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BONNEVAL WINS HORSE OF THE YEAR TITLE FOR SECOND TIME
Bonneval has become a dual Horse of the Year winner.
The Cambridge mare defended the title she won last year, as a three-year-old, when taking the premier prize at the New Zealand Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Awards, in Auckland on Sunday night.
She is the fifth successive Horse of the Year winner trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman. The record-breaking training partnership prepared the 2014 winner Dundeel, who was followed by Mongolian Khan (2015 & 2016) and Bonneval.
The Horse of the Year Award was introduced in 1971 and Bonneval is the eighth horse to have earned the title more than once. The other multiple winners have been Sunline (four times), Show Gate, Rough Habit, Xcellent, Seachange, Mufhasa and Mongolian Khan.
Bonneval was also voted the champion middle distance performer for the 2017-18 season and the Baker and Forsman partnership was named Trainer of the Year.
Kawi (sprinter-miler), Avantage (two-year-old), Savvy Coup (three-year-old), Charles Road (stayer) and Wise Men Say (jumper) were the winners of the other horse categories.
Premiership winner Sam Collett was voted Jockey of the Year and Isaac Lupton was named Jumps Jockey of the Year, for the third time.
The prestigious New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Contribution to Racing Award went to prominent breeder Nelson Schick, who has been the driving force behind Windsor Park Stud. Schick has devoted a lifetime to the thoroughbred breeding industry and developed Windsor Park into a brand that was recognised around the thoroughbred world.
The stallions who have stood at Windsor Park include Star Way, Volksraad, Thorn Park, Kaapstad, High Chaparral and Montjeu and the stud’s breeding credits include the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup winner Might And Power and Aerovelocity, a Group I winner in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Bonneval dominated the voting in the middle-distance category and received almost two-thirds of the votes for Horse of the Year. She topped the Horse of the Year poll with 40 votes, 25 more than Avantage. Kawi, NZ Oaks winner Savvy Coup and NZ Derby winner Vin De Dance were the others to attract votes.
Bonneval. who trialled at Taupo last Wednesday, had only four starts in her four-year-old season but was the standout Kiwi performer at the Melbourne spring carnival.
She won the Group II Feehan Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley fresh-up and then beat the multiple Group I winners Hartnell and Gailo Chop in the Group I Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield. She finished sixth, behind Gailo Chop, in the Caulfield Stakes and was unplaced in the Caulfield Cup, when feeling the firm ground.
She returned to work in the autumn but suffered a suspensory ligament injury after two trials runs.
The Makfi mare was the only New Zealand-trained horse to win a Group I race in Australia in the 2017-18 season and is scheduled to return to Melbourne this spring. She was a $150,000 yearling buy for owners Terry Jarvis, Alastair Lawrence and John Rattray and has earned $1.68 million in stakes, from just 12 starts.
Baker and Forsman, who won 146 races during the season, were unanimous winners of the Trainer of the Year award.
The partnership set new benchmarks for New Zealand trainers, with a record number of domestic wins and record stake earnings. Their 142 wins in New Zealand eclipsed their own record of 114 wins and their team earned more than $4.7 million in stakes in New Zealand. It was first time any stable had topped $4 million in a season.
The Baker-Forsman partnership, which produced five individual Group I winners and won 24 black type races in total, also earned A$1,688m in stakes in Australia, bringing the total stake earnings for the season to more than $6 million.
Avantage, who won five of her six starts, received all bar one of the 61 votes cast in the two-year-old category and Wise Men Say dominated the jumpers category.
Kawi, who was retired at the end of the season, won the sprinter-miler category by a wide margin but it was a much tighter contest for Champion Stayer. All four finalists received votes in the stayers section, with Charles Road, a Group winner in New Zealand and Australia and a Sydney Cup placegetter, edging Auckland Cup winner Ladies First by three votes.
All six finalists in the three-year-old category received support with Oaks winner Savvy Coup heading off Derby winner Vin De Dance by eight votes.
