Cambridge Prominent in Racing Awards

The New Zealand Horse of the Year Awards will be staged at Claudelands next month.
The keenly anticipated evening promises to be a particularly intriguing one this year.
Last week saw the finalist’s named in several categories and once again Cambridge is well represented.
Heading the charge for Cambridge is NZ Derby winner Silent Achiever, and multiple Group One performer Veyron.
Silent Achiever swept all before her on the way to a stunning win in the NZ Derby.
The Roger James trained filly dominated the lead up races to the NZ Derby,including the Waikato and Avondale Guineas.
She then went on to perform creditably in Australia.
Silent Achiever looks a great chance to be named Champion 3YR Old of the Year.
Veyron had a wonderful season last season winning three Group One races.
They included the Easter Handicap at Ellerslie, making him a back to back winner of the prestigious mile event.
Trainer Linda Laing showed commendable horsemanship skills throughout the season peaking Veyron several times.
Veyron is up against stiff opposition in the Champion Sprinter category, including Telegraph winner Guiseppina and previous Horse of the Year, Mufhasa.
Mufhasa had Group One wins to his credit on both sides of the Tasman last season.
Veyron is also a finalist in the Champion Middle Distance category.
Once again Mufhasa is a contender as are Jimmy Choux and Shez Sinsational.
If Shez Sinsational is unsuccessful in the Middle Distance category, she should still pick up an award on the evening.
Shez Sinsational will be a short priced favourite for the Champion Stayer category, courtesy of her Auckland Cup win at Ellerslie.
Winning form in Queensland during the Winter Carnival will also help her cause.
One of her rivals in that category is evergreen Cambridge stayer Six O’Clock News, winner of last season’s Wellington Cup.
The Jeff McVean and Emma Lee Browne juvenile trained filly Roll Out The Carpet is a contender for the Champion Two Yr Old of the Year.
A brilliant winner of the Matamata Breeders Stakes, Roll Out The Carpet was relegated to second place after crossing the line first in the Group One Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie.
Had she not been so wayward on that occassion, I believe Roll Out The Carpet would have won easily.
She has tough opposition in that category against Choice Bro, Warhorse and Pussy Willow.
The Cambridge representative in the Jumpers Category is the Great Northern Steeples victor, Ima Heroine, trained by Ann Browne.
The finishing burst of Ima Heroine in the gut busting race was one of the highlights of the season for mine.
Local Jumps Jockeys Richard Cully and Matthew Gillies go head to head with former Cambridge based Richard Eynon in the Jumps Jockey title.
Champion stallion Zabeel has already wrapped up another Dewar Award.
The Breeder of the Year is dominated by Cambridge breeders, with three of the finalists based here.
These include Dick Karreman from the Oaks Stud, the Hawkins Family ( Breeders of Royal Ascot winner Little Bridge) and Alex and Cecile Smith, ( Breeders of So You Think).
As mentioned last week, last season’s Premiership winner Lisa Allpress, squares off against Matt Cameron and James McDonald in the Champion Jockey title.
All three have credentials to claim the title, but McDonald looks the favourite.
Good luck to all nominees.
 
I’ll catch you next week.
 
Cheers
 
George.