eleesha) & Queen of Diamonds (Savabeel x Love Diamonds)
2017 - 18 Dijon Bleu (Burgundy x Pristino)
2016 - 17 Bonneval (Makfi x Imposingly)
2015 - 16 Sofia Rosa (Makfi x Bislieri)
2014 - 15 Platinum Witness (California Dane x Chartreuse)
2013 - 14 Costa Viva (Encosta de Lago x Vivacious Spirit)
2012 - 13 Fix (Iffraaj x Destined)
2011 - 12 Planet Rock (Fastnet Rock x Akris)
2010 - 11 King's Rose (Redoute's Choice x Nureyev's Girl)
2009 - 10 Katie Lee (Pins x Miss Jessie Jay)
2008 - 9 Daffodil (No Excuse Needed x Spring)
2007 - 08 Insouciant (Keeper x Loudenne)
2006 - 07 Princess Coup (Encosta de Lago x Stoneyfell Road)
2005 - 06 Shikoba (Chief Bearhart x Summary)
2004 - 05 Justa Tad (Istidaad x Infinity)
2003 - 04 Taatletail (Faltaat x Defensive Lady)
2002 - 03 Bramble Rose (Shinko King x Images)
2001 - 02 Vapour Trail (Jetball x Devil's Lair)
2000 - 01 Singalong (Danasinga x Echostatic)
1999 - 00 Sarwatch (Jetball x Riverina Charm)
1998 - 99 Savannah Success (Success Express x Alma Mater)
1997 - 98 Tycoon Lil (Last Tycoon x Imposing Bloom)
1996 -97 Tartan Belle (Kreisler x Argyll Dazzler)
1995 - 96 Alacrity (Grosvenor x Daybreak Express)
1994 - 95 Tartan Tights (Tights x Ultra Sound)
1993 - 94 Snap (Kingdom Bay x Crackle)
1992 - 93 Nimue (Star Way x Eustaci) & Lady Agnes (Gleam Machine x Placid Queen)
1991 - 92 Staring (Fiesta Star x Sweet Violet)
1990 - 91 Let's Sgor (Creag-An-Sgor x Alycide) & Plume (Crested Wave x Willow Vale)
1989 - 90 Phillipa Rush (Prince Echo x Jennifer)
1988 - 89 Kate's Myth (Kaoru Star x Mia Lisa) & Olga's Pal (Straight Strike x Tinawin)
1987 - 88 Impasada (Imperial Sea x Charsada)
1986 - 87 Tri Belle (Sir Tristram x Stellar Belle)
1985 - 86 Royal Heights (Sir Tristram x Claudine)
1984 - 85 Solveig (Imposing x Soliloquy)
1983 - 84 Burletta (Three Legs x Travesty)
1982 - 83 Our Flight (Imperial Guard x Jane Flight)
1981 - 82 Noble Heights (Sir Tristram x Gold Heights)
1980 - 81 Glamour Bay (Zephyr Bay x Glamour Test)
1979 - 80 Coober's Queen (Coober Prince x Dympna)
1978 - 79 Tang (Taipan ll x Agricolet)
1977 - 78 Mun Lee (Great Wall x Phareno)
1976 - 77 La Mer (Copenhagen ll x La Balsa)
1975 - 76 Mop (Taipan ll x Rag Doll)
1974 - 75 Princess Patrice (Charicles x How About That)
1973 - 74 Prepak (Pakistan ll x Precarious)
1972 - 73 Swell Time (Mellay x High Life)