A New Day
Thank you to everyone who voted for the TK Nuts Awards Nominees, the community’s response has been amazing!
Interestingly, the public and panel votes were very similair and only a few of the very close categories were swung by the panel’s votes – while awards can be a controversial subject at times, it’s good to see many of us have common views on the achievers in the game.
For those nominees that missed out on an award this season – it may have been by 1% or 20% – unfortunately there can only be one winner in each category and the fact that you or your champions were nominated, means that your achievements have been recognised.
Congratulations to all the Season 38 Winners!
|Horse of the Season
The 10yo home bred son of Velocity Tango rewarded his connections for their patience with him. He had an almost flawless season and considering the tough campaign, Wishes did brilliantly to win 5 of his 6 starts including The Track King Masters, The Class 1 Classic in the London region and The Melbourne Cup to end his career with a total of 5 World Cups and 3 Regional cups.
|Stable of the Season
It was an incredibly competitive season with the spoils being spread across a large section of the training community and no stable dominating as has regularly been the case. Six stables each had four world cup winners.But Dixon Racing, who moved this season to the LEEDS track, came, saw and did the business winning the inaugural Lancelot World Memorial with Secret Agenda and then the American Cup for the second time with Secret Pact. He followed that up with success in the Grand Prix Stakes and GnuMad Cup. It was his first success in both events, and making it one of the highlights of his career and a performance worthy of the award.The stable has maintained a strong performance level in league and had the Class 1 title sewn up a few weeks before the final meeting.
|Stable To Watch
Sometimes, in a community, a colourful character rides into town, full of energy and enthusiasm – in Track King, enter Pops.
After playing the game for less than 6 months, it’s clear to see that Pops is taking no prisoners on his way to the top – he was very competitive in the C4 Classic cup and finished a respectable 2nd while going one better in the Leeds C4 League to take the title. A quick glance at his stable shows that he has a plan in place and we look forward to watching him progress through the ranks.
|2yo of the Season
St Simon Racing
The son of Secret Aurora was unbeaten as a juvenile winning the Sires Produce Prelude and following up with a powerful finish to win the Sires Produce Final on less than favourable ground. This Fast Finisher will relish the ground on top and should be a strong contender for the 3yo short World Cups.
|3yo of the Season
St Simon Racing
St Simon Racing scoops another young horse award with yet another of Secret Aurora’s progeny. This Natural Champion looked dead and buried in the Epsom Derby but found another gear to produce an electrifying finish to flash past on the line in one of the most exciting finishes of the season.
|4yo of the Season
Reds Breeding Stud
After a quiet 3yo campaing, Red’s Haku surprised all with a powerful win in the 4yo Breeders Long on slow ground, the imposing grey mare then followed up with an even more impressive win in the Cox Plate, showing massive heart to hit the front early and hold off all challengers. A beautifully bred mare that was reportedly destined for brood duties may just prove to be something special on the racetrack.
|5yo of the Season
Trained by arguably the best age limited cup trainer in the game, Bounty Hunter had a challenging start to the season when running 2nd in The Halo Cup. The strapping son of Blue Tyndareus bounced back to show his class and claim revenge with an impressive win in The Emerald Shoe. One feels that Bounty Hunter’s detractors will be silenced through his 6yo campaign – one wonders if Angel will be targeting a possible Triple Crown – time will tell.
|6yo of the Season
Since winning the Up and Coming Sprintstar, Naksup Alien – a daughter of handy sprinter Lord Snowdown – has had people talking in the paddock. There were questions around stamina over the short distance and coupled with a quiet run in the heat she was allowed to go off at generous odds in the Crystal Cup Final. Little did we know that up and coming trainer Bodrumluck had it all planned out and prepared the champion filly to perfection – she stayed on strongly to win the cup. Naksup Alien is a very promising prospect to watch out for in future sprints and we wish Bodrumluck all the best with this rangy mare.
|7yo of the Season
Shadow Warrior, arguably the top miler in his age group, didn’t have many opportunities to win cups in the season. However, voters give plenty of consideration to his performance in a strong Class 1 league this season. The imposing son of Sharpnwise, ran in a total of seven races, winning six of them in very good times. The future looks good for this stallion, and it would be a shock, if he doesn’t win more cups before he retires in a few seasons.
|8yo of the Season
Champion racehorse and the 1st Triple Crown winner in Track King, Relaunch, was kept in cotton wool after a hard campaign in age cups. He re-emerged, showing his well being, winning the Classic Cup, over slow ground. Towards the end of the season, he ran a very creditable fourth against a stellar field in the GnuMad Cup. We don’t know what the future holds for this champion, but he doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone.
|9yo of the Season
Manor Park Stud
Kingsman, another champion racehorse from the Manor Park Stud stable does not have any peers in the game over the mile distances. The Triple Crown winner added the Breeders Mile, Magic Mile and then the Sussex Stakes at the end of the season to his already impressive trophy cabinet. The performance in the Sussex Stakes alone makes him a worthy winner of the award. He will go down as one of the best milers ever in the game.
|10yo of the Season
When it comes to overall resume, Secret Phantom stands tall. The magnificent roan and world record holder over 2200m, dominated the landscape most of the year, posting victories in seven races including an awe-inspiring win in the GnuMad Cup against a top class field. He will enjoy his retirement, knowing that he has given his best in all his races.