Group One winner Amarelinha has been crowned New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2020-21 Filly of the Year following her four wins in the coveted series.
Amarelinha finished the series with 34 points, 19 clear of her nearest rival, with her victories including the Gr.2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m), Gr.2 David & Karyn Ellis Fillies’ Classic (2000m), Gr.3 Sunline Vase (2100m), and Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m).
The Savabeel mare was purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis out of Waikato Stud’s 2019 Book 1 Yearling Sale draft for $300,000.
“On behalf of the fantastic team that raced this exciting mare, we’d all like to thank the team at New Zealand Bloodstock and pass on our great appreciation,” Ellis said.
“It doesn’t go unnoticed the huge amount that NZB puts back into the industry, the owner has already received a $30,000 cash bonus, the breeder a $10,000 cash bonus and the trainer a $10,000 cash bonus.
“This makes the Filly of the Year Series such an iconic part of the New Zealand racing calendar, and it’s just such a thrill for us to be involved with the company.”
Trainer Jamie Richard’s was delighted with the recent success Te Akau Racing has had with progeny of Savabeel in past seasons.
“David bought her at Karaka from Waikato Stud, and we’ve had so much success with their horses and the progeny of Savabeel,” he said.
“We train this filly for a great group of owners, and I’m really thrilled for everyone involved.”
Amarelinha is the sixth NZB Filly of the Year in the last 15 years for the Te Akau Racing stable, following on from Costa Viva, King’s Rose, Insouciant, Princess Coup, and Shikoba.
The 2021-22 NZB Filly of the Year Series is currently underway, with the fifth leg, the Gr.2 Jamison Park Eight Carat Classic (1600m) set to take place on Boxing Day at Ellerslie Racecourse.