Peter Moody’s undisputed queen of the turf Black Caviar was officially crowned the 2011 Australian Racehorse of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony on Sunday night at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium.
Honoured with Australian racing’s premier equine award, brilliant Bel Esprit mare Black Caviar became the fifth mare in the past seven years to win the Australian Horse of the Year title, handing her ace Victorian horseman Peter Moody back-to-back wins after the since retired Typhoon Tracy took out the tribute last year.
With 301 votes secured out of a possible 318, Black Caviar easily accounted for the now Irish-trained champion So You Think (208 votes) in acquiring the award.
Peter Snowden’s dual Group 1 winning juvenile Sepoy followed on 58 votes ahead of the Gai Waterhouse-trained More Joyous with 48.
Five-year-old megastar Black Caviar, who remains undefeated from her 13 stunning race starts to date, cleaned up last night also being awarded with the Inglis Bloodstock Champion Sprinter award.
The public also voted Back Caviar as the Staging Connections Most Popular Racehorse of 2010-11 with over 56% of the votes.
From November last year through until her most recent appearance at the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival in May, Black Caviar strung together an unprecedented six straight elite level victories.
Her dominance in the Group 1 arena last season saw Moody claim the title of AustralianSuper Champion Group 1 Trainer of the Year last night with an incredible nine elite level victories overall.
As well as the horse herself and Moody, Black Caviar’s regular rider Luke Nolen was also recognised last night being awarded with the Mitchelton Wines Champion Group 1 Jockey Award with eight victories, to add to his Scobie Breasley Medal he was presented with last month.
So You Think didn’t exit empty handed the former Bart Cummings-trained galloper, winner of the Champion 3YO Colt award last year, collecting the Australian Champion Middle Distance Performer award.
This year’s Champion 3YO colt or gelding title was taken out by Star Witness while the best 3YO filly of the season was recognised as Danny O’Brien’s dual classics winner Shamrocker.
While Sepoy was regulated into third for the night’s highest honour, the Darley camp had plenty to celebrate after the Elusive Quality colt was presented with the prestigious Eliza Park Champion 2YO of the Year award, beating stablemates Helmet and Benfica.
Champion Jumper of the Year unsurprisingly went to 2011 Melbourne Cup-bound hurdler Black And Bent who ran a credible ninth behind December Draw in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield last Saturday.
Black Caviar also made an appearance at Caulfield on Saturday in between races at the Underwood Stakes Day meeting, her first public gallop for the season.
Moody has scheduled the $200,000 Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on October 8 as Black Caviar’s first of three spring showdowns which will culminate with her defending her crown in the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day, November 5.
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2011 Australian Racehorse of the Year Winners
- Sky Racing Australian Racehorse of the Year – Black Caviar
Black Caviar (301 votes), So You Think (208), Sepoy (58), More Joyous (46), Americain (11), Hay List (4), Zipping (3), Absolutely, Crystal Lily, Lion Tamer, My Kingdom Of Fife and Scarlett Lady (all 1).
- Eliza Park Champion 2YO – Sepoy
Sepoy (318 votes), Helmet (174), Benfica and Satin Shoes (33), Elite Falls (25), Golden Archer (14), Smart Missile (13), Hot Snitzel and Pane In The Glass (10), Masthead (4), Mosheen and Uate (1).
- New Zealand Bloodstock Champion 3YO Filly – Shamrocker
Shamrocker (231 votes), Brazilian Pulse (105), Yosei (97), Scarlett Lady (58), Lights of Heaven (57), Crystal Lily (32), Absolutely (27), Dreamaway (22), Lone Rock (9) and Secret Admirer (4).
- BPA Print Group Champion 3YO Colt or Gelding – Star Witness
Star Witness (150 votes), Sincero (137), Jimmy Choux (114), Ilovethiscity (68), Anacheeva (58), Lion Tamer (47), Playing God (40), Toorak Toff (16), Shootoff (11) and Erewhon (1).
- Inglis Bloodstock Champion Sprinter – Black Caviar
Black Caviar (318 votes), Hay List (167), More Joyous (65), Sepoy (45), Star Witness (18), Beaded (12), Response (6), Sincero (3) and Eagle Falls (2).
- Monjon Australia Champion Middle Distance Performer – So You Think
So You Think (310 votes), More Joyous (171), Whobegotyou (47), Shocking (32), Zipping (31), My Kingdom Of Fife and Sacred Choice (14), Rangirangdoo (7), Scenic Shot and Wall Street (5).
- New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing Champion Stayer – Americain
Americain (295 votes), So You Think (129), Descarado (83), Maluckyday (39), Zipping (37), Shamrocker (25), Cedarberg (19), Dreamaway (6), Herculian Prince (2) and Stand To Gain (1)
- Staging Connections Most Popular Racehorse – Black Caviar
Black Caviar (56.6% of public vote), Black And Bent (21.2%), So You Think (10.2%), Zipping (6.9%), More Joyous (3.9%) and Sepoy (1.2%).
- Mittys Champion Jumper – Black And Bent
Black And Bent (123 votes), Vindicating (43), Al Garhood (32), Capecover (18), Kerdem (12), Man Of Class (7), Juan Carlos and Our Aristocrat (4), Famous Prince, Petushki and Zendi (3).
- IRT Champion Australian-Bred International – Rocket Man
Rocket Man (280 votes), Sacred Kingdom (100), Igugu (98), Kinshasa No Kiseki (44), Better Than Ever (32), Gingerbread Man (25), We Can Say It Now (23), Ultra Fantasy (12), Risky Business (6) and Delago Deluxe (4).
- AustralianSuper Champion Group 1 Trainer Award – Peter Moody
- Mitchelton Wines Champion Group 1 Jockey Award – Luke Nolen
- Carrazzo Consulting CPAs Champion Sire – Lonhro