Two wins apiece in earlier races in the NZB Filly of the Year series were enough for Imelda Mary and Queen Of Diamonds to retain their joint lead at the top of the table despite being unplaced in the Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand Oaks.

The pair of classy fillies were tied on 18 points ahead of yesterday’s series-closing classic, leaving it to Awapuni filly Sentimental Miss to take the maximum points of 12 to go with the four she earned when second in the Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic.

In an unusually close contest for the sought-after trophy, her 16 points were a two-point margin over Pinmedown (14), followed in turn by Media Sensation on 12 and Secret Allure 10, each of whom also claimed one win in the series.