Racing’s Night of Champions to recognise the best in NSW

Four Sydney racing turf stars from last season are in line to claim the honour of 2019/20 NSW Champion horse.

The New South Wales Racehorse Owners’ Association has announced the finalists for the annual NSW racehorse awards – Racing’s Night of Champions.

Ten different categories of racehorses will be recognised at the black-tie event on Thursday, October 22 at the Royal Randwick Ballroom which will be telecast on Sky Thoroughbred Central.

This year there has been a change to the allocation of the awards after years of controversy due to the points system used to identify past winners.

“This year the shortlist of finalists, which are arrived at using a points system, will then be judged by a panel of industry participants,” NSWROA CEO Jane Henning said.

“A tally of their votes will determine the winners, which will be announced on the night of the awards.”

Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Addeybb has been announced as a finalist in the NSW Champion racehorse and Champion stayer categories at the Racing’s Night of Champions. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

The four finalists chasing Champion horse of the year honours are Australia’s premier sprinter from last season Nature Strip and his top staying Chris Waller-trained stablemate Verry Elleegant, two-time Group I winner Fierce Impact and international raider Addeybb, the winner of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Ranvet Stakes.

The finalists in each of the 10 racehorse award categories where voting applies are.

TAB CHAMPION HORSE OF THE YEAR
Addeybb (Ire)
Fierce Impact
Nature Strip
Verry Elleegant

Star mare Verry Elleegant made the finals in three categories of the NSW racehorse awards for the 2019/20 racing season. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

ARROWFIELD 2YO OF THE YEAR
Away Game
Farnan
King’s Legacy

INGLIS 3YO OF THE YEAR
Bivouac
Funstar
Yes Yes Yes

AUSTRALIAN TURF CLUB SPRINTER OF THE YEAR
Nature Strip
Trekking
Yes Yes Yes

MILER OF THE YEAR
Con Te Partiro
Fierce Impact
Nettoyer
Te Akau Shark

NSW TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE OF THE YEAR
Addeybb (Ire)
Kings Will Dream
Verry Elleegant

HIGHCLERE RACING STAYER OF THE YEAR
Come Play With Me
Etah James
The Chosen One
Verry Elleegant

SKY THOROUGHBRED CENTRAL PROVINCIAL CHAMPION HORSE OF THE YEAR
Mustajeer
Raheen House
Special Reward

SKY THOROUGHBRED CENTRAL COUNTRY CHAMPION HORSE OF THE YEAR
Handle The Truth
Lord Von Costa
Snitz
Victorem

Other gongs to be presented on the night include the Bart Cummings Medal, the NSW Racing Writers’ Personality of the Year, the T J Smith Award for champion Sydney trainer, the George Moore Award for champion Sydney jockey, the Theo Green Award for champion Sydney apprentice, BOBS Horse of the Year and the Sydney Strapper of the Year.

Originally published asNSW racehorse of the year finalists announced

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