AUSTRALIAN-bred Rafeef was named Horse Of The Season at the annual Highveld Awards presentation, held at Emperors Palace on Tuesday evening. The event was organised by the Racing Association, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Rafeef (Aus) also scooped Champion Older Horse and Champion Sprinter at the ceremony, dominated by the stables of champion trainer Sean Tarry and Mike de Kock. Lyle Hewitson was named Champion Apprentice.
The judges comprised Clyde Basel, Vidrik Thurling and Robert Garner with Vee Moodley as the non-voting chairman.
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The award winners (in caps), with other nominations, were:
Champion Two-Year-Old Filly: Daring Diva; GREEN PLAINS
Champion Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding: Barrack Street; MUSTAQEEM (Aus)
Champion Three-Year-Old Filly: ORCHID ISLAND; Smiling Blue Eyes; Wind Chill
Champion Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding: AL SAHEM; Heavenly Blue (Aus); Janoobi
Champion Older Horse: Deo Juvente; Legal Eagle; Master Sabina; Nother Russia; RAFEEF (Aus)
Champion Sprinter: RAFEEF (Aus); Trip To Heaven
Champion Middle-Distance Horse: Deo Juvente; LEGAL EAGLE; Master Sabina; Nother Russia
Champion Stayer: AL SAHEM; Fortissima; Hermoso Mundo; Wind Chill
The human awards, which are based on a points system, were presented to:
Work Rider of the Season:
Champion Breeder of the Season:
Champion Jockey of the Season:
Champion Trainer of the Season:
Champion Owner of the Season:
MAYFAIR SPECULATORS (Nominee: Derek Brugman)
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Mike de Kock
HORSE OF THE SEASON
Headline photo: Larry Wainstein of the Racing Association with Lyle Hewitson, Champion Apprentice.