Return Flight scoops award at Equus

Return Flight scoops award at Equus

August 16, 2018 / 3 months ago

Return Flight scoops award at Equus cover image
Chris van Niekerk (middle), owner of Return Flight, with trainer Sean Tarry (left), Erich van Niekerk, Peter Naidoo and Mike Sharkey. (Wayne Marks)

Return Flight, a R20,000 purchase from the 2017 CTS March Yearling Sale, scooped the award for Champion Two-Year-Old Filly at the 2018 Equus Awards Banquet held on Tuesday, 14 August.

Return Flight, a daughter of Champion freshman sire Pomodoro, won three of five starts during the season, including the Gr1 Thekwini Stakes on Super Saturdat.

Gr1 Sun Met heroine Oh Susanna was awarded Horse Of The Year. Her owner, Drakenstein Stud (Gaynor Rupert), is the new Champion Owner while her trainer Justin Snaith took the trophy for Champion Trainer.

The full list of nominees and winners reads as follows:

CHAMPION TWO YEAR FILLY (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL) Mighty High; Return Flight WINNER: RETURN FLIGHT

CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD COLT (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL) Soqrat ; Van Halen WINNER: SOQRAT

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD FILLY (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL) Oh Susanna (AUS); Snowdance WINNER: OH SUSANNA

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD COLT (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL) Bold Respect; Do It Again; Eyes Wide Open; Hero’s Honour; Lobo’s Legend; Surcharge; Tap O’Noth; Undercover Agent WINNER: DO IT AGAIN

CHAMPION OLDER FILLY/MARE (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL) Nother Russia; Redberry Lane; Sommerlied WINNER: NOTHER RUSSIA

CHAMPION OLDER MALE (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL) Captain America; Coral Fever; Legal Eagle; Will Pays WINNER: LEGAL EAGLE

CHAMPION SPRINTER (1000-1200 METRES ; AGE/GENDER IMMATERIAL) Attenborough; Bold Respect; Sergeant Hardy; Will Pays WINNER: WILL PAYS

CHAMPION MILER (1400-1600METRES; AGE/GENDER IMMATERIAL) Legal Eagle; Undercover Agent; Snowdance WINNER: LEGAL EAGLE

CHAMPION MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE (1800-2200 METRES;AGE/GENDER IMMATERIAL) Captain America; Coral Fever; Do It Again; Oh Susanna (AUS) WINNER: OH SUSANNA

CHAMPION STAYER (2400 METRES UPWARDS; AGE/GENDER IMMATERIAL) Hero’s Honour; It’s My Turn WINNER: IT’S MY TURN

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Lyle Hewitson, Anton Marcus, Mike De Kock

CHAMPION BROODMARE Strawberry Lane

CHAMPION STALLION Silvano

CHAMPION BREEDER Klawervlei Stud

OUTSTANDING BREEDER Northfields Stud

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR Lyle Hewitson

CHAMPION JOCKEY Lyle Hewitson

CHAMPION TRAINER Justin Snaith

OWNER OF THE YEAR Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs GA Rupert)

HORSE OF THE YEAR Oh Susanna (AUS)