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)