11 Oct, 2020 04:00 PM
There was a tangerine glow to final evening’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Awards, with the colors of Te Akau Racing the dominant factor on the digital occasion.
Te Akau steady star Melody Belle retained her Horse of the Yr title and in addition headed the voting within the sprinter-miler and middle-distance classes.
Her stablemate Cool Aza Beel was a unanimous alternative as 2-Yr-Outdated of the Yr, Te Akau coach Jamie Richards was the only contender for Coach of the Yr and steady rider Opie Bosson was named Jockey of the Yr. Richards and Bosson have been the main Group 1 performers in Australasia for the season.
Te Akau Shark was runner-up to stablemate Melody Belle within the sprinter-miler class and Probabeel was runner-up to Catalyst within the 3-year-old class.
Melody Belle shared the limelight final evening with veteran Palmerston North coach Kevin Grey, who obtained the distinguished Excellent Contribution to Racing Award.
Grey, 83, nonetheless runs a profitable steady and completed twelfth on the NZ Premiership final season, being the second-winningest coach within the Central Districts.
5 horses obtained votes for Horse of the Yr, however Melody Belle was a runaway winner, receiving 90 per cent of the 60 votes solid.
The 5-year-old mare had an excellent season, with 4 wins – all at Group 1 stage – and 5 placings from 10 makes an attempt, incomes nearly $2 million in stakes. She was a Group 1 winner on the Melbourne spring carnival and have become the primary horse to win all three legs of the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown.
There have been no surprises within the HOY awards voting and the smallest successful margin was the 19-vote majority recorded by Catalyst within the three-year-old class.
Richards, in simply his second season in sole cost at Te Akau’s Matamata steady, had a unprecedented season. He received a document 11 Group 1 races, together with three in Australia, and his 20 black-type victories included wins within the Karaka Million 2YO and 3YO. The steady headed the NZ Premiership and topped $7m in earnings for the season. Bosson, who was voted Jockey of the Yr for the sixth time, additionally received 11 Group 1 races, together with 5 in Australia, and was the main rider on the Sydney autumn carnival.
Cambridge Stud proprietors Brendan and Jo Lindsay have been named Homeowners of the Yr. Their racing crew was headlined by Probabeel and Matamata Breeders’ Stakes winner Vernazza.
HORSE OF THE YEAR WINNERS
Horse of the Yr: Melody Belle
NZTR Award for Excellent Contribution to Racing: Kevin Grey
Champion 2-Yr-Outdated: Cool Aza Beel
Champion 3-Yr-Outdated: Catalyst
Champion Sprinter-Miler (as much as 1600m): Melody Belle
Champion Center-Distance Horse (1601m-2200m): Melody Belle
Champion Stayer (2201m and additional): The Chosen One
Champion Jumper: It is A Surprise
Coach of the Yr: Jamie Richards
Jockey of the Yr: Opie Bosson (49)
Jumps Jockey of the Yr: Shaun Fannin
Homeowners of the Yr: Brendan and Jo Lindsay
Stablehand of the Yr: Lisa Kennedy (employed by Kevin Myers)