|Progeny Of KZN Sires Take Home East Cape Racing Awards, Including Horse-Of-The-Year|
The East Cape Racing Awards took place over the weekend, with three progeny of KZN’s resident sires taking home Awards, including Horse Of The Year.
Mike Moon of tabonline.co.za reports that Lord Badger, Port Elizabeth’s standout horse for the 2011/12 season, has been rewarded for his fine performances by being named the region’s Horse Of The Year.
Lord Badger is by Wood-Moore Manor’s resident sire in KZN, Badger’s Drift out of Lady Gee(NZ) by Montjeu(IRE). Lord Badger also took the Champion Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding trophy.
His connections received the accolade at the Eastern Cape racing awards ceremony on Saturday night – the last such function to be held at Arlington racecourse. Lord Badger in the past racing season has won five races and placing three times.
His wins include the Friendly City Stakes (non-Black type) and the East Cape Guineas Listed by 1.25 lengths. He placed in the Ibhayi Stakes Listed and in his first racing season placed in the Gr 3 Champion Juvenile Cup behind In A Rush. He has won six races in total and placed five times. He has earned over R336 000 in stakes. Badger’s Drift’s son in Kenya, Just Bluffing, was crowned Kenya’s Champion Three Year Old Colt for the season.
Badger’s Drift stands at Wayne & Alexia Kobusch’s Wood-Moore Manor Stud in Mooi River, for a fee of R10 000 live foal. (Free to Black Type Mares).
Tomcat by Scott Bros’ resident sire Mogok(USA) out of Elegant Asset by Secret Prospector(USA), was named Champion Older Colt/Gelding/Horse, while the Justin Snaith-trained Apolo Grey (by Spectrum(IRE) out of Star Sapphire by Elliodor(FR) was named Champion Sprinter.
Tomcat, unsold at the 2006 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, has had 10 wins and 12 places, earning in excess of R470 000. He has placed in the Racing Association Listed Handicap. Mogok, the best performed son of Storm Cat at stud in South Africa and a half-brother to Machiavellian, has sired the likes of Gypsy’s Warning and The Apache, as well as Orbison. Mogok stands at Scott Bros’ Highdown Stud for a fee of R20 000 live foal this season.
Apolo Grey, by Yellow Star Stud’s Spectrum has had seven wins and 14 places, taking home over R380 000. Spectrum is stamping himself as a Broodmare sire of note, with his recent Irish-bred daughter of Galileo taking home the Irish Gr 3 Landwades Stakes, just eight days after finishing fifth in the Gr 1 Beverly D Stakes in America. His Gr 1 winning grandson Winchester has been nominated for the upcoming Gr 1 Melbourne Cup in Australia. Spectrum stands at Yellow Star Stud for a fee of R10 000 live foal this season.
East Cape Racing Awards Results:
CHAMPION THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING: LORD BADGER
CHAMPION OLDER COLT/GELDING/HORSE: TOMCAT
CHAMPION SPRINTER: APOLO GREY
CHAMPION OWNER BY WINS: MR A L A CRABBIA
CHAMPION OWNER BY STAKES: MR A L A CRABBIA
CHAMPION APPRENTICE: MR S NAIDOO
CHAMPION JOCKEY: MR RICHARD FOURIE
CHAMPION TRAINER: MR G D SMITH
HORSE OF THE YEAR: LORD BADGER
KZN Breeders would like to congratulate everyone concerned.
Information source courtesy of www.tabnews.co.za