War Of Athena – Gauteng Horse Of The Season

Trophies to be awarded - 11 September at Turffontein

The Racing Association was not able to host events on the Highveld, in the Western and Eastern Cape for the 2020/2021 regional awards due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact of the level 3 lockdown and its related restrictions. 

They considered it important though to honour the equine and human winners who entertained racing enthusiasts throughout the racing season.

The Highveld winners are listed below.

Trophies will be  awarded to Highveld winners at Turffontein on 11 September.

African Adventure – Joey Soma’s champion stayer (Pic – JC Photos)

Equine winners:

  • Champion Two Year Old Filly:

Winner:  Sheela, owned by Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs GA Rupert), trained by MG/AA Azzie and bred by Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs GA Rupert)

  • Champion Two Year Old Colt/Gelding:

Winner:  Smorgasbord, owned by Messrs JF & LMF Wernars & Mr H Wilson & Mrs T J Wernars, trained by Paul Peter and bred by Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein 

  • Champion Three Year Old Filly:

Winner: War of Athena, owned by Mr RS Wentzel and Dr RE Waterman-Wentzel, trained by Paul Matchett and bred by Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd

  • Champion 3 Year Old Colt/Gelding:

Winner: Malmoos, owned by Late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, trained by Mike de Kock and bred by Varsfontein Stud

  • Champion Older Horse:

Winner: Gotthegreenlight, owned by Messrs D Chinsammy, H Adams and JA Soma, trained by Joe Soma & bred by Nadeson Park Stud

  • Champion Sprinter:

Winner: Rio Querari owned Mrs RD Edmondson & Bryn Ressell & Dr JA Warner, trained by Justin Snaith bred by Normandy Stud

  • Champion Middle distance horse:

Winner: Summer Pudding owned by Mauritzfontein (Pty) Ltd (Nom:  Mrs JB Jell) trained by Paul Peter and bred by Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein

  • Champion Stayer:

Winner: African Adventure, owned by Messrs JT Peter & JA Soma, trained by Joe Soma and bred by Mr and Mrs JR Slade

  • Champion Horse Of The Season:

Winner: War of Athena, owned by Mr RS Wentzel and Dr RE Waterman-Wentzel, trained by Paul Matchett and bred by Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd

War Of Athena wins Champion Horse Of The Season (Pic – JC Photos)

Human Winners:  (Based on a points system)

  • Champion Work Rider                      

Joe Gwingwizha

  • Champion Groom Of The Season       

Jack Landile

  • Champion Apprentice                        

Luke Ferraris

  • Champion Jockey                             

S’Manga Khumalo

  • Champion Trainer                              

Paul Peter

  • Champion Breeder                            

Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd

  • Champion Owner                              

Chris van Niekerk


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