The category finalists for the 2012 Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards presented by Sky Racing World, TABCORP and Staging Connections have been announced.
Seven category award winners will be unveiled before the Sky Racing World Australian Racehorse of the Year is crowned at the Awards night at Peninsula at Docklands, Melbourne on Sunday, 16 September. The ceremony to be broadcast live on Sky Racing World from 8.30pm (AET).
The awards are voted on by members of Australia’s racing media, along with senior administrators from the principal racing authorities and metropolitan racing clubs nationwide.
Following the collation of their votes, based on performances during the 2011-12 racing season (1 August – 31 July), the top four vote-getters in each category have been announced as the finalists.
The category finalists, in alphabetical order, are as follows;
Eliza Park Champion Two-Year-Old Award Finalists
> All Too Hard
New Zealand Bloodstock Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Award Finalists
> Atlantic Jewel
> Sea Siren
Mitchelton Champion Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding Award Finalists
Inglis Bloodstock Champion Sprinter Award Finalists
> Black Caviar
> Hay List
Monjon Australia Champion Middle Distance Award Finalists
> Atlantic Jewel
> More Joyous
New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing Champion Stayer Award Finalists
> Southern Speed
Staging Connections Champion Jumper Award Finalists
> Awakening Dream
> Black And Bent
> Brungle Cry
Sky Racing World Australian Racehorse of the Year
Each category finalist is eligible for the title of Sky Racing World Australian Racehorse of the Year with the five finalists to be announced during next Sunday’s awards ceremony.
Voting for the awards is based on performances anywhere in Australia during the racing season (1 August – 31 July) and on international performances by Australian-trained horses. An Australian-trained horse is defined as a horse trained by a trainer licensed in Australia and who has a permanent training base in any state or territory of Australia. Under the conditions, Black Caviar and Ortensia have been judged on both their Australian and international performances during the 2011-12 racing season only.
The Champion Sprinter Award is based only on performances of horses in races of up to and including 1400 metres. The Champion Middle Distance Award is based only on performances of horses in races between 1401 metres and 2199 metres. The Champion Stayer Award is based only on performances of horses in races of 2200 metres and longer. The Champion Jumper Award takes into account performances between 1 March 2012 and 25 August 2012 only.