winner of the first and second legs of the New Zealand Bloodstock Southern
Filly of the Year Series, Emily Margaret (Pins x Seven Schillings) goes into this Saturday’s
third leg with an almost unassailable lead.
filly has earned the perfect score of 14 points so far, putting her 10 points
ahead of nearest rivals Dreamtesta and Wekaforce.
Saturday’s $50,000 Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton would lift
her to 21 points and guarantee her the title for 2018-19 season.
kicked off the Series with a win in the Listed New Zealand Bloodstock
Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) in September, and it was the same result when
the Series resumed in the Listed NZB Insurance Stakes (1400m) on March 2.
Since then, the
grey filly has travelled to Trentham and beaten some of the North Island’s best
three-year-olds with a Group 2 victory in the $100,000 Wellington Guineas
(1400m). Her owners, Rodger and Emily Finlay, donated their winnings to a
fund-raiser following the tragic events in their home town of Christchurch the
Karaka for $55,000 from the draft of Trelawney Stud as a yearling, Emily Margaret has earned $152,625 in stakes.
Margaret will have to beat a talented field of fillies if she is to continue
her Southern Filly Series dominance. NZB Insurance Stakes runner-up Dreamtesta
is back for a rematch, while Secret Allure and Mohaka are proven black-type performers, and a host of others have won
impressively in lower grades.
Like the other
three races in the Series, Saturday’s NZB Airfreight Stakes is worth 7 points
to the winner, with 4 points for second and 2 for third.
Airfreight Stakes will be run as Race 7 at Riccarton on Saturday with a start
time of 3:29pm. -NZB