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2014 SA Horse of the Year

1 November 2014

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   Held at the Adelaide Showgrounds the ESA Horse of the Year took place over 31 October and 1 November.  The conditions were very hot and humid on Friday and then bitterly cold for Saturday morning though the weather did improve for the afternoon program.  This years judges were Leigh Sears (Qld), Karen Fisher (Vic), Melinda Ralph (Vic), Lee-Ann Halpin-Bishop (NSW) and Helen Heagney (Vic).

On Friday there were two rings in operation with Ring 1 featuring the Leading Rein Pony Of the Year won by Rivington Banknote with Z Willison from Rivington Titmouse and E Manning with third going to Dalpura Barristar & I Schiller.  The Small Show Hunter Pony went to Armani Park Peter Pan & B Evans from Rivington Banknote & C Nelson with L Pagon's Ablue Moons Virtuoso third.  Medium Show HUnter Pony was taken out by Sienna Journey and K Kyros from Courtalia Park Sarna & J Bruggemann with Melbrock Park Just a Dream and C Nelson third.  Farleigh Juliet Brave and T James took out the Large Show Hunter Pony from Vintage Shiraz and V Fricker and Dunelm Sequin L Smith.

Small Show Hunter Galloway went to Ridgeview Park French Lace & M Haynes from Wednesbury Royal Assent & N Karutz and Yindarla Park Hallmark & J Gale while Large Show Hunter Galloway was awarded to Lancefield Park Rajah & S Chapman from Kolbeach Concerto & E Dennis with Falconhurst Fame and C Fricker third.  D Quayle's Evolution won the Small Show Hunter Hack from Dark Secrets and L Burrows with Dalmally Park Weltfire & C White third.  Large Show Hunter Hack went to M Karutz and DS Red Label with Imperil & M Gear second with Diamond Edition & M Kittel third.

Rider 16-18 years was taken out by B Duncan-Coward from S Neale and D Walker-Matthews while Rider 18 years and over went to C White from L Burrows and M Karutz.

On Saturday there was only one ring in operation where Rider 12 years and under went to C Fricker from V Fricker with C Nelson third whil e Rider 13-15 years was awarded to S Bond from S Chaplin with K Jordan third.  The SA Small Pony of the Year award went to Silkwood Nutkin & V Fricker from Cloverash Royal Etiquette & H Beckel with Renway Monty and H Bolzon third.  SA Medium Pony of the Year was taken out by Falconhurst First Dance & C Fricker from Kolbeach Holly's Crystal & A Giustozzi with Ayrton Dreamtime and G Davey third.  SA Large Pony of the Year went to Argyl Star Attraction & J Marnie from Sanlirra Xquiste K Bavistock with Corumbene Imagine & C Fricker third.

SA Small Galloway of the Year was awarded to D Moloney & Wesswoods Supercaste ET from Mirinda Nightwatch and K Probert with Kolbeach Miss Daisy & C Hunt third.  SA Large Galloway of the Year was taken out by Alpine Park Oceans & M Haynes from J Giersch & Realism with with Willowcroft Safari and S Kempe third.

The SA Small Hack of the Year went to Worldly & M Haynes from Champers & A Forster and L Smith and Instrumental.  Worldy was sold through the Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling sale in early 2007.  Two years later as a 3yo he started his race career at Port Lincoln.  He showed some ability but was gelded after a run at Port Augusta.  A two year break from the races followed and he returned with a win in a trial as a 5yo at Port Augusta before being placed at his next 3 starts.  After being freshened he was unplaced at Port Lincoln and then placed third before two further unplaced runs in November 2011.  

The SA Large Hack of the Year was awarded to Radiant and M Haynes from Happy Hour and S Kennedy with Academy and L Donoghue third.  Radiant was very talented as a racehorse earning over $110,000 in a career of 49 starts for 6 wins and 7 placings.  Starting his career in Adelaide racing as Puerto Banus he won his second barrier trial before debuting in the 2yo stakes race the Queen Adelaide Stakes before being beaten a nose at his second start.  Sent to Melbourne he won 2 races as a spring 3yo before a short autumn campaign and then he missed a year of racing.  Back as a 5yo he changed trainers to P Seater and was back based in Adelaide where he collected a number of placings before winning 2 races in a row before a number of placings.  He returned to the winners list nearly a year later winning at Murray Bridge before a placing at Morphettville and was then transferred to S Casey.  After a win at Morphettville he lost form and went for a long spell before returning for a short 2 race campaign where he was out of form and was retired to the showring. 

Happy Hour was another sold through the Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling sale and made his race debut as a 3yo known as Blasting.  He won at his second start at Bendigo in December 2010 before a 4th ridden by Damian Oliver at Sandown and an unplaced effort at Flemington.  After a spell he was unplaced in several starts before seconds at Bendigo and Seymour in October 2011.  Blasting was then freshened up and returned to the city for an unplaced effort at Moonee Valley followed by a second at Geelong in December.  Two more runs and a spell and after several more unplaced efforts during the winter he changed stables to the Adelaide trainer T Snelling.  Returning to the races in early 2013 he couldn't recapture the form of his younger days and was retired after an unplaced effort at Strathalbyn in March 2013.  Four weeks ago he made his showing debut and at the SA HOTY event won the EA Newcomer Hack of the Year in addition to the runner up award in the main Hack event. 

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