2024 Highveld Feature Season Awards’ Nominees Announced

Saturday 18 May 2024

4Racing has announced the return of the 2024 Highveld Feature Season Awards, set to take place at The Galleria in Sandton on Saturday, 18 May 2024.

This prestigious horse racing industry event will serve as a platform to honour and celebrate the remarkable achievements of the stars of Highveld Feature racing throughout the season which ended this past Saturday with the Championships Finale.

The Highveld Feature Season Awards recognise excellence across a range of categories, highlighting the diverse talents and performances that have graced the Highveld racing scene over the past season.

The nominees for the 2024 Highveld Feature Season Awards are:

Champion two-year-old filly:

  • Almond Sea
  • Little Ballerina
  • Simply Majestic

Champion two-year-old colt/gelding:

  • Fire Attack
  • Pistol Pete
  • Proceed

Champion three-year-old filly:

  • To be announced at the awards ceremony

Champion three-year-old colt/gelding:

  • Main Defender
  • Purple Pitcher
  • Sandringham Summit

Champion older filly/mare:

  • Feather Boa
  • Mrs Browning
  • Silver Hills

Champion older horse:

  • Royal Victory
  • Thunderstruck

Champion sprinter:

  • Dyce
  • Lucky Lad
  • Main Defender
  • Sandringham Summit
  • Thunderstruck

Champion Middle distance horse:

  • Gimme A Nother
  • Main Defender
  • Purple Pitcher
  • Royal Victory

Champion Stayer:

  • Crimson King
  • Frances Ethel
  • Purple Pitcher
  • Rule Book
  • Zeus

Nico Kritsiotis, Chairman of the voting process, leads a diverse panel of judges including, Jack Milner and Bradley Ralph.

The selection process was meticulous, with some categories attracting a lengthy discussion while others were more straightforward and predictable.

However, the judges are confident that the final decisions accurately reflect that a fair and correct process had taken place.

“Hosting the Highveld Feature Season Awards this year is a true honour for 4Racing, as it allows us to shine a spotlight on the exceptional talent and achievements within our racing community. This day is not just about celebrating the winners, but also about recognising the dedication, passion, and hard work that all stakeholders contribute to our sport. We congratulate all the nominees and look forward to an unforgettable evening,” said Fundi Sithebe, 4Racing CEO.

The winners in the following categories are based on a points structure and will be announced at the Awards function:

  • Champion Work Rider
  • Champion Apprentice
  • Champion Breeder of the season
  • Champion Owner of the season
  • Champion Jockey of the season
  • Champion Trainer of the season

The following points structure was applied:

1st           2nd         3rd

Grade 1              12            9             7

Grade 2               9             6             4

Grade 3               6             3             1

Listed                  2              –              –

All equine winners will be eligible for the highly coveted Horse of the Season award, adding an extra layer of anticipation.

4Racing extends its best wishes to all nominees in their respective categories and look forward to hosting them on the evening.

  • Media release by 4Racing on Friday 3 May 2024


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