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Equus Awards

Rain In Holland tops the Horse of The Year Log after four consecutive wins during the Highveld Autumn Season.

Rain In Holland completed her fourth consecutive victory in the 4Racing Gerald Rosenberg Stakes on Saturday and has edged past Kommetdieding after his fifth-place finish in the Super Grade 1 Premier’s Champions Challenge on Saturday.

The unlikely winner of the Premier’s Champions Challenge, Astrix, has leapt onto the log and now
occupies seventh position on 68 points.

With the Highveld Autumn season completed, action moves to KZN for the season’s final Championship races and much change can be expected on the log over the remaining three months of the season.

Prior Horse of The Year Log leaders have completed their season with three-figure points tallies.

Do It Again achieved 166 points in season 2018/19, Hawwaam managed 128 points in the Covid-shortened
2019/20 season, and Rainbow Bridge accumulated 156 points in season 2020/21.

Rain In Holland leads the current log with 86 points, followed by Kommetdieding (84), MK’s Pride (77), Jet Dark, Captain’s Ransom and Chansonette all on 72 points, and Astrix on 68.

Champion Three-Year-Old Colt

With no Grade 1 Classic races run in the review period, it was left to Master Archie to stake a claim as best colt in this age category when winning the Computaform Sprint with some ease on Saturday. The win elevates him into second position on the log.

Pomp And Power still leads the category on 64 points, followed by Master Archie and Safe Passage, both on 48 points, and Double Superlative (46) and Aragosta (44).

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly

Rain In Holland has taken a firm lead in the category while Big Burn has moved up two positions and 20 points after her second in the Computaform Sprint.

Rain In Holland leads the category with 86 points, followed by Chansonette (72), Big Burn (50), Sprinkles (34) and Desert Miracle (32).

Champion Older Male and Female

Kommetdieding retains the lead in the Champion Older Male category with 84 points. Astrix (68) is the only new entrant, with MK’s Pride (77), Jet Dark (72) and Bohica (40) making up the log.

Both Sparkling Water (67) and Princess Calla (52) improved their positions on the Champion Older Female log but are still adrift of Captain’s Ransom who remains in control on 72 points. Bold Fortune and Kitty Kat Chat trail with 24 and 16 points respectively.

Distance Categories

The result of the Computaform Sprint has elevated Master Archie (40) to first position on the log with Big Burn (32) entering in third position. Bohica remains on 40 points with Cosmic Highway and Mr Cobbs remaining on 20 points each.

The only mover on the Champion Miler log was Princess Calla (48) who enters the log in third position after her win in the HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes. MK’s Pride remains in the lead on 77 points followed by Jet Dark (48), Princess Calla (48), Captain’s Ransom (40) and Seeking The Stars (40).

The first two in the Premier’s Champions Challenge have entered the Champion Middle Distance log in first and third positions. Astrix now leads the log on 54 points followed by Kommetdieding (48), Sparkling Water (39), Flying Carpet (38) and Captain’s Ransom (32).

Sparkling Water (20) retains her lead in the Champion Stayer category but has now been joined by Nebraas (20), with Black Thorn (11), Doublemint (11) and now-exported Holy Warrior (10) completing the log.

Changes to the logs are likely to come weekly from May as several Championship deciding races take place in KZN from May through July.

Leading Western Cape contenders, Pomp And Power, Double Superlative, Jet Dark and Seeking The Stars return to action this coming Saturday at Hollywoodbets Greyville.

Note: the points log will determine one-third of the final award in each category, with an expert panel and a public vote each accounting for another third of the final vote. Only horses included in the final points log will be voted on by the expert panel and public.

Equus Awards 2022 – Points Tables to 1 May 2022

Horse of the Year Age Sex Pts
RAIN IN HOLLAND (SAF) 3 F 86
KOMMETDIEDING (SAF) 4 C 84
MK’S PRIDE (SAF) 4 C 77
JET DARK (SAF) 4 C 72
CAPTAIN’S RANSOM (SAF) 4 F 72
CHANSONETTE (SAF) 3 F 72
ASTRIX (SAF) 5 G 68
Champion Three-Year-Old Male Age Sex Pts
POMP AND POWER (SAF) 3 G 64
MASTER ARCHIE (SAF) 3 C 48
SAFE PASSAGE (SAF) 3 G 48
DOUBLE SUPERLATIVE (SAF) 3 C 46
ARAGOSTA (SAF) 3 G 44
Champion Three-Year-Old Female Age Sex Pts
RAIN IN HOLLAND (SAF) 3 F 86
CHANSONETTE (SAF) 3 F 72
BIG BURN (SAF) 3 F 50
SPRINKLES (SAF) 3 F 34
DESERT MIRACLE (SAF) 3 F 32
Champion Older Male Age Sex Pts
KOMMETDIEDING (SAF) 4 C 84
MK’S PRIDE (SAF) 4 C 77
JET DARK (SAF) 4 C 72
ASTRIX (SAF) 5 G 68
BOHICA (SAF) 5 G 40
Champion Older Female Age Sex Pts
CAPTAIN’S RANSOM (SAF) 4 F 72
SPARKLING WATER (SAF) 4 F 67
PRINCESS CALLA (SAF) 4 F 52
BOLD FORTUNE (SAF) 4 F 24
KITTY CAT CHAT (SAF) 4 F 16
Champion Sprinter Age Sex Pts
MASTER ARCHIE (SAF) 3 C 40
BOHICA (SAF) 5 G 40
BIG BURN (SAF) 3 F 32
COSMIC HIGHWAY (SAF) 3 C 20
MR COBBS (SAF) 5 G 20
Champion Miler Age Sex Pts
MK’S PRIDE (SAF) 4 C 77
JET DARK (SAF) 4 C 48
PRINCESS CALLA (SAF) 4 F 48
CAPTAIN’S RANSOM (SAF) 4 F 40
SEEKING THE STARS (SAF) 4 C 40
Champion Middle Distance Age Sex Pts
ASTRIX (SAF) 5 G 54
KOMMETDIEDING (SAF) 4 C 48
SPARKLING WATER (SAF) 4 F 39
FLYING CARPET (SAF) 4 C 38
CAPTAIN’S RANSOM (SAF) 4 F 32
Champion Stayer Age Sex Pts
SPARKLING WATER (SAF) 4 F 20
NEBRAAS (SAF) 5 G 20
BLACK THORN (SAF) 4 G 11
DOUBLEMINT (SAF) 7 G 10
HOLY WARRIOR (SAF) 5 G 10

Picture: Rain In Holland’s jockey Richard Fourie and Drakensten Stud racing manager Kevin Somerville exchange views after the Duke Of Marmalade filly’s win in the Grade 2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes on Saturday (JC Photos).