The tightest contest was for Owner of the Year. Wellington owner Lib Petagna, who races under the JML Bloodstock banner, was successful for the third successive year but was just two votes clear of Archer Equine Investments, the owners of Charles Road and Bostonian.
Petagna was a shareholder in 25 individual runners in New Zealand and almost a third were either black type winners or group-placed. His racing team included Francaletta, Nicoletta, Maygrove, Sofia Rosa, Gundown, Marcellina, Peaceful and Santa Catarina.
Waikato Stud and stud patriarch Garry Chittick were named Breeder of the Year. It was the sixth time Chittick has earned the title. Waikato Stud, which has been owned by the Chittick family since 1993, bred Savvy Coup, Embellish and Hasahalo, who between them won three of the four Group I classics held in New Zealand.
August 26, 2018
2018 NEW ZEALAND THOROUGHBRED HORSE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Twenty-five awards were presented at the 2018 New Zealand Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Awards dinner in Auckland on Sunday night.
Horse of the Year: Bonneval (40 votes)
Also: Avantage (15), Kawi (3), Savvy Coup (2), Vin De Dance (1).
NZTR Award for Outstanding Contribution to Racing: Nelson Schick.
Champion Two-Year-old: Avantage (60).
Other finalists: Sword Of Osman (1), Melt, Spanish Whisper.
Champion Three-Year-Old – sponsored by FastTrack Insurance: Savvy Coup (28).
Other finalists: Vin De Dance (20), Dijon Bleu (5), Embellish (4), Age Of Fire (1), Scott Base (1).
Champion Sprinter-Miler (up to 1600m): Kawi (48).
Other finalists: Close Up (7), Gingernuts (3), Start Wondering (3).
Champion Middle Distance Horse (1601m-2200m): Bonneval (58).
Other finalists: Lizzie L’Amour (3), Jon Snow, Saint Emilion.
Champion Stayer (2201m +): Charles Road (27).
Other finalists: Ladies First (24), Zacada (6), Five To Midnight (2).
Champion Jumper: Wise Men Say (52).
Other finalists: Monarch Chimes (5), Upper Cut (4), Zedeedudadeeko.
Trainer of the Year – sponsored by Dunstan: Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman (61).
Other finalist: Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards.
Jockey of the Year: Sam Collett (42).
Other finalists: Opie Bosson (12), Johnathan Parkes (3), Chris Johnson (1).
Jumps Jockey of the Year: Isaac Lupton (39).
Other finalists: Aaron Kuru (22), Will Gordon (1), Shaun Phelan, Charlie Studd.
Owner of the Year – sponsored by New Zealand Racing Board: JML Bloodstock (22).
Other finalists: Archer Equine Investments (20), Emma Evans (7), Bromley Bloodstock (4), Kevin Hickman (2), Sir Peter Vela (2), Kamada Racing Partnership.
New Zealand Strapper of the Year – sponsored by Chris Waller: Jane Davidson (employed by Mike Breslin).
Other finalists: Garry Barlow, Renee Larkins.
NZTR Award for Contribution to Media, Digital & Content: Boys Get Paid.
Other finalists: Brian de Lore, Aidan Rodley, Maryanne Twentyman & Greg O’Connor.
Breeder of the Year: Waikato Stud & Garry Chittick (breeders of Savvy Coup, Embellish, Hasahalo & Ocean Emperor).
Other finalists: Willie & Karen Calder, Christopher Grace, Nearco Stud.
Broodmare of the Year: Bagalollies (dam of Werther, Gobstopper & Milseain).
Other finalists: Stylish Bel, Zalika.
Trainers’ Premiership: Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman.
Jockeys’ Premiership: Sam Collett.
Apprentice Jockeys’ Premiership: Sam Weatherley.
Owners’ Premiership: Sir Peter Vela.
Newcomer to Training – sponsored by gavelhouse.com: Andrew Carston.
Grosvenor Award (stallion earnings in NZ): Savabeel.
Dewar Stallion Trophy (stallion earnings in New Zealand and Australia): Savabeel.
Centaine Award: (stallion earnings worldwide): Savabeel.
New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year: Dijon Bleu.