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Snaith’s Big Night At Equus

Oh Susanna is Horse Of The Year

The Snaith Racing Team’s extraordinary dominance over the past season was underlined again at Equus Awards when the Capetonians dominated the show, much as they had done at the Cape Racing & Breeding Awards held a week earlier.

2018 Vodacom Durban July winner, Do It Again (Pic – Candiese Marnewick / Gold Circle)

Besides being crowned Cape Champion Trainer and receiving an Exceptional Achievement Award at his hometown ceremony for his glorious successes in the Sun Met with Oh Susanna, as well as in the Durban July, where he trained the first three home, Justin was also crowned the SA Champion Trainer  for the second time on a memorable Tuesday evening.

That’s no mean achievement for a Cape conditioner in anybody’s book!

Snaith won seven Gr1 races during the past season. The exciting aspect is that his two biggest winners – Champion 3yo Filly and SA Horse Of The Year Oh Susanna and Champion 3yo Colt Do It Again – are 4yo’s this term.

Oh Susanna – Sun Met lead in (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

Equus Champion sire Silvano’s progeny – there are nine of them – will again be in great demand at this week’s National 2yo Sale.

The multiple award winning sire claimed his third South African sires championship at Equus on Tuesday evening and also picked up silverware at last Wednesday evening’s Cape Racing & Breeding awards ceremony.

The sire of 20 Gr1 winners, including four Vodacom Durban July winners, Silvano, who was previously Champion Sire in 2012/13 and 2016/ 17, has sired the winners of 182 races last season, with his progeny earning R19 729 770.

Justin Snaith and Bernard Fayd’herbe – team Elusive Silva (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

He was represented by 12 individual black type winners, with his top runners including the local graded stakes winners Elusive Silva, Strathdon, Simply Royal, Star Express and Bella Sonata.

Broodmare sire of Gr1 Sun Met second Last Winter, Silvano featured prominently in 2017/18 and ended the season as South Africa’s Seventh Leading Broodmare Sire by stakes earned.

Mike de Kock (for his Terrance Millard equalling 117 Gr1 winners), Anton Marcus (for his 100 Gr1 winners) and Lyle Hewitson (for his dual championship titles) were given Outstanding Achievement Awards. Mathew and Di de Kock received the award in Mike’s absence.

Gaynor Rupert and her Owner Of The Year Award (Pic – Candiese Marnewick)

Gaynor Rupert was on hand to accept the Champion Owner Award on behalf of Drakenstein Stud. She gave a fascinating speech with some interesting history and had her Mum present.

Horse of the Year

  • Oh Susanna

Champion 2YO Colt

  • Soqrat

Champion 2YO Filly

  • Return Flight

Champion 3YO Colt

  • Do It Again

Champion 3YO Filly

  • Oh Susanna

Champion Older Male

  • Legal Eagle

Champion Older Filly/Mare

  • Nother Russia

Champion Sprinter

  • Will Pays

Champion Miler

  • Legal Eagle

Champion Middle Distance

  • Oh Susanna

Champion Stayer

  • It’s My Turn

Champion Stallion

  • Silvano

Champion Broodmare

  • Strawberry Lane

Champion Breeder

  • Klawervlei

Outstanding Breeder

  • Northfields

Champion Apprentice

  • Lyle Hewitson

Champion Jockey

  • Lyle Hewitson

Champion Owner

  • Drakenstein Stud

Champion Trainer

  • Justin Snaith

Outstanding Achievement Awards

  • Lyle Hewitson
  • Anton Marcus
  • Mike de Kock




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2 comments on “Snaith’s Big Night At Equus

  1. Vivian says:

    What is so interesting in the awards. Western Cape do so very well and yet their fields are minimal and racemeetings run so poorly. Owners and trainers keep on complaining about the stakes but surely when you see the nominations you grab the opportunity to ensure your horse runs and “make money for jam”.. If S. Tarry was in the Cape I am sure he would do exceptionally well with stake money. Good jockeys, good trainers, surely you can be more positive with racing your horses. Well done to all the award winners and must say I agree with the writer about the “acts” pcked for the awards evening. This should be a special evening!!!! Vivian

  2. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    All the speeches were great, but Gaynor Rupert’s acceptance speech was a different division altogether.

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