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THE Cape Breeders hosted their annual Awards ceremony at the Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch on Monday evening, and it once again proved a huge hit with all who attended. Klawervlei Stud, who ended 2015-2016 runner up on the National Log, were crowned Champion Breeders for the past season, while the Klawervlei Stud bred Always In Charge was named Cape 2yo colt/gelding of the year.

Lammerskraal Stud, whose runners in 2015-2016 included the Cape champions Abashiri and Red Ray, picked up a well deserved Outstanding Breeder Award –the Ceres based outfit were by far and away the leading breeders by AEPR (Average Earnings Per Runner) in the top ten, and Lammerskraal runners earned over R12.416 million during 2015-2016.

However, it was the brilliant racemare Smart Call, currently on track for a tilt at the 2016 G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, who stole the show. The Mauritzfontein Stud bred and owned daughter of Ideal World was named Cape Horse Of The Year for 2015-2016, with her wins not only including the G1 J&B Met but also the G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes.

Smart Call was also named the Cape’s Champion Middle Distance Horse and Older Female for the season.

Maine Chance Farms’ former stud manager John Slade was honoured with a Special Service award, while another to enjoy a memorable evening was Highlands Farm. Not only is Highlands home to the Cape’s Broodmare Of The Year Our Table Mountain (Fusaichi Pegasus), but they were also responsible for breeding the Cape champions Cloth Of Cloud (2YO Filly) and Silver Mountain (3YO Filly).

Cape Breeder Awards

Season 2015-16

2yo colt/gelding Always In Charge – Klawervlei Stud

2yo fillycCloth Of Cloud – Highlands

3yo colt/gelding Marinaresco – Mauritzfontein Stud

3yo filly Bela-Bela – Cheveley Stud Silver Mountain – Highlands

Older male Legal Eagle – Avontuur Farm

Older female Smart Call – Mauritzfontein Stud

Sprinter Red Ray – Lammerskraal Stud

Middle Distance Smart Call – Mauritzfontein Stud

Stayer Abashiri – Lammerskraal Stud

Broodmare of the Year Our Table Mountain – Highlands

Stallion of the Year Trippi – Drakenstein Stud

Outstanding new stallion Gimmethegreenlight – Varsfontein Stud

Breeder of the Year Klawervlei Stud

Horse of the Year Smart Call – Mauritzfontein Stud

Outstanding breeder Lammerskraal Stud

Special service industry award John Slade

Photo: Derek Brugman and Ingrid Jooste, Legal Eagle (Wayne Marks).