Reach for the Stars
After much deliberation and debate around the TK Nuts boardroom table, the Season 37 Golden Nut award winners have been decided.
The categories went to vote and while some winners were unanimous, other decisions were a lot tougher to call.
Congratulations to all the Season 37 Winners!
|Horse of the Season
Manor Park Stud
When the top trainer in the game is quoted as saying “Patrobas could be the best I’ve owned” then one takes notice. The imposing son of Blue Tyndareus won two World Cups this season – The Platinum Plate and The Golden Eights on unsuited ground.Only ever being beaten once in 19 runs, Patrobas ends his age group world cup campaign as the only long runner to win all age group long distance cups available to him.
A worthy winner of the inuagral Horse of The Season Award – A true champion!
|Stable of the Season
Starting off the season with a win in the Magic Mile saddling Smoke On The Water, none of us were prepared for what would happen next – Bristol Turks dominated the Breeders Cup raceday by scoring a hat trick – wins in the 2yo Sprint, 3yo Short and 3yo Middle showed that perseverence pays off.
As if that wasn’t enough, the community’s Mr Nice guy topped off his brilliant season with wins in the 3yo Great Sphinx and The Track King Open in ROCK.An outstanding season by anyone’s standards and unanimous winner of Stable Of The Season.
Congratulations Ersins, we look forward to watching more rock star magic in the future!
|Stable To Watch
After playing the game for just over a year, it seems that Master Blaster has found a rythm and is going places.A solid 2nd place in one of the toughest C3 leagues in the game, along with a local Green Apprentice cup suggests that that Master Blaster is here to stay.With what looks to be an interesting breeding programme, Master Blaster looks to be the stable to watch for the future.
|2yo of the Season
This home bred son of The Godfather only needed a single race to bag his first World Cup!Relatively ignored in the build up, Bravado powered home to destroy a strong field of sprinters in the Golden Slipper.Definitely one to keep an eye out for in the Season 38 age group cups.
|3yo of the Season
New Terrain showed that he was above average when winning the Grand Prix Stakes at the end of Season 36. A month later, the well bred son of Chippy European showed it was no flash in the pan by winning the Epson Derby.Patient training saw him spelled for the rest of the season in preparation for the Grand Prix de Paris – in this race New Terrain showed his class, winning easily in a 2yo WR time.A potential 4yo Triple Crown candidate, there looks to be a lot more to come from this young gun.
|4yo of the Season
Winning a world cup is hard enough, winning 3 world cups in a season is even harder, but winning them over different distances is almost unheard of!In a brilliant display of training prowess, DR Stables saddled Nyquist to win the Lowe Guineas (medium), the 4yo Long Breeders Cup and capped off an amazing season by winning the Cox Plate.An outstanding horse and a brilliant trainer – it will be interesting to see Nyquist in his 5yo campaign.
|5yo of the Season
St Simon Racing
Poseidon is regarded by many as the best up and coming mudlark in the TK world. The way he dominates his opposition is a sight to behold and one feels the best is yet to come.In this season, from limited opportunities, Poseidon won the Lowe Cup against the odds and showed that a mudlark can beat any opposition on dead ground – an outstanding achievement.With not many world cups in the pipeline for this 5yo, we may need to wait for his opens campaign to appreciate all this champion has got.
|6yo of the Season
Manor Park Stud
When the top trainer in the game is quoted as saying “Patrobas could be the best I’ve owned” then one takes notice. The imposing son of Blue Tyndereus won two World Cups this season – The Platinum Plate and The Golden Eights on unsuited ground.Having only being beaten once in 19 runs, Patrobas ends his age group world cup campaign as the only long runner to win all age group long distance cups available to him.A worthy winner of the inuagral Horse of The Season Award – A true champion!
|7yo of the Season
Secret Aurora only raced 3 times as a 7yo in open company – he set 2 track records in those races while showing blistering pace against older horses in the competitive LOWE C1 league.A son of Lucky Colours, his best achievements this season were at stud – he is already the sire of a world cup winner and sire of this season’s top rated foal – no mean feat for a young 7yo stallion.The future looks bright for Secret Aurora and as he grows into himself, he may well develop into an open age cup contender.
|8yo of the Season
Manor Park Stud
This 8yo daughter of Sheergar Peanut put up an awesome display of speed to beat one of the most competitive Fast and Furious fields seen in recent times.In doing so, she comfortably broke the 8yo World Record and the panel felt that this single performance was more impressive than her more illustrious stable mate Kingsman, who was also a big contender for this award.
|9yo of the Season
New Scotland Yard
This super consistent mare showed glimpses of brilliance throughout the season.Her first cup run resulted in a dominant Classic Cup win and in her 2nd cup attempt in the Track King Open, it took a world record time from the 10yo winner to nudge her into 2nd.The highlight of the classy mare’s season was in the 3200m Melbourne Cup – run over the maximum distance on heavy ground, it was the ultimate test of staying abilbity. Camilla passed the test with flying colours, not only winning the cup but setting a new world record time on heavy ground for the 3200m – a record that stood for 6 years.
With a season left, one can’t help thinking that New Scotland Yard will be feeling bullish about her chances in any staying races in her final season.
|10yo of the Season
Lost In The Fog
Winner of the Sussex Stakes and Magic Mile in ROCK along with an unbeaten run of 10 wins, this superbly trained champion will retire at the end of the season.We wish his connections all the best with his career at stud – early signs indicate that he will be every bit as successful at stud as on the racetrack.
|Special Achievement Award
Every season, someone achieves something out of the ordinary.
This season it was the apprentice Leena Shintani riding Genevieve Min for Rubin Jets in a full C1 race at GRAN. Amazingly, and at odds of 196:1 Leena surprised all by beating a strong field of pro jockeys. Great achievement by all the connections!