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Miss Federer named Southern Filly of the Year

Miss Federer winning the Listed NZB Air Freight Stakes 3YO (1400m)

Photo: Wild Range Photography

With the New Zealand racing season cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Miss Federer has been crowned New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year, having dominated the first two legs of the four race series.

A dual stakes winning juvenile, added the Listed New Zealand Bloodstoock Canterbury Belle Stakes (1400m) and the Listed NZB Airfreight Stakes 3YO (1400m) to her race record this season.

“This is a great result for her connections, and we're very happy,” Andrew Carston, Miss Federer’s buyer and trainer, said.

“We would have preferred to win the Series the proper way, but in saying that, I don't think anyone can dispute that she's been the best filly in the South Island this season. There were two races in the Series, and she won them both.

“She was the South Island's champion two-year-old last season, and she's gone on and done it again at three.”

Carston purchased the daughter of Swiss Ace for just $10,000 from the draft of Bradbury Park at the Book 2 session of NZB’s National Yearling Sale in 2018.

She’s now won over $160,000 for her owners Mark and Dawn Dowling, Clint and Jill Tauri, Russell and Ros McClean, Dave and Jill MacGibbon, Brian and Margaret Sheppard, Beau and Ann Trevathan, Lindsay and Kaz Harliwich, Joy Isaacs, Janice Banks and Terry Williamson.

“From a relatively cheap purchase, she's done a massive job for her owners,” said Carston.

Bred by 2018-19 New Zealand Breeder of the Year Greg Tomlinson under his Nearco Stud banner, Miss Federer is the best performed daughter of Westbury Stud-based sire Swiss Ace and she is out of the My Halo mare Halobelle who won eight races including the Listed Eclipse Stakes at Wingatui.

The award for NZB Southern Filly of the Year will be presented to Miss Federer’s connections at the South Island Racing Awards.

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