CORNE SPIES BOWS OUT WITH STYLE
Zimbabwe’s 2014/15 Racing Awards were presented in the MOTA Bar after Sunday’s race meeting. Despite the absence of the traditional Awards Dinner – times are tough countrywide – our racing stalwarts came to the party, proving they can deal with both the formal and informal with equal gusto.
MOTA Chairman Kirk Swanson set the ball rolling with an upbeat welcoming address, thanking everyone who should be thanked and concluding with Hip Hip Hoorays for the horses, which went down well at that late stage of the afternoon. Master Of Ceremonies Thomas Mason was also in fine form.
Corne Spies, attending his last meeting at Borrowdale, won the Champion Trainer Award, and said all the right things about the camaraderie that exists within Zimbabwe’s racing, while paying tribute to Pierre Venter who ran the Harare yard. Unfortunately neither Karl Zechner nor Wesley Marwing were on hand to collect the awards for Champion Jockey and Champion Apprentice, respectively. Wesley Marwing had already left to catch a ‘plane and Karl Zechner was not riding at Borrowdale on Sunday.
Quinton Riddle stood in for St John Gray because Yer-Maan won several awards, including Horse Of The Year. He said when he watched replays prior to riding Yer-Maan in the Castle Tankard and the OK Grand Challenge he knew “this was my sort of horse who came from behind and mowed them down at the finish” – and how right he was. Quinton also gave Gokhan Terzi full marks for ‘keeping Yer-Maan ticking over while following instructions from owner/trainer St John Gray’.
Mashonaland Turf Club Chairman Brian Black was declared Personality Of the Year; Peter Moor was Leading Breeder on AEI, while Soar With Eagles (USA) was Champion Sire, and Gharir (IRE) Champion Two-Year-Old Sire.
The full list of all the TBA Awards, MOTA/MTC/NHA Awards and Spey Bridge Awards appears below:
SPEY BRIDGE AWARDS 2014/15 SEASON
1. SPEY BRIDGE CHAMPION TWO-YEAR-OLD – Equiano
2. SPEY BRIDGE CHAMPION THREE-YEAR-OLD FEMALE – Print The Pounds
3. SPEY BRIDGE CHAMPION THREE-YEAR-OLD MALE – Merhaba
4. SPEY BRIDGE CHAMPION SPRINTER – On This Rock
5. SPEY BRIDGE CHAMPION OLDER HORSE – Yer-Maan
6. SPEY BRIDGE HORSE OF THE YEAR – Yer-Maan
7. SPEY BRIDGE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – Brian Black
8 SPEY BRIDGE SPECIAL AWARDS:-
Mr Joel Whyte, Mr Casten Bakasa, Apprentice Norbert Takawira.
9. THE PAUL MUSCUTT TROPHY – Morgan Nyamagete
10. THE PEOPLE’S HORSE – (By Vote) – Super Trouper
Champion Sire – SOAR WITH EAGLES (USA)
Champion Two-Year-Old Sire – GHARIR (IRE)
Leading Breeder Of Two-Year-Olds on AEI – P J Moor
Leading Breeder on AEI – P J Moor
Broodmare Of The Year – No Award
MTC/MOTA/NHRA RACING AWARDS
Open Series – EQUINA/YER-MAAN
Sprinter Series – ON THIS ROCK
Leading Owner – P J MOOR
Leading Trainer – CORNE SPIES
Champion Jockey – KARL ZECHNER
Champion Apprentice – WESLEY MARWING
Champion Breeder – GREYSTONE STUD