Filly of the Year

Throughout a proud history spanning more than 50 years, the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series has repeatedly unveiled superstars of the racetrack and the breeding barn. But the 2022-23 edition of the series turned out to be one for the ages, with three different fillies going on to win Group One races in either Sydney or Melbourne this autumn.

At the end of the exciting 11-race series, the name added to the honour roll as the 51st Filly of the Year was the exceptional Legarto (NZ) (Proisir).

Winner of the 2022-23 Filly of the Year, Legarto (NZ).

Legarto was bought for $90,000 by part-owners Philip and Catherine Brown’s Ancroft Stud at Karaka 2021, where she was offered by Highline Thoroughbreds in Book 2.

The eleven races throughout the season are keenly contested and with significant prizes for the owner, trainer and breeder of the ultimate Series winner. The NZB 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. 

2023-24 NZB Filly of the Year Series Schedule

Date Race Name Stake Dist. Club Winner
9/9/23 Gr.3 HB/PB Thoroughbred Breeders Assn Gold Trail Stakes $100,000 1200m Hawke's Bay RI Quintessa (NZ) (Shamus Award)
28/10/23 Gr.2 Jamieson Park Soliloquy Stakes $175,000 1400m Auckland TR Impendabelle (Impending) 
18/11/23 Gr.1 Barneswood Farm 50th New Zealand 1000 Guineas $500,000 1600m Canterbury JC  
16/12/23 Gr.3 LawnMaster Eulogy Stakes $100,000 1600m Manawatu RC  
26/12/23 Gr.2 Hallmark Stud Eight Carat Classic $225,000 1600m ATR@Pukekohe  
01/01/24 Gr.2 Sir Patrick Hogan Stakes $225,000 2050m Auckland TR  
20/01/24 Gr.3 Desert Gold Stakes $120,000 1600m Wellington RC  
10/02/24 Gr.2 David & Karyn Ellis Fillies Classic $175,000 2000m Waikato RC  
01/03/24 Gr.2 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes $120,000 2100m Hawke's Bay RI  
02/03/24 Gr.3 McKee Family Sunline Vase $150,000 2100m Auckland TR  
16/03/24 Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks $500,000 2400m Wellington RC  


2023-24 Leaderboard

Impendabelle (Impending x Applegate)  8 1st Leg 2
Quintessa (NZ) (Shamus Award x Chaquinta) 6 1st Leg 1
Mary Shan (NZ) (Almanzor x Shanzam) 4 2nd Leg 2
Chantilly Lace (NZ) (US Navy Flag x On The Move) 3 2nd Leg 1
Tulsi (The Autumn Sun x Talimena) 2 3rd Leg 2
Oneira (NZ) (Contributer x Sometyne) 1.5 3rd Leg 1


Points Available

Group 1 12 7 3.5
Group 2 8 4 2
Group 3 6 3 1.5