equus awards 2010 at emperors palace south africa
equus awards 2010 at emperors palace south africa

Mick Goss celebrates with fellow 2010 Equus Champions

(Photo : JC Photographics)

THE EQUUS AWARDS

Season 2009 - 2010

South African horseracing’s Equus Awards for the 2009-2010 season were presented by Racing South Africa at a plush black-tie function at Emperors Palace last night and the coveted “Horse of the Year” title went to the Millenium Stud-bred son of Dynasty, Irish Flame, who is owned by Larry Nestadt, Bernard Kantor, Gary Barber and Percy von Molendorff and trained by Mike de Kock.

Nicci Garner writes that Irish Flame was a revelation during the 2009-10 racing season. He started his career with Dean Kannemeyer in the Cape and won three of his first four starts, including the Politician Stakes.

After running a disappointing race behind Bravura in the Investec Cape Derby, original owner Percy von Molendorff sold a majority share in him to Larry Nestadt, Bernard Kantor and Gary Barber and he was transferred to the Highveld yard of champion trainer Mike de Kock in March.

Irish Flame then proceeded to set the world alight and some two months after his arrival in Johannesburg landed his first Grade 1 win when trouncing Triple Crown contender Pierre Jourdan in the SA Derby. He went on to win both the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 and Gold Circle Derby (Grade 2).

He then very nearly won the country’s premier race, the Vodacom Durban July, but giving 0.5kg was thwarted by a length by his top-class stable companion Bold Silvano.

Little wonder then, that the Equus Awards panel not only voted him “Horse of the Year” but his owners received two other awards for their star runner - Champion Three-Year-Old Colt / Gelding and Champion Stayer.

Bold Silvano’s connections, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Gill Thomson, were not left out of the Equus Award celebrations because their Silvano colt was voted Champion Middle-Distance Horse.

The Mike de Kock stable dominated the awards, taking home nine trophies. De Kock took the Champion Trainer award after his runners earned a record R22.2 million in stakes and he also trains the champion two-year-old and three-year-old fillies for last season in Mahbooba and Here To Win respectively as well as the champion older filly or mare, Mother Russia.

Irish Flame, Bold Silvano, Here To Win and Mahbooba are en-route to Dubai and Mike de Kock has big plans for them in the desert.

In addition, Lizard’s Desire’s breeder, Albert Boshoff, received a the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s International Achievement Award.

De Kock, of course, handled Lizard’s Desire’s overseas campaign and the Lizard Island gelding, who is still fighting off life-threatening laminitis, finished a close second in both the Dubai World Cup and the QEII Cup in Hong Kong before winning the Singapore Airlines International Cup.

Many experts believed that lightning-fast J J The Jet Plane had done enough in winning two G1 races - the Golden Horse Casino Sprint and the Mercury Sprint - to win the Horse Of The Year title. While they will be disappointed the country’s highest-ranked horse did not get the award, they can take comfort in the two trophies the Jet Master gelding’s connections did receive. He was named Champion Sprinter and Champion Older Male.

JJ The Jet Plane was bred by Pat Devine and is owned by Hennie du Preez, Coenie Strydom, Thea Boyens and his trainer, Lucky Houdalakis.

Summerhill Stud secured the Champion Breeder Award for the sixth consecutive year and newly crowned South African record holder, Hear The Drums, won the Equus Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The awards were decided by a panel chaired by Phumelela’s Betting Executive Vee Moodley. The voting panel comprised Phumelela Horseracing Executive Patrick Davis, Gold Circle Chief Operating Officer Graeme Hawkins, Phumelela Marketing and Communications Manager Robert Garner, Tellytrack head Nico Kritsiotis, Form Organisation’s Jehan Malherbe, KZN commentator Sheldon Peters and the National Horseracing Authority’s chief handicapper Roger Smith.

EQUUS AWARDS WINNERS

12 August 2010

Winner

Owner/s

Trainer

Breeding

Breeder

Champion Two Year Old Filly

Mahbooba (AUS)

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

Mike de Kock

Galileo-Sogha

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

Champion Two Year Old Colt / Gelding

Link Man

Larry Nestadt, Greg Blank and and G Z Burg

Dennis Drier

Toreador-Western Smoke

Tawny Syndicate (Nom: Mr L M Nestadt)

Champion Three Year Old Filly

Here To Win (BRZ)

Messrs B E Lobben and M Myhre

Mike de Kock

Roi Normand-Ascot Belle

Haras Santa Ana Do Rio Grande

Champion Three Year Old Colt / Gelding

Irish Flame

Larry Nestadt, Bernard Kantor, Gary Barber, Percy von Molendorff

Mike de Kock

Dynasty-Clock The Rock

Millennium Stud

Champion Older Filly / Mare

Mother Russia

Wilgerbosdrift (Nom: Mrs M Slack)

Mike de Kock

Windrush-Russian Muse

Normandy Stud

Champion Older Colt / Gelding

JJ The Jet Plane

Hennie du Preez, Coenie Strydom, Lucky Houdalakis and Thea Boyens

Lucky Houdalakis

Jet Master-Majestic Guest

Mrs P J Devine

Champion Sprinter

JJ The Jet Plane

Hennie du Preez, Coenie Strydom, Lucky Houdalakis and Thea Boyens

Lucky Houdalakis

Jet Master-Majestic Guest

Mrs P J Devine

Champion Middle-Distance Horse

Bold Silvano

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Gill Thomson

Mike de Kock

Silvano-Bold Saffron

Ascot Stud

Champion Stayer

Irish Flame

Larry Nestadt, Bernard Kantor, Gary Barber, Percy von Molendorff

Mike de Kock

Dynasty-Clock The Rock

Millennium Stud

Equus Outstanding Achievement Award

Hear The Drums

Peter Fabricius

Des McLachlan

Gold Press-Winning Glory

Summerhill Stud

Champion Stallion Award

Jet Master

Stands at Klipdrift Stud

Rakeen-Jet Lightning

Mr A H Jonsson

Outstnding Stallion Achievement Award

Dynasty

Stands at Highlands

Fort Wood-Blakes Affair

Wilgerbosdrift

Broodmare Of The Year

Stormsvlei

From(Zandvliet Stud/Out Of Africa Stud)

Prince Florimund-Distant Echoes

Mr E W Miller

Breeder Of The Year

Ascot Stud / Normandy Stud

Breeder Award For Exceptional International Achievement

AJ Boshoff (Lizard’s Desire)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

Mike de Kock

Lizard Island-Annsfield

Mr A J Boshoff

Champion Breeder

Summerhill Stud

Work Riders Of The Year

John Nel / Andile Ndongo

Apprentice Of The Year

Aldo Domeyer

Champion Jockey

Anton Marcus

Champion Trainer

Mike de Kock

Owner Of The Year

Ingrid and Markus Jooste

Horse Of The Year

Irish Flame

Larry Nestadt, Bernard Kantor, Gary Barber, Percy von Molendorff

Mike de Kock

Dynasty-Clock The Rock

Millennium Stud

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