Matamata filly Fix will attempt to extend her lead in the NZ Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series in the G2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies Classic (2000m) on Saturday.
Fix (3f Iffraaj – Destined by Danehill) already has two legs of this season’s Series under her belt in the G2 Eight Carat Classic and G2 Royal Stakes and she will be favoured to notch another against 10 rivals at Te Rapa.
Fix sits on 19.5 points and is clear of equal-second placed Soriano and Rollout the Carpet (15 points). Saturday’s winner will collect 8 points, with second earning 4 points and third earning 2.
One of the main lead up races to the Group 1 NZ Oaks – the final leg of the Series – the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic will see a rematch between Fix and Kidwelly (Dylan Thomas) who fought out the finish of the Royal Stakes.
Highly consistent filly Soriano (Savabeel) comes into the race after running second in the G3 Desert Gold Stakes at Trentham in January. She won the G3 Eulogy Stakes in December and a win on Saturday would give her the Series lead if Fix finishes further back than second.
Carrying the sponsor’s colours is Abidewithme (Redoute’s Choice) who has won three of her four starts including a last-start victory at Ellerslie. Third home that day was Lovetessa (O’Reilly) and that followed another third in the Eulogy Stakes.
Stakes winning filly Emerald Queen (O’Reilly) ran second in the Eulogy Stakes but goes into the Group 2 after an unplaced effort in the NZB Royal Stakes on New Year’s Day at Ellerslie at her first start over ground.
Catalma (Old Deuteronomy), Jimato (Handsome Ransom) and Miss Enders (Not a Single Doubt) all made their Series debut in the Desert Gold Stakes finishing unplaced but they have all won races during their short careers and will have their first start over 2000 metres on Saturday.
Raffles Dancers – the owner of Sacred Falls – will be looking for another stakes win with More Than Sacred (More Than Ready) who won her last start impressively at Te Rapa. Passionate (Keeper) completes the field and also comes into the race off a last start victory at Te Rapa in late January.
View the NZB Filly of the Year Series race schedule and current points table at: www.nzb.co.nz/info/filly.cfm