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Friday, December 19, 2004


THE fairer sex took charge tonight (9 DECEMBER) at the ROA Racing Post Horseracing Awards of 2004 as Britain’s top fillies filled first, second and third places in the votes for ‘Horse of the Year’.

Lord Derby, owner of Ouija Board, the winner of both The English and Irish Oaks as well as the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, was at the glittering celebration dinner in London to collect the top award from Racing Post editor Chris Smith.

It was the third year that Racing Post readers – in addition to the ROA’s 7,000-strong membership - cast votes for the Horse of the Year award at the ROA’s 23rd Annual Awards Dinner & Dance.

In second place was Soviet Song, also chosen as the Outstanding Older Horse, with dual English and Irish 1000 Guineas winner Attraction filling third spot.

Lord Derby himself was named Owner of the Year – and Ouija Board’s second award was as Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly.

Over the jumps, three-times Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Best Mate and Stayers’ Hurdle hero Iris’s Gift were voted Outstanding Chaser and Outstanding Hurdler respectively, while the choice of Outstanding Novice Hurdler was Brave Inca and of Outstanding Novice Chaser Strong Flow.

National Hunt veteran Earthmover was awarded Outstanding Hunter Chaser for the second year.

2000 Guineas and Champion Stakes winner Haafhd was Outstanding Three-Year-Old Colt, and the Outstanding Handicapper award went to Stewards’ Cup victor Pivotal Point.

Among the two-year-olds, the colt’s award was won by Shamardal and the filly’s prize was given to Damson. Vortex was All-Weather Horse of the Year.

ROA members said Newbury was their Racecourse of the Year.

Full awards list:

Outstanding Hunter Chaser: Earthmover
Outstanding Novice Hurdler: Brave Inca
Outstanding Hurdler: Iris’s Gift
Outstanding Novice Chaser: Strong Flow
Outstanding Chaser: Best Mate
Outstanding Handicapper: Pivotal Point
Outstanding Two-Year-Old Filly: Damson
Outstanding Two-Year-Old Colt: Shamardal
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly: Ouija Board
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Colt: Haafhd
Outstanding Older Horse: Soviet Song
All-Weather Horse of the Year: Vortex
Racecourse of the Year: Newbury
Owner of the Year: Lord Derby
Horse of the Year: Ouija Board

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