Twenty-five awards were presented at the 2018 New Zealand Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Awards dinner in Auckland on Sunday night.
Horse of the Year: Bonneval (40 votes)
Also: Avantage (15), Kawi (3), Savvy Coup (2), Vin De Dance (1).
NZTR Award for Outstanding Contribution to Racing: Nelson Schick.
Champion Two-Year-old: Avantage (60).
Other finalists: Sword Of Osman (1), Melt, Spanish Whisper.
Champion Three-Year-Old – sponsored by FastTrack Insurance: Savvy Coup (28).
Other finalists: Vin De Dance (20), Dijon Bleu (5), Embellish (4), Age Of Fire (1), Scott Base (1).
Champion Sprinter-Miler (up to 1600m): Kawi (48).
Other finalists: Close Up (7), Gingernuts (3), Start Wondering (3).
Champion Middle Distance Horse (1601m-2200m): Bonneval (58).
Other finalists: Lizzie L’Amour (3), Jon Snow, Saint Emilion.
Champion Stayer (2201m +): Charles Road (27).
Other finalists: Ladies First (24), Zacada (6), Five To Midnight (2).
Champion Jumper: Wise Men Say (52).
Other finalists: Monarch Chimes (5), Upper Cut (4), Zedeedudadeeko.
Trainer of the Year – sponsored by Dunstan: Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman (61).
Other finalist: Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards.
Jockey of the Year: Sam Collett (42).
Other finalists: Opie Bosson (12), Johnathan Parkes (3), Chris Johnson (1).
Jumps Jockey of the Year: Isaac Lupton (39).
Other finalists: Aaron Kuru (22), Will Gordon (1), Shaun Phelan, Charlie Studd.
Owner of the Year – sponsored by New Zealand Racing Board: JML Bloodstock (22).
Other finalists: Archer Equine Investments (20), Emma Evans (7), Bromley Bloodstock (4), Kevin Hickman (2), Sir Peter Vela (2), Kamada Racing Partnership.
New Zealand Strapper of the Year – sponsored by Chris Waller: Jane Davidson (employed by Mike Breslin).
Other finalists: Garry Barlow, Renee Larkins.
NZTR Award for Contribution to Media, Digital & Content: Boys Get Paid.
Other finalists: Brian de Lore, Aidan Rodley, Maryanne Twentyman & Greg O’Connor.
Breeder of the Year: Waikato Stud & Garry Chittick (breeders of Savvy Coup, Embellish, Hasahalo & Ocean Emperor).
Other finalists: Willie & Karen Calder, Christopher Grace, Nearco Stud.
Broodmare of the Year: Bagalollies (dam of Werther, Gobstopper & Milseain).
Other finalists: Stylish Bel, Zalika.
Trainers’ Premiership: Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman.
Jockeys’ Premiership: Sam Collett.
Apprentice Jockeys’ Premiership: Sam Weatherley.
Owners’ Premiership: Sir Peter Vela.
Newcomer to Training – sponsored by gavelhouse.com: Andrew Carston.
Grosvenor Award (stallion earnings in NZ): Savabeel.
Dewar Stallion Trophy (stallion earnings in New Zealand and Australia): Savabeel.
Centaine Award: (stallion earnings worldwide): Savabeel.
New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year: Dijon Bleu.