Popular couple Peter and Jenny Blyth of Clifton Stud collected three awards on Friday night at the KZN Breeders awards and are pictured with the Broodmare Of The Year award (sponsored by Gold Circle), which went to their Kahal mare Velvet Glove, who produced the KZN Breeders Horse Of The Year, Mrs Geriatrix (Candiese Lenferna Photography)
The Clifton Stud-bred Vercingetorix filly Mrs Geriatrix claimed the unusual feat of being named an awards ceremony’s horse of the year as a two-year-old.
At The KZN Breeders awards on Friday night she was named KZN Breeders Horse Of The Year.
The Sean Tarry-trained filly was unbeaten in five starts as a two-year-old including winning the Gr 1 Allan Robertson Championship over 1200m by 2,30 lengths as well as winning the Gr 2 Zulu Kingdom Expolorer Golden Slipper by 3,70 lengths and also the Gr 2 WSB SA Nursey and a Listed race.
She was also named KZN Breeders Champion Two-year-old filly.
The Champion Two-year-old male was also bred by Clifton Stud, the Johan Janse van Vuuren-trained Gr 3 Godolphin Barb Stakes winner Cliff Hanger (Canford Cliffs).
The Mike Miller-trained Strawberry Bear (Flying The Flag), bred by BAM Giddy, was champion three-year-old male.
The Champion three-year-old filly was the Mike and Adam Azzie-treained Gimme A Shot (Gimmthegreenlight), who was a homebred of the late Kevin Soal’s.
The Champion Older Male was the Rathmor Stud-bred Justin Snaith-trained Nexus (Dynasty), who achieved this feat as a six-year-old. Nexus was also named Champion Middle Distance Male.
The Champion Oder Female was the Summerhill Stud-bred Sean Tarry-trained Under Your Spell (Capetown Noir). Under Your Spell was also named Champiomn Middle Distance Female.
The Champion Sprinter Male was the Summerhill Stud-bred Roy Magner-trained Rollwiththepunches (Act Of War).
The Champion Sprinter Female was the late Kevin Soal’s homebred Kiss Me Captain (Captain Of All) trained by Mike and Adam Azzie.
Champion Freshman sire was the now late New Predator.
Broodmare of the Year was Mrs Geriatrix’s dam Velvet Glove.
The Breeders Achievement award went to the late Kevin Soal.
Ken Twort won a Lifetime Membership award.
The Anita Akal award went to owner and breeder Lee Scribante.