Son Of Raj (Picture: JC Photos)
Durbanite Steven Chetty, who has owned horses for well over a decade and is now also a breeder, is still in dreamland at present as his homebred Grade 1 SA Derby winner Son Of Raj is not only one of the automatic qualifiers for the Hollywoodbets Durban July, but he has two homebreds nominated for the Highveld Feature Season Stayers Awards which are to be held at The Venue, Melrose Arch, on Saturday evening.
“I still can’t believe I have a July runner and it is an honour just to be nominated for the awards,” he said.
Son Of Raj is one of the nominees and the other one is Arumugam, who has won two Listed staying races this season on the Highveld and he has finished second and third respectively in two Grade 3 staying events.
Son Of Raj and Arumugam are full-brothers, being by Duke Of Marmalade out of Black Minnaloushe mare Freudiana, and Steven bred both of them.
Steven named them after his adoptive father Arumugam and his late biological father Raj respectively.
The nominees for the 2023 Highveld Feature Season Awards are: