Home » Racing & Sport » Who Will Be SA Horse Of The Year?

Who Will Be SA Horse Of The Year?

Anybody betting against Hawwaam?

The SA Horse Of The Year debate looks likely to go all the way down to the wire, with major contenders Hawwaam, Got The Greenlight, One World and, dare we suggest SA Triple Tiara winner Summer Pudding, all worthy challengers for the premier accolade.

One World retired early (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Sun Met winner One World was SA’s leading stakes earner, banking R 2 289 375 but retired straight after his Met victory. Will that early exit count against a fellow who beat Rainbow Bridge, Do It Again and Hawwaam?

Joey Soma’s youngster Got The Greenlight is second highest earner on R1 565 000, and ran a cracking second behind Belgarion in the Vodacom Durban July. Like Hawwaam, he won two Gr1’s in the season – but both against his own age group.

Hawwaam picked up two Gr1 trophies at his final two starts in Gauteng before his quarantine for export.

Hawwaam has to be favourite to win the title (Pic – JC Photos)

He was apparently not himself in the Cape when beaten in the Queen’s Plate and Met. Should Olympic champions be allowed excuses – and can he only win Gr1’s when Do It Again, Rainbow Bridge and Vardy are not in town? He must be favourite, despite the disappointments, to emigrate on a high.

SA Triple Tiara queen and trainer Paul Peter’s first Gr1 winner, Summer Pudding ended her 3yo campaign undefeated in seven outings and a dual Gr1 winner. But she only ever faced her own sex and probably stumps herself on that score.

Summer Pudding – brilliant filly (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Empress Club and Igugu were both fairer sex past SA Horses Of The Year, but the ‘galloping goldmine’ won both the boys and girls Guineas.

The first ever SA Triple Tiara winner, Igugu was nationally exposed, also travelling to the Cape, when placing behind Ebony Flyer in the Cape Fillies Guineas and winning the Gr1 Woolavington and the Vodacom Durban July of 2011.

The Racing Association’s Merle Parker told the Sporting Post on Wednesday morning that a meeting had been convened for 12 August where industry bodies would be discussing the format for Equus 2020.

So the all important acknowledgement of top achievers will proceed, albeit sans the black ties, acceptance speeches and glam of Emperors Palace.

Please click on the image below for more

Have Your Say

Comments Policy
The Sporting Post encourages everyone to feel free to comment in the spirit of enlightening the topic being discussed, to add opinions or correct errors. All posts are accepted on the condition that The Sporting Post can at any time alter, correct or remove comments, either partially or entirely.

All posters are required to post under their real and verified names, you can adjust your display name on your account page or to send corrections privately to the Editor. The Sporting Post will not publish comments submitted anonymously or under pseudonyms.

The views of any individuals that are published are NOT necessarily the views of The Sporting Post.

17 comments on “Who Will Be SA Horse Of The Year?

  1. Marlon Sing says:

    Quiete honestly the most honourable thing to do by the panel is award the Horse of the year to Summer Pudding,she won 6 races this season alone,and won races across many different distances,the achievement of achievements is the way she won at greyville a short run in,one can only imagine if she ran at kenilworth,and coming of a long break to take the triple tiara,then down to greyville a few weeks later and win again that’s world class.My vote stands out has SUMMER PUDDING.Hawwaam is a withdrawal cause hawwaam is gone to overseas besides the award is only based on this season and Hawwaam only won in Gauteng this season,Got the greenlight is also out if memory serves me Got the greenlight only won 2 races this season,another top contender for the award should be Belgarion.

  2. Craig Mullins says:

    Good day I dont see Katak’s name also a progressive 3yo

    1. Editor says:

      Maybe regional award?

  3. Pieta Louw. says:

    Craig, at least with Kayak there is proper planning……and has always been…..unlike others …..(even the initial July fav didn’t know what was happening to him….maybe he knows now?) …can’t wait for him to come back from a well deserved rest…..this is n outjie that still keeps me interested in local racing……

  4. Gareth G says:

    Summer Pudding

  5. Craig Mullins says:

    Mr Editor hopefully. I cant think of a more
    Honest specimen than Katak followed by Rainbows Bridge.

  6. Asgar Essack says:

    Got the Green Light. by a country mile..
    Had the horse stayed in Durban after winning the Daily News 2000.
    He would have definitely won the July.
    I believe the travelling twice from Joburg to Durban was his undoing.
    Furthermore he was disadvantaged with Four year old Belgarion at the weights.
    However he stlll had the best older horses behind him.
    Surely this time there is no seconds.
    Got the Green light all the way

  7. Brian Fredericks says:

    Got the green light was hores of the year last year I think all good he can have it again katat is not mention as he did not beat a lot yet of course he is an up and coming horse but it remains to be sean Brian

  8. Leon Jacobs says:

    Katak must still win grade one races and must still prove himself against the best.He looks a good horse and will get his reward some day

  9. Kenny Masilela says:

    2nd in the Green Point, 2nd in the QP and he beat all of them in the MET, One World is the horse of the year.

  10. Mac Naidoo says:

    There’s only One World he beat the best and always gave out his best

  11. donald bradshaw says:

    Looks like KATAK is a difficult name to spell correctly but as the Ed suggests , the Cape regional champion should be his lot for now ?

    Difficult this year but I agree with Gareth G. , SUMMER PUDDING !

  12. Mxolisi Mdlalose says:

    Katak is the horse that will win the July next year

  13. Marshin Chettiar says:

    I suppose it all depends on what criteria is used, is it gr1 performances? Because rainbow Bridge, hawaam, got the green light fit that. Is soley stakes?. Or general performances throughout the season. Summer pudding went undefeated the whole season, I think belgarion aswell?, but belgarion has only run 3 or 4races maybe?. And won a handicap g1. I think horse of the year would have to have performed in weight for age. I think got the green light was within a length of being horse the year. But if have to choose I’d give it to hawaam, won 2 gr1s and even though wasn’t right in capetown, didn’t fair too bad.

  14. Freddy Msibi says:

    Give it to Summer Pudding, she has beaten everything put in front of her, plus she’s won at the coast. It is the manner she wins that brings her to the fore, workman like victories; which give the impression that she only fights to beat what’s on offer which I think is the making of a potentially top horse. Remember she can win from an impossible position. Watch this horse!

  15. Graham Martin says:

    One World for me, what a consistent racehorse! Ten wins from 14 starts and never finished further back than 3rd in his career! Definitely horse of the year for me! He also beat the best horses around including Do It Again, Rainbow Bridge, Vardy, all Gr1 winners! The trainer of One World also deserves a lot of credit for the way he managed the career of this horse.

  16. Jan Buijster says:

    If I had one, my vote is for Belgarion. He has won 5 out of 5 for R1,428,125. He has won more recognised and substantial races than SP. On winning stakes it should be One World. Summer Pudding may have won 6 out of 6 yet her winning stakes are only R1,354,125. I suppose the reason for her winning stakes to be so low is because the stakes of the Triple Tiara races were low. Got the Green Light has to be in line to come second after Belgarion. He has won R1,565,000 and ran second to my pick in the July.

    If I was a bookie I would price up SP at 5/10. If you look at the real form and not the form book, SP cant lose. South African horse racing is indebted to MOD. The owners of MOD are the breeders and owners of SP. If it was not for MOD we would not be racing today. If MOD had not lent R100 000 000 to the BRP, Summer Pudding would not have run and won the Triple Tiara which is sponsored by the MOD shareholders. The directors of the RA are 100% behind MOD and backing it to take control of racing. Horse of the Year is decided by the RA and if I was a RA judge, it would be hard not to award Horse of the Year to SP. It would be the least that they can do. No one that I know has ever said that horse racing life is fair.

Leave a Comment

‹ Previous

Croisette Could Be Best Value Today

Next ›

Potala Palace

A Palace Of Dreams

Popular Posts