It was a case of déjà vu at the 2018/2019 Cape Racing and Breeders Awards, held recently at the Vineyard Hotel, with Snaith Racing and Gaynor Rupert’s Drakenstein Stud again dominating the awards.
Justin Snaith was crowned Cape Trainer of the Year, while his charges Do It Again, Oh Susanna, Kasimir, Magnificent Seven and Miss Florida collected eleven of the Cape Racing and Breeding Awards between them. Do It Again, who was crowned Champion Older Male (breeding and racing), Champion Miler (racing), Champion Middle Distance Horse (breeding) and Horse of the Year (breeding and racing), was the star of the Cape Awards and is likely to repeat the exercise at the upcoming Equus Awards. His nemesis, the Eric Sands trained Rainbow Bridge, was named Champion Middle Distance Horse (racing), while his dam Halfway To Heaven was awarded Broodmare of the Year for owners Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein Stud, who also collected the Champion Breeder award.
Snaith was full of praise for his exceptional superstar. “It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving horse”, he said. “He has everything that you could want in a champion racehorse, looks, temperament and talent, he literally ticks all the boxes.” Snaith, who has enjoyed an incredible year with Do It Again becoming the first horse since El Picha (1999/2000) to achieve back to back victories in Vodacom Durban July, was also awarded the Exceptional Achievement Award for the second consecutive year. His brother Jonathan, who is a key element of the Snaith Racing team, thanked the breeders and owners of the Western Cape for their contribution. “We have a cohesive industry in the Cape and it is the people that make racing in the Western Cape great.”
Drakenstein Stud was named the Outstanding Breeder of the Year with Gabor being crowned Champion Two Year Old Filly (breeding), Kasimir collecting the Champion Sprinter trophy (breeding and racing) and Clouds Unfold named as the Champion Three Year Old Filly (racing). Owner Nic Jonsson also enjoyed a memorable evening with Do It Again, who he part owns, named Horse of the Year, while his homebred Miss Florida received the Juvenile Filly award (racing) and Magnificent Seven was named Champion Stayer (racing).
By Liesl King
Image: The Snaith Racing Team . . . recently awarded the Exceptional Achievement Award at the Cape Racing and Breeders Awards held at the Vineyard Hotel.