TBNSW Breeders Update Spring_Summer_2018 - Page 18



NSW Breeders Awards & ATC Directors Luncheon
NSW Breeders Annual Awards
ATC Directors Luncheon
New South Wales’ breeders again proved Australia’s great champions are sourced
from the state’s prime breeding regions at the annual award presentation for
achievements during the 2017-2018 racing season.
The Australian Turf Club kindly hosted TBNSW members and sponsors at
the Directors’ Lunch during Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes Day on
Saturday at Royal Randwick.
TBNSW Director Hamish Esplin introduced the awards, with winners
announced by Bred To Win’s Caroline Searcy and sponsors including IRT,
Horsepower, G1 Goldmine, HQ Insurance, the ATC and Ranvet.
The title of Ranvet NSW Small Breeder Of The Year was awarded to
Mary Jane Basson who bred Queensland Derby winner Dark Dream. (All
American) He was only the sixth foal Basson had bred, being from her Lion
Hunter mare Buchanan Girl who cost only $800.00 and traces back to the
famous Leica family. While he has been sold to Hong Kong Basson assured
the room a repatriation clause means he will eventually return to Australia
to retire at his birthplace.
The Horsepower NSW Champion First Season Sire was won by Widden
Stud’s Zoustar (Northern Meteor) who was also crowned Australian
Champion Sire for the season. With record earnings of over $3.2 million
including three group-winning first crop two-year-olds. Widden Stud’s
Antony Thompson highlighted the fact Zoustar currently has two of the top
four favourites in next week’s $1 million Golden Rose.
Julia Ritchie, newly elected Vice-Chair of the Australian Turf Club presented
the award for Champion NSW Sire of Two-Year-Olds to Jon Freyer of
Arrowfield Stud for the second year in succession, for their dual Champion
Australian sire Snitzel. (Redoute’s Choice). Freyer noted Snitzel’s two yearolds earnt $3.6 million last season, highlighted by Golden Slipper winner
Estijaab, plus Nomothaj, Prairie Fire and Sandbar who between them won
six group and listed races.
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NSW BREEDERS’ UPDATE Spring/Summer 2018

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