New series launched to reward owners of fillies and mares

A series of Fillies and Mares races run for increased stakes will start in December and culminate in a $40,000 1600-metre Final in February 2011.

The Series Heats are for Fillies and Mares rated 70 or below and range in distance between 1200 and 1600 metres.

A total of 11 heats will be run building up to the Series Final; 10 heats in the Northern Region and one heat in the Central Region.

The Series Final (Special Conditions F&M 1600 metres) will be run at the Waikato Racing Club meeting on Saturday, 5 February 2011. Any horse that has competed in at least one heat will be eligible for the Final irrespective of its Rating.

Day Date Club Race & Dist Original Stake New Stake Increase Stake

Heat 1 Fri 10 Dec Racing Tauranga Maiden F&M 1400m $5,000 $5,000 $10,000
Heat 2 Sun 12 Dec Auckland RC Rating 70 F&M 1200m $13,000 $7,000 $20,000
Heat 3 Sat 18 Dec Waikato RC Maiden F&M 1600m $10,000 $5,000 $15,000
Heat 4 Mon 27 Dec Racing Rotorua Maiden F&M 1400m $5,000 $5,000 $10,000
Heat 5 Mon 27 Dec Racing Rotorua Rating 70 F&M 1400m $6,000 $7,000 $13,000
Heat 6 Sat 1 Jan Hawke's Bay RI Maiden F&M 1400m $5,000 $2,000 $7,000
Heat 7 Sun 2 Jan Racing Tauranga Rating 70 F&M 1300m $13,000 $7,000 $20,000
Heat 8 Wed 19 Jan Whangarei RC Rating 70 F&M 1600m $6,000 $7,000 $13,000
Heat 9 Sat 22 Jan Counties RC Rating 70 F&M 1400m $13,000 $7,000 $20,000
Heat 10 Fri 28 Jan Racing Te Aroha Maiden F&M 1600m $5,000 $5,000 $10,000
Heat 11 Fri 28 Jan Racing Te Aroha Rating 70 F&M 1600m $6,000 $7,000 $13,000

Final Sat 5 Feb Waikato RC Sp Cond F&M 1600m $13,000 $27,000 $40,000

The following points will be awarded in each heat:

1st:15; 2nd:8; 3rd:5; 4th:3; 5th:2 and 1 point for every other starter.

To be eligible for the Series Final, a horse must have competed in at least one heat and Winners of each heat are exempt from the ballot in the final. The Series Final will be run as a Handicap with a 53kg minimum weight.

The order of entry in the Series Final will be determined by the number of points accrued in the heats. Should it be necessary to determine the order of entry between horses that have earned equal points, the handicap ratings will be employed, and if those horses have the same handicap rating, they will be selected at the discretion of the Handicapper.