THE big races at the postponed Super Saturday meeting on August 1 at Greyville count towards the Equus Award decision making process for the current 2014/2015 season, despite the NHA having confirmed that the accumulated statistics for all races on Super Saturday would only be reflected in the 2015/2016 records and not the past season.
The reason this needs to be clarified is due to the official racing season in South Africa running from August 1 until July 31, meaning the meeting, postponed from July 25, now actually falls in the new 2015/2016 season.
The Equus Champion racehorses of various categories are decided by the collective opinions of the Equus panellists.
The panellists considered the performances of horses running in last Saturday’s Gr 1 Premier’s Champions Stakes and Gr 1 Thekwini Stakes when deciding the 2014/2015 Equus Champion Two-year-old Award Winners, despite these horses officially turning three years of age on the day of the meeting. The performances of horses in the Gr 1 eLan Property Group Gold Cup over 3200m were also considered in the decision making process for the 2014/2015 Equus Champion Stayer Award.
Likewise the performances of runners in the Gr 1 Champions Cup over 1800m and the Gr 2 Gold Bracelet over 2000m were considered in the decision making processes for such 2014/2015 Equus Awards as the Champion Older Male, Champion Older Filly/Mare, Champion Middle Distance Horse and the Horse Of The Year.
Some of the Equus Awards are based on statistics. The NHA statistics are the official ones used and will decide such Equus titles as Champion Trainer, Champion Jockey, Champion Apprentice, Champion Breeder, Champion Stallion and Owner Of The Year.
Therefore, the Super Saturday races will not count towards these particular 2014/2015 Equus Awards.
However, the Super Saturday racing will count towards such opinion based 2014/2015 Equus Awards as Outstanding Breeder and Outstanding Stallion.
Arabian Beat ; Rabada ; Seventh Plain
Chestnuts ‘n Pearls ; Entisaar (AUS) ; Lauderdale
Act Of War ; French Navy ; Legal Eagle
Alboran Sea (AUS) ; Carry On Alice ; Majmu (AUS) ; Same Jurisdiction
Captain Of All ; Futura ; Legislate ; Wylie Hall (AUS)
Arcetri Pink (AUS) ; Fly By Night ; Hammie’s Hooker ; Jet Belle
Alboran Sea (AUS) ; Captain Of All ; Carry On Alice
Legislate ; Futura
French Navy ; Futura ; Wylie Hall (AUS)
Heart Of A Lion ; Kingston Mines (GB) ; Legal Eagle ; Wild One
Headline photo: Alboran Sea, two nominations.