Showemup (NZ) shoots for NZB Southern Filly Crown
NZB Airfreight Stakes (1600m) winner Showemup (NZ) (Showcasing) will attempt to clinch the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Southern Filly of the Year title when she runs in the final leg, the $50,000 Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton on Saturday.
The Sally McKay-trained Showemup earned 7 points for her New Zealand Bloodstock Airfreight Stakes win two weeks ago, and she now sits in second place on the points table. She shares that position with Residential (NZ) (Pins) and La Diosa (NZ) (So You Think), and they are one point behind the leader Starvoia (Starcraft).
With Starvoia, Residential and La Diosa absent from Saturday’s field, Showemup’s destiny is in her own hands. Finishing first (7 points), second (4 points) or third (2 points) in the Warstep Stakes would likely be enough to win her the title.
But Grand Soleil (NZ) (Savabeel) also has a chance to spoil Showemup’s party. She earned 4 points for her second placing in the NZB Airfreight Stakes, and a win in the Warstep Stakes would lift her total to 11. Depending on where Showemup finishes, that could see her come out on top.
But if Grand Soleil wins the Warstep Stakes and Showemup runs second, the pair will be tied at the top of the table with 11 points apiece.
After last year’s Southern Filly of the Year Series ended in a four-way tie, a couple of changes were made to the structure of this year’s Series. One of those changes is that the final leg, the NZB Warstep Stakes, will act as a 'decider'. In the event of two fillies having equal points following the running of the final leg, the filly with the best finishing position in the NZB Warstep Stakes will be determined the winner of the Series.
The NZB Warstep Stakes will be run as race 5 at Riccarton on Saturday with a start time of 3.07pm.