New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year Series
New Zealand Bloodstock has been the proud sponsor of the Southern Filly of the Year Series since the 2000/2001 season.
The Southern Filly of the Year Series is an important part of the Southern Racing Calendar. It is designed to assist the longterm growth and success of the New Zealand breeding industry by providing opportunities for good fillies to earn valuable black type while racing in New Zealand.
The title is awarded to the three-year-old filly who succeeds in winning the most points after the completion of the four races in the Series with each race carrying Listed status, over distances from 1200m in September to 2000m in April.
The Southern Filly of the Year Series trophy is awarded to the winning connections at the South Island Awards held in September each year.
In an effort to maximise the chances of the Series determining an outright winner, changes were made to the format of the Series for the 2016/17 season.
The points structure was adjusted and the final leg of the Series, the NZB Warstep Stakes, now acts as a 'decider'. In the event of two fillies having equal points following the running of the final leg, the filly with the best finishing position in the NZB Warstep Stakes will be determined the winner of the Series.
By sponsoring this coveted Series, NZB are working to ensure the owners, breeders and trainers in the New Zealand racing and breeding industry are attractively rewarded.
2017-18 NZB Southern Filly of the Year Race Schedule
|DATE||RACE NAME||DISTANCE||STAKE||RACE CLUB||WINNER|
|23 September 2017||L. New Zealand Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes||1200m||$50,000||Canterbury Racing||Kiwi Ida (Squamosa)|
|3 March 2018||L. NZB Airfreight Stakes||1400m||$50,000||Otago Racing Club||Courte Zarindi (NZ) (Any Suggestion)|
|7 April 2018||L. NZB Insurance Stakes||1600m||$50,000||Canterbury Racing||Respin (NZ) (Power)|
|21 April 2018||L. New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes||2000m||$50,000||Canterbury Racing||Courte Zarindi (NZ) (Any Suggestion)|
2017-18 NZB Southern Filly of the Year Points Table
|Courte Zarindi||16||1st Leg 2, 3rd Leg 3, 1st Leg 4|
|Respin||7||1st Leg 3|
|Kiwi Ida||7||1st Leg 1|
|Za Za Gabor||4||2nd Leg 4|
|Beneficial||4||2nd Leg 3|
|Excelleration||4||2nd Leg 2|
|Hot Fuss||4||2nd Leg 1|
|Wee Gilly||2||3rd Leg 4|
|Pipiana||2||3rd Leg 2|
|Ajay Tee||2||3rd Leg 1|