KZN RACING AWARDS
11 September 2014
Vodacom Durban July winner Legislate was the big winner Thursday evening at the 2014 KZN Racing Awards staged at Durban’s Elangeni Hotel.
Justin Snaith’s runner garnered Horse of the Year honours as well as Champion Three-year-Old Male and Champion Middle Distance runner.
On hand to collect the trophies were co-owners John Freeman, Dennis and Gael Evans along with Sue and Chris Snaith on behalf of the recently married Justin who was on honeymoon. Legislate’s groom, Jabu Ndludlu, was voted KZN Groom of the Year.
Duncan Howells dethroned the two perennial champions, Dennis Drier and Mike de Kock, as KZN Champion Trainer by number of winners. Howells also collected the trophy as Champion Trainer at Ashburton from where he saddled the two award-winning fillies Via Africa and Same Jurisdiction.
Equus Champion Via Africa was a shoo-in for Champion Sprinter while Same Jurisdiction, who was controversially overlooked at the Equus Awards, gained some measure of satisfaction for her owners when voted Champion Two-Year-Old filly.
Paul Lafferty’s Equus Champion Harry’s Son was a certainty for the Champion Two-Year-Old Colt while two Cape Town raiders, King Of Pain and Hot Ticket collected awards for Champion Older Male and Champion Stayer respectively.
Equus Champion In The Fast Lane garnered the award for Champion Three-Year-Old Filly making it a red letter night for the Snaith stable.
Six of the awards in the horse categories were also winners at the national Equus Awards, underlining just how important the three-month Champion Season is on the racing calendar.
Anton Marcus was again KZN’s Champion Jockey by number of winners while Donovan Dillon, soon to come out of his time, was KZN’s Champion Apprentice.
Derek Brugman, Racing Manager to Markus and Ingrid Jooste, was on hand to collect the trophy on their behalf as KZN’s leading owners.
A special award was made to Hector Lawrence who celebrated his 101st birthday on the night and who gave an amusing speech on his first visit to a racecourse. Lawrence was a stalwart owner and breeder from the KZN Midlands in the middle of the last century.
KZN Racing Awards
|Champion 2 Year Old Filly||Same Jurisdiction|
|Champion 2 Year Old Colt||Harry's Son|
|Champion 3 Year Old Filly||In The Fast Lane|
|Champion 3 Year Old Colt||Legislate|
|Champion Older Male||King Of Pain|
|Champion Older Mare||Beach Beauty|
|Champion Sprinter||Via Africa|
|Champion Middle Distance||Legislate|
|Champion Stayer||Hot Ticket|
|Ashburton Trainer Of The Year||Duncan Howells|
|Clairwood Trainer Of The Year||Charles Laird|
|Summerveld Trainer Of The Year||Dennis Drier|
|Apprentice Of The Year||Donovan Dillon|
|Champion Jockey||Anton Marcus|
|Owner Of The Year||Markus and Ingrid Jooste|
|Champion Breeders||Summerhill Stud|
|Champion Trainer Of The Year||Duncan Howells|
|Anita Akal Special Award||Craig Peters|
|Racing Personality Of The Year||Anita Akal|
|Groom Of The Year||Jabu Mdludlu|
|Horse Of The Year||Legislate|