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2003 Mercedes Broodmare of the Year Finalists

An unraced grand-daughter of a US Broodmare of the Year, a two-race winner and a stakes-winning grand-daughter of a New Zealand Broodmare of the Year are this year's Broodmare title finalists.

This award is decided by the NZTBA Council after it receives the recommendation of a three-person panel appointed by the Council to compile and consider nominations. This year's panel was: Chas Amon (Arion Pedigrees), Tim Barton (Dominion Post) and Justin Blackburne (Keeper of the New Zealand Stud Book).

The award is made to the mare "whose New Zealand bred progeny, anywhere in the world, in the season under review, most clearly reflect true breeding merit in quality of racing performance." The award is accepted by the last registered New Zealand owner(s) of the mare.

The Broodmare of the Year title was first awarded in 1953 when it was won by Broiveine, dam of 1952 Melbourne Cup winner Dalray. Subsequent three-time winners of the award are Eight Carat (1995, 1996, 1997) and Songline (2000, 2001 and 2002). Two-time award winners are: Sunbride (1961 & 1968), Taiona (1981 & 1983), Imitation (1986 & 1987) and Benediction (1998 & 1999). The award does not have to be made every year if, as in 1960, the Council decides no mare is worthy of it.

The 2003 finalists, with their 2002-03 season performers, are:

L'QUIZ
1987 bay mare L'Enjoleur-Basin

Owners: Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan, Cambridge Stud, Cambridge,
who imported L'Quiz to New Zealand in 1990.

An unraced daughter of an unplaced daughter of the 1968 USA Broodmare of the Year Delta, L'Quiz is the dam of four winners from seven foals to race including the 1999 BMW Champion NZ WFA Performer Champagne. L'Quiz has had a 2000 filly by Zabeel, named Hansuyen, a 2001 Zabeel filly; and was served again by Zabeel in 2002.

In 2002-03 L'Quiz is the dam of:
ST REIMS (1999 c. Zabeel-L'Quiz)
1st ARC Mercedes New Zealand Derby 2400m G1
1st AvJC Avondale Guineas 2000m G2

Sursum Corda (1998 f. Zabeel-L'Quiz)
2nd WRC Trentham S. 2400m G3


MISS KIWITEA
1985 chestnut mare Truly Vain-Banda Bird

Now dead
Last registered owners: John Harris, Ray & the Estate of the late Bill Scott, Feilding

Miss Kiwitea won two races in New Zealand at 1000m and 1200m and is the dam of six winners from seven named foals incl. the G3-placed Miss Tree and Bills Girl (nine wins), as well as Tit For Taat who was 2001 Champion NZ Three-Year-Old and Head of the 2000-01 New Zealand 3YO Free Handicap. Miss Kiwitea's third dam was a half-sister to the very good New Zealand three-year-old filly of 1970-71, Breathalyser.

In 2002-03 Miss Kiwitea is the dam of:
TIT FOR TAAT (1997 g. Faltaat-Miss Kiwitea)
1st WRC Telegraph H. 1200m G1
1st Waikato RC Waikato Draught Sprint 1400m G1
1st= WRC Captain Cook S. 1600m G1
1st BoPRC Tauranga S. 1600m G3
1st QTC Sir Byrne Hart S. 1400m G2
1st MRC Manawatu Challenge S. 1400m G3
1st RRC Lion Red Plate 1200m G3
2nd HBRI Mudgway Partsworld S. 1400m G2
3rd Otaki Maori RC WFA S. 1400m G1

THE GRIN
1992 brown mare Grosvenor-The Dimple

Owners: Joe, Martin, Ray & Tony Dennis, Woodlands, Southland
The Grin won four races at 1600m and 2000m, including the Otago Breeders' S. LR and Southland Guineas LR. Her dam The Dimple won 16 races including two G3 events, and has also left G1 Irish Chance and G3 The Cheek. Second dam The Pixie was NZ Broodmare of the Year in 1981 (jointly with Taiona), dam of G1 The Twinkle, and SW The Fantasy, dam in her turn of Champion Australasian Three-Year-Old The Phantom Chance and 1994 NZ Horse of the Year The Phantom. The Grin is the dam of two Group winners from two named foals to date and has 2000 and 2001 fillies by Centaine, a 2002 colt by Deputy Governor. She was served by O'Reilly in 2002.

In 2002-03 The Grin is the dam of:
THE JEWEL (1999 f. O'Reilly-The Grin)
1st CJC New Zealand 1000 Guineas 1600m G1
1st BTC Doomben Roses S. 2020m G3
1st ORC Dunedin Guineas 1600m LR
1st Southland Guineas 1600m LR
2nd WRC New Zealand Oaks 2400m G1
2nd CJC New Zealand 2000 Guineas 1600m G1
2nd QTC Queensland Oaks 2400m G1
3rd CJC Canterbury Belle S. 1200m LR

STAR AFFAIR (1998 m. Star Way-The Grin)
1st Cambridge JC Travis S. 1600m G2
3rd Gosford RC Gosford Gold Cup 2100m G3

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