Hi Everyone, I’ve decided to start a seasonal ‘awards night’!
I will be doing these every season and they are my own personal opinion on what’s occurred over the last 3 months. Obviously there are many great horses and stables who won’t be mentioned but this is not intended to belittle or upset anyone, just praise some happenings.
When time allows I will be adding these to a excel style website to add more history to the game. You may have to excuse some of the grammar – I’m certainly no journalist.
|Horse of the Season
|Stable of the Season
Season 55 goes to Mike of Snohomish Silence.
A relatively ‘young’ stable, Mike has added 3 world cups to his name this season. He was the first winner of La Femme Fatale – picked up the ridiculously competitive American Cup and has just added the Sussex Stakes to his trophy Cabinet and I’ve read that he set a world record in the process.
Snohomish Silence has an array of really strong horses coming through and has just bred one of the highest foetals of the season. In addition to this he has managed all this whilst racing in a really competitive class 1 league in Leeds Scenic.
|Stable To Watch
Season 55 goes to Hizir of Hizlanduk. Only established on 13th January 2020, Hizlanduk is competing in one of the most competitive tracks in the game in Lowe and has picked up 2 local cups in the past 6 months.
The stable has some really nice young up and coming horses that seem to be being raised the right way with XP and a plan in process. His one breed this season is a steady 22 foetal which should be more than workable.
I hope to see them decide they’re established enough to promote and compete in a higher division soon and it could well be sooner rather than later the stable picks up their first WC.
|2yo of the Season
An absolute “Pocket-Rocket” home-bred filly from Tramone stables.
She quite frankly obliterated the field in the ultra-competitive golden slipper final clocking an incredible 61.63 km/h record.
She has already brought in 1.1 million in prize funds and has trained up well to be one of the highest rated fillies for her age. She looks to have a fantastic future and this fast finisher will be a force to be reckoned with in both sprints and short races.
Good job Michael.
|3yo of the Season
Naughty By Nature
The strapping 19.2 hand home-bred filly from cdownlinks.
Electric out of the gates with her ES trait she burns the competition from the front.
cdownlinks has managed to unlock the key to ensure that she stays well & she does so perfectly and to do so with a middle distance ES is fantastic work.
This season she’s brought home 2 world cups in the breeder’s middle and emperors and looks a cut above the rest of the top of the ground 3 year olds.
Great work jay.
|4yo of the Season
The stallion mud-lover is yet another home-bred horse this time from the stable of Bristol Turks.
He managed to pick up his third World Cup this year, dominating the memorial cup with 2 very strong horses in behind him.
He ran a blinder in the Australian cup on good ground finishing 2nd and was a respectable third in the Jewel behind 2 very good horses from juggernaut stables of Tazdevil and Dixon.
He’s never been out of the top three in 12 career starts and this strong-willed stallion could be a top stud down the line.
Nice one Ersins.
|5yo of the Season
Ghanainternational’s bargain 106k mud-lover stallion market purchase from BoneMaker Bloodstock stables.
BoneMaker Bloodstock may be having sleepless nights looking at how his colt has turned out; who will certainly be worth north of 30x what was payed for him.
This shows to all that you don’t need to spend massive in the sales to pick up a champion. The previous 2yo sires produce World Cup winner added 2 new world cups to the cabinet this season taking both the halo cup and the emerald shoe; one on his favored slow ground and one more impressively so on his none favored dead ground. It’s no mean feat to win 1 sprint/short World Cup but to win 2 in the same season with the same horse is awesome. Ghanainternational has done a tremendous job with the horse and shows patience and work pays off.
Good job Alexander.
|6yo of the Season
I don’t like to do this but I’m that split it’s been awarded to both Dakota and Star Turn.
The ultra-competitive home-bred mare miler from Bristol Turks and Tazdevil’s staying home-bred mare champion.
The pair have 10 world cups between them and a combined record of 37 runs, 27 wins 9 seconds and 1 third with prize money north of $10,000,000 they truly are stars of their generation.
Dakota is Bristol Turks second horse to make this season’s list which shows what an elite trainer he is. The horse brought home the one and only World Cup he raced this season, but also had a campaign in the magic Mile, running a cracking second to a horse who makes the list for a 7yo. It may take a season or two for Dakota to pick up another WC now she’s in the open world cups, but wherever she races she will be tough competition.
Star Turn has won every World Cup for age she has entered and nothing has come under 1 second to her – with the gap usually larger. She already has a classic cup to her name also and ran a brilliant third in the track king open final all whilst being 2 years younger than her nearest rival and with the winner and second being 9 & 10. Just like Dakota she may struggle to add to the trophy cabinet now in the open she world, but the best could be yet to come.
Fantastic work to you both Ersins and Stephen.
|7yo of the Season
St Simon Racing
The mud-lover champion mare from St Simon Racing, purchased as a 2yo for $6,000,000 from the breeding stables of Nashayman.
Captains’ Minding has 6 world cups to her name in addition to the magic mile in what she beat Dakota by over 2 seconds. With an already healthy $7,000,000 in prize money, she has certainly payed back the purchase price. A winner of 23 out of 25 starts with 2 seconds to her name, the latest being a sound second in a track king open heat it’s not difficulty to see how this horse has earned the praise. It’s no surprise to see a name from St Simon Racing make the list, as he is widely seen as one of the best if not the very best stable on the game with a staggering 116 world cups to his repertoire.
Fantastic work as always Gerhard.
|8yo of the Season
Woodchucker’s mud-loving money maker – purchased for 2.3 million as a 2yo back in October 2019 from DR Stables.
Ran an unbelievable race as an 8yo to win the ever-competitive GnuMAD cup from some imposing rivals. The stallion already had 2 world cups and a classic cup to his name before the best run of his career this weekend.
He’s the highest earning horse for his age, with an incredible $10,335,214 prize money; this shows the competitive races he’s been competing in an earns him the 26th current highest prize money horse on the game. You can guarantee he will be the highest earner on the game in the next season or two. The horse still has some improvement left and is not maxed out in XP yet and is still in training, it will be scary to witness his runs when his XP is maxed.
Well done Gary.
|9yo of the Season
Another purchase – this time Dixon Racing managed to pick her up for an incredible 1.3 million as a 2yo back in August 2019 from Flying Spurs Stable and has not looked back with this Natural Champion in every sense of the word.
Flying Spurs’s misery is Dixon’s Racing’s delight and this aptly named mare has a phenomenal repertoire.
This season she won both the TK Masters and the TK open – incredibly this is the second time she’s won these having picked her first Masters up as an 8yo and her first Open as a 7yo. Not only does she hold 7 world cups to her name – she is also a world record holder.
Most people can only dream about owning such as horse.
Amazing Job Craig.
|10yo of the Season
The multiple mud-lover stallion from Snohomish Silence stables a fine example of a home-breed.
Quite Frankly if you enter against this horse, you’re terrified before the off and that’s credit to the work Snohomish Stable has put into his stallion.
He’s won his last 14 and with 20xp on all sprints/short/slow and heavy, if it continues to rain it’s race over. He has 4 world cups to his name with his most impressive coming this season in the most competitive race I’ve seen for a while the American Cup. There were only 5 runners for the American Cup final, but the finalists between them had earnt over $43,000,000 with an average overall rating sitting at 87 tells your all you need to know.
With the changes to the game and losing the training track, I doubt we will see the likes of Violets Adjuster again in terms of his 20/20 ground XP.
Great horse Mike!