NZB Filly of the Year
NZB is strongly committed to encouraging and rewarding thoroughbred excellence, and the 2021-22 season will celebrate 50 years of the highly prestigious and coveted New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series.
The 2020-21 Series winner was none other than standout filly Amarelinha (NZ) (Savabeel), who went undefeated through four appearances in the Series to easily claim the title.
Bought for $300,000 from Waikato Stud’s Book 1 draft at Karaka 2019 by Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis, Amarelinha finishes the NZB Filly of the Year Series with 34 points – 19 clear of her nearest rival. Overall, she has won five of her seven starts, placing in the other two and earning $518,700 for the Te Akau Hopskip’n’jump Syndicate.
The winner of the Group Two Eight Carat Classic (1600m), Group Two David & Karyn Ellis Fillies’ Classic (2000m) and Group Three Sunline Vase (2100m) earlier in the NZB Filly of the Year Series, Amarelinha was expected to carry that dominance up to Group One level in the series finale. She more than delivered.
Amarelinha is the sixth NZB Filly of the Year in the last 15 years for the powerful Te Akau Racing stable, following on from Costa Viva (Encosta de Lago), King’s Rose (Redoute’s Choice), Insouciant (NZ) (Keeper), Princess Coup (Encosta de Lago) and Shikoba (NZ) (Chief Bearhart).
View the full 2020/21 Series Results here.
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 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.
NZB Filly of the Year Honour Roll
|2020 - 21||Amarelinha (Savabeel x Hopscotch)|
|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)|