New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series

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.

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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 on Saturday 22 August.

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.

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 DISTANCE RACE CLUB WINNER
 19 Sep 2020 G3 Hawke's Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes $70,000 1200 Hawke's Bay Racing Inc.  
24 Oct 2020 G3 Soliloquy Stakes $70,000 1400 Waikato Racing Club
14 Nov 2020 G1 Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas $300,000 1600 Canterbury Jockey Club  
12 Dec 2020 G3 LawnMaster Eulogy Stakes $70,000 1600 Manawatu Racing Club  
26 Dec 2020 G2 Jamison Park Eight Carat Classic $100,000 1600 Auckland Racing Club  
1 Jan 2021 G2 Valachi Downs Royal Stakes $100,000 2000 Auckland Racing Club

 

Jan 2021 G3 Desert Gold Stakes $70,000 1600 Wellington Racing Club  
13 Feb 2021 G2 David & Karyn Ellis Fillies Classic $100,000 2000 Waikato Racing Club  
3 Mar 2021 G2 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes $100,000 2100 Hawke's Bay Racing Inc.  
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
     
     
     
Points Available
RACE TYPE FIRST SECOND THIRD
Group 1 12 7 3.5
Group 2 8 4 2
Group 3 6 3 1.5
Filly of the Year Honours Roll
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2019/2020 NZB Filly of the Year Race Points Table
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2018/2019 NZB Filly of the Year Race Points Table
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2017/2018 NZB Filly of the Year Race Points Table
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2016/2017 Filly of the Year Series Points Table
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2015/2016 Filly of the Year Series Points Table
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2014/2015 Filly of the Year Series Points Table
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2013/2014 Filly of the Year Series Points Table
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2012/2013 Filly of the Year Series Points Table
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2011/2012 Filly of the Year Series Points Table
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