Queen named Britain’s racing Owner of the Year

Queen Elizabeth II at Royal Ascot this week.
Queen Elizabeth II at Royal Ascot, where her filly Estimate won the Ascot Gold Cup.

Queen Elizabeth II has been named British racing’s Owner for the Year for 2013, in recognition of her first success in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and her contribution to the sport over more than 60 years.

The award from the Racehorse Owners Association was made at the 32nd annual Horseracing Awards at London’s InterContinental Hotel.

The award was collected on Her Majesty’s behalf by her racing manager John Warren and his daughter Susannah.

ROA President Rachel Hood said: “British Racing has been incredibly fortunate to benefit from Her Majesty The Queen’s lifelong support and the remarkable success of Estimate in the Ascot Gold Cup was a very special occasion for the entire sport. On behalf of all racehorse owners, the Racehorse Owners Association is honoured and delighted to present the 2013 Racehorse Owner of the Year to The Queen.”

Estimate, who won the Gold Cup in a thrilling race in June, was voted Outstanding Stayer – with the mare’s trainer Sir Michael Stoute, representing The Queen, collecting the award for her.

The Queen's racing manager, John Warren, left, accepted the award on her behalf.
The Queen’s racing manager, John Warren, left, accepted the award on her behalf.

Horse of the Year and Outstanding Chaser was the Caroline Mould-owned Sprinter Sacre, unbeaten over steeplechase fences and a winner at each of the big three spring meetings, the Cheltenham Festival, the Grand National meeting at Aintree and the Punchestown Festival.

A second owner who took two awards was Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani, for his Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Treve (Outstanding Middle Distance Horse and Outstanding Filly and Mare).

The Outstanding Miler was George Strawbridge’s Moonlight Cloud, unbeaten in four races during 2013 and winner of the Qatar Prix de la Foret in Paris.

The Outstanding Juvenile vote went to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Chriselliam, owned by Willie Carson, Emily Asprey and Chris Wright.

Champion Hurdle winner Hurricane Fly, owned by George Creighton and Rose Boyd and unbeaten in six races last season, was voted best Hurdler.

The Sprinter award went to Lethal Force, owned by Alan Craddock. His colt won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

Top Notch Tonto at Ascot. TNT on Facebook
Top Notch Tonto at Ascot. © Eden Harrhy / TNT on Facebook

Among jump racing’s young stars, Simonsig, owned by Ronnie Bartlett and unbeaten over fences last season, won the Novice Chaser title, while The New One, owned by Mrs Sarah Such, was named best Novice Hurdler.

The Special Achievement Award went to Top Notch Tonto who topped a successful season by running the race of his life to finish runner-up in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot.

Top Notch Tonto, whose owner Keith Brown was presented with the award at his home with footage broadcast on the evening, is one of the most striking looking horses in training. He has four long white socks to above knee height and a white face – hence his name, in reference to Tonto who rode a paint horse in The Lone Ranger television series.

During the evening, the 18 times champion jump jockey Tony McCoy was presented with an alms dish in recognition of his 4000th jumps winner last month.

Full awards list:

• Weatherbys Private Banking Owner of the Year: Her Majesty The Queen
• Weatherbys Hamilton Horse of the Year: Sprinter Sacre
• Great British Racing International Outstanding Middle Distance Horse: Treve
• Betfair Outstanding Miler: Moonlight Cloud
• Outstanding Stayer in recognition of Newmarket – the Historic Home of Racing: Estimate
• Racehorse Trader Outstanding Sprinter: Lethal Force
• Tattersalls Outstanding Juvenile: Chriselliam
• Markel Outstanding Filly and Mare: Treve
• Channel 4 Racing Outstanding Chaser: Sprinter Sacre
• Racing UK Outstanding Hurdler: Hurricane Fly
• ARC Outstanding Novice Chaser: Simonsig
• Premier Corporate Mail Outstanding Novice Hurdler: The New One
• Corals Special Achievement Award: Top Notch Tonto



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