Oh Susanna is horse of the year

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Oh Susanna is horse of the year

OH SUSANNA WINNING SUN MET

Jack Milner: There were two names that came up three times each at Tuesday night’s Equus Awards ceremony held at Emperors Palace – Oh Susanna from the equine nominees and Lyle Hewitson from the human candidates.

Sun Met winner Oh Susanna was named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, Champion Middle Distance Horse and finally, the biggest honour of the night, she was named Horse Of The Year.

She set the records on the turf, becoming the first three-year-old filly to win the Met in more than 100 years.

Meanwhile Hewitson was writing his own history into SA racing’s record books. Earlier this year he eclipsed Gavin Lerena’s record of 284 wins as an apprentice and on 31 July became the first apprentice since Michael Roberts in 1972/73 to be named Champion Jockey.

Lyle Hewitson at the Equus awards

 

Apart from being named Champion Jockey Hewitson was also the Champion Apprentice and was then honoured with a Special Achievement Award along with jockey Anton Marcus and trainer Mike de Kock.

Justin Snaith(seen above with Oh Susanna) had a remarkable season and was named Champion Trainer. He was also on the stage on four other occasions as he trains Oh Susanna as well as Vodacom Durban July winner Do It Again, who was named Champion Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding.

Sean Tarry and De Kock may have finished in second and third place respectively on the trainers’ log but both have some decent horses for the future which was reflected in the two-year-old awards. Tarry-trained Return Flight, winner of the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes, won the fillies’ award while De Kock’s charge, Soqrat, was named Champion Two-Year-Old Colt.

Tarry will also be delighted that Legal Eagle, still unbeaten over 1600m, was named Champion Older Male and Champion Miler. For De Kock there was further acknowledgment as Nother Russia, who is now at stud, was named Champion Older Filly/Mare.

The Champion Stayer must have been no contest as It’s My Turn, finished off the season with three feature-race wins over 2400m, 3000m and 3200m respectively.

The full list of nominees and winners reads as follows:

CHAMPION TWO YEAR FILLY (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL)
Mighty High; Return Flight
WINNER: RETURN FLIGHT

CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD COLT (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL)
Soqrat ; Van Halen
WINNER: SOQRAT

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD FILLY (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL)
Oh Susanna (AUS); Snowdance
WINNER: OH SUSANNA

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD COLT (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL)
Bold Respect; Do It Again; Eyes Wide Open; Hero’s Honour;
Lobo’s Legend; Surcharge; Tap O’Noth; Undercover Agent
WINNER: DO IT AGAIN

CHAMPION OLDER FILLY/MARE (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL)
Nother Russia; Redberry Lane; Sommerlied
WINNER: NOTHER RUSSIA

CHAMPION OLDER MALE (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL)
Captain America; Coral Fever; Legal Eagle; Will Pays
WINNER: LEGAL EAGLE

CHAMPION SPRINTER (1000-1200 METRES ; AGE/GENDER IMMATERIAL)
Attenborough; Bold Respect; Sergeant Hardy; Will Pays
WINNER: WILL PAYS

CHAMPION MILER (1400-1600METRES; AGE/GENDER IMMATERIAL)
Legal Eagle; Undercover Agent; Snowdance
WINNER: LEGAL EAGLE

CHAMPION MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE (1800-2200 METRES;AGE/GENDER IMMATERIAL)
Captain America; Coral Fever; Do It Again; Oh Susanna (AUS)
WINNER: OH SUSANNA

CHAMPION STAYER (2400 METRES UPWARDS; AGE/GENDER IMMATERIAL)
Hero’s Honour; It’s My Turn
WINNER: IT’S MY TURN

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Lyle Hewitson, Anton Marcus, Mike De Kock

CHAMPION BROODMARE
Strawberry Lane

CHAMPION STALLION
Silvano

CHAMPION BREEDER
Klawervlei Stud

OUTSTANDING BREEDER
Northfields Stud

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
Lyle Hewitson

CHAMPION JOCKEY
Lyle Hewitson

CHAMPION TRAINER
Justin Snaith

OWNER OF THE YEAR
Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs GA Rupert)

HORSE OF THE YEAR
Oh Susanna (AUS)

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