Leading owner Gary Harding had to wait until the G1 New Zealand Oaks was run and won before his filly Fix was confirmed as the NZ Bloodstock Filly of the Year.
Fix (3f Iffraaj – Destined by Danehill) did not contest the NZ Oaks which was the final of 10 legs in the 2012-13 Series. She had been sent to the paddock after finishing a brave second in the G1 NZ Derby a fortnight ago.
The Matamata filly was sitting on 27.5 points thanks to G2 wins in the Eight Carat Classic, Royal Stakes and Sir Tristram Fillies Classic and a placing in the G1 NZ 1000 Guineas.
Savabeel’s Soriano (19 points) was the only filly who could overhaul her but she finished down the field in the NZ Oaks and that ensured Fix took home the title.
Fix’s connections collected $50,000 in bonus cheques including $10,000 for breeders Frantic Bloodstock & Haunui Farm, $10,000 for trainers Ken & Bev Kelso and $30,000 for Harding. “We are thrilled to have won the Series,” said Harding. “We made the call to leave her out of the NZ Oaks and, although that was a risky move, in the end it proved the right one.
“It’s hard to find fillies of this quality and we have turned down some very big offers for her as the family and I love racing her and we get a real thrill being a part of what she has achieved. Ken and Bev are very positive about her future and think she will be even better next season so we will look to the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown in the spring and then perhaps Australia.”
Fix’s win was also a big result for her breeders, Cathy Franich of Frantic Bloodstock and Haunui Farm. “She was right there from the start which is a credit to the filly and that’s what you need to be able to do to win the title,” Haunui Farm General Manager Mark Chitty said.
“It’s a time-honoured title and it’s a great result for the Farm and for Iffraaj who we stand. Hopefully, there are many more like her to come.”
Fix joins the likes of Planet Rock, King’s Rose, Katie Lee, Princess Coup, Bramble Rose and Vapour Trail as NZ Bloodstock’s Filly of the Year.
Fix was purchased by Harding from Haunui Farm at NZB’s 2011 Karaka Premier Sale for $220,000. Her half-sister by Zabeel was the highest priced filly at this year’s Karaka Premier Sale when bought by Alan Bell from Haunui Farm for $800,000.