For Immediate Release
Thursday, 17 August 2017

 

WINX TAKES TOP HONOURS AT NSWROA 2017 RACING’S NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

With a large audience in attendance in the Royal Randwick Ballroom of the Australian Turf Club, Winx was named the Tab.com.au NSW Champion Horse of the Year at the NSW Racehorse Owners Association’s (NSWROA) 2017 Racing’s Night of Champions.

Co-Major Sponsor Racing NSW also presented their annual awards on the night with Chris Waller once again taking out the coveted Bart Cummings Medal.

This year the NSWROA Committee acknowledged the incredible feat of Chautauqua in winning his third consecutive Group 1 T J Smith Stakes during The Championships at Royal Randwick by presenting his connections with the NSWROA Industry Recognition Award. Chautauqua is the first equine to ever receive this award.

We saw the “very best” in the racing world in contention for all the awards at this gala event in aid of the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation which was televised live on Sky Thoroughbred Central.

The entertainment for the night, The Beatels, had guests quickly on their feet and headed to the dance floor with their amazing renditions of the songs from the best band of all time.

The award winners for the 2016/17 season were:

Award

Winners

TAB.COM.AU NSW CHAMPION HORSE OF THE YEAR

Winx

NSW 2 YEAR OLD OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by The Australian Turf Club

She Will Reign

NSW 3 YEAR OLD OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by International Animal Health Products

Global Glamour

NSW SPRINTER OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by The Australian Turf Club

Tycoon Tara

NSW MILER OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by Whitby Bloodstock

Winx

NSW MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by New Zealand Bloodstock

Winx

NSW STAYER OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by Emirates

Big Duke (IRE)

QUEEN OF THE AUTUMN
Proudly sponsored by Inglis

Zanbagh

NSWROA INDUSTRY RECOGNITION AWARD

Chautauqua

NSW COUNTRY CHAMPION HORSE OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by Sky Thoroughbred Central

Single Gaze

NSW PROVINCIAL CHAMPION HORSE OF THE YEAR
Proudly sponsored by Sky Thoroughbred Central

Le Romain

 

 

As well as the Bart Cummings Medal, Chris Waller also picked up the T J Smith Award for the Sydney Premiership Trainer. Other awards presented included the George Moore Award (Hugh Bowman), the Theo Green Award (Andrew Adkins), BOBS Horse of the Year (a tie between Memes and Zumbelina), NSW Racing Writers’ Personality of the Year (Team Winx) and the Sydney Strapper of the Year (Riharna Thomson).

The audience rose as one to acknowledge the parents of Riharna as they took to the stage to posthumously accept the Sydney Strapper of the Year award on their daughter’s behalf. Riharna sadly passed away in early March following a tragic trackwork accident.

Acting NSWROA President, Mr Tom O’Callaghan said “on behalf of the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation and NSWROA, I would like to thank everyone for helping us “celebrate the best” of the NSW thoroughbred industry. My thanks again to our wonderful sponsors, congratulations to all winners and I look forward to seeing you all again next year.”

For more information, visit the NSWROA website www.nswroa.com.au.

Media Contact:

Tom O’Callaghan, Acting President, NSWROA

Email: nswroa1@ozemail.com.